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Why the lengthy name?

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The words to the freethought anthem "Die Gedanken Sind Frei."
Literally, the title means "The Thoughts Are Free."
There have been a number of translations into English.
This one renders it "My Thoughts Are Free," but it could equally well be "Our Thoughts Are Free.

Die Gedanken Sind Frei
("My Thoughts Are Free")

Die Gedanken sind frei-
My thoughts freely flower.
Die Gedanken sind frei-
My thoughts give me power.
No scholar can map them,
No hunter can trap them.
No person can deny [Another translation says "No man can deny"]
Die Gedanken sind frei.

I think as I please
And this gives me pleasure.
My conscience decrees
This right I must treasure.
My thoughts will not cater
To duke or dictator. [I sing "pope or dictator" here]
No person can deny
Die Gedanken sind frei.

And should tyrants take me and throw me in prison,
My thoughts will burst free, like blossoms in season.
Foundations will crumble, and structures will tumble,
And free people shall cry, "Die Gedanken sind frei."

Thanks to Dan Barker who provided the words to the Freethought Anthem © 1950, Peoples' Artists, Inc. Currently held by Sing Out Corp. Reprinted with permission. Translated from the German by Arthur Kevess.
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