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Amerika (İngilizce translation)

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İngilizce translation

America

1)
So that's how they look, those guys,
See, they even sent a black fella to war!
And see, up on that armored car, there,
He’s just eighteen at the most, our liberator.
It was from such as him that we were warned,
How could we have just believed those lies?
These guys have been through hell,
It’s a long walk from the channel, when you’re clearing mines.
From where they come it’s now night,
They’d still be sleeping at this time, across the ocean.
They have houses, taller than the spires,
They play only jazz on the radio, all day long.
 
Refrain:
They say that all are born alike
Whether they’re poor or they’re rich - America,
And everyone can have their chance
An earthly Wonderland - America.
 
2)
Damn! Yanks here, on our streets!
Don’t tell me now, that you knew it, from the start
"Hey, Mister, you got any chocolate?",
The kids were the first to overcome their fear and say hello.
What I wouldn’t give for a Lucky Strike!
I’ve been smoking only straw for an eternity
It’s well for those who win a war,
They can get a women for just a some nylon hose.
Where they come from, they have it good
Bombs have never terrorized their towns.
All the houses are still standing, over there,
Everyone’s belly is full, with a warm lunch every day.
 
Refrain:
They say that all are born alike
Whether they’re poor or they’re rich - America,
And everyone can have their chance
An earthly Wonderland - America.
 
Roy Phillips kullanıcısı tarafından Pzt, 25/06/2018 - 10:48 tarihinde eklendi
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This song describes a scene in an old photo that hung in a flower shop in Cologne. It shows American GIs patrolling down St. Magdalene Street, with a couple of Cologne natives standing there, talking about what they associate with America, what they knew of America in 1945. A bit from the fake westerns of Karl May, what they had heard from Nazi propaganda, the cliché of the 'land of endless possibilities' and a few Hollywood movies. All at once they had to revise everything. Suddenly the Americans were there, helping them to depose the Nazis, and everything laying in ruins.
For me, the song is hugely poignant. It tells the story from a point of view that is rarely heard. A lot of Germans did view the allied invasion as a liberation, maybe a bit ambivalently (who doesn't support the home team?). The victors' history is but one version of the truth. Read the works of that other Cologne native, Heinrich Böll, to understand this viewpoint.

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