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[Lied] Stay Down Here Where You Belong. (Irving Berlin)

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 09 Mrt 2008 13:57    Onderwerp: [Lied] Stay Down Here Where You Belong. (Irving Berlin) Reageer met quote

in [Muziek] World war one Era songs. maaktte ik al opmerking van die anti-oorlogsliedje:

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Deze is toch wel speciaal.

"Stay Down Here Where You Belong", An interesting anti-war melody composed by Irving Berlin before WW1 began. Rarely heard nowadays. Henry Burr hit.

The song is in ABAB form, and the lyric is:
verse:

Down below, down below,
sat the Devil talking to his son,
who wanted to go

up above, up above
he said it's getting too warm for me
down here, and so

I'm going up on earth
so I can have a little fun
The Devil only shook his head
and answered his son,

chorus:

Stay down here where you belong,
the folks who live above you
don't know right from wrong
To please their kings
they've all gone out to war
and not a one of them knows what he's fighting for.

Way up above they say that I'm
a devil and I'm bad
kings up there are bigger
devils than your dad.

They're breaking the hearts of mothers
making butchers out of brothers
you'll find more trouble there
than you will down below.

verse:

kings up there, they don't care
for the mothers who must stay at home
their sorrows to bear.

stay at home, don't you roam
though you don't like it below,
you'll find it warmer up there.

If ere you went up on the earth
I know you'de be surprised
you'll find a lot of people
who are not civ il ized.

repeat

Stay down here
where you belong,
the folks who live above you
don't know right from wrong

To please their kings
they've all gone out to war
and not a one of them
knows what he's fighting