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Mit Mädeln sich vertragen, Mit Männern 'rumgeschlagen, Und mehr Credit als Geld; So kommt man durch die Welt. Ein Lied, am Abend warm gesungen, Hat mir schon manches Herz errungen; Und steht der Neider an der Wand, Hervor den Degen in der Hand; 'Raus, feurig, frisch, Den Flederwisch! Kling! Kling! Klang! Klang! Dik! Dik! Dak! Dak! Krik! Krak! Mit Mädeln sich vertragen, Mit Männern 'rumgeschlagen, Und mehr Credit als Geld; So kommt man durch die Welt.
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Confirmed with Claudine von Villa Bella. Ein Schauspiel mit Gesang von J. W. Göthe. Berlin bey August Mylius, 1776, pages 36-37.
Note: This is the text from the first version of Goethe's "Claudine von Villa Bella" and shares only its first four lines with the second version, rewritten in 1787.
Note: modern German spelling would use "Kredit" instead of "Credit"
- by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), no title, written 1774-75, appears in Claudine von Villa Bella, first published 1776 [author's text checked 2 times against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), "Mit Mädeln sich vertragen", WoO. 90, published 1790-92. [bass, orchestra] [ sung text checked 2 times]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , "With girls we get along", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]
With girls we get along, With men we brawl about, And [with] more credit than money; This how one goes through the world. A song, at warm evening sung, Has already many a heart won me; And stands the jealous one against the wall, His sword in his hand; Out, fiery, fresh, [With] the feather duster! Clink! Clink! Clang! Clang! Dick! Dick! Dack! Dack! Crick! Crack! With girls we get along, With men we brawl about, And [with] more credit than money; This how one goes through the world.
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2018 by Garrett Medlock, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
- a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), no title, written 1774-75, appears in Claudine von Villa Bella, first published 1776