Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A look At The Puhdys




Many people were shot and killed trying to cross the Berlin Wall, which was the most famous monument to the failure of communism. But the Berlin Wall could never stop rock and roll. The Puhdys are easily the most popular band to come out of 40 years of communist rule in Eat Germany. Their popularity continues in the united Germany. Their use of basic instruments rather than high tech has a 60's feel to it. And their lyrics speak to universal concerns.

I was very happy to find a video of Große Herzen, a song from the Puhdys "Dezembertage" (December days) album. The lyrics are as follows, followed by my very rough translation.

Sie sind nicht von dieser Welt They Are not of this world
der Himmel schickte sie They are sent by heaven
all die Engel mit den großen Herzen All the open hearted angels
geben Trost und Zuversicht give consolation and confidence
und sie bringen dir das Licht and bring to you light
wenn du im Schatten stehst und hilflos bist when you stand helpless in the shadows

Große Herzen fragen nie The open hearted never ask
nach dem Lohn für ihre Müh´pay for their troubles
große Herzen spenden Kraft Open hearted exert effort
für das was man allein nicht schafft for that which people can not do themselves

Manchmal sind sie Weggefährten Sometimes they go away
tragen deine Last taking with them your burden
manchmal zahlen sie für dich den Preis sometimes they pay your way
manchmal opfern sie sich auf sometimes they sacrifice themselves
nehmen die Gefahr in Kauf paying the price
um Leben vor dem Tode zu bewahren to protect life from death

Große Herzen fragen nie The open hearted never ask
nach dem Lohn für ihre Müh´pay for their troubles
große Herzen spenden Kraft Open hearted exert effort
für das was man allein nicht schafft for that which people can not do themselves

Könn´ erhören und versteh´n They can hear and understand
tief in deine Seele sehn and see dep into your soul
wenn sie mit dir durch ein Feuer geh´n as they go with you through the fire
können heilen und verzeih´n They can heal and absolve
können deine Retter sein And be your rescuer
bedingungslos an deiner Seite steh´n and unconditionally stand by your side

Große Herzen fragen nie The open hearted never ask
nach dem Lohn für ihre Müh´ pay for their troubles
große Herzen spenden Kraft Open hearted exert effort
für das was man allein nicht schafft for that which people can not do themselves.

The term "Große Herzen" translates literally as "big hearts".

It seems to describe either angels, spiritual beings or friends who are spiritually attuned. I tend towards a more mundane association of deep friendship, or of souls in the next world who function as spiritual guides. Either way, the song has a resonance to it. I am including below a band video of the song and an anime version. I hope my readers enjoy both.




video video

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