Denn Die Todten Reiten Schnell

Album: Aria: A Tess Records Anthology (1997)

Songfacts®:

  • Although the title is in German, the rest of this very contemporary song is in English. "Denn die Todten reiten schnell" is actually a very famous quote that will be familiar to students of Gothic literature. It is used by a superstitious (or maybe not so superstitious) peasant in the Bram Stoker novel Dracula, when one of its leading characters, Jonathan Harker, is greeted by the coachman of the mysterious Count - who appears to have been the Count himself.

    In fact the phrase - for the dead travel fast - predates the mythical Dracula (though not the real one); it appears to have been used first in the narrative poem Lenore, which was published in German by Gottfried August Bürger (1747-94). Lenore is also the title of a famous poem by the American author Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49).
    It remains to be seen if Bürger, Poe or Stoker would appreciate this musical interpretation; probably all three are turning in their graves. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

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