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The second song introduces the title character, Die schöne Müllerin, or "The Lovely Maid of the Mill." Represented by soft bell tones, the voice of the maiden intertwines with the uncertain path of the wanderer, who has been distracted from his journey (as represented by the “hard-to-pin-down” guitar melody).

Lyrics for this song are selected phrases (translations) from the original Schubert lyrics that highlight key story points and that thematically and poetically complement the underlying music. The erratically-timed ostinato of the vocal melody conveys the wanderer's distraction from his carefree adventures, his hesitance over leaving his companion the stream, and his uncertain feelings for the beautiful girl.


The cold was sewn for everything
I move around so comfortably
Like blossoms in a rocky spring

Then I’ll know where hope resides
And then I’ll know where love presides

And If you come for every fall
If you come for every one
For life of one

We live together cozily
Moving out on everyone
Said moving out on everyone, my heart is full of everyone

In a green dew

My darling’s eyes shine bright and blue
The Miller’s daughter bright and blue
Please come out with everything
The sun will shine on everyone

But if I force on everyone,
That would be my darkest fear

Come out come out from your arched doors
Like flowers on the bank

The blue ones


from "Die schöne Müllerin" Live at The Woodward Theater, The Mitchells with concert​:​nova, released September 15, 2015
Lyrics translations by Celia Sgroi



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