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God Bless Merica

God Bless Merica

Cover: La madre panza by Trilussa , minor arrangements by Pasquino XXI
Music: Irving Berlin
Deputy Performer: Donardo

Anyone hearing cannon’s rumbles? Don’t warry, no weapons, no brass band, but awful noise more than a Marines 155 mm battery. It’s just Donardo,the legend, very happy after tasting some pounds of high potential beans. Great, appalling, terrific!
Higher and higher, Mr. President!
LA MADRE PANZA
(Continues)
Contributed by Pasquino XXI 2020/7/17 - 23:40
Song Itineraries: Donald Trump
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Depressiva tankar kan ibland kompenseras med kaffe och bullar

[1966]
Testo di / Lyrics by / Text av Tage Danielsson (1928-1985)
Dalla rivista / From the variety show / Från revyn Lådan
Musica / Music / Musik: Irving Berlin ("Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee")

Può una canzonetta far salire automaticamente la glicemia? Me lo chiedevo, con la bava alla bocca (perché sono un goloso inveterato), mentre traducevo questa cosa qua dallo svedese, col dizionario in mano che mi sembrava diventato un profitérole, un bigné gigantesco, un croissant bello caldo. Poi, però, mi sono ricordato che il dizionario svedese-italiano in questione è stato redatto da Silvia Tomba e mi sono calmato. Tradurre una cosa del genere a un quarto alle sette di mattina può essere pericolosissimo, e il bar è a cinquanta metri. Così mi sono fatto un deprimente thè senza zucchero, manco il caffè, ho lasciato perdere persino cinque o sei savoiardi che mi erano rimasti in casa.

Però... (Continues)
Jämt det står i pressen, krig och nöd på varje rad
(Continues)
Contributed by Riccardo Venturi 2018/1/17 - 06:14
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The New Colossus

[1883]
Versi della poetessa newyorkese Emma Lazarus (1849-1887).
Musica di Irving Berlin, con il titolo “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor”, interpretata da artisti come Fred Waring ed Allyn McLerie.
Musica del compositore Lee Hoiby (1926-2011) con il titolo di "Lady of the Harbor", nel ciclo “Three Women” del 1985.

La famiglia di Emma Lazarus era di origine portoghese, di religione ebraica sefardita, si era trasferita in America già in epoca coloniale e lì aveva fatto fortuna. Poetessa, innamorata delle letteratura europea, in particolare tedesca e italiana (tradusse molto Goethe, Heine, Dante, Petrarca e Carducci), Emma Lazarus fu anche molto curiosa delle proprie radici ebraiche, tanto da trasporre in poesia “Der Tanz zum Tode”, un racconto del tedesco Richard Reinhard sulla strage di Nordhausen, Turingia, del 1349, quando gli ebrei della città furono arsi vivi perché - ovviamente, a... (Continues)
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
(Continues)
Contributed by Bernart Bartleby 2014/2/28 - 21:44
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They Were All Out of Step but Jim

[1918]
Lyrics & Music by Irving Berlin
Album: Songs of the Great War by Irving Berlin

The second great memorable song to come from Berlin during the War was this one, another novelty work that shows him at his best.
The first recording of this song was done by Billy Murray. The rendition here is a duet between myself and guest artist Peggy Wooden of Anderson, Missouri and is based on a rendition done in 1918 by Gus Van and Joe Schenck. Starting out as a private and eventually making it to Sergeant, Berlin certainly was wise to the ways of the front line soldier. Though he admitted he was not much of a soldier and that it was not his trade, Berlin served well and learned the basics in addition to helping morale of the troops and the folks at home.
Certainly, a joke that has existed since soldiers started marching (such as this group at Camp Upton in 1917) was the idea that when a... (Continues)
Jimmy's mother went to see her son – marching along on parade
(Continues)
Contributed by giorgio 2012/5/3 - 08:58
Song Itineraries: World War I (1914-1918)
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Kitchen Police (Poor Little Me)

[1918]
Lyrics & Music by Irving Berlin
Album: Songs of the Great War by Irving Berlin

Copyrighted September 19, 1918. Introduced as “Poor Little Me” in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1918. Sung by sergeant Irving Berlin and chorus in Yip, Yip, Yaphank.
The songs is a bit of an enigma for us as finding a copy with a cover image has proven to be an endless quest. Even searching library collections as far away as the Australian National Library has left us empty handed. Aside from its connection to Yip, Yip, there seems to be little information available to tell us more about the song. Therefore, we shall let the song's lyrics speak for themselves.
The lament of the soldier assigned to KP (Kitchen helper, usually perceived as punishment) has been the source of a great deal of military humor.
Once again, it was Irving Berlin who first introduced us to the misery of K.P...
There's dirty work to be done in the army
(Continues)
Contributed by giorgio 2012/5/2 - 16:46
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Supper Time

[1933]
Dal musical “As Thousands Cheer”
Scritta da Irving Berlin

Duluth, Minnesota, 15 giugno 1920.

Il lamento di una donna afro-americana… La cena è pronta ma suo marito, il padre dei suoi figli, non tornerà a casa per cena, non tornerà mai più: è appena stato linciato….
Supper time
(Continues)
Contributed by Bartleby 2010/12/23 - 09:36
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This Is The Army, Mr. Jones

[1942]
Lyrics and Music by Irving Berlin
This is the Army Mr. Jones,
(Continues)
Contributed by giorgio 2010/2/7 - 09:43




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