#Music Monday ~ Xavier Naidoo: Bitte Hoer Nicht auf, zu traeumen/ please do not stop dreaming

February 2019

Another message that we should repeat often 🙂

January 2018

It is January and a new year but I don’t feel as enthusiastically that there are new hope and new beginnings. I just can’t get rid of that feeling of doom and that the world as we know it is ending for good.

However, I also believe that this is a time of great change and that we can steer not only our lives but the life of this planet into a better and more positive direction if we are the change we want to see on this earth. In small steps, we can keep the hope alive and also give more hope to ourselves and others.

One song of German singer Xavier Naidoo does express this belief perfectly and today I want to share it with you:

Lyrics from Google Search unofficial translation by The Bee

Bitte hör nicht auf zu träumen

Bitte hör nicht auf zu träumen,                    (please do not stop dreaming)
Von einer besseren Welt.                              (of a better world)
Fangen wir an aufzuräumen,                       (let’s start clearing up)
Bau sie auf wie sie dir gefällt.                      (create it how you like it)
Bitte hör nicht auf zu träumen,                   (please do not stop dreaming)
Von einer besseren Welt.                            (of a better world)
Fangen wir an aufzuräumen,                      (let’s start clearing up)
Bau sie auf wie sie dir gefällt                      (create it how you like it)

Du bist die Zukunft,                                    (You are the future)
Du bist dein Glück.                                      (You are your bliss)
Du träumst uns in die höchsten Höhen,     ( you dream us to the highest heights)
Und sicher auf den Boden zurück.              (and securely back to the ground)
Und ich bin für dich da,                               (and I am there for you)
Du für mich.                                                 (and you for me)
Seit deiner ersten Stunde glaube ich an dich.(Since your first hour I believe in you)

Bitte hör nicht auf zu träumen,                     (please do not stop dreaming)
Von einer besseren Welt.                              (of a better world)
Fangen wir an aufzuräumen,                        (let’s start clearing up)
Bau sie auf wie sie dir gefällt.                       (create it how you like it)
Bitte hör nicht auf zu träumen,                    (please do not stop dreaming)
Von einer besseren Welt.                              (of a better world)
Fangen wir an aufzuräumen,                        (let’s start clearing up)
Bau sie auf wie sie dir gefällt                        (create it how you like it)

Du bist der Anfang,                                      (you are the beginning)
Du bist das licht.                                           (you are the light)
Die Wahrheit scheint in dein Gesicht.           (the truth shines in your face)
Du bist ein Helfer,                                         (you are a helper)
Du bist ein Freund.                                        (you are a friend)
Ich hab so oft von dir geträumt.                   (so often have I dreamed of you)
Du bist der Anlass,                                        (you are the cause)
Du bist der Grund.                                        (you are the reason)
Du machst die kranken wieder gesund.        (you heal the ill)
Du musst nur lächeln,                                    (you just have to smile)
Und sagst dein Wort.                                     (and say your word)
Denn Kindermund,                                         (because a child’s mouth)
Tut Wahrheit kund.                                        (tells the truth)

Bitte hör nicht auf zu träumen,                       see first verse
Von einer besseren Welt.
Fangen wir an aufzuräumen,
Bau sie auf wie sie dir gefällt.
Bitte hör nicht auf zu träumen,
Von einer besseren Welt.
Fangen wir an aufzuräumen,
Bau sie auf wie sie dir gefällt
Bitte hör nicht auf zu träumen,
Von einer besseren Welt.
Fangen wir an aufzuräumen,
Bau sie auf wie sie dir gefällt.
Bitte hör nicht auf zu träumen,
Von einer besseren Welt.
Fangen wir an aufzuräumen,
Bau sie auf wie sie dir gefällt.

Songwriters: Matthew Tasa / Milan Martelli / Xavier Naidoo
Bitte hör nicht auf zu Träumen lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Xavier Naidoo on Wikipedia

Xavier Kurt Naidoo (born October 2, 1971), also known by his stage name Kobra, is a German Soul and R&B singer/songwriter, record producer, and occasional actor. He is a founding member of the German band Söhne Mannheims, and started two record labels, Beats Around the Bush and Naidoo Records. Naidoo also has a successful solo career. His debut album Nicht von dieser Welt (1998) has sold over 1 million records, and all his next six albums Zwischenspiel – Alles für den Herrn (2002), Telegramm für X (2005), Alles kann besser werden (2009), Danke für’s Zuhören (2012), Bei meiner Seele (2013) und Nicht von dieser Welt 2 (2016) reached number 1 on the German album charts. Most of his songs are in German, however, he has also released a couple of english songs…..

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Ethos

Naidoo’s music has been claimed to feature a utopian, pan-theistic ideology through which he expressed his own political anxieties and stances. Although he explores Christian, Muslim, and Rastafarian modes of living, his work has been asserted to be strongly grounded in Old Testament narratives and apocalyptic sentiments. Applying these to situations faced specifically in a ” Black German “? context, Naidoo has called for solutions not from the state, but from cross-cultural spiritual collectivities. For example, in the lyrics and video for “Seine Strassen,” the power of the state in terms of protection and surveillance is said to pale in comparison to higher spiritual powers.[10]

However his lyrics have also featured anti-Semitic slurs[11] and homophobic sentiments. His 2012 song Wo sind implied that homosexuals were paedophiles.[12]

Mixed German and Asian identity

Naidoo didn’t engage directly with his own mixed German and Asian identity in his music, but he was integral to the formation of an Afro-German presence in German popular culture. Specifically, his work with Glashaus can be said to have originated a distinctly Afro-German form of R&B, one which addressed the issues faced by Black Germans without invoking Black Germans specifically. Not only did Naidoo experiment with sounds from around the Black Diaspora, notably working with RZA, but was also a member of Brothers Keepers, an explicitly Afro-German and explicitly political collective. As lead singer in “Adriano,” one of Brothers Keepers’s most iconic songs, he stands with the Afro-German collective, setting the tone for their message.[10]

* Please be careful if you read the full English entry: The part of his political view is just a shortened and in parts wrong translation of the German part. He is controversial in his conservative religious views however, he wants to keep up a conversation with all political directions and this is why he took part in a Reichsbuergerbewegung’s meeting not because he shares their opinions.

Fellow Bloggers wrote about Xavier Naidoo:

The world of zmod1984: My favourite songs: XAVIER NAIDOO “DIESER WEG” & “ICH KENNE NICHTS (DAS SO SCHÖN IST WIE DU)”

 

11 thoughts on “#Music Monday ~ Xavier Naidoo: Bitte Hoer Nicht auf, zu traeumen/ please do not stop dreaming

      • jilldennison says:

        Y’know … I sometimes think I am a hypocrite in that area. I write about doing things to help others, encourage people to protest the injustices of the day, but I am not out there on the front lines actually doing those things. Something to ponder … 🤔

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      • Bee Halton says:

        I don’t think you are. Not all of us are made to go and demonstrate. Some sign petitions instead or write to keep us in our heels. I figured we need to chose the fights we feel comfortable of fighting and also are able to. I would love to go to London and demonstrate against Brexit but I just don’t have the money to get there. So I share information and the odd rant. I collect rubbish where I can for eco-friendliness but don’t challenge big companies and I send my blessings out to humankind daily because I don’t feel I can volunteer or give money. I am sure if you look close you realise how much you do 😗🙋🌻🐝

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      • Bee Halton says:

        I think we all we wish that and that shows that we care. But the wise thing is to know what we can and what we can’t change and to do what we can not to beat ourselves up. You encourage me to not give up hope no matter what and that is something important. Not everybody has that superpower 😗🙋

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