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#1 Dogdaddy

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Posted 24 December 2004 - 02:38 PM

There is a German marching song I have heard used in several movies, at the beginning of 'Schindler's List', and more prominently in 'The Mackenzie Break', where the German POWs are singing it loudly in defiance of their captors. Does anybody know the title of this song? At the end of each verse there seems to be a pause, followed by several boot-stomps. I don't normally pay much attention to military music at all, but this tune is particularly rousing and I assume it was one of the most common. I probably didn't give you much to go on, but I don't speak German. :D I figured someone here must know the song I'm referring to.


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#2 Jiggersfromsphilly

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Posted 24 December 2004 - 03:08 PM

Could it be the Horst Wessel Song?

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Posted 24 December 2004 - 03:25 PM

That's not the one, but thanks! I'm listening to the Horst Wessel song now, after google searching it. It did say that this was probably the most popular song, so you were on the right track!


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ps- It could be U-Boot Marsch. Most of the German POWs in the movie were U-boat crewmen.

Edited by Dogdaddy, 24 December 2004 - 03:30 PM.


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Posted 24 December 2004 - 03:47 PM

Jim,

Did a quick google, and some key search words and found that the name of the song in both Schindler's List and the Mackenzie Break is called "Erika".

The words and Melodie can be found here:
http://members.optus.../Erika_Song.htm

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Edited by thunder35, 24 December 2004 - 03:51 PM.


#5 Frank Gubbels

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Posted 24 December 2004 - 03:50 PM

If this song is used in the movie about the Battle of the Bulge, maybe I can find this song. I know the melodie so if you can find out if this song is used in that movie I can find it for you.

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Posted 24 December 2004 - 03:55 PM

Also,

If you right click on this link, and Save Target As, you can have the mp3 of it



Krystin

Edited by thunder35, 24 December 2004 - 03:56 PM.


#7 LongJohn

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Posted 24 December 2004 - 04:19 PM

Doddaddy,

I think the song to which you refer, from "Schindler's Lis,t" is an old German song still quite popular. I never thought of it as a German march, more as a song common to all German Soldiers.

The English title is "My Father Was A Wandering Man," and while my German is very rusty, these are basically the lyrics (Forgice me if colloquilisms escape me):


My father was a wandering man
And me steckt's also in the blood ("and it sticks (remains) also in my blood")
D'rum wand're I gladly so long I can ("Therefore I will wander so long as I can")
And swivel mein hat (and spin my hat)

Faleri falera faleri falera hectar hectar hectar hectar hectar hectar
Faleri falera (Faleri, fields and fields and fields and fields)
And spin my hat.

Moving creates always fresh desire
The heart keeps healthy
Freely outside my chest breathes
Always sings glad my mouth

Faleri falera faleri falera hectar hectar hectar hectar hectar hectar
Faleri falera
Always sings glad my mouth.

Why the small bird sings to you
So joyful is its song
Weil's never squats in country from country (???)
Through another corridors pulls

Faleri falera faleri falera hectar hectar hectar hectar hectar hectar
Faleri falera
Through another corridors pulls.

Which rushes murmelt's to Baechlein there and,
So merrily durch's pipe,
Weil's freely moves, with Wonne listens
It your sensitively ear.
(This phrase totally escapes me)

Faleri falera faleri falera hectar hectar hectar hectar hectar hectar
Faleri falera
It your sensitively ear.

Hoping this helps,

Y.o.s.,

LongJohn

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Posted 24 December 2004 - 05:27 PM

That's it Krystin! Thank you! It has been going through my head for 2 days now, so I thought I'd better at least find out the name of this song...
Erika" it is! :D


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Posted 24 December 2004 - 05:52 PM

No problem Jim! I always find that song to stick out as well whenever I watch Schindler's List, as does the song the the Colonel posted.
The song that he has so graciously taken the time to post is actually when Schindler goes to the restaurant to make 'friends' with some of the higher ups in the SS.

Glad I could help :D

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Posted 24 December 2004 - 06:04 PM

No problem Jim!  I always find that song to stick out as well whenever I watch Schindler's List, as does the song the the Colonel posted.
The song that he has so graciously taken the time to post is actually when Schindler goes to the restaurant to make 'friends' with some of the higher ups in the SS.

Glad I could help :D

Krystin

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I have already emailed the lyrics to a friend for translation. Thanks to all who took a stab at solving this for me. :)

Jim

PS- For some reason 'The Mackenzie Break' was 'deleted' in the UK..

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Posted 24 December 2004 - 06:17 PM

I have a minor update on this song, "Erika". The following words are from a man who was an 11 year old boy at the time of the German occupation....I remember hearing the Germans sing this song as they marched through our streets....but we had our own version of the lyrics, that said "Your blond girlfriend has a heart of barbed-wire, so it's better that you leave her at home."


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Posted 26 December 2004 - 09:05 AM

When I was about 14, without knowing what it just was, I bought a 45" disk. I still have it. It sounded military, and also German, that's all I could figure at that time. The A side is "Erika", the B is "Alte Kameraden".




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