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Berliner Ballade

Language: German (Deutsch)

Sie hing wie eine Latte
Vom Schranke steif und stumm.
Am Morgen sah's ihr Gatte,
Lief nach dem Polizeipräsidium.
»Meine Frau«, so schrie er, »ist verschieden...«
Doch der Polizeiwachtmeister Schmidt
Rollte blutig seine Augen:
»Wie denn, ha'm Sie den Jeburtsschein mit?«

Dieses hatte er mitnichten,
Und er setzte sich in Trab,
Spät entsann er sich der ehelichen Pflichten,
-- schnitt sie ab.

Und er legt den Strick an seine Kehle,
Vor dem Spiegel, peinlich und honett.
Nimmt noch einen Schluck, befiehlt Gott seine Seele
-- schwapp, schon baumelt er am Ehebett.


Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , "Berlin ballad", written 2011, copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Ballade berlinoise", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2012-01-02.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:44
Line count: 16
Word count: 89

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Berlin ballad

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

She hung like a lump
From the beam stiff and silent
In the morning, her husband saw her
And ran to the police headquarters
"My wife," he cried, "is dead ..."
But the police sergeant Schmidt
rolled his bloodshot eyes:
"Well then, did you bring her birth certificate with you?"

This he did not have,
And so he rushed off at a trot,
Late remembering his conjugal duties
-- and cut her down.

And he put the rope on his throat,
In front of the mirror, embarrassed yet respectable.
Takes another sip, commended his soul to God,
-- smack, now he dangles above the marriage bed.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Alfred Henschke (1890 - 1928), as Jucundus Fröhlich Klabund, "Berliner Ballade" FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gary Bachlund. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2012-01-02.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:44
Line count: 16
Word count: 104