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Liefling – Gé Korsten

Liefling – Gé Korsten (One for the rugby lovers – honestly)

Sing Vir Ons 25 Grootste Treffers by Gé Korsten

Sing Vir Ons 25 Grootste Treffers by Gé Korsten

On 29 September 1999, South Africa lost one of the leading luminaries
of the music world when news of the suicide of Gérald Korsten came
though. He was 71 years old. Gé entered the realms of ‘household name’
in South Africa with his operatic tenor voice and often teamed up with
the soprano Mimi Coertse, another householder namer.

‘Liefling’ is not an operatic piece, but is more of a big love song
featuring an operatic voice. The lush string arrangements sweep and
swoop as Gé builds each refrain towards the powerful chorus that would
leave most of us with strained vocal chords.

Apparently the Bulls fans love singing this before rugby matches, so
it’s a much more macho song than a first listen may let on. Steve
Hofmeyr, André Schwartz and Rino Hugo are a few of those who have
recorded versions of this, but none give you the goosebump that Gé’s
version does.

Where to find it:

The Heart And Soul Of  Gé Korsten (2004) Gallo, CDREDD645

Sing Vir Ons 25 Grootste Treffers – Gé Korsten (2011) NEXTCD251

Huisgenoot 90 Jaar Van Afrikaanse Musiek (2011) NEXTCD 267

Cover versions (selected):

André Schwartz with Sarah Theron

Jannie Moolman and Helene Henn

The Gugulethu Tenors

Ons Eie Tenore

Symphonia (instrumental)

Sterling EQ (instrumental)

Die Naaimasjiene

Manuel Escorcio
Video:

Lyrics:

Jy weet dat ek nie sonder jou kan bestaan nie
Jy weet dat jy ook nie alleen kan bestaan nie
Dit weet jy goed

Chorus

Liefling kan ons nie maar vergeet en vergewe
Liefling ek kan nie sonder jou verder lewe
Dit weet jy goed

Jy weet dat ou herinnerings nooit vergaan nie
Jy weet dat niemand ooit in jou plek kan staan nie
Dit weet jy goed

Chorus

Nou is die tyd moenie wag
Want ek verlang elke dag
Hier is my hart neem dit nou
Hier is my hart net vir jou

Jy weet dat ek nie sonder jou kan bestaan nie
Jy weet dat jy ook nie alleen kan bestaan nie
Dit weet jy goed

Chorus

Liefling jy weet

Written by: Kunze, Maffay, Toerien

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3 thoughts on “Liefling – Gé Korsten

  1. Pingback: Liefling – Gé Korsten (via 1001 South African Songs You Must Hear Before You Go Deaf) | Treffers

  2. Andrew Marais on said:

    Goeie dag Ek wil graag die bladmusiek van “Liefling” he vir my dogtertjie. Sy is agt jaar oud en speel die lied reeds op die klawerbord; te mooi, maar daar kort ‘n nootjie hier en daar. Waar kan ek die bladmusiek kry asb. Groete. Andrew Marais. 082 682 7461

  3. Johan Smit on said:

    Musiek wat my hart roer.

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