Feuer und Wasser (Fire and water) for voice and guitar

Description

One of six arrangements of a song written in 1973 which I based on a poem by Otto Wanke

The poem is a somewhat resigned teenage-angst song of unrequited love.

Ich muss mich damit abfinden
dass Feuer und Wasser nicht zusammen passen
Das Feuer das mit heller Flamme leuchtet
das seine Umgebung anzünden möchte
das knistert.
Das Wasser das gemächlich vor sich hinfliesst
das sich nur langsam erwärmen lässt,
das sucht
das sucht
Ich muss mich damit abfinden
dass Feuer und Wasser nicht zusammen passen.
© Otto Wanke

My English version:

I must settle my mind on this
that fire and water do not go together
Hot fire whose great flames flare up so brightly
which wants to set light
to all things around it
spits fiercely
Cool water smoothly flows ahead so slowly
and takes so long to warm up
and seeps
in search
in search
I must settle my mind on this
that fire and water do not go together.
©David W Solomons

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