My English lyrics for the song are. The song originally sounded very operatic, but Lustig Ist Das Zigeunerleben can sound more folksy as in the Heino version. By the way, Heino is a highly successful German singer known for his light blond hair, dark glasses and huge baritone voice. He is almost like an Elvis of Germany and he led a revival of old German folk songs, which made them popular again in the s and 70s.
I thought the words that my mother described to me were very quaint and innocent. I decided to translate it and write an English version. As I researched the song on the internet, I soon discovered that despite its folksy innocent lyrics originally from Switzerland in the late eighteenth century, it now has a heavy Nazi stigma to it.
My English lyrics for the song, below, are a fairly literal translation and show that the words of the song have nothing Lustig Ist Das Zigeunerleben do with Nazis or soldiers or Fatherland or anything like that.
I am also brown a Nazi. My girlfriend has to be brown a Nazijust like me. Many German folk songs have such choruses. This 2nd verse is meant to be a silly joke, of course. You should see how some on the internet try to find hidden meaning to these innocent lines. Sorry, but the first verse as sung in the recording does not exactly match the current lyrics as written above. The Hamburg verse describes the girls of Hamburg as pretty, but unchaste, Lustig Ist Das Zigeunerleben.
They are probably thinking more about Lustig Ist Das Zigeunerleben famous red light district of Hamburg, rather than Hamburg in general. My English version of the song goes. But I more specifically say that he is leaving at dawn which gives added meaning to the singing of the birds outside, which tell her that the dreaded time of departure, dawn, is almost here.
At dawn, my true love must be leaving. The Lorelei is a huge rock over feet high on a bend of the Rhine River where inattentive boat crews have wrecked and drowned for centuries. This song seems to be much loved by Germans. When translating and writing an English version of this song, I was surprised by how flowery other English translations of it were.
Longfellow, the famous American poet, even did a English version of it. Granted that I am not an expert translator, the German words did not seem Lustig Ist Das Zigeunerleben flowery to me. So those are the words I chose for that particular line in my English version of the song, which is shown below.
It is a challenging song to sing and my dubbed-in singing is not that great. Willy Schneider does a much better job in German. The verses are in the Low German, the dialect of Hamburg and northern Germany in those times. That dialect is called low because it was spoken in northern Germany where the elevation of the land is low.
Birgit Seitz vom "Schiller": Urlaub ohne Buch geht nicht! Erneute Weinprobe auf dem Offenburger Marktplatz geplant. Das war fast zu erwarten: Nach dem tollen Erfolg der ersten Weinprobe im Juli auf dem Marktplatz, freuen sich alle Beteiligten auf eine Wiederholung am Donnerstag, Wie es beim Kinderboule des TuS Rammersweier war.
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