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Tango An der Wand

from North By Northwest [1982] by Tom Robinson

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Hier machten Hünde ihr Geschäft
(immer an der Wand lang)
Heute ist der Platz besetzt
(immer an der Wand lang)

Wessen Zukunft ist verschwommen
Heimatlos und mitgenommen
Laßt sie nach Berlin herkommen
Und tango and der Wand entlang

Letzte Tango an der Wand
Liebling, gib' mir deine Hand
Jedes Kind im ganzen Land singt:
"Ich bin ein Berliner"

Kommu-Kapi-Apokal-ismus
(immer an der Wand lang)
Kamikaze Pazifizmus
(immer an der Wand lang)

Wessen Zukunft ist verschwommen
Zählen Greise Megatonnen
Laßt sie nach Berlin herkommen
Und tango and der Wand entlang

Letzte Tango an der Wand
Liebling, gib' mir deine Hand
Jedes Kind im Ganzen Land singt:
"Ich bin ein Berliner"


Immer an der Wand lang, immer an der Wand
Immer an der Wand, an der Wand entlang
Immer an der Wand lang, immer an der Wand
Immer an der Wand entlang

Stepp' doch mal auf dem Vulkan
(immer an der Wand lang)
Macht die rote Lichter an
(immer an der Wand lang)
Auf dem Boden um zu sonnen
Ihr habt den Blumentopf gewonnen
Braucht nur nach Berlin zu kommen
Und tango an der Wand entlang

Letzte Tango an der Wand
Liebling, gib' mir deine Hand
Ich weiß gar nix von diesem Land, da
Ich bin kein Berliner

Immer an der Wand lang, immer an der Wand
Immer an der Wand, an der Wand entlang
Immer an der Wand lang, immer an der Wand
Immer an der Wand entlang

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(loose rendition into English)
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Here dirty dogs had stuff to hide
(All along the wall)
The place today is occupied
(All along the wall)

If your future is uncertain
Homeless, heading for a Burton
Berlin beckons to you all
To tango all along the wall

Final tango with the band
Darling, let me hold your hand
Every kid throughout the land
Sings "I am a Berliner"

Commu-Cap-Apocal-ism
(All along the wall)
Kami-kaze-Pacifism
(All along the wall)
If your future's dead as mutton
Old men's fingers on the button
Berlin beckons to you all
To tango all along the wall

Final tango with the band
Darling, let me hold your hand
Every kid throughout the land
Sings "I am a Berliner"

All along the wall all day, all along the wall
All the along, all along the wall
All along the wall all day, all along the wall
All along the wall all day


Dance in this volcano's crater
(All along the wall)
Set the warning lights for later
(All along the wall)
Lie right down, protect your eyes
You've gone and won the booby prize
As Berlin beckons to us all
To tango right along the wall

Final tango with the band
Darling, let me hold your hand
Don't know a thing about this land
Cos I ain't no Berliner

All along the wall all day, all along the wall
All the along, all along the wall
All along the wall all day, all along the wall
All along the wall all day

N.B. This rough English version loses some nuances
and the rhymes are a bit naff - but you get the idea :-)

credits

from North By Northwest [1982], released February 2, 2013
Written by Tom Robinson (Notting Hill Music) and Horst Königstein (Francis, Day & Hunter GmbH)

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Tom Robinson London, UK

Tom Robinson (b.1950) is a UK songwriter & broadcaster first known in the 70s as an anti-racist and LGBT campaigner. He released 19 albums between 1975-2001 with various bands and has co-written songs with Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. He's an award-winning presenter at BBC Radio 6 Music, and released Only The Now (his first album in 19 years) in October 2015. ... more

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