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Chords Req: Brecht/Weil - Ballad of Millwheel

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Subject: brecht/Weil - ballad of millwheel
From: simon-pierre
Date: 26 Dec 00 - 01:01 AM

Hi folks,

I'm looking for the chords of this song. A québécois folksinger, Richard Desjardins, sings it in english, with a piano, and I'd like to do it at the guitar. The chorus goes:

still the millwheel turns
it turns forever
to what is uppermost remains not so
the water underneath in vain endeavour
does the work but always stays below

well, I hope it's correct. I think it's from "Three penny opera". I've been able to find chords to "Mack the knife" on the net, but not this one.

Thanks.

SP


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Brecht/Weil - Ballad of Millwheel
From: Brendy
Date: 27 Dec 00 - 10:44 PM

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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Brecht/Weil - Ballad of Millwheel
From: Hollowfox
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 01:16 PM

I'm no expert on Brecht/Weil, but I've never encountered this song in any production of The Threepenny Opera I've ever seen. Good luck on tracking this down.


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Brecht/Weil - Ballad of Millwheel
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 02:32 PM

The song apparantly appeared on DesJardins's 1992 recording, Les Derniers Humains.  There is a website at  Richard DesJardins, with lyrics for a number of songs in his repertoire, including  The Ballad of the Millwheel.  It's jointly credited to Brecht and Desjardins, so presumably he's set it to music of his own, which rather reduces your chances of finding a score for it, far less a set of chords.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Brecht/Weil - Ballad of Millwheel
From: Wolfgang
Date: 04 Jan 01 - 03:56 AM

I can corroborate that it is not from the Beggar's Opera, it is from the play 'Die Rundkoepfe und die Spitzkoepfe', a Shakespeare adaptation first played in 1936 in Copenhagen (I do not even know whether this lesser known play by Brecht has been translated into English; my translation: the roundheads and the pointed heads). The author is Bert Brecht as has been presumed, but the composer (in this case) is Hanns Eisler. The German title is 'Die Ballade vom Wasserrad'.

Simon-Pierre,
I do not have the chords, but I have the score (Eisler's original score) for piano. If you'd like me to copy it for you, send me a private mail.

Wolfgang

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Brecht/Weil - Ballad of Millwheel
From: GUEST,pretty simple
Date: 05 Aug 10 - 05:32 PM

in 3/4, it goes something like   C/dm/F/D;   than F/FM/C,   than dm...
than the refrain goes am/em/C/F/G

Sorry I dont have time to put it whit the words but you'll find


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Subject: ADD: Ballad of the Millwheel (Brecht/Weil)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Aug 10 - 05:50 PM

For the record, here are the lyrics:

THE BALLAD OF THE MILLWHEEL
(Berthold Brecht/Richard Desjardins)

Many great ones through the ages
have attained to earthly power
yet they all had their hour
as we witnessed behind our cages.

Sad it is when fate as failed
to speed them.
But for us whose job it is
to feed them,
whether this one's high
or that one low
the load on our shoulders
always go.

Refrain:
Still the millwheel turns
it turns forever
though what is uppermost
remains not so.
The water underneath
in vain endeavor,
does the work but always stays below.

Many are different masters
who have ruled us in their day
eagles, hyenas and tigers
even swine have had their say.

Wich of them was better
than the others?
Every boot's the copy
of its brother.
Do you understand what's here intended?
We don't need no masters
we want all mastery ended.

Still...

And they beat their heads
till they are bloody
scrambling after booty.
Everyone calls the other "rascal"
and himself "the slave of duty".

Time has come away
to speed them.
Each in lasting conflict
with its brother.
Only our will that we won't feed them
brings them to peace
with one another.

Still...


Source: http://lunefatale.iquebec.com/ballad.htm


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