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Songs

Goodnight

by Franz Schubert From Winter Journey (1827) D911

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Text

Goodnight
English source: Jeremy Sams

I came here as a stranger
A stranger I depart
A summer full of flowers
And hope within my heart
The maiden claimed she cared for me
I dared believed it so
Her family approved of me
My hope began to grow
Now everything is darkness
A wilderness of snow
Now everything is darkness
A wilderness of snow

The road was warm and welcoming
When I arrived in May
Now deep in darkest winter
It’s hard to find my way
The moon has sent a friend to me
A flickering beam of light
I’m grateful for your company
It’s lonely here, at night
But all you show is endless snow
Just white on white on white
But all you show is endless snow
Just white on white on white

What point is there in staying?
This world was never mine
The rabid stray who’s kicked away
Will howl and scratch and whine
But lovers never linger
It’s better not to dwell
We’ve other worlds to conquer
And other tales to tell
Yes love is like a journey
And so my love, farewell
Yes love is like a journey
And so my love, farewell

I’ll tiptoe past your window
So you can slumber on
I’ll close the gate so quietly
You’ll hardly know I’ve gone
I’ll leave a farewell message
I’ll nail it to the tree
So when you draw your curtains
I’ll know what you will see
Yes when you wake you’ll read it
It says ‘remember me’
Yes when you wake you’ll read it
It says ‘remember me’
My love, remember me

Composer

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He…

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