Words to Ode to Joy

I never knew the words.

Now we do:

O friends, not these tones!
O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!

But let’s strike up more pleasant ones
Sondern laßt uns angenehmere anstimmen

And more joyful
Und freudenvollere



Joy, beautiful spark of the gods 
Freude, schöner Götterfunken 

Daughter from Elysium 
Tochter aus Elysium 

We enter, drunk with fire 
Wir betreten feuertrunken 

Heavenly, your sanctuary! 
Himmlische, dein Heiligtum! 

Your spells bind again 
Deine Zauber binden wieder 

What the fashion strictly divided 
Was die Mode streng geteilt 

all people become brothers 
Alle Menschen werden Brüder 

Where your gentle wing rests
Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt

Who made the big hit 
Wem der große Wurf gelungen 

to be a friend’s friend 
Eines Freundes Freund zu sein 

Whoever has won a devoted wife 
Wer ein holdes Weib errungen 

Mix in his cheers! 
Mische seinen Jubel ein! 

Yes, who even a soul 
Ja, wer auch nur eine Seele 

His names on the earth round! 
Sein nennt auf dem Erdenrund! 

And whoever hasn’t been able to steal 
Und wer’s nie gekonnt, der stehle 

Weeping out of this covenant!
Weinend sich aus diesem Bund!

All beings drink joy 
Freude trinken alle Wesen 

On the breasts of nature 
An den Brüsten der Natur 

All good, all bad 
Alle Guten, alle Bösen 

Follow their trail of roses 
Folgen ihrer Rosenspur 

She gave us kisses and vines 
Küsse gab sie uns und Reben 

A friend tested in death 
Einen Freund, geprüft im Tod 

pleasure was given to the worm 
Wollust ward dem Wurm gegeben 

And the cherub stands before God
Und der Cherub steht vor Gott

Happy how his suns fly 
Froh, wie seine Sonnen fliegen 

Through Heaven’s magnificent plan 
Durch des Himmels prächt’gen Plan 

Run, brothers, your path 
Laufet, Brüder, eure Bahn 

Happy like a hero to victory
Freudig, wie ein Held zum Siegen

Be embraced, millions! 
Seid umschlungen, Millionen! 

This kiss for the whole world! 
Diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt! 

Brothers, above the starry sky 
Brüder, über’m Sternenzelt 

Must a dear father live 
Muß ein lieber Vater wohnen 

You fall down, millions? 
Ihr stürzt nieder, Millionen? 

Do you suspect the Creator, world? 
Ahnest du den Schöpfer, Welt? 

Look for him over the starry sky! 
Such’ ihn über’m Sternenzelt! 

He must dwell above the stars
Über Sternen muß er wohnen

Source: Musixmatch

Author: landzek

My name is Lance Kair, a philosopher, a counselor and a musician who is being questioned.

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