GERMAN POP LYRICS: THE ANNETTE HUMPE STORY: PART 4
Ich + Ich have been inactive since 2010 and Adel Tawil has started a solo career. Meanwhile Annette Humpe has returned to writing and production for other artists. Perhaps her most notable recent project has been writing two albums for Max Raabe.
Raabe is an eccentric character and his style is something of a throwback to the German popular music of the 1920s and 1930s, not least that of the Comedian Harmonists. He has been a beloved character in Germany for many years, but the two albums with Humpe are by far his most successful to date, both reaching the top 3 of the national charts. “Langsam” is from “Für Frauen ist das kein Problem” (2013). I think Humpe does a great job of writing in a different style, though sometimes the Palast Orchester (Palace Orchestra) who usually accompany Raabe are missed. I recommend this album to German learners as the lyrics are relatively easy to understand and they are clearly sung by Raabe.
NB This song is not available on YouTube, so I have had a go at singing it myself. This is my first attempt at singing in German.
So there you have it, four songs from four different decades. And here the story ends, at least for now…
LANGSAM Der Mond geht auf, mhhh, mhhh, Ganz langsam. Er nimmt seinen Lauf, mhhh, mhhh, Ganz langsam. Es weht ein warmer Sommerwind, Die Wolken ziehen, Wir beide sind… allein. Du bist bei mir, Es ist ganz still, Ich weiß genau, Was ich jetzt will… mhhh Ich komm auf dich zu, mhhh, mhhh, Ganz langsam. Ich weiß, was ich tu, mhhh, mhhh, Ganz langsam. Manchmal geht's am Tage, Manchmal in der Nacht, mhhh, Manchmal kann es schnell gehen, Bei mir geht es ganz sacht, mhhh, Nimm Dich in Acht
SLOWLY The moon rises, mhhh, mhhh, So slowly. He takes his course, mhhh, mhhh, So slowly. A warmer summer breeze blows, The clouds drift by, We are… alone. You’re with me, It's so quiet, I know exactly, What I want now… mhhh I go up to you, mhhh, mhhh, So slowly. I know what I'm doing, mhhh, mhhh, So slowly. Sometimes it happens by day, Sometimes at night, mhhh, Sometimes it can go fast, With me it happens so gently, mhhh, Take care of yourself
C – Ab – G – C
C – Ab – G – C
F – Fm – C – C7
F – Fm – C/G – G