Aria of Mister X from operetta by Imre Kalman ‘The Princess of the Circus’. German/Hungarian lyrics by A. Grunvald, Y. Brammer , Russian lyrics by I . Zarubin, O. Fadeeva (Kleiner), English by Vesper Lynd

MisterX1

 

The clock is ticking fast

I am ready to appear

Arena roars me the cheer…

 

Again – over there – into the ocean of light…

Despite my despair I must thrill and excite

Intense is the limelight, fanfares at full blast

Audience applauds, be brave the gymnast!

Defying the death

Courageous and brave is my stunt

Everyone’s silent

My statement is blunt

Listening to the violin

The ladies will keep their cool

They’ll say with a smile:

“A courageous fool!”

 

MisterX2

 

Yes, I am a jester, a fool, a stuntman

These are names chosen for me by the noblemen

So aloof, disengaged they will not comprehend

They will never stretch a helping hand …

 

One sacred dream

Is in my heart  – disturbs and haunts me,

Makes me look forward to the performance –

Will in the audience I see my one and only

The only lady I used to love?

 

The one and only I am thinking of…?

 

MisterX3

 

The day I met her

Was a curse from above

Since then I am desperately and forever in love

The lovely features of her face follow me

Wherever I go – oh, how I want it to be!

 

MisterX4

 

Her eyes are shining like nothing else in the world

My one desire – to cherish her and to hold

The look in her eyes

Captivates like a song

 

MisterX6

 

Oh dreamy blue skies…

That’s all bygone!

 

MisterX8

 

Yes, I am a jester, a fool, a stuntman

Those are names chosen for me by the noblemen

So aloof, disengaged they will not comprehend

They will never stretch a helping hand …

 

MisterX5

 

The bow is down and the melody is over

My horse is flying

And horrifying

The rain of flowers – fragrant are the flying bouquets

But stunt is over, the lights are down

And there is none to remain around…

 

MisterX7

 

The flowers dropping petals right on the sand

So wretched and lonely is my path in dreamland

Through night and thunder I am destined to walk

This sad existence is my barren bedrock

I am drained from watching the other men’s lives

O, will I ever have a home and a wife?

Unloved and bitter I will swallow my pain

In mask forever – is my endless reign!

 

 

 

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