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William S. Burroughs on September Songs

What keeps mankind alive? 

At times his singing. 

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You gentlemen who think you have a mission
To purge us of the seven deadly sins
Should first sort out the basic food position
Then start your preaching, that’s where it begins

You lot who preach restraint and watch your waist as well
Should learn, for once, the way the world is run
However much you twist or whatever lies that you tell
Food is the first thing, morals follow on

So first make sure that those who are now starving
Get proper helpings when we all start carving
What keeps mankind alive?

What keeps mankind alive?
The fact that millions are daily tortured
Stifled, punished, silenced and oppressed
Mankind can keep alive thanks to its brilliance
In keeping its humanity repressed
And for once you must try not to shriek the facts
Mankind is kept alive by bestial acts 

Kurt Weil / Berthold Brecht (1928) 

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2 Responses

  1. jens says:

    cooler blog, aber warum auf Englisch?

  2. Hallo Jens,

    die Idee am Anfang war es alles auf Deutsch zu schreiben, bloß der Titel wollte ich immer auf English haben. Auf Deutsch hört es sich m.E. nicht gut an.
    Demnächst will ich aber Deutsch und Englisch gemeinsam machen. Darüber hinaus, die Lieder oder Gedichte werden von mir in der Regel gar nicht übersetzt. Zu viel geht dabei verloren, finde ich.

    Der Blog wächst aber noch und so hoffe ich, dass Du immer wieder vorbeischaust.

    Danke!

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