Wenn sie kommen (English translation)

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English translation

When they come

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His day has already begun early, only about an hour's sleep
He jumps from the cattle wagon
Invisible to them, they come the opposite way
A hand in the mandarin carton and then he runs away quickly
Tourists are fixed to the corner
Without being asked, he polishes the dirt off a man's shoes
Only for 4 Dirham
In the vacation season business booms here
They have brilliant Rolexes in the visor
When he takes a look through the window
He stalks through the open window
Even before anyone hears anything
 
His breathing is short, over the roofs of the city
In these moments he can be a child
He shakes the city dust off
One eye still awake, all the lights are blurry
Both ears open, ready to escape
 
And he runs when they come
Come, come, come, come, come, come [x4]
 
And they hunt him afterwards, nimble as he is
He forces himself through a slot and it breaks in fragments
He represses the pain, tries not to scream
He limps further, to not get caught, and he ducks
The police comes, he uses older people as a shield
Until he falls over: blow one, blow two
The tourists are shocked, but do nothing
Because he harms the city image
He is only a street kid, too young for jail
He'd (rather) kill himself first
And when the moment comes, he runs off
 
His breathing is short, over the roofs of the city
In these moments he can be a child
He shakes the city dust off
One eye still awake, all the lights are blurry
Both ears open, ready to escape
 
And he runs when they come
Come, come, come, come, come, come [x4]
 
[Ali As:]
His stomach growls, he waits a moment to breathe
He runs into the store for brand watches
The sheep (skin) with the black strap, the hard way
They pay only the road course for the goods
Sad scenes in dusty light
To the younger tourists they sell Haze
The elders see it in the Audi TT's
Or sit in the Ritz for an ostrich fillet
And he realizes
His dream was blown away in the shimmering air
The parents are ill, no helping hand
He has to be the man here, because someone must
 
And he runs when they come
Come, come, come, come, come, come [x4]
 
Submitted by zabcia on Fri, 02/06/2017 - 00:49
Author's comments:

My translation is pretty literal, so I may have missed some meaning

German

Wenn sie kommen

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