The other day I was listening to music while I was doing some computer stuff at work, and a song caught my attention. The song was a German one named “Porzellan,” by Farin Urlaub. Urlaub is the singer of the sorta-punk, sorta-rock group “Die Ärzte,” and Die Ärzte as well as Urlaub as a solo artist are both definitely worth a listen, in my opinion.

In any case, “Porzellan” is about being content with what you have, and realizing that your happiness largely depends on your own personal outlook towards life. I know that’s a really basic, first-grade type of message, but I suppose that we all get caught up in a grass-is-greener slump now and then, when we should really just look around and appreciate what we DO have, instead of what we don’t.

In any case, I typed out the first part of the song. I’m pretty sure the lyrics are correct, but I may have misheard something.

Oh, and I’m not going to translate them, either. It’s payback for all those damn times I’ve read books with untranslated passages in French or Latin, the authors’ assumption seemingly being that if you’re educated, then you simply must understand those two languages. Well I say screw that. German’s good enough to be baffling and frustrating, too.

So, check out the lyrics:


(Album: Am Ende Der Sonne)

das Glück ist immer da
wo do nicht bist
du willst immer das,
was du nicht kriegst
und du beklagst dich
„es ist nicht fair!“

Schön ist nur das
was du verpasst
du brauchst irgendwas
was du nicht hast
du bist nie zufrieden
du willst immer mehr

du wärst gern wie sie
du wärst gern wie er
du wärst gern jemand anders
Hauptsache, irgendwer
Glück gibt es überall
vielleicht auch hier
es liegt an dir

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