[group speaking Latin]

All that's known
In History, in Science
Overthrown
At school, at home, by blind men

You doubt them
And soon they bark and hound you
Till everything you say is just another bad about you

All they say
Is "Trust in what is written."
Wars are made
And somehow that is wisdom

Thought is suspect
And money is their idol
And nothing is okay unless it's
Scripted in their Bible

But I know
There's so much more to find
Just in looking through myself
And not at them
Still, I know
To trust my own true mind
And to say: there's a way through this

[group speaking Latin]

On I go
To wonder and to learning
Name the stars and know their dark returning

I'm calling
To know the world's true yearning
The hunger that a child feels for
Everything they're shown

You watch me
Just watch me
I'm calling
And one day all will know

You watch me
Just watch me
I'm calling, I'm calling
And one day all will know

[group speaking Latin]


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  • +1
    General CommentThe Latin spoken is from Virgil's "Aeneid", the first five lines (though the song starts at line 3):

    Arma virumque cano, Troiae qui primus ab oris
    Italiam, fato profugus, Laviniaque venit
    litora, multum ille et terris iactatus et alto
    vi superum saevae memorem Iunonis ob iram;
    multa quoque et bello passus, dum conderet urbem...
    vsaturnon June 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI translated this excerpt, but it was a little too rough, so I looked up the translation:

    I sing of arms and of one man, fated to be an exhile, who first left the coast of Troy and came to the Italian shores to Lavinium; and a great thrasing he took by land and sea at the hands of the fates because of the rageful and unforgetting wrath of Juno. Great too were his suffering in war before he could establish the city...

    :] latin = love
    carissa_deanon February 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentEveryone around these kids completely ignores things such as "history" and "science" and they look more closely at things such as family and religion. It's not that they totally disregard them, but they don't want to teach them to the children, which is one of the premises for this musical. Like how they tell them that the stork brings babies, and they don't talk about the true science of reproduction. Almost like George Orwell's "1984".

    What Melchior is saying is that he know things that other kids don't, and if he talks about these things they get mad at him. As an example if he where to say "The stork isn't real"--then he would be yelled at and get in trouble.

    The best lines are "Trust in what is written", which is basically the teachers making excuses for things that don't fit in with the bible and such.

    Many of the students learn through the bible, which is how the teachers teach.

    Melchior can feel that there is more to their mundane lies, and he wants to explore the truths of life.
    B*WAYfAnon July 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCool, vsaturn, thanks. I couldn't hear the background stuff so well.
    manprettys_pantieson June 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI´m no native speaker and not sure what the first four lines exactly mean. Is he saying that at school and at home he´s told completely different things than he used to know? Or what other people say? But aren´t History and Science also refering to school???

    Maybe there is another meaning of "overthrow" I don´t get.

    Thanks for any help :)
    CapSparrowon May 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think that what hes saying in the first lines is that everything thats known in the world through history and science is then over ridden by people telling him its wrong and that it is all about god. Because in the Broadway he goes to a school where they are taught by the ways of their religeon and the same thing at home.

    at least thats what i got from watching it and listening.

    But the whole song in general is about him finding out about the world and life for himself and wanting everyone to know what is right.
    SaveTheMimeon May 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentEveryone around these kids completely ignores things such as "history" and "science" and they look more closely at things such as family and religion. It's not that they totally disregard them, but they don't want to teach them to the children, which is one of the premises for this musical. Like how they tell them that the stork brings babies, and they don't talk about the true science of reproduction. Almost like George Orwell's "1984".

    What Melchior is saying is that he know things that other kids don't, and if he talks about these things they get mad at him. As an example if he where to say "The stork isn't real"--then he would be yelled at and get in trouble.

    The best lines are "Trust in what is written", which is basically the teachers making excuses for things that don't fit in with the bible and such.

    Many of the students learn through the bible, which is how the teachers teach.

    Melchior can feel that there is more to their mundane lies, and he wants to explore the truths of life.
    B*WAYfAnon July 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI have seen the play and right before this song moritz gets scolded for not knowing his latin and melchior who sings this song stands up for him when he says multum olim instead of multum ille which then leads to the teacher striking him.
    emzie8989on October 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. its so honist and shows so much truth and honisty. 'nothing is ok unless its scriped in the bible' is my favrout line, its so real. I get sent to church every sunday because of my pairents and this is bacicly what they drown on for a hour a week!
    i super love this song xx
    gleestaron February 14, 2011   Link

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