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People do die

so no reason to sigh

if and when they do.

 

It is all very sad

neither good nor bad

no other end in view.

 

Mounds of skulls and bones

lovingly preserved, piled in cages,

can be seen all over Europe.

 

Heine dear, mein Mendelssohn,

please sing to us a plaintive song!

 

This Massacre, this or that War!

Vienna and Dublin, both ghoulish cities,

preserve even scraps of clothing.

 

People die, it’s not news,

so who can care about the Jews?

all of them would have died

 

in time, you know?

Hitler and Stalin (Uncle Joe)

simply speeded things along.

Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim

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It's would be nice if we could apply a metaphorical brake to linger on the purple patches ( of life)-- they seem to speed on by all too quickly. :smile: B.

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Mmmm, I'll get crap over this one: the tone doesn't fit the theme at all - nor was it supposed to. Purple patches, forsooth!! :wacko:

Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim

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The first six lines seem out of context unless you can imagine the whole piece recited by John Cleese in his Basil Fawlty voice. :smile:

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  • 3 weeks later...

Though personally I'm not too far removed from the Continent, the third verse exhibits an Old World paradigm I can't forget but would rather not dwell on. It's just a bit macabre.

 

Tony

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I was playing with the tone on this one, Tony. The verse (on another list described as 'disgusting doggerel', which rather made me smile) is a pastiche of Hallmark Greeting Card, but the underlying reality, as you quickly perceived, is not ....

 

The music of both Heine and Mendelssohn was banned by the Nazis. Long beloved songs were thus arbitrarily erased from the consciousness of Germany ... but were they really? Heine's haunting and yearning song is still played on all the River Rhine steamers as they carry their passengers past the Lorelei Rock and all the Germans on board still seem to know the words: fact is, they never forgot them!

Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim

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