GERMAN POP LYRICS: The 1970s Part 3
Krautrock and the Neu! family tree
German rock and pop music is generally either unknown or laughed at in the UK. The main exception to this rule is Krautrock, a German version of progressive rock from the 1970s, which has become a hipster’s favourite. I recommend the book “Future Days” by David Stubbs for those who would like to investigate if further. One of the interesting things that Stubbs reveals is that most Krautrock bands were not popular in Germany at the time, and even today they are better known in the UK and the US than in their homeland.
Krautrock groups tended to concentrate on instrumentals, and when they did sing in was usually in English. Neu!, one of the most influential bands on the scene, were no different. The closest they came to a traditional song was the brilliant “Hero”. When they broke up their guitarist Michael Rother went on to Harmonia while drummer Klaus Dinger formed La Düsseldorf, and both these bands have already featured on this blog.
This song is from La Düsseldorf’s eponymous debut album which was released in 1976. Initially the lyrics switch between German, English, French and Italian, but the main body of the song is in German.
TIME German: Zeit… English: Time French: Le temps Italian: Il tempo German: Zeit vergeht French: Se passe English: Goes by German: Zeit Meine Zeit - deine Zeit Unsere Zeit - keine Zeit Zeit Frühlingszeit - Mädchenzeit Kinderzeit - Rollschuhzeit Weihnachtszeit - höchste Zeit Jede Zeit - neue Zeit Zeit - Zeit Zeit ist Geld - schwere Zeit Ohne Zeit - höfliche Zeit (?) Omas Zeit - liebe Zeit Kurze Zeit - Ewigkeit Zeit - Zeit - Zeit - Zeit Zeit vergeht… Kinderzeit… Zeit
TIME Time… Time Time Time Time goes by Goes by Goes by Time My time - your time Our time - no time Time Springtime - girl time Childhood - roller-skating time Christmas time - highest time Every time - new time Time - time Time is money - hard time Without time - courteous time Grandma’s time - loving time Short time - eternity Time - time - time - time Time passes… Childhood… Time