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Thread #69564 Message #2410193
Posted By: M.Ted
10-Aug-08 - 10:05 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Und was bekam des Soldaten Weib? (Brecht
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Und Was Bekam des Soldaten Weib
Brecht wanted his language be offhanded, and colloquial, contemporary and direct--what we might call "Street Talk"---he wanted us to first see "the soldier's woman", or "the soldier's girl" as a common girl, receiving common, trivial gifts from a soldier, nothing special, just what any soldier might send, and he almost mocks the gifts, with sing-song couplets, like children's rhymes.
I asked for the lyrics after hearing Klaus Kinsky sing this song--not a wistful song, like "Where have all the Flowers Gone" but like a children's riddle song, with death as the punch line.
Thank you, Jim Carroll, for posting Marie Farrer, forget Marxism, forget his writings on "Epic Theater", that poem shows what Brecht is really about--I like the translation--others might want it to be more raw, but I think it shows what Brecht wanted us to see, and in the way that he wanted us to see it--