Spring is here. Tauben and pigeons beware

OK, so it’s still cold out, but spring is here. Along with blackest humor. “Taubenvergiften im Park” was written by Georg Kreisler, “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park” was penned by Tom Lehrer. So: Did Lehrer steal the song from Kreisler, or was it the other way around? Lehrer had more chutzpah, and thanked Kreissler for “popularizing his songs in German”. Kreissler was sehr böse darüber.


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Anne

Teaching English for business communication skills, writing online for learners, translating, sailing whenever I can, from Washington, D.C.

5 thoughts on “Spring is here. Tauben and pigeons beware”

  1. Thanks Anne,
    I’ve just spent 30 minutes of enjoyment with Tom Lehrer on Youtube.
    I knew of him vaguely but now I’m all well up. His life story, which I found on on Wikipaedia, is also very interesting.

    It’s nice to listen to the pidgeon song in both languages – his version does sound more humourous, though, I’d say.

    Anyhow, thanks again – are you still working on that keyboard?
    You have a great voice.
    Have agreat weekend,
    Joan

  2. Nice voice, yourself Joan! It’s more about enjoying singing together, though, isn’t it? I’ve neglected the keyboard totally for almost a year now, just going back to it from time to time. Can’t even remember where all the notes are. But less work, more keyboard. The recession has to be good for something, right? :)
    Guess who first introduced me to Lehrer? Jo! He turned 80 last year on 9 April, and is still going strong.

  3. Yes, he’s exactly one year to the day younger than Randy’s mum, so since I’m a birthday freak I’d noticed that.

    So, your work situation must be positive since the keyboard’s being neglected, right?
    Mine’s been a struggle but now I’ve been to the highways and the byways and I’m busy even if the money’s not as good as I’d like it to be.

    You have a great Sunday,
    Joan

  4. forgot to mention, we were at the Hannes Wader concert in Gasteig last night.
    He’s fantastic – what a talent, and not so well-known I think.
    Joan

  5. Oh, yes, he’s one of the greatest!! This one is for you, because “The changes are all that remain” :)

    Heute hier, morgen dort / Day to day
    Day to day, town to town
    Sing my songs, travel on
    It’s a choice that I made long ago
    Yesterday or tomorrow
    My time’s mine to borrow
    Or share, till again I must go

    But sometimes, when my dreams
    Start to haunt me, it seems
    I should try settling down
    For a change, in some town
    But the years and the days
    Pass me by, go their ways
    And the changes are all that remain

    Though the folk I have met
    (Ah, how soon!) they forget
    When I’ve moved on to some other place
    There may be one or two
    When I’ve played and passed through
    Who’ll remember my song or my face

    But sometimes, when my dreams
    Start to haunt me, it seems
    I should try settling down
    For a change, in some town
    But the years and the days
    Pass me by, go their ways
    And the changes are all that remain

    Please don’t ask me to say
    Why I’ve chosen this way:
    It’s just too hard for me to explain
    For the places I’ve been
    And the changes I’ve seen
    Tell me nothing I know stays the same

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