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Lyr Req: Denmark 1943 (Fred Small)

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Player (jlavoy@lakers.lssu.edu) 20 Aug 97 - 06:10 PM
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Subject: Wanted: Fred Small's Denmark 1941
From: Player (jlavoy@lakers.lssu.edu)
Date: 20 Aug 97 - 06:10 PM

Hey folks. I am totally new here, but I am told you may be of assistance

I am searching for the lyrics to Fred Small's "Denmark 1941" I may even have the title wrong. can anybody lend a hand?

Player


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Fred Small's Denmark 1941
From: GUEST,emily
Date: 10 Jul 00 - 05:35 PM

It's Denmark 1943. That's all i got for now.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Fred Small's Denmark 1941
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Jul 00 - 05:40 PM

What a coinkydink, I was just there the other day...

Try here:

http://www.jg.org/folk/artists/fredsmall/fred_small.html

Go for it!!!

~S~


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Subject: Lyr Add: DENMARK 1943 (Fred Small)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Jul 00 - 05:57 PM

Links have a habit of expiring, so I'll post the lyrics here.
-Joe Offer-
DENMARK 1943
(Fred Small)

1. And it's Eichmann and Himmler are turning the screws.
The Führer, they say, grows impatient.
"How can it be Denmark's Jews still walk free
After three years of kind occupation?
We will take them like sheep in their beds as they sleep
On the second night of their new year.
Devoutly at home they'll be helpless alone.
When they cry out, no one will hear."

2. But Duckwitz the German tells Hedtoft the Dane:
"My friend, I have dangerous news.
In three hours the transport ships will set at anchor.
You must warn them; warn all the Jews."
Soon good Rabbi Melchior stands in the synagogue.
"There'll be no service today.
The raids come tomorrow; dwell not on your sorrow.
By nightfall we must be away."

CHORUS: And it's fire up the diesel and look out for swells.
We're leaving Espergærde behind us.
Who strike at our friends strike us as well.
We'll pray the patrol boats don't find us.
When the sirens are wailing and shouts fill the night,
Never will you stand alone.
So it's over the Øresund
Till the day we can welcome you home..

3. Sompolinski the tailor on the eve of Rosh Hashanah
Gathers his family near.
"The Lord is my light and salvation.
Whom on this earth shall I fear?"
When a young Danish gentile steps into the glow
Of the candle with tears flowing down.
"Good neighbors, flee! I pray you believe me."
And as quickly the young man is gone.

4. Christian policemen, shopkeepers, and teachers
Tell their friends of the quickening storm
While students on bicycles race through the streets
Searching for Jews to be warned.
And Katlev the foreman blurts out to the trainman:
"My family has no place to hide."
"Well, bring 'em to my house," the stranger replies,
"And we'll spit in the damn Nazis' eyes."

CHORUS

5. Ellen Nielsen the fishwife in the port of Dragør
Has no use for political views.
She'll call out the catch: "Fresh salmon! Fresh cod!"
Comes a whisper: "Please help. We are Jews."
"But if you are Jews you're not safe on the street.
I know a man with a sail."
Till moonrise they sleep in the shade of her eaves
And escape on the fisherman's keel.

6. Rabbi Melchior hires a young trawlerman
To ferry his family across.
After twelve hours afloat in a scurfy old boat,
Morning light shows the same Danish coast.
Says the skipper: "I'm afraid of the German blockade,
So we've motored in circles around."
The rabbi gives a shout, with one blow knocks him out,
And steers a straight line 'cross the sound.

7. Frozen with fright in the October night
Families huddle in basements and barns,
Mistaking each breath for the angel of death,
The Gestapo, the shot, the alarm.
Then down into the hold with the stench and the cold,
And drug all the babies with schnapps.
Someone shouts: "Välkommen till Sveriges!
You are in Swedish waters at last!"

8. Seven thousands of Jews smuggled over to Sweden
By fishermen, nurses, and priests,
Hitler sends Eichmann to hunt them down,
But his quarry have vanished like mist.
When the war's over, the Jews return.
Cheers and flowers adorn their way home.
"We're not heroes or martyrs"—so say the Danes.
"We were just looking after our own."

