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Thread #17407   Message #1353868
Posted By: GUEST
11-Dec-04 - 07:15 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Eppelein von Gailingen (Colin Wilkie)
Subject: RE: Colin Wilkie: Eppelein von Gailingen
Hello Robert, Thanks for showing so much interest in the song. Hello Wolfgang thanks for giving Robert so much background information and, of course, for doing an excellent, singable translation of it with your brother Reinhard. I was first told the story of Eppelein by Susi Kröher, a really beautiful woman ( both physically and personally ) and one I miss greatly; she was married to Hein - the elder ( by about 20 minutes ) half of the " singing twins " from Pirmasens; Hein and Oss. After Susi had related the facts, I searched several German songbooks for a ballad - imagening there'd be dozens, but finding none, decided I'd have to write my own. The recording on the CD: " I Wish I'd Written That Song " is by my wife: Shirley and our son: Vincent ( all three of us have, of course, visited the scene of the story several times. ) It's quite amazing, Wolfgang, that you - as a non-native speaker - managed to get the words down so well. There are a couple of tiny errors, and I hope you won't think me a churlish nit-picker for pointing them out ( after all, I'm in favour of the " Folk Process ", and singers adapting lyrics and tunes , in order to identify better with a song, so haven't " corrected " them all, just where I thought it made more sense.

       2nd verse: line 3: He laughed at THEM....

       2nd verse: line 6: Till THEY tower above.....

       last verse: line 3: He dug HIS heels.....

Once again, thanks for all the interest you've all shown.
All the best
       Colin