“Liluraren kontra”, A poem by Bertolt Brecht sung by Mikel Laboa


Bertolt BrechtThe poems by the great German antifascist playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht were a source of inspiration to many Spanish songwriters. Among them, Mikel Laboa, founder of the collective of Basque songwriters “Ez Dok Amairu” (There is no thirteen), recorded in 1969 an EP singing poems by Bertolt Brecht, translated and adapted to Basque. Among them, there were this poem, one of his first, “Against seduction”, a poem in which Brecht already was exposing his theory of art: art musts break the ilusion and show things as they are, for the working class takes a decission. It’s a theory as worthy to art as to society.

Gegen Verführung

1

Laßt euch nicht verführen!
Es gibt keine Wiederkehr.
Der Tag steht in den Türen;
Ihr könnt schon Nachtwind spüren
Es kommt kein Morgen mehr.

2

Laßt euch nicht betrügen!
Das Leben wenig ist.
Schlürft es in vollen Zügen!
Es wird euch nicht genügen
Wenn ihr es lassen müßt!

3

Laßt euch nicht vertrösten!
Ihr habt nicht zu viel Zeit!
Laßt Moder den Erlösten!
Das
Leben ist am größten:
Es steht nicht mehr bereit.

4

Und es kommt nichts nachher.
Zu Fron und Ausgezehr!
Was kann euch Angst noch rühren?
Ihr sterbt mit allen Tieren
Und es kommt nichts nachher.

Bertolt Brecht (1927)

http://www.physiologus.de/nachher.htm

The adaptation sung by Mikel Laboa in Basque is this:

Liluraren kontra

Lilularik ez!
ez dago itzultzerik
eguna atean dago
haize hotza dakar
ez da izango beste goizerik.

Tronpatzerik ez!
bizitza ez da huskeria,
edan ase arte beretik
ez da aski izango
galtzear zaudelarik.

Kontsolatzerik ez!
denbora ez da luzea,
ustelak lurpera
bizitza da haundiena
galtzea, litzake galtzea dena.

Against seduction

Don’t you let be seduced!/ There is no return./ Dawn is at gates,/ there is a night wind now:/ won’t come another morning.// Don’t you let be fooled/ with that life is short./ Drink it by big gulps/ because it won’t be enough to you/ when you must loose it.// Don’t you let be consoled!/ You have not much time./ Mud, to the rotten ones./ Life is the greatest thing:/ to loose it is to loose everything.

This translataion to English is no exactly from the Basque adaptation, but from the translation to Spanish by Vicente Romano and the adaptation by poet Jesús López Pacheco for the Spanish edition of Bertolt Brecht’s Poems and Songs (Alianza Editorial, 1999), which can be read here:

https://albokari2.wordpress.com/2007/01/17/liluraren-kontra/

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