O fortuna! Need more tuna!

from FamishedMammal

Isn’t that how it goes? This dramatic and sinister piece is a medieval lament written by students and scholars who didn’t get their grant money, whose girls had thrown them over, and who were generally miserable. It addresses the goddess of luck. From Wikipedia:

O Fortuna” is a medieval Latin Goliardic poem written early in the thirteenth century, part of the collection known as the Carmina Burana. It is a complaint about fate and Fortuna, a goddess in Roman mythology and personification of luck. In 1935-36, O Fortuna was set to music by the German composer Carl Orff as a part of his cantata Carmina Burana.


O Fortuna
velut luna
statu variabilis,
semper crescis
aut decrescis;
vita detestabilis
nunc obdurat
et tunc curat
ludo mentis aciem,
dissolvit ut glaciem.

Sors immanis
et inanis,
rota tu volubilis,
status malus,
vana salus
semper dissolubilis,
et velata
michi quoque niteris;
nunc per ludum
dorsum nudum
fero tui sceleris.

Sors salutis
et virtutis
michi nunc contraria,
est affectus
et defectus
semper in angaria.
Hac in hora
sine mora
corde pulsum tangite;
quod per sortem
sternit fortem,
mecum omnes plangite!


O Fortune,
just like the moon
thou art variable,
always dost thou
wax and wane.
Detestable life,
first dost thou mistreat us,
and then, whimsically,
thou heedest our desires.
As the sun melts the ice,
so dost thou dissolve
both poverty and power.

and empty fate,
thou, turning wheel,
art mean,
good health at thy will.
in obscurity,
thou dost attack
me also.
To thy cruel pleasure
I bare my back.

Thou dost withdraw
my health and virtue;
thou dost threaten
my emotion
and weakness
with torture.
In this  hour,
therefore, let us
pluck the strings without delay.
Let us mourn together,
for fate crushes the brave.

Here’s another example, with pictures and different mis-heard lyrics.


“The Avengers” online

Now you can watch the original Avengers on your computer. Mr. Steed and Emma Peel ride again on Duck TV.

Song: Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

Paul Simon, musicians and chorus: Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes.

I’m Henery the Eighth, I am!



more funny animals

About once a year, I play Scrabble with my family.

Song: All Around My Hat

This is Steeleye Spans version of the old song whose pale echo is found in “Around her neck she wore a yellow ribbon.” A lot of British folk songs were re-purposed into “cowboy songs” by expatriates.

Green willow is a symbol of false love.

I’ve discovered a lot of songs that I like on YouTube so I’m stringing them out over successive days.

Gray’s Tied House, Verona, Wisconsin

We’re sitting on the outdoor patio of Gray’s Tied House, having lunch al fresco and watching cyclists go by. The cyclists are about a block away. We think thay maybe we saw R. go by but we’re not sure.