Love Is In Da Blog 8 ~ A Love Song from 1929-1938 & Prompt Post for February 9th

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen how has your time travel been? Did you enjoy it? Did you hate it? So off we go to 1929-1938:

I’m loving it 😉 and have discovered a song which was very popular in 1930’s Germany but in a newer version by Max Raabe & Das Palast Orchester in 2006 again.

Max Raabe is a German singer who fell in love with the music of the 1920s and 30’s when listened through his parent’s records. He was born in the North of Germany in 1962 and went to Berlin to study music where he and some friends founded the Palast Orchester. They had their first performance as a second act at the Theatre Ball in Berlin in 1987 but were directly so successful that people left the ballroom to listen to them.

They had a hit in Germany in 1992 called “Kein Schwein ruft mich an” which means “No pig calls me”. To say “no pig” does this or that to me is a German expression for “No one is interested in me”. The song was hilarious and made Max Raabe pretty famous. He seems to be known in the United States too as Wikipedia states: “…Raabe first performed in the USA in Los Angeles in 2004.[6] In 2005, he performed his first concert in New York City’s Carnegie Hall and returned for subsequent engagements with the Palast Orchester in 2007[7] and 2010.[8] In 2011, Raabe produced an album, Küssen kann man nicht alleine (You cannot kiss alone), with former new-wave musician and producer Annette Humpe, who also wrote the lyrics.[9] His latest album, also with Humpe, is Für Frauen ist das kein Problem (“It’s no problem for women”), released in 2013…”

I didn’t hear much of him or the Palast Orchester when I moved to the UK in 2007 but have a CD with some of their most famous songs.

The song I chose is known in English as “Happy Days are here again” which I think isn’t a particular love song. The Comedian Harmonists a German acapella group from the 1920 and ’30s recorded the song in 1930. It was copyrighted in 1930 by Charles Amberg and Milton Ager who was responsible for the music of the English version that was copyrighted the year before.

The German lyrics go something like this:

Only you and me, deep in the woods
The lord above turns a blind eye,
For he grants us for being happy
Weekend and sunshine.

which are quite suggestive in my opinion. Especially if you are aware of the “Lebensreform” movement which was quite in favour of nudism. Well, they mainly wanted a healthy lifestyle and already proposed organic food production but I think the nudism thing might have been more of a topic in late 19th and early 20th century Germany 🙂

Whatever you think the lyrics might mean here is the song in the Comedian Harmonist version and I hope you enjoy it


video resource: L. Heitman via YouTube

Lyrics via Lyricstranslate

Wochenend’, Sonnenschein/ weekend and sunshine
Brauchst du mehr um glücklich zu sein?/ do you need anything else to be happy?
Wochenend’ und Sonnenschein/ weekend and sunshine
Und dann mit dir im Wald allein –/ and me with you alone in the forest
Weiter brauch’ ich nichts zum Glücklichsein!/ I don’t need anything else to be happy
Wochenend’ und Sonnenschein!/ weekend and sunshine.
Über uns die Lerche zieht/ the lark travels above us
Sie singt genau wie wir ein Lied/ she sings a song like us
Alle Vögel stimmen fröhlich ein/ all the other birds chime in
Wochenend’ und Sonnenschein!/ weekend and sunshine
Kein Auto, keine Chaussee/ no car, no street
Und niemand in uns’rer Näh’!/ and noone close to us
Tief im Wald nur ich und du –/Only you and me, deep in the woods
Der Herrgott drückt ein Auge zu/The lord above turns a blind eye,
Denn er schenkt uns ja zum Glücklichsein/For he grants us for being happy
Wochenend’ und Sonnenschein!/Weekend and Sunshine
I have no idea why this sort of songs were popular when I was young but I remember also singing and humming “Mein Kleiner Gruener Kaktus” (My little green cactus) and “Veronika der Lenz ist da” (Veronica the spring is here) when I was younger. Well, maybe their happy melodies make them evergreens that you can listen to no matter how long ago they were invented

Love Is In Da Blog Music Prompt for February 9th

Well, are you coming with me to 1939 – 1948? I hope so and I can’t wait to see what you love from this decade 🙂

And as I said yesterday: if you are not into music history feel free to use any love song you fancy 🙂

And to remind ourselves how to take part:

“Love Is In Da Blog” Rules/suggestions

      1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first day or week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
      2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part.
      3. Tag your post either with “Love Is In Da Blog” or “LoIsInDaBl” or “Love Is In Da Blog 19” or #LoIsInDaBl19. You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure.
      4. No matter which music the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please, and whatever length you please (no pun intended 😉 ) as long as it is about “LOVE.”
      5. I post the prompt post the day before which is connected with the music for that day so you have some time to make up your mind and create your post. There won’t be two different posts and I hope it’s not too confusing.
      6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
      7. Find the prompt list for the whole month here in this introduction post at the end

Description for visually impaired readers: Illustration of three trees with differently coloured canopies to left. To middle big black writing saying: Love Is In Da Blog 2019

Now go,

share a love song

from 1939 – 1948

and have lots of fun

😉

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