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Posted By: Joe Offer
07-Aug-08 - 12:58 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Und was bekam des Soldaten Weib? (Brecht
Subject: ADD: Song of the Nazi Soldier's Wife (Brecht)
Song of the Nazi Soldier's Wife
(Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill)
What was sent to the soldier's wife from that ancient capital Prague?
From Prague he sent her the high heel shoes,
Hoping she could use handsome high heel shoes.
That was what he sent her from Prague.
And what was sent to the soldier's wife, from Oslo out on the sound?
From Oslo he sent her the brand new fur.
Best of luck to her in her brand new fur,
Sent from Oslo out on the sound.
And what was sent to the soldier's wife from wealthy Amsterdam
From Amsterdam he sent her the hat.
She looked sweet in that
Such a nice Dutch hat, that he sent from Amsterdam.
And what was sent to the soldier's wife from Paris, the city of lights?
From Paris he sent her a fine silk dress,
To her neighbor's distress.
"Why should she get a dress, like the one he sent her from Paris?"
And what was sent to the soldier's wife from the desert around Tobruk?
From Tobruk he sent her a necklace to wear,
A copper necklace that made her feel reckless,
That was what he sent from Tobruk.
And what was sent to the soldier's wife from exotic Bucharest?
From Bucharest he sent her the blouse.
How it brightened the house,
That Roumanian blouse that he sent from Bucharest.
And what was sent to the soldier's wife from Russia so far sway?
From Russia they sent her a long black veil
For a widow so pale, a delicate black veil
From Russia so far away, from Russia so far away.
translation by Adrienne Cooper
from the CD booklet from the album Ghetto Tango: Wartime Yiddish Theater, by Adrienne Cooper and Zalmen Mlotek
Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill were able to leave Germany. In the United States, where they continued to work in the theater, they collaborated on 'Song of the Nazi Soldier's Wife.' Weill broadcast the song back to Europe by shortwave radio from a studio in New York to demoralize Nazi soldiers and to give heart to the comrades he was forced to leave behind.