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Ich bin T e n o r   - mein Privileg (English translation)

  • Artist: Josef Traxel
  • Song: Ich bin T e n o r   - mein Privileg
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Ich bin T e n o r   - mein Privileg

Ich bin T e n o r   - mein Privileg
ist´s, dumm zu sein und dümmer. 

Dies nutz' ich aus und überleg´: 

Gescheit sein ist weit schlimmer! 

So mancher, der vor Schlauheit strahlt, 

muss bettelnd Leid erregen.
Ein Hohes C wird gut bezahlt:
"Dummheit ist Gottes Segen!"
 
Submitted by Bertram KottmannBertram Kottmann on 2022-09-27
Submitter's comments:

lyrics by Josef Traxel, 1949. who makes fun of the common prejudice that tenors have nothing but voice and are stupid.
Traxel was one of the most versatile top lyric tenors of the 20th century.
His repertoire ranged from Bach to Orff. He mastered the Lied, he was a concert singer and celebrated opera tenor. Enjoy his High D in the Postillon of Lonjumeau aria.

English translationEnglish (equirhythmic, rhyming, singable)
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I am a tenor

I am a tenor – looked upon
as stupid, that’s our curse.
Make use of that by frowning on
intelligence, being worse.
Some eggheads have, I am afraid,
to beg to have sufficient.
To sing TOP C is highly paid:

‘Dullness is beneficent!’
 
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Submitted by Bertram KottmannBertram Kottmann on 2022-09-27
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