Margaret Alice Second

(24 January 1961 / South Africa)

Roaming In Empty Places


Just like noise silence has a presence too, when a
sudden sound assails my ears my life is saved by
IPod and earphones, when silence fills the open-
plan office with a sacred atmosphere and it starts
feeling like a crypt, my refuge is music in my ears

I listen to Heino over and over hiccupping his deeply
emotional rendition of a German folk song: ‘Was kann
das Leben Schöneres geben, wir wollen glücklich sein’
clearly a solution for my feeling of chemical depression
is to visit a pub for a Karaoke sing-a-long

With my spirit roaming in empty places without finding
a space to alight in happiness, I feel uncomfortable and
cannot see any light at the end of the tunnel of today, the
train of this day is steaming on - I don’t feel like joining
in yet have chosen to try doing my duty long ago

So on the train I am, quite rebellious and uncomfortable,
but I must accept responsibility for the choice to become
a puny human being, living in the illusion of routine as
everything keeps changing – into the same thing, over
and over, just like Heino repeating itself….

19 June 2013

In Junkers Kneipe Lyrics
Heino
In Junkers Kneipe,
Bei Bier und Pfeife,
Da saßen wir beisamm'.
Ein kühler Tropfen,
Vom besten Hopfen
Uns durch die Kehle rann.

Ja, wenn die Burschen singen
Und Klampfen klingen
Und die Mädel fallen ein.
Hei, was kann das Leben
Schöneres geben?
Wir wollen glücklich sein!

Die alten Zeiten
Vorüber gleiten
Und draußen tobt die Nacht.
Und immer wieder
Singen wir die Lieder
Die uns so froh gemacht.

Ja, wenn die Burschen singen
Und Klampfen klingen
Und die Mädel fallen ein.
Hei, was kann das Leben
Schöneres geben?
Wir wollen glücklich sein!

Es ist so spät schon,
Der Wirt, der schläft schon,
Das Bier wird langsam schal.
Doch eh' wir gehen
Zum Schlaf uns legen,
Da singen wir nochmal.

Ja, wenn die Burschen singen
Und Klampfen klingen
Und die Mädel fallen ein.
Hei, was kann das Leben
Schöneres geben?
Wir wollen glücklich sein!

Submitted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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