GERMAN KID by DEE DEE KING

GERMAN POP LYRICS

Dee Dee Ramone was the main songwriter in the Ramones, one of the most influential punk bands of all time. However, by the late Eighties he had fallen out with his bandmates and he reinvented himself as the rapper Dee Dee King. Here his rapping alternates between English and German (in italics), reflecting the fact that his mother was German. Debbie Harry of Blondie fame provides the vocal refrain.

Jump to track six (at 17:35) on the album “Standing in the Spotlight” (1989) to hear this song. Some people have described it as one of the worst albums of all time, but personally I think “German Kid” has got a lot of charm. If you want to know more about the story, there is a clip from the excellent documentary “End of the Century” below.

GERMAN KID

CHORUS:
Half American, half German
Half American, half German

This is Dee Dee King on the mike
150 pounds of dynamite
The guy with the rhyme about the pyramid
Bet you didn't know I was a German kid

Und ich finde es gut wenn Leute lacht
Ich habe die Energie, ich habe die Kraft
Ein hübsches Mädchen gibt mir ein Kuss
Kein Geld für den Taxi, nehme den Bus
Ich bin der König von mein Haus
Wenn die Kinder sind zu laut, schrei ich „geh raus!“

CHORUS

Well I used to be a German kid
Standing on the street 
With two cents in my pocket 
And nothing  to eat
Did you ever see a glider soaring in the wind
Bet you didn't know I'm half German
I'm doing rap not Beethoven
I'm doing rap and I've just begun

Es ist mir egal was du sagst
Ich mach eine Party jeden Tag
Ich hab immer sehr viel Glück
Dee Dee King ist nicht Verrückt

CHORUS

You wouldn't believe the places I've been
It's pretty cool to be half German
Slap me five, give me some skin
I used to live in Berlin

Ich lese die Zeitung jeden tag
„Was ist das für Musik“, die Eltern frag
Jetzt habe ich genug gesagt
Auf wiedersehen, gute Nacht
Ich finde es gut wenn Leute lacht… lacht!

CHORUS
GERMAN KID

CHORUS:
Half American, half German
Half American, half German 

This is Dee Dee King on the mike
150 pounds of dynamite
The guy with the rhyme about the pyramid
Bet you didn't know I was a German kid

And I like it when people laugh
I have the energy, I have the power
A beautiful girl gives me a kiss
No money for a taxi, I take the bus
I'm the king of my house
When the kids are too loud, I scream "get out!"

CHORUS

Well I used to be a German kid
Standing on the street 
With two cents in my pocket 
And nothing  to eat
Did you ever see a glider soaring in the wind
Bet you didn't know I'm half German
I'm doing rap not Beethoven
I'm doing rap and I've just begun

I don't care what you say
I have a party every day
I always feel very happy
Dee Dee King is not crazy

CHORUS

You wouldn't believe the places I've been
It's pretty cool to be half German
Slap me five, give me some skin
I used to live in Berlin

I read the papers every day
“What kind of music is that", the parents ask
I've said enough now
Goodbye, good night
I like it when people laugh… laugh!

CHORUS

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