Morituri te salutant

Discussion in 'Vocabulary & Translation Help' started by Irish_student, Oct 30, 2005.

  1. Irish_student

    Irish_student Active Member

    Could someone tell me what that means? Also, does anyone know who wrote the song before Daniel Landa covered it?
  2. Jana

    Jana Well-Known Member

    Morituri te salutant - Latin quotation; allegedly, gladiators condemned to death greeted the emperor when entering the arena. Literally, it means those who are dying greet you. Originally, the song was composed and sung by Karel Kryl in 1965 (LP Bratříčku, zavírej vrátka).
  3. Irish_student

    Irish_student Active Member

    Cheers. Is the song originally about the Slovak National Uprising in 1943? I heard a story that it was, and that Landa changed some of the lyrics so that the song was about resistance to Communism etc. Is this right?
  4. Willowz

    Willowz New Member

    I don't think Landa changed anything in the song originally From Karel Kryl. All i can say is that he 's used to say something about the fact K.Kryl did many thing for Czech People, when Russian were in the country just before singing that song.
    I also think that, even if the song was created for a particular event, such as you mentionned, it can apply to every other such as communist dictature etc.
  5. Irish_student

    Irish_student Active Member

    Cheers...I was just wondering because I think it is a beautiful, powerful song
  6. Willowz

    Willowz New Member

    I agree with you, it's one of my favourite from Landa. But he has so many other songs which are very catchy and beautiful (so as " Pozdrav z fronty")
  7. mloudova

    mloudova New Member

    I very much like this song too. But I prefer Kryl´s version to Landa´s. Kryl´s songs are very powerful, not only the melody, but also the texts. Enjoy it! :D

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