König von Deutschland (English translation)

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King of Germany

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Every night at half past midnight when the TV hums,
I lie in bed and imagine what it would be like
If I weren't who I am
But chancellor1, emperor, king, or queen
I think to myself, I can do anything Kohl2 can just as well
I'd listen to Vivaldi3 day in, day out
I'd get around, travel to the USA
To bite Ronny's4 calf like a wiener dog5
 
I'd do all that and much more
If I were King of Germany
I'd do all that and much more
If I were King of Germany
 
I'd change my crown daily, take a bath twice a day,
Announce the lottery numbers a week early
The only the parades the army would do are hit parades
And every day of the year would be my birthday
There'd only be one program on the TV:
Robert Lembke6, 24 hours a day
I'd have 200 castles and I'd never be broke again
I'd be Rio I, Sissi7 II
 
I'd do all that and much more
If I were King of Germany
I'd do all that and much more
If I were King of Germany
 
Socks and cars wouldn't be allowed to stink anymore
I'd start every morning with a glass of champagne
I'd be smarter than Schmidt8 and fatter than Strauß9
And make it big with my records
Reinhard Mey10 would be the Royal Bard
Paola and Kurt Felix11 would be my Swiss Guard12
But before, I'd like to know if they can take a joke,
They'd have to watch their show for 48 hours
 
I'd do all that and much more
If I were King of Germany
I'd do all that and much more
If I were King of Germany
 
I'd do all that and much more
If I were King of Germany
 
  • 1. Chancellor: head of the German government
  • 2. Helmut Kohl: then German chancellor
  • 3. Antonio Vivaldi: famed Italian composer
  • 4. Ronald Reagan: then US president
  • 5. "Waldi" is a popular dog name in Germany, especially for wiener dogs
  • 6. Robert Lembke: moderator of "Was bin ich?", a popular quiz show at the time
  • 7. Sissi: Elisabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, a sort of iconic and often romanticised historical figure
  • 8. Helmut Schmidt: former chancellor
  • 9. Franz Josef Strauß: then minister president of Bavaria
  • 10. Reinhard Mey: popular German singer-songwriter
  • 11. Paola and Kurt Felix: moderators of "Verstehen Sie Spaß?" (= Can you take a joke?), a then popular entertainment show about playing practical jokes on people while filming them with a hidden camera
  • 12. Swiss Guard: armed force and honour guard tasked with protecting the Pope
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This is a poetic translation - deviations from the meaning of the original are present (extra words, extra or omitted information, substituted concepts).
Submitted by seriöserspinnerseriöserspinner on Sun, 28/11/2021 - 12:16
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