About the Operas

by  Franz Lehár
GERN HAB’ ICH DIE FRAU’N GEKÜßT

 

PAGANINI

I gladly kissed the women

Never asked if it's allowed

I thought: just take them,

just kiss them, that's what they're there for!

Yes, believe me: I never took love seriously

I loved hotly, but I'm not very faithful,

I'm a man, there isn't much to it,

dear lover: I will look at other women too!

 

I know the glow of true love,

I know how painful falsehoods can be,

I know the joys,

how they begin with happiness,

I saw their turning and how they end in misery!

I know love in major and minor key,

I know it glad, crazy, and mad,

I look back awakening and laughing

and seem in intoxication, in swapping around my luck

 

I gladly kissed the women

Never asked if it's allowed

I thought: just take them,

just kiss them, that's what they're there for!