The rich and the happy can choose to keep silent,
no need to bid for attention.
But the desperate must reveal themselves,
must say: I am blind
or: I am going blind
or: It's not good for me here on Earth
or: My child is sick
or: I am not holding it together...
- But when is that really enough?
So, lest people pass them by like objects,
sometimes they sing.
- And sometimes their songs are beautiful
Edit: "The Voices" is the title which was used in the book I own, it might not be the exact same title as the German original.