For Sunday: “O Fortuna,” from Karl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”

o fortuna

If you have a reasonable knowledge of serious music, or movie music, this will make you laugh (and even if you’ve seen this video before; it makes me laugh every time I see it).

The lyrics are in medieval Latin. But people have been puzzling over them ever since Karl Orff set them to music sixty years ago.

Well, now you know what they’re really saying.

Gopher tuna!

Bring more tuna!

Statue of big dog with fleas!


About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to

4 Responses to For Sunday: “O Fortuna,” from Karl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”

  1. Janet says:

    Ya know….it worries me that I think this is so funny!

    • Oh come on. “Salsa cookies / windmill cookies / They gave me gonorrhea”? Or “This octopus / let’s give him boots / Send him to North Korea”? I can make myself laugh spontaneously just by thinking of those lines.

  2. starproms says:

    Makes more sense than the original!

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