CHORUS [with last line:]
And today we will welcome you home,
And today we welcome you home.

© Fred Small


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Fred Small's Denmark 1941
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Jul 00 - 06:04 PM

Joe!!!!!

For shame!

A missed line break, oy!

~S~

Thank heaven (and Max) for my "edit" button...
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Denmark 1943 (Fred Small)
From: cetmst
Date: 14 Oct 13 - 11:14 PM

Denmark 1943 - Fred Small

And it's Eichmann and Himmler are turning the screws.
The Fuhrer they say grows impatient.
"How can it be Denmark's Jews still walk free
After three years of kind occupation?
We will take them like sheep in their beds where they sleep
On the second night of their new year.
Devoutly at home they'll be helpless alone
When they cry out no one will hear".

But Duckwitz the German tells Hedtoft the Dane,
"My friend I have dangerous news.
In three hours the transport ships will set at anchor
You must warn them, warn all the Jews.
Soon good Rabbi Melchior stands in the synagogue"
"There'll be no service today
The raids come tomorrow, dwell not on your sorrow
By"nightfall we must be away.

And its fire up the diesel and look out for swells
We're leaving Espergaerde behind us
Who strike at our friends strike us as well
We;ll pray the patrol boats don't find us
When the sirens are wailing and shouts fill the night
Never will you stand alone
So its over the O*resund
Till the day we can welcome you home.

Sompolinski the tailor on the eve of Rosh Hashana
Gathers his family near
"The Lord is my light and salvation
Whom on the earth shall I Fear?"
When a young Danish gentile steps into the glow
Of the candle with tears flowing down
"Good neighbors flee - I pray you believe me."
And as quickly the young man is gone.

Christian policemen, shopkeepers and teachers
Tell their friends of the quickening storm
While students on bicycles race through the streets
Searching for Jews to be warned.
And Katley the foreman blurts out to trainman
"My family has no place to hide."
"Well bring em to my house" the stranger replies
Änd we'll spit in the damn Nazi's eyes."

And its fire up the diesel and look out fos swells
We're leaving Espergaerde behind us
Who strike at our friends strike us as well
We'll pray the patrol boats don't find us
Wen the sirens are wailing and shouts fill the night
Never will you stand alone
And it's over the O*resund
Till the day we can welcome you home.

Ellen Nielsen the fishwife in the port of Drago*r
Has no use for political views
She'll call out the catch ""Fresh salmon. Fresh cod!"
Comes a whisper, "Please help, We are Jews."
"But if you're Jews you're not safe on the street
I know a man with a sail."
Till moonrise they sleep in the shade of her eaves
And escape on the fisherman's keel.

Rabbi Melchior hires a young trawlerman
To ferry the family across
After twelve hours afloat on a scurly old boat
Morning light shows the same Danish coast.
Says the skipper "I'm afraid of the German blockade
So we've motored in circles around."
The Rabbi gives a shout, with one blow knocks him out
And steers a straight line 'cross the cove.

Frozen with fright in the October night
Families huddle in basements and barns
Mistaking each breath for the angel of death
The Gestapo, the shot, the alarm.
Then down into the hold with the stench and the cold
And drug all the babies with schnapps
Someone shouts ""Valkoemmen till Sverige
You are in Swedish waters at last."

Seven thousand of Jews smuggled over to Sweden
By fishermen, nurses and priests.
Hitler sends Eichmann to hunt them down
But his quarry have vanished like mist.
When the war's over the Jews return
Cheers and flowers adorn their way home.
"We're not heroes or martyrs" so say the Danes
"We were just looking after our own."

And it fire up the diesel and look out for swells
We're leaving Espergaede behind us
Who strike at our friends strike us as well
We'll pray the patrol boats don't find us
When the sirens are wailing and shouts fill the night
Never will you stand alone
So it's over the O*resund
...And today we will welcome you home
And today we welcome you home.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Denmark 1943 (Fred Small)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Feb 18 - 01:39 AM

Here's a recording of this powerful song:


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Denmark 1943 (Fred Small)
From: GUEST,Observer
Date: 19 Feb 18 - 02:36 AM

Great song - thanks Joe.


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