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Old June 26, 2013, 10:30 AM
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On principle I never try to translate from a language I don't know into a language I'm never totally sure of, but I was asked about the contents of a song, and I'm confused about a verse.

In the lyrics there is someone in desperate need for peace demanding from "ethereal" entities to leave him alone:
Lasst mich allein, Gedanken, die mir nicht mehr glauben
Lasst mich allein, GefŘhle, die den Schlaf mir rauben
Lasst mich allein, hab nichts zu geben, seit der Blitz aufzuckte
My problem is with "Lasst mich allein, Gedanken, die mir nicht mehr glauben": Is this "leave me alone, thought that I don't believe anymore" or "leave me alone, thought that does not believe in me anymore"?
...or none?
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Old June 26, 2013, 11:35 AM
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On principle I never try to translate from a language I don't know into a language I'm never totally sure of, but I was asked about the contents of a song, and I'm confused about a verse.

In the lyrics there is someone in desperate need for peace demanding from "ethereal" entities to leave him alone:
Lasst mich allein, Gedanken, die mir nicht mehr glauben
Lasst mich allein, GefŘhle, die den Schlaf mir rauben
Lasst mich allein, hab nichts zu geben, seit der Blitz aufzuckte
My problem is with "Lasst mich allein, Gedanken, die mir nicht mehr glauben": Is this "leave me alone, thought that I don't believe anymore" or "leave me alone, thought that does not believe in me anymore"?
...or none?
Gedanken is plural, as is the verb glauben. Note too that the Lasst is a plural imperative. Glauben takes a dative object (mir)

So: Leave me alone, thoughts, who no longer believe me.

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Old June 26, 2013, 01:40 PM
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How did I miss the plural? *sigh*


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Lasst mich allein, hab nichts zu geben, seit der Blitz aufzuckte
Aufzucken: http://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/aufzucken

I've never heard it before. :O
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Old June 30, 2013, 12:01 PM
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I had to browse a hundred webpages to find it. My Langenscheidt W÷rterbuch didn't have it either. ;(
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My Langenscheidt W÷rterbuch didn't have it either. ;(
But mine does
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Just use "Duden" if you can't find any translation in to English or Spanish.
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@Perikles: Must be bigger than mine.

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