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The Grey Head

by Franz Schubert From Winter Journey (1827) D911

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The Grey Head
English source: Jeremy Sams

When I awoke at break of day
The morning dew was freezing
My hair was flecked with white and grey
I found it somehow pleasing

But then the frost began to thaw
And what I saw appalled me
Not old and grizzled any more
And years and years before me
And years and years before me

Such changes happen overnight
Without the slightest warning
How strange that I’m not deathly-white
This godforsaken morning
This godforsaken morning


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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