Youkali by Kurt Weill

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DFPMnsZMFY[/youtube]Kurt Weill is probably my favorite composer ever. And while I like tons of his songs, today’s earworm is Youkali. It’s in French, so I can’t even tell what it’s about. I just think the music magical.

– Rike Horstmann

10 thoughts on “Youkali by Kurt Weill

  1. Katja

    Rike, if you like, this is the English translation for Youkali:

    It was almost to the end of the world
    That my wandering boat
    Straying at the will of the waves
    Led me one day
    The isle is very small
    But the kind fairy that lives there
    Invites us
    To take a look around

    Youkali
    Is the land of our desires
    Youkali
    Is happiness, pleasure
    Youkali
    Is the land where we forget all our worries
    It is in our night, like a bright rift
    The star we follow
    It is Youkali

    Youkali
    Is the respect of all vows exchanged
    Youkali
    Is the land of love returned
    It is the hope
    That is in every human heart
    The deliverance
    We await for tomorrow
    Youkali
    Is the land of our desires
    Youkali
    Is happiness, pleasure
    But it is a dream, a folly
    There is no Youkali

    And life carries us along
    Tediously, day by day
    But the poor human soul
    Seeking forgetfulness everywhere
    Has, in order to escape the world
    Managed to find the mystery
    In which our dreams burrow themselves
    In some Youkali

    Youkali
    Is the land of our desires
    Youkali
    Is happiness, pleasure
    Youkali
    Is the land where we forget all our worries
    It is in our night, like a bright rift
    The star we follow
    It is Youkali

    Youkali
    Is the respect of all vows exchanged
    Youkali
    Is the land of love returned
    It is the hope
    That is in every human heart
    The deliverance
    We await for tomorrow

    Youkali
    Is the land of our desires
    Youkali
    Is happiness, pleasure
    But it is a dream, a folly
    There is no Youkali

    But it is a dream, a folly
    There is no Youkali

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