Love Is In Da Blog 11 ~ A Love Song from 1959-1968 & Prompt Post for February 12th

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen, to our Love Is In Da Blog Music Hall! I am having so much fun and am grateful for all you out there who honour me with your presence!!!!

Yesterday, I encouraged you to scour the music of the years 1959-1968. I love the music of the decade especially the lovely German tunes. This decade meant for Germany it could enjoy the fruits of the “Wunderjahre” or “Wirtschaftswunder” which means that Germany got over the war, had managed to rebuild the country with the help of the Marshall Plan and discovered they could go on holiday to Italy and later on to Spain.

I always wondered why exactly Italy and Spain, well besides of course that they are beautiful countries. Today I have started to wonder though if it has something to do with the fact that both countries were plagued with rather nasty dictators like Germany was. Who knows.

It might also have something to do with the fact that many immigrants from these countries came to Germany as it had more work than workforce in those days. The people who were called “Guest workers” often left their families or their girl- or boyfriends behind to make a living in Germany. Strangely I never wondered about the expression “Guest Worker” when I was young but now I find it a rather strange expression. Guests don’t work, do they?

But that aside, leaving your loved ones behind is a tough call no matter what people who do not like immigration to their countries might think. No matter how much money you can send home and make a better life for your family you never get the time back with your children or spouses and friends. That is an aspect many people do not think about.

One German song from 1962 speaks exactly of that problem. It is called “Zwei Kleine Italiener” or “Two Little Italiens” and describes two workers from Italy who go to the train station every day to see the train going down to Italy and longing for their girlfriends. Conny Froboess was a famous singer in those days and took part in the Eurovision Song Contest with that song in that year.

Now, I bet today you would think that song offensive because it implies that Italien people are smaller than others. When it comes to height it might be true but political correctness makes sure you don’t bang on too much about something like that. But I doubt the maker of that song intended to offend anyone.

I used to like the Eurovision Song Contest until they decided to change the rules and let everybody sing in English. Sorry English Language I  love you but I also love all other languages and I loved to hear the songs that I did not understand when I was young. We always watched it. I stopped watching it somewhere around 1990. I can’t really remember why. It just didn’t have the same appeal to me anymore. Maybe it simply got too big.

But history aside here is the jolly Germany tune


video source: SweetestAngel1983 via YouTube

ZWEI KLEINE ITALIENER SONGTEXT via Songtexte.com

Eine Reise in den Süden/ A journey to the South
ist für andre schick und fein,/ is posh and lovely for other people
doch zwei kleine Italiener/ but two little Italians
möchten gern zuhause sein./long to be at homeZwei kleine Italiener/Two little Italians
die träumen von Napoli,/Dream about Naples,
von Tina und Marina,/about Tina and Marina,
die warten schon lang auf sie./who wait for them for a long timeZwei kleine Italiener,/Two little Italians
die sind so allein./are very lonely.

Eine Reise in den Süden/A journey to the South
ist für andre schick und fein,/ is posh and lovely for other people
doch zwei kleine Italiener/ but two little Italians
möchten gern zuhause sein./ long to be at home

Oh Tina, oh Marina,/ Oh Tina, Oh Marina,
wenn wir uns einmal wiedersehn./when we’ll meet again.
Oh Tina, oh Marina,/Oh Tina, Oh Marina
dann wird es wieder schön./Then it will be nice again.

Zwei kleine Italiener,/Two little Italians
vergessen die Heimat nie,/Never forget their home
die Palmen und die Mädchen/ the palms and the girls
am Strande von Napoli./ at the beach in Naples

Zwei kleine Italiener,/Two little Italians
die sehen es ein./they understand

Eine Reise in den Süden/A Journey to the South
ist für andre schick und fein,/is posh and lovely for other people
doch zwei kleine Italiener/but two little Italians
möchten gern zuhause sein./long to be at home

Oh Tina, oh Marina,/ Oh Tina, Oh Marina,
wenn wir uns einmal wiedersehn./when we’ll meet again.
Oh Tina, oh Marina,/Oh Tina, Oh Marina
dann wird es wieder schön./Then it will be nice again.

Zwei kleine Italiener/Two little Italians
am Bahnhof, da kennt man sie/ are known at the trainstation
sie kommen jeden Abend/they come every evening
zum D-Zug nach Napoli./to the fast train to Naples

Zwei kleine Italiener,/Two little Italians
die schaun hinter drein./ watch it go

.Eine Reise in den Süden/A journey to the South
ist für andre schick und fein,/ is posh and lovely for other people
doch zwei kleine Italiener/ but two little Italians
möchten gern zuhause sein./ long to be at home

Oh Tina, oh Marina,/ Oh Tina, Oh Marina,
wenn wir uns einmal wiedersehn./when we’ll meet again.
Oh Tina, oh Marina,/Oh Tina, Oh Marina
dann wird es wieder schön./Then it will be nice again.

I think this song is somehow heartbreaking even with the jolly tune

Love Is In Da Blog Music Prompt for February 12th

Ah, at last, I am born 🙂 and we are half way through our time travel. let’s get into 1969 – 1978  🙂 and see what’s out there!!!!

And to remind ourselves how to take part:

“Love Is In Da Blog” Rules/suggestions

 

      1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first day or week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
      2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part.
      3. Tag your post either with “Love Is In Da Blog” or “LoIsInDaBl” or “Love Is In Da Blog 19” or #LoIsInDaBl19. You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure.
      4. No matter which music the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please, and whatever length you please (no pun intended 😉 ) as long as it is about “LOVE.”
      5. I post the prompt post the day before which is connected with the music for that day so you have some time to make up your mind and create your post. There won’t be two different posts and I hope it’s not too confusing.
      6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
      7. Find the prompt list for the whole month here in this introduction post at the end
Description for visually impaired readers: Illustration of three trees with differently coloured canopies to left. To middle big black writing saying: Love Is In Da Blog 2019

Now go,

share a love song

from 1969 – 1978

and have lots of fun 

😉

 

14 thoughts on “Love Is In Da Blog 11 ~ A Love Song from 1959-1968 & Prompt Post for February 12th

  1. Interesting about the guest workers, and after reading your thoughts on this and the song, I can see how it would be sort of melancholy to see the train leaving, and they couldn’t go back home yet. Still, its a pretty sounding song, and the singer is cute and all smiley about it.
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