Saturday, May 15, 2010

Learn Dutch Through Music: Part I - Spinvis

Erik de Jong is Spinvis. When he decided to take his music on the road, he brought on a few musicians. However, Spinvis is primarily a one-man-band. Spinvis' specialty is experimental pop and he has won numerous awards and distinctions for his music.

Divina Close Harmony sings one song by Spinvis - Astronaut - and it appears on my Learn Dutch Through Music: Part I playlist.  I also like his song Ik Wil Alleen Maar Zwemmen, introduced to me by A Flamingo in Utrecht.


Here are the lyrics to Astronaut. Read the translation first (to come soon) and compare it to the Dutch version. Are there words that look familiar to you or that resemble their English equivalents (I can already think of one!)? Look up words if you need to in order to get an idea of what the song is about. Read through the lyrics a few times (reading aloud is most helpful) before you play the music. When you play the song, follow along and once you're feeling comfortable, try singing along! For more hits and artists, check out the Learn Dutch Through Music Page!




Goeie reis
je hebt nu geen gewicht
astronaut
ga sneller dan het licht


De planeten zingen zacht
van het wonder dat je wacht
kijk niet om, ga steeds vooruit


Goeie reis en houd je haaks
en kijk goed uit


Astronaut, als traan verzilverd kind
Astronaut, door duisternis omringd


En als je soms verdwaald
Ga rechtdoor en wees niet bang
Geef de liefde wat ze vraagt
Eet de vruchten die ze draagt
Kijk niet om ga steeds vooruit
Kijk niet om ga steeds vooruit


Goeie reis en houd je haaks
en kijk goed uit


Astronaut
Astronaut
Astronaut
Astronaut
Astronaut
Astronaut
Astronaut