02 September 2014

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"O Fortuna" is a medieval poem written in Latin early in the 13th century. It is one of the most widely recognized pieces of musuc to date, as it is often placed in films, commercials, and video games during powerful scenes, such as this one in the 1981 John Boorman film Excalibur.
As part of the collection known as the "Carmina Burana," "O Fortuna" is a lament about fate, fortune, and the personification of luck. In 1935–36, "O Fortuna" was set to music by German composer Carl Orff as a part of "Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi", the opening and closing movement of his cantata "Carmina Burana," first staged by the Frankfurt Opera on 8 June 1937.
I don't care how cultured you aren't, this here version is very funny. 
(Scroll down for the real words, in both Latin and English)

Gregorian does an amazing remix you can watch right HERE
O Fortuna
velut luna
statu variabilis,
semper crescis
aut decrescis;
vita detestabilis
nunc obdurat
et tunc curat
ludo mentis aciem,
dissolvit ut glaciem.
Sors immanis
et inanis,
rota tu volubilis,
status malus,
vana salus
semper dissolubilis,
et velata
michi quoque niteris;
nunc per ludum
dorsum nudum
fero tui sceleris.
Sors salutis
et virtutis
michi nunc contraria,
est affectus
et defectus
semper in angaria.
Hac in hora
sine mora
corde pulsum tangite;
quod per sortem
sternit fortem,
mecum omnes plangite!

O Fortuna: ,
like the moon
you are changeable,
ever waxing
and waning;
hateful life
first oppresses
and then soothes
as the sharp mind takes it;
and power
it melts them like ice.
Fate – monstrous
and empty,
you whirling wheel,
you are malevolent,
well-being is vain
and always fades to nothing,
and veiled
you plague me too;
now through the game
I bring my bare back
to your villainy.
Fate – in health
and virtue –
is against me,
driven on
and weighted down,
always enslaved.
So at this hour
without delay
pluck the vibrating strings;
since Fate
strikes down the strong man,
everyone weep with me!

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