The Magic Flute: “Pa-pa-pa Papageno” – Nathan Gunn (Met Opera)

The Magic Flute: “Pa-pa-pa Papageno” – Nathan Gunn (Met Opera)


Papagena,
Papagena. Papagena! Chicky! Duckling! Little Lovebird!
It’s useless. Ah, she’s lost forever.
Guess I was never meant to have her. By chattering, chattering – I lost my chance.
So that’s the end of my romance, that’s the end of my romance!
I will decorate this tree with the hanging corpse of me!
I’m sorry I was born. Tell the pretty girls to mourn.
Everyone wants to mistreat me! There’s no little wife to greet me!
So this is it, it’s time to die, lovely ladies say goodbye;
lovely ladies say goodbye! Is my face just one big puddle?
Aren’t I cute enough to cuddle? Just speak up before you go – say the word
– say ‘yes’ or ‘no’; just one word – say ‘yes’ or ‘no’!
Not a warble… not a twitter. No one, no one quacks up – then I guess it’s
time to pack up. Papageno there’s the tree – that noose has
its eye on me! Papageno there’s the tree – fate says what
must be must be! No – there’s one more chance!
Well let’s see… I’ll wait a while. Yes, let’s see… How ’bout I count from one
to three? One! Two! three. Well I guess it’s meant to be… This is it – the bitter end.
Now the time has come to die – oh you heartless world, goodbye!
Yes you heartless world, goodbye. ‘geno, ‘geno, ‘geno, ‘geno!
Oh Papageno silly man! You have one life so live it while you can!
You have one life so live it while you can! My little friends you are well spoken, but
then your hearts have not been broken. One day you’ll learn what girls can do, one
day the pain will strike at you. So take your magic bells and play them!
Your little sweetheart will obey them! I’m such a goose – I’m such a birdbrain!
I had forgotten them completely! Ring out my pretty bells sing sweetly – you
work in ways I can’t explain. You work in ways I can’t explain. Ring my bells keep ringing, bring my girl to me! Ring my bells keep ringing, bring her here to me. Ring my bells keep ringing! Bring my girl to me!
Ring oh bells keep ringing, bring a wife for me.
Ring oh bells keep ringing, bring her here to me.
Bring her here. A wife for me!
A wife for me. Oh Papageno, look this way!
Ahh! Pa
Pa pa Pa
Pa pa Pa pa pa pa
Pa pa pa pa! Pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa
Pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa! Papapapa pa
Papapapa pa Papapapagena!
Papapapageno! Will you stay with me forever?
Yes, I’ll stay with you forever! Soon you’ll be my little lovey.
Now I’ll be your turtle dovey. My true love, my turtle dove.
My true love, my turtle dove! May the gods above soon bless us!
May the gods above soon bless us and reward our fond caresses, and reward our
fond caresses by sending lots of baby chicks – baby chicks.
Oh – baby chicks! Baby chicks!
By sending lots of baby chicks – by sending lots of baby chicks!
First – comes a little Papageno! Then – comes a little Papagena.
Then – comes another Papageno! Then – comes another Papagena!
Papageno! Papagena!
Papageno! Papagena! The greatest happiness is many. The greatest happiness is many.
Many Papagenos and Papagenas! A flock of love birds: just. like. you.
The greatest happiness is many! The greatest happiness is many.
Many Papagenos and Papagenas! A flock of love birds: just. like. you.
Papageno. Papageno. Papapapapapapageno! A flock of love birds just like you!
Papageno. Papageno. Papapapapapapageno! A flock of love birds just like you! Yes now’s the time to bill and coo! Yes now’s the time to bill and coo!
Pa pa pa pa Papageno! Pa pa pa pa Papageno!
Pa pa pa pa Papageno! Pa pa pa pa Papageno!

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