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"O Fortuna" Lyrics

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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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    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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