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    Backstage Pass cutiepie's Avatar
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    elvis in...german?

    Hi!

    I hope those of us living in the US has had a nice Thanksgiving--and those elsewhere are enjoying the weekend!

    I was cleaning up and listening to "Wooden Heart," when Elvis switches languages. I'm guessing it's German, but I could be wrong. I have not read anything that refers to this in my books. Is there a back story to this?

    By the way--I'm a nervous wreck I'm about to start a new job tomorrow, and I'm TERRIFIED!!!

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    Hi cutiepie

    Good luck with your new job! Elvis just sang part of the song in German as far as I know.

    Tommy

    I dream a world where man no other man
    will scorn. Where LOVE will bless the earth
    and peace its paths adorn...

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    It is German (the song is originally a so called "Volkslied" (the translation would be "folk song" but it means more like "traditional") and it is called "Muss I Denn Zum Staedtele Hinaus" (that would be "When I have to leave town")).

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    well isn't elvis' character in the film (G.I. Blues) in germany singing at a children's puppet show and so it makes sense in terms of the plot for him to sing in german for a while- the german children sing along. i love his voice in wooden heart....
    good luck in your job!

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    ...I don't like "Wooden Heart" that much, but it may be that you look at this song differently when you are from Germany. It seems somewhat strange now, but I guess at the time it was recorded it was a good idea.

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    Muss I Denn!

    Yeah, I love that tune; It is not the only European tune Elvis liked to sing, though. I know a live version from 1975 (I thought it was from FTD 'Dinner At Eight' with a December show in Las Vegas) - Unless I'm very much mistaken, he also sang at New Year's Eve '75..?

    There are more European tunes..

    It's Now Or Never
    Are You Lonesome Tonight
    Tonight's So Right For Love
    Surrender
    No More
    Spanish Eyes
    Hurt (This was called 'A Chi' in Italian, ya know?)
    Can't Help Falling In Love

    Just to name a few.. My bodily fluids tell me that there are many more, so just keep adding 'em to that list, ladish an' genniemen!

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    Though you were my thrill..

    Quote Originally Posted by orwell1976
    ...I don't like "Wooden Heart" that much, but it may be that you look at this song differently when you are from Germany. It seems somewhat strange now, but I guess at the time it was recorded it was a good idea.
    It still is.. A true gem, an Elvis classic from the early 60's era. My traditional priest and I really like this sound..!

    It's not just because I live in Germany right now; in fact I was born as calvinist white trash in Paramaribo At The Amstel (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). I have got that Johnny Cash-like sound and look (if I want to - I can sing pretty high as well, though - I'd like to mention Roy Orbison and Elvis).

    I'm not from the States, but the Anglo-sax influence on my life is so overwhelming that I can speak English as if it were my native tongue. I can talk both with a southern accent (from The Bible Belt) and a typical European style (English; like Cambridge and Oxford-people).

    But that (the language of the original) is not so important, the ageless quality of Elvis' his performance and of the melody is what matters most!
    Last edited by EnigmaticSun; 12-01-2005 at 12:27 PM. Reason: minor error

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