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Thread #37963   Message #534384
Posted By: Wolfgang
24-Aug-01 - 05:40 AM
Thread Name: Aug 18th, 1941: Lili Marleen
Subject: RE: Aug 18th, 1941: Lili Marleen
Never in my life have I encountered 'zier(en)' as an adjective. Even as a noun or verb it is rare and oldfashioned. 'Schönen' is the usual word in its place.

Leip seems to have sung the song as few times in private or in public to his own tune (link to the original tune see my 21-Aug-01 - 09:48 AM post), but the lyrics were published in 1937 for the first time. That may explain why the fifth verse has been added then. Maybe he didn't want the song to end with the 4th verse then, for in this verse he speaks about his possible soldier's death and what his love will do then. In 1915 that is a good end to the song, but in 1937 it isn't.