Tuesday, December 09, 2008

German Drinking Song

Did you know that the music for the Commonwealth anthem comes from an old German drinking song, 'Im Schönsten Wiesengrunde?'

Check it out (with accompanying video from the German film 'Stalingrad'):



The words are:
Im schönsten Wiesengrunde ist meiner Heimat Haus,
da zog ich manche Stunde ins Tal hinaus.
Dich, mein stilles Tal, grüß ich tausend mal!
Da zog ich manche Stunde ins Tal hinaus.

Muss aus dem Tal jetzt scheiden, wo alles Lust und Klang;
das ist mein herbstes Leiden, mein letzter Gang.
Dich, mein stilles Tal, grüß ich tausendmal!
Das ist mein herbstes Leiden, mein letzter Gang.

Sterb ich, in Tales Grunde will ich begraben sein;
singt mir zur letzten Stunde beim Abendschein:
Dich, mein stilles Tal, grüß ich tausendmal!
Singt mir zur letzten Stunde beim Abendschein!

[English translation:]

My home is in the most beautiful meadow-vale
I have lingered many an hour in this vale
I greet thee my peaceful vale a thousand times!
I have lingered many an hour in this vale

Now I have to leave this vale with its delights and sounds
It is the most bitter pain, it will be my last journey.
I greet thee a thousand times my peaceful vale.
It is the most bitter pain, it will be my last journey.

If I die, I want to be buried down in this vale.
Sing for me at my last hour in the evening's light:
I greet thee my peaceful vale a thousand times
Sing for me at my last hour in the evening's light.
Using a drinking song for your anthem has precedent. Did you know that the tune for the 'Star Spangled Banner' is an old drinking song, too?

4 comments:

Winter Park Fords said...

Mr. William Reyes told me this many years ago. It was made famous by Lili Marlene. Love you, Mom

Gus said...

If the people of the Commonwealth call for it, we can make and have our own original tune. In fact, we already have a song, and if Cinta OK's it, we can post an audio sample. :D

Saipan Writer said...

I heard this, too, when I first came to the CNMI (24 years ago). But I never knew the name of the German drinking song, so thanks.

Deece said...

I did not know that. Crazy!