Ecce Homo (in progress)

The first teaser of the upcoming After Crying album “Ecce Homo” has been released – on Péter Pejtsik’s album “pro multis”. The poem “Fragment” by Miklós Radnóti that is set to music, could have been written at any time during the history of mankind…

Lyrics: Miklós Radnóti 
Literal translation: Gábor Barabás
Music: Péter Pejtsik 

I lived in an age on this earth
when man was so debased,
he killed not only from duty but willingly for pleasure,
and he believed in delusions, braiding his life
with wild obsessions, as he foamed and raved.

I lived in an age on this earth
when to be a murderer or informant merited pride,
and traitors and bandits were heroes, –
and those who were retiring and silent
were hated, and shunned like the plague.

I lived in an age on this earth
when those that spoke up had to hide
and gnaw on their fists with shame, –
and nations reveled in their monstrous fate
as they rolled in their filth, drunk on blood.

I lived in an age on this earth
when a mother was a curse to her child
and women were overjoyed to miscarry,
and the living envied the worm-eaten dead
and toyed with the poison that foamed on their table.

. . . . .

I lived in an age on this earth
when even the poet was silent,
waiting to find his voice once more –
and then, there were none left to curse the world, –
like Isaiah, the master of dreadful words.

. . . .