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Life Cycle

by Franz Schubert From Winter Journey (1827) D911

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Life Cycle
English source: Jeremy Sams

Drop by drop my tears have fallen
Guzzled by the thirsty snow
Here’s the heat the cold has longed for
All the weight of all my woe
All the weight of all my woe

Then when spring replaces winter
Balmy breezes start to blow
Then the ice begins to splinter
Then the streams begin to flow
Then the streams begin to flow

Thus a tear becomes a river
Let’s pursue it if we can
Through the fields and past the houses
To the place it all began
To the place it all began

River flowing, twisting, turning
Blithe and cheerful, free of care
When you feel my teardrops burning
Then you’ll know my love is there
Then you’ll know that she is there


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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