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Lyr Add: Das Lied Der Deutschen


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chico 18 May 05 - 05:34 PM
Wolfgang 19 May 05 - 08:36 AM
Ernest 19 May 05 - 12:43 PM
GUEST,Susanne (skw, cookieless) 19 May 05 - 06:08 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Das Lied Der Deutschen
From: chico
Date: 18 May 05 - 05:34 PM

E       B      E    B   7 E   B7 E A E B7 E F#m F#   B
Deutschland, Deutschland über alles, über alles in der Welt,
Wenn es stets zu Schutz und Trutze, brüderlich zusammenhält,
    E B7       A E   B
Von der Maas bis an die Memel,
G#m7      C#      F#7    B7
Von der Etsch bis an den Belt -
E            A       E   A E B7 E B7    E A   E B7   E
Deutschland, Deutschland über alles, über alles in der Welt.

Deutsche Frauen, deutsche Treue, deutscher Wein und deutscher Sang
Sollen in der Welt behalten, ihren alten schönen Klang,
Uns zu edler Tat begeistern
Unser ganzes Leben lang.
Deutsche Frauen, deutsche Treue, deutscher Wein und deutscher Sang.

Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit für das deutsche Vaterland!
Danach laßt uns alle streben brüderlich mit Herz und Hand!
Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit
Sind des Glückes Unterpfand.
Blüh' im Glanze dieses Glückes, blühe, deutsches Vaterland.   

Ius, concordia, libertas, pro Germana patria,
Hæc fraterne nos petamus dextra atque anima!
Ius, concordia, libertas
Sunt salutis pignora,
Flore in salutis luce, tu, Germana patria!

Germany, Germany above all above everything in the world
When, always, for protection and defense brothers stand together.
From the Maas to the Memel
From the Etsch to the Belt,
Germany, Germany above all above all in the world.

German women, German fidelity, German wine and German song,
Shall retain, throughout the world, their old respected fame,
To inspire us to noble deeds
For the length of our lives.
German Women, German fidelity, German wine and German song.

Unity and rights and freedom for the German Fatherland
For this let us all strive brotherly, with heart and hand.
Unity and rights and freedom
Are the pledge of fortune.
Unity and rights and freedom, for the German Fatherland.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Das Lied Der Deutschen
From: Wolfgang
Date: 19 May 05 - 08:36 AM

Some notes:

lyrics: August Heinrich Hoffmann "von Fallersleben", written 26. 8. 1841 on the isle of Heligoland (then a part of England) when he was forced to flee accused of being a 'democrat' respectively a 'republican' (one as bad as the other then)
tune: Josef Haydn 1797

The song was popular among revolutionaries and liberals but not among the rulers. Therefore, in 1871, when Germany was united, 'Heil Dir im Siegerkranz' (tune: "God save our gracious King") was made the official anthem of the 2. Reich.

Only in 1922, the socialist government made this song the German anthem. Abused during the 3. Reich when it was sung only after the Nazi hymn "Die Fahne hoch". Misrepresented during the second world war by Allied propaganda. They didn't care to explain the innocuous historical meaning of 'above everything in the world': It was a revolutionary demand for a united democratic and republican Germany instead of statelets, baronies and multiple kingdoms. Forbidden to sing by the Allies in 1945.

The third verse only was made the 2. republic's anthem in 1952 by agreement between chancellor and president. This agreement was renewed in 1991 after the reunification. It is not forbidden to sing the first verse BTW (other than for instance the Nazi hymn 'Die Fahne hoch', but if you hear the first verse sung in Germany more likely than not you have met some drunken football hooligans or people from the far right.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Das Lied Der Deutschen
From: Ernest
Date: 19 May 05 - 12:43 PM

As far as I know Adenauer (chancellor) and Heuss (president) agreed that the song should be the national anthem, but only the third verse would be sung for official occasions.
As Wolfgang stated the first verse was - and is - misinterpreted as being nationalist while the second one is a little to kitschy IMHO.
P.S.: almost overlooked a typo - it`s "Helgoland" ;0)

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Das Lied Der Deutschen
From: GUEST,Susanne (skw, cookieless)
Date: 19 May 05 - 06:08 PM

Ernest, I'm afraid the British still know it as Heligoland ... Thanks for your additional comments, though. I must admit that when I sing our national anthem, the first verse keeps interfering. :-)

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