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Learning From Music Videos: German Versions of Disney Songs 2

Since I was recently in Disneyland Paris, saw Confessions of a Retired Disney Princess yesterday, and had been in a mood to listen to Disney songs the last couple of days, I thought I’d share five more German versions of Disney songs. I find them to be a fun way to learn more German as well as to see what words I already recognize. Although many of the songs are close to the English versions in many of the words, they are not direct translations, which makes sense since using the exact German words for the English ones would not be very poetic. In some cases, such as in the German of “Let it Go”, which is the last song on this list, I actually like some of the word choices better. [Update: For those who prefer to listen in a playlist, I’ve added these songs and the songs from the first German versions of movie songs to this YouTube playlist.]

This is “Ich will jetzt gleich König sein” (I want to be king), which is the German version of “Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from the Lion King, which is called König Der Löwen in German. I didn’t think it was possible, but I find the German Zazu (voiced by Eberhard Prüter) more annoying than the English one (voiced by Rowan Atkinson). I was surprised to find that the German Simba’s singing voice (Cush Young) sounds very similar to the English one (Joseph Williams).  This video has a brief clip before the song starts (about a minute in) and the German lyrics on the screen once the song starts. Also, since today is Video Game Day and this song reminds me of playing The Lion King video game on SNES as a kid, did anyone else have that game?

Gaston is the Beauty and the Beast (Die Schöne und das Biest) character I love to hate. I actually ended up on the Confessions of a Disney Princess video I mentioned recently after reading an article about Devon Staples, a former Orlando Disneyworld Gaston performer who had died in a fireworks accident. I thought I recognized him from a video I’d seen of Gaston doing pushups with a guest, which was the only time I recalled liking Gaston. It turns out that actually was not the same guy. The Gaston in this video, however, is. I like his idea of a “stallion tail”. Hah.

In the previously mentioned article, Devon’s brother, Cody, says, “Anyone who would want to give a tribute to Devon should go out and do something nice for someone. Show some love to someone you don’t know. That kid was all about showing people love.” Although I also like to do nice things for people, I thought it might be nice to include Gaston’s most fun song in today’s list, so here is the song “Gaston”. This video includes the lyrics on the original page in the info section under “show more”.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Mary Poppins, although there was a clip of the song Step in Time in a show at Disneyland Paris, which was fun. I didn’t find a German version of that song, but I was excited to come across this German version of Supercalifragilisticexpiadidocious. In German, however, that really long word is slightly different: Supercalifragilisticexplialigetisch. There are lyrics with the song in the information box under “show more”.

Overall, the music in Hercules is not my favorite. I do like Go the Distance though. Here is the German version, which is called “Ich werd’s noch beweisen”. Google Translation says this means “I’ll still prove” which sort of makes sense with the context, but just doesn’t sound right. If it is correct, I imagine the back translation would be something like “I’ll prove myself” since we wouldn’t just say “I’ll prove” in English. As with other songs, this one departs from the English a bit, but the feeling is similar. For example, in the beginning he sings about people being happy to be with him rather than a “hero’s welcome” and the voice says “boy, here you belong” rather than “this is where I’m meant to be”. The German lyrics are in the info box under “show more”.

If you’ve heard “Let it Go” too many times in the past couple of years, you may want to skip over this one. I don’t have kids and haven’t done substitute teaching this year, so I can still stand it. In German, this song is “Lass jetzt los” which FluentU says means “Letting Go Now”. Rather than “Frozen”, in German, the movie is “Die Eiskönigin” (The Ice Queen). Overall the German lyrics are pretty close to the English. I do like the change in the end though. Rather than continue singing about letting go, she starts singing “Ich bin frei, endlich frei” (I am free, finally free) and at the end, instead of, “The cold never bothered me anyway” she says, “Die Kälte, sie is nun ein Teil von mir” (The cold, it is now a part of me). This version of the video is the sing-along version with the German lyrics on the screen. If you use FluentU, you may want watch the video there since it provides the English translation of the German lyrics.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this set of German Disney songs. If you found it helpful, please share this post via one of the sharing options below. If you’re interested in French, also check out French Versions of Disney Songs. I’ll probably be doing more foreign language Disney song posts in the future, so let me know if there are any songs or movies you’d like to see featured, and which language you’d like to see them in. The primary foreign language I study is German, but I have studied a little bit of Spanish and Japanese and am interested in French, Italian, and Hebrew (the last one of which I actually already have plans to do a  Disney song post on in the future). Bis später! 

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4 Thoughts on “Learning From Music Videos: German Versions of Disney Songs 2

  1. I love this! We picked up a Little Einstein’s CD when we were in Germany and still play it every once in a while.
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  2. Oh my God! I never heard these in german before, just english and spanish but they sound pretty good!!
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