falling leaves

falling leaves © Matt Lemon Photography. All Rights Reserved.

© Matt Lemon Photography | All Rights Reserved

at the end of the road
there’s still a light
they might still need someone there
who doesn’t require anybody’s attention
who’s just awake for his own sake
and absorbed in thoughts
until someone asks him to leave

falling leaves play in the wind
whirl around and fall anywhere
falling leaves
no wants anymore
i really thought it would be forever this time

it’s not a bar actually
it’s a shop
for leather couches and tailored shelves
with elegant style
cool
like the glas
that i press my forehead against

falling leaves play in the wind
whirl around and fall anywhere
falling leaves
no wants anymore
i really thought it would be forever this time

a few roads down
there’s a bench
it has always been there
but i just saw it now
it’s covered with leaves
i sit down and become friends with them

falling leaves play in the wind
whirl around and fall anywhere
falling leaves
no wants anymore
i really thought it would be forever this time
i really thought it would be forever this time

“Fallende Blätter”
Lyrics: Sven Regener
Music: Element of Crime
Translation: Matthias Lehmann

[Edit: June 2016] As I redesigned this blog, I came across this long since forgotten, first-ever entry with a translation I made ten years ago of a song by German band Element of Crime. I added the above photo and the video below and if you stumbled upon this post, I’d like to encourage you to borrow or buy Sven Regener’s book “Berlin Blues” (original title: “Herr Lehmann”), set in the bohemian district of Kreuzberg in 1989 right before the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s a great, great read.

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