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Carl Orff - O Fortuna Lyrics

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TitleO Fortuna
ArtistCarl Orff
AlbumCarmina Burana [1937], Track 1
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Song lyrics
Section: Imperatrix Mundi (Empress of the World)

O Fortuna (O Fortune)
velut luna (like the moon)
statu variabilis (you are changeable)
semper crescis (ever waxing)
aut decrescis; (and waning;)
vita detestabilis (hateful life)
nunc obdurat (first oppresses)
et tunc curat (and then soothes)
ludo mentis aciem, (as fancy takes it)
egestatem, (poverty)
potestatem (and power)
dissolvit ut glaciem. (it melts them like ice.)

Sors immanis (Fate - monstrous)
et inanis, (and empty)
rota tu volubilis, (you whirling wheel)
status malus, (you are malevolent)
vana salus (well-being is vain)
semper dissolubilis, (and always fades to nothing)
obumbrata (shadowed)
et velata (and veiled)
mihi quoque niteris; (you plague me too;)
nunc per ludum (now through the game)
dorsum nudum (I bring my bare back)
fero tui sceleris. (to your villainy.)

Sors salutis (Fate is against me)
et virtutis (in health)
michi nunc contraria, (and virtue)
est affectus (driven on)
et defectus (and weighted down)
semper in angaria. (always enslaved.)
Hac in hora (So at this hour)
sine mora (without delay)
corde pulsum tangite; (pluck the vibrating strings;)
quod per sortem (since Fate)
sternit fortem, (strikes down the strong)
mecum omnes plangite! (everyone weep with me!)
submitted by Pascal Korstanje
corrected by jerzy on July 15th, 2013

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0 likes - like | 09-06-2009 04:53 CinnamonBrandy 
8 posts
Just want to say... 'strong man'. Not 'string man'.

Please, guys, it's so easy to take down a string man! Like that would be a challenge.

0 likes - like | 10-05-2008 19:11 Wasen 
59 posts
A real masterpierce. I have only one word for the song and it is that the song is powerfull!
0 likes - like | 12-07-2006 18:06 02triple_h 
4,025 posts
omg!! ooh Deeeear GoOoOoD ! im addicted to this masterpiece as hell!!! n the cool thing is that i use to hear it when i was a lil boy... but the cool thing is that my friend played it once on his mob. im like ....from where u get it? gimme da name quick!!! hehe... cuz ive been headin to the music centers n im like...singin the song to 'em..damn that is so embarrassing ... hehe... but at the end... its totaly a MASTERPIECE!!! LOVE IT
0 likes - like | 13-02-2006 11:48 dna_factory 
2 posts
th song is written il latin, the language of the antic roma
0 likes - like | 15-07-2005 03:08 LadyMacbeth001 
643 posts
I love this song! It's a classical masterpiece. Can anyone tell me what language it's written in?
0 likes - like | 02-01-2005 07:47 Evil_Penguin 
10 posts
You know what, it's funny. I had just recently found that Carl Orff hadnt been the actual CREATOR of these lyrics. Mr. Orff actually had a remake of a manuscript of songs from Gothic Europe around the 13th century, the "Carmina Burana". 'O Fortuna', the song we all know and instantly recognize, was created from this.

I know most of you dont really care, but im just tossing this out there...
0 likes - like | 02-01-2005 07:37 Evil_Penguin 
10 posts
The first poster says that Orff was a hardcore Nazi... that's interesting, since what i've learned was that he was actually quite indifferent in regards to the Nazis, and once actually said that he was part of the White Rose resistance group. Oh well...

It's an excellent musical piece, obviously one of the classics.
0 likes - like | 16-11-2004 02:21 Lara_Croft_03 
374 posts
Have you heard "Gravity of Love" by Enigma? It has O Fortuna in the chorus, and it's REALLy powerful. The song is absolutely gorgeous, I suggest you listen to it :-D
0 likes - like | 16-11-2004 02:11 Hags1684 
4 posts
This is what this song means in english,
O Fortuna O Fortune,
velut luna like the moon
statu variabilis, you are changeable,
semper crescis ever waxing
aut decrescis; and waning;
vita detestabilis hateful life
nunc obdurat first oppresses
et tunc curat and then soothes
ludo mentis aciem, as fancy takes it;
egestatem, poverty
potestatem and power
dissolvit ut glaciem. it melts them like ice.

Sors immanis Fate - monstrous
et inanis, and empty,
rota tu volubilis, you whirling wheel,
status malus, you are malevolent,
vana salus well-being is vain
semper dissolubilis, and always fades to nothing,
obumbrata shadowed
et velata and veiled
michi quoque niteris; you plague me too;
nunc per ludum now through the game
dorsum nudum I bring my bare back
fero tui sceleris. to your villainy.

Sors salutis Fate is against me
et virtutis in health
michi nunc contraria, and virtue,
est affectus driven on
et defectus and weighted down,
semper in angaria. always enslaved.
Hac in hora So at this hour
sine mora without delay
corde pulsum tangite; pluck the vibrating strings;
quod per sortem since Fate
sternit fortem, strikes down the string man,
mecum omnes plangite! everyone weep with me!

0 likes - like | 13-10-2004 22:16 bleedingpegasus 
8 posts
anybody can tell what this song means?
0 likes - like | 04-09-2004 06:51 tram1515 
1 posts
after listening to the song, its no surprise that he was a hardcore nazi. maybe hes angry about losing the war.