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Thread #61098 Message #981075
Posted By: Wilfried Schaum
11-Jul-03 - 03:03 AM
Thread Name: Lyr/Tune Req: Songs by Hans Eisler
Subject: Lyr Add: BALLAD OF THE WELFARE SYSTEM
Thanks, Susanne, that's my source I forgot to mention in a haste. But I can't find Hans-Georg Heepe as a co-editor. My source has ISBN 3-498-09417-3.
The most grievous faults in the translation I correct below in italics.
BALLAD OF THE WELFARE SYSTEM
Look! There stands the welfare home
welfare home = rest home
In the morning there is oatmeal
oatmeal = porridge
In the evening leftover soup.
leftover soup = barley soup
They look after the unwed young mother,
unwed young mother = suffering woman in childbed
They'll also provide the coffin.... (when he dies).
coffin = free coffin for the poor
[Armensarg is the simplest coffin provided by the community]
For you the broth, for them the mark.
mark = marrow
For you the penny, for them the mark.
[A fine pun with homophones: die Mark is the money, das Mark is the marrow]
They owe you more than you give.
you give = they give
the mountains and the factories .....
mountains = mines
Think about your class! And be tough!
and be tough = strengthen it [your class]