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Thread #4601   Message #25175
Posted By: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
05-Apr-98 - 09:06 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Wedding of Lili Marlene
Subject: RE: Wedding of Lili Marlene
There was a song Lili Marlene. It had the distinction of being sung by both sides in WWII. The story has it that one of the German singers made it a hit first, and their troops all sang it. When Marlene Dietrich escaped to the US, the State Department had her record an English version for the American/English troops to sing.

I think she was a real person who herself was an entertainer and who was forced to spy for the Nazis in order to save her lover--but that may only be the Fassbinder version of the story--he made a movie called Lili Marlene. There must be a Marlene Dietrich recording of it. She sang it as long as she entertained.

The tune was used in the song "D-day dodgers". I forgot who wrote it, but it was made popular by Pete Seeger. It is also a WWII song taking a dig at the then England's darling Lady Astor who accused the English troops in Italy of dodging the rest of the war by remaining there. She called them the "D-day dodgers".

Anyone have better information?

Murray