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Hermes House Band - Rotterdam, the most good-looking rotten town
Lyrics: Maartje Duin / Music: Amir Swaab
(2006)

Hermes House Band - Rotterdam, de mooiste rotstad die er is
Tekst: Maartje Duin / Muziek: Amir Swaab
(2006)


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Dutch song Hermes House Band - Rotterdam, de mooiste rotstad
with lyrics, music, video and English translation songtext


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I have grown to love this town, so let me show you 'round it
We'll wander on the Weena with it's high apartment buildings
You can see in the distance now the beautiful Hofplein
When Feijenoord wins the game, this is the fountain to dive in

Laat me je de stad tonen, waarvan ik ben gaan houden
Zwier mee over het Weena met z'n hoge flatgebouwen
Zie je daar aan het einde al het prachtige Hofplein
Als Feijenoord heeft gewonnen, duik je zo in de fontein


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Now to the right and we will pass the stately city hall
And this street is the Meent, it crosses the Coolsingel here
Spend your money in the Koopgoot, that is why they have dug it
Walk further a short way and you will reach the Leuvehaven
And there lies Rotterdam then from the viewpoint of Zadkine
The city rushes on, but you watch quietly for a while

Van hier naar rechts, dan kom je langs het statige stadhuis
En dit hier is de Meent, de straat die de Coolsingel kruist
Geef je geld uit in de Koopgoot, daar is 'ie voor gegraven
En loop wat verder door, dan kom je bij de Leuvehaven
En daar staat Rotterdam dan door de ogen van Zadkine
De stad raast door, maar jij bent even stil om het te zien


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Talk no more about those Nazi's, and their bombs that ruined the city
Rotterdam, it has no heart, but it has my heart, so damn it
Other people have opinions, but they all miss the point
Rotterdam, the most good-looking rotten town

Schei toch uit over die moffen, hou toch op over die bommen
Rotterdam, stad zonder hart, mijn hart ligt er wel, verdomme
Wat een ander ook mag zeggen, die slaat de plank maar mis
Rotterdam, de mooiste rotstad die er is


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Can you see the Willemsbrug, and beyond that the Zwaan
Both giant structures look to us from high up in the sky
Crowded the cafe terraces, along the busy Oude Haven
The biggest pride the Witte Huis, that stylish, friendly tower

Zie je daar de Willemsbrug, daar verderop de Zwaan
De twee gevaartes kijken ons vanuit de hoogte aan
Altijd vol zijn de terrassen, die bij de Oude Haven horen
En trots staat daar dat Witte Huis, die vriendelijke toren


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On market day the Blaak means: roll up your sleeves, be busy
It has some of the strangest buildings Rotterdam possesses
Come on, now to the Oostzeedijk, the best place to linger
The student's way of life is there always alive and kicking
And Kralingen, oh Kralingen, it's villa's and it's lake
Yes Kralingen, it always will remain right as it was

De Blaak is op een marktdag: vol handen uit de mouwen
En wordt omringd door Rotterdams merkwaardigste gebouwen
Vooruit, naar de Oostzeedijk toe, daar is het goed toeven
Daar kan je nog de sfeer van het studentenleven proeven
En Kralingen, o Kralingen, zijn villa's en zijn plas
Ja, Kralingen zal toch wel altijd blijven hoe het was


picture garland guirlande symbol of dutch song translated English translation

Talk no more about those Nazi's, and their bombs that ruined the city
Rotterdam, it has no heart, but it has my heart, so damn it
Other people have opinions, but they all miss the point
Rotterdam, the most good-looking rotten town

Schei toch uit over die moffen, hou toch op over die bommen
Rotterdam, stad zonder hart, mijn hart ligt er wel, verdomme
Wat een ander ook mag zeggen, die slaat de plank maar mis
Rotterdam, de mooiste rotstad die er is


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Rotterdam, no-nonsense-city, and no-talk-away-the-time-town
Rotterdam, town without fringes, without gold and champagne neither
Benelux- and Brienenoord-town, Rotterdam, my favourite city
All the factories and harbours and that bad smell from Pernis
Those make Rotterdam the most good-looking rotten town there is

Rotterdam, geen-flauwekul-stad, Rotterdam, de geen-gelul-stad
Rotterdam, stad zonder franje, zonder goud, zonder champagne
Benelux- en Brienenoordstad, Rotterdam, dat is mijn moordstad
Al die havens en fabrieken en die stinklucht uit Pernis
Maken Rotterdam de allermooiste rotstad die er is


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Those make Rotterdam the most good-looking rotten town there is

Maken Rotterdam de allermooiste rotstad die er is


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picture garland guirlande symbol of dutch song translated English translation



The Hermes House Band (1982) is the student band of the student society Rotterdamsch Studenten Corps (RSC). The line up changes every few years, because the members have to leave the band at the end of their study at the university.

This song 'Rotterdam, the most good-looking rotten town' (2006) is well-known amongst the inhabitants and students from Rotterdam, and also amongst the football supporters of the Rotterdam football company Feijenoord (or Feyenoord), who sometimes sing the refrain in stadiums before or during a match.

In this song, about walking through the city, many well-known places, streets, buildings, bridges and highlights of Rotterdam are mentioned. The 'Koopgoot' ('buy-gutter') is the nickname of a low lying shopping street.

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Zadkine refers to the French sculptor Ossip Zadkine. He made a sculpture for Rotterdam, named The destroyed city/De verwoeste stad (1953). It is a human without a heart, his posture expressing suffering, his arms upwards. It represents the destroying of Rotterdam in World War II.

Also the Nazi's and the bombs in the refrain refer to World War II. The bombing of Rotterdam (the Rotterdam Blitz), during the German invasion of the Netherlands in May 1940, was one of the biggest disasters for the Netherlands. The inner city was completely destroyed by enourmous fires and the Netherlands had to surrender. Kralingen is a periphere suburb that survived the bombing. The district Pernis has big oil refining industry.

After the war, the city chose not to restore, but to build modern buildings and even high skyscrapers. Many people consider it an ugly city, but Rotterdammers are proud of their city and their hard work. The term 'rotten city' ('rotstad') has two meanings: a spoiled/decayed/ugly city, but also: city at the river Rotte (the historical dam in the river Rotte gave Rotterdam it's name).

icon list orange   More translated Dutch songs in the genre 'ballad' and more with the theme 'Dutch cities'. See also the list of Dutch bands with all their songs on this website.
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