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    "O Fortuna" Lyrics

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    O Fortuna
    Velut luna
    Statu variabilis
    Semper crescis
    Aut decrescis
    Vita detestabilis
    Nunc obdurat
    Et tunc curat
    Ludo mentis aciem
    Dissolvit ut glaciem

    Sors immanis
    Et inanis
    Rota tu volubilis
    Status malus
    Vana salus
    Semper dissolubilis
    Et velata
    Michi quoque niteris
    Nunc per ludum
    Dorsum nudum
    Fero tui sceleris

    Sors salutis
    Et virtutis
    Michi nunc contraria
    Est affectus
    Et defectus
    Semper in angaria
    Hac in hora
    Sine mora
    Corde pulsum tangite
    Quod per sortem
    Sternit fortem
    Mecum omnes plangite

    Fortune plango vulnera
    Stillantibus ocellis
    Quod sua michi munera
    Subtrahit rebellis
    Verum est, quod legitur
    Fronte capillata
    Sed plerumque sequitur
    Occasio calvata
    In Fortune solio
    Sederam elatus
    Prosperitatis vario
    Flore coronatus
    Quicquid enim florui
    Felix et beatus
    Nunc a summo corrui
    Gloria privatus
    Fortune rota volvitur
    Descendo minoratus
    Alter in altum tollitur
    Nimis exaltatus
    Rex sedet in vertice
    Caveat ruinam!
    Nam sub axe legimus
    Hecubam reginam
    • submitted by Pascal Korstanje
    • corrected by PinkFloyd on October 29th, 2015

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      Like 009-06-2009 04:53
      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.

       Wasen says:
      Like 010-05-2008 19:11
      A real masterpierce. I have only one word for the song and it is that the song is powerfull!
       02triple_h says:
      Like 012-07-2006 18:06
      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
       dna_factory says:
      Like 013-02-2006 11:48
      th song is written il latin, the language of the antic roma
      Like 015-07-2005 03:08
      I love this song! It's a classical masterpiece. Can anyone tell me what language it's written in?
       Evil_Penguin says:
      Like 002-01-2005 07:47
      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...
       Evil_Penguin says:
      Like 002-01-2005 07:37
      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.
      Like 016-11-2004 02:21
      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
       Hags1684 says:
      Like 016-11-2004 02:11
      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!

      Like 013-10-2004 22:16
      anybody can tell what this song means?
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