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Thread #94926   Message #1844242
Posted By: Wolfgang
27-Sep-06 - 01:54 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Ain Geyer ist ausflogen in English
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ain Geyer ist ausflogen in English
I've read now the entry about this song in Steinitz.

(1) No help for the Schinder and Schaber line
(2) Steinitz states (without giving a reason) that we should not think of Florian Geyer when reading the first line. By reading some more song from that time I found that "Geyer" in that time could be used as a synonym for 'devil'
(3) written by Conz Annahans in Nördlingen, March, 31st 1525 is the claim in the post in another thread I have linked to above. In the English (language) folk tradition writers are seldom known if the songs are more than 100 years old. So you may wonder why this man is known and why such an exact date is given. Steinitz gives the following explanation:

After the peasants' uprising was crushed many of the leaders and simple combattants have been prosecuted and brought to court. The files of those court proceedings are often still available and have been studied a lot. Annahans was one of those who got a mild sentence for "helping the justice". So he admitted that he has written the original version of that rebellious song but that many other singers have added verses later or changed his lines.

On the 31st of March in 1525, there was a meeting of the rebels in Nördlingen in which they discussed how to act and where to attack. Later that evening, some rebellious songs were sung and one of these songs was our song here, sung by the singer/songwriter (source singer?) Annahans. So the exact date of the first public performance is known (from court files) and we can guess that Annahans has written the song (and the tune? Or used a then known tune?) during the days/weeks before.