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sors immanis, et inanis, rota to volubilis. status malus, vana salus, semper dissolubilis. obumbrata, et elata, michi quoque niteris. nunc per ludum, dorsum nudum, fero tui sceleris. dread destiny and empty fate, an everturning wheel. who make adversity and fickle health, alike turn to nothing. in the dark and secretly, you work against me. how through your trickery my naked back is turned to you unarmed.


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    General Commenthey emoJustin.... this song isn't from a movie dude... this is from the carmina burana suite composed in 1937... don't skimp out on your research next time and maybe you won't sound like an idiot.
    but yes you're right, this is an amazing cover. :-)
    xbloodrunsblackxon August 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentO Fortuna is a great piece, and Botch trasformed it like only Botch could. I love classical, and I think Botch has some really tight stuff. The bassline and drums get me pumped.
    juanteon August 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthey emoJustin.... this song isn't from a movie dude... this is from the carmina burana suite composed in 1937... don't skimp out on your research next time and maybe you won't sound like an idiot.
    but yes you're right, this is an amazing cover. :-)
    xbloodrunsblackxon August 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSo what's the Latin mean?
    WhiteIronon August 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOften great
    and empty,
    your revolving wheel,
    an evil state,
    vain health
    always dissolving,
    concealing
    and veiled
    you also strive for me
    now by game,
    a lost shirt
    I guiltily take because of you.

    thats the latin translated
    asruinfallson August 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentheres the full latin and english lyrics
    O Fortuna,

    velut luna

    statu variabilis,

    semper crescis

    aut decrescis;

    vita detestabilis

    nunc obdurat

    et tunc curat

    ludo mentis aciem,

    egestatem,

    potestatem

    dissolvit ut glaciem.



    Sors immanis

    et inanis,

    rota tu volubilis,

    status malus,

    vana salus

    semper dissolubilis,

    obumbratum

    et velatam

    mihi quoque niteris,

    nunc per ludum

    dorsum nudum

    fero tui sceleris.



    Sors salutis

    et virtutis

    mihi nunc contraria,

    est affectus

    et defectus

    semper in angaria;

    hac in hora

    sine mora

    cordis pulsum tangite,

    quod per sortem

    sternit fortem

    mecum omnes plangite.



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    English Lyrics



    O Fortune,

    changeable

    as the moon.

    you are always either improving

    or deteriorating.

    Detestable life

    at one moment thwarts

    and at another

    mockingly indulges the mind's desire

    melting away

    both poverty and power

    like ice.



    Vain,

    monstrous Fate,

    you turning wheel

    you can, when you will,

    destroy bad circumstances

    and delusive success alike.

    Veiled

    and shadowy,

    you attack me too;

    now at your whim

    I bare my back

    under your assault.



    You, Fate, who dispose

    health and strength

    are now against me;

    my desires

    and my weakness

    are in constant slavery.

    At this hour

    without delay

    let all pluck the string;

    let all lament with me

    how the brave man

    is crushed by Fate.


    blihndon September 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow. Profound.
    WhiteIronon October 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is fucking amazing. its so powerful and moving, just as the origional version.
    wristmeetsrazoron April 16, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"Hey xbloodrunsblackx ,
    emoJustin is right, O fortuna, from Carl Orff is from a movie named Excalibur. There is a soundtrack with O Fortuna on...so...I think you are the idiot here.. "

    yeah, because a song being on a soundtrack makes that song FROM the movie.

    duh.

    xbloodrunsblackx is right. and i'm pretty sure none of these people from 2002 will ever read this, but i just felt like saying this.
    Darth_Squirrelon April 29, 2004   Link
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    General Commentoh yes, i was going to mention that Carmina Burana is one of my favorite classical pieces. Carl Orff actually got a hold of a bunch of old poetry written by German monks in Latin and Old High German and wrote the music to it, so the lyrics themselves are actually pretty old while the music is remotely new (1930s as mentioned before).
    Darth_Squirrelon April 29, 2004   Link

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