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Marlene Dietrich

  Marlene Dietrich sings
"Lili Marlene" (German)

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Vera Lynn

      Vera Lynn sings
"Lili Marlene" (English)

The Song “Lili Marlene”

Lili Marlene is a song that became a legend. The biggest hit of World War II was more than a German soldiers´ song about parting, separation and uncertain homecoming. It became the most popular song of World War II on both sides of the fighting front. Soviet leaflets appealed to German soldiers to return home to their Lili Marlene. British radio encouraged the hanging of Hitler from Lili Marlene´s lantern.

 

For a few minutes each night of the war, soldiers of all armies across most of the globe stopped to listen to a simple love song, broadcast every evening at 9:57 by the Nazi-controlled Radio Belgrade. The tune was called “Lili Marlene,” a love song that transcended battle lines to become the anthem of both the Axis and the Allied armies.

 

Lili Marlene went on to become the favorite of the entire British Eighth Army and the American First Army. Soon it spread to the Australians and the other Allies. On both sides, the song began to be heard in barracks, in canteens, in hospitals, over portable phonographs in the war zones, was whistled by marching soldiers and, during propaganda rounds, was boomed over truck-top loud-speakers to inspire 'our' men and distract 'theirs'.

 

Celebrities such as Marlene Dietrich, Bing Crosby, and Perry Como performed the song. Lili Marlene deeply touches our feelings and characterizes the spirit of times: separation from one's loved ones, a feeling of homesickness and a longing for home, loneliness, a fear of death. Translated from the original German into English, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Russian, Polish, Finnish, Hungarian, Estonian, Chilean, Hebrew, and even Latin, it became 'The' theme song of the Infantry Units.

 Joseph Goebbels, the propaganda secretary of the Nationalist-Socialist party, did not like the song.  Goebbels was infuriated. Claiming that the song was bad for morale, Goebbels had it banned in Germany. It was a futile gesture and did nothing to stem the growing tide of popularity. Field Marshall Rommel had already asked Radio Belgrade to incorporate the song into their daily broadcasts. It was now their signature song, being aired regularly at 9.55 p.m. prior to signing-off. Goebbels could not make an issue over one song and was forced by public demand to lift the sanctions.

Lili Marlene presented a problem for the Allies. Their soldiers were singing the favorite song of the enemy, with ever increasing gusto - in German! The immense popularity of the German version thereby led to a hurried English version. The British Eighth Army adopted the song for its own. During the difficult days of the war, music played a central role in boosting the morale of both the general population and the armed personnel on both sides.


Both sides began broadcasting and recording Lili Marlene in both German and English versions. A popular British singer, Vera Lynn, sang Lili Marlene over the BBC to the Allied troops. She perpetuated the song's fame by singing it in every concert  where the song was met with thunderous applause and stomping feet. She continued with her very successful singing and performing career and is still fondly regarded as a legend by a large proportion of the British public.

 

Marlene Dietrich began singing the song  in 1943. Marlene Dietrich has been widely celebrated in America for her renditions of the song.  Adolf Hitler demanded that the famous German actress return to Germany. Dietrich, an ardent anti-Nazi, refused. As a result, all her films were banned in Germany. Dietrich became a naturalized United States citizen in 1937 and devoted most of her energy during World War II to entertaining Allied troops with the USO. There is no doubt that she made a major contribution to the morale of the troops in 1944-45. During the Africa and Italy campaigns, she stayed with the troops at the front, where she not only entertained, but helped coordinate hospital and mess details. In the French and German campaigns in 1944-45, she often rode with General Patton at the front. Marlene Dietrich's vehement denouncement of the Nazi regime, and her participation in Radio broadcasts aimed at Germany aggravated the Nazis. For her work, the U.S., French and Israeli governments awarded her medals.

 

 Lyrics

 

Underneath the lantern by the barrack gate,
Darling I remember the way you used to wait,
'Twas there that you whispered tenderly,
That you loved me, you'd always be,
My Lili of the lamplight, My own Lili Marlene.

 

Time would come for roll call, time for us to part,
Darling I'd caress you and press you to my heart,
And there 'neath that far off lantern light,
I'd hold you tight, we'd kiss "good-night,"  
My Lili of the lamplight,
My own Lili Marlene.

 

Orders came for sailing somewhere over there,
All confined to barracks was more than I could bear;
I knew you were waiting in the street, I heard your feet,
but could not meet,
My Lili of the lamplight,
My own Lili Marlene.

 

Resting in a billet just behind the line,
Even tho'we're parted your lips are close to mine;
You wait where that lantern softly gleams,
Your sweet face seems to haunt my dreams,
My Lili of the lamplight,
My own Lili Marlenen.

 

When we are marching in the mud and cold,
And when my pack seems more than I can hold,
My love for you renews my might,
I'm warm again, my pack is light,
It's you Lili Marlene, It's you Lili Marlene...

 


 
 

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Bill Mauldin - Willie And Joe

"Th' krauts ain't followin' ya so good on 'Lili Marlene' tonight, Joe. Ya think maybe somethin' happened to their tenor?"

Thanks to everyone for making this page possible. Music is an important part of our life but this song "Lili Marlene" is just a little special to many people.

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