"O Fortuna" demystified

Over the years, many of us have marveled at the power that "O Fortuna" from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana had as a soundtrack to film battle scenes. Yet, have we ever considered the lyrics to the piece? A video on YouTube offers a "karaoke" version of the work, complete with an English translation of the Latin words.

According to the poster, "the words - conveying mankind's eternal struggle with the fickle whims of life and the ultimate futility of this struggle - are as timeless and universal as the music itself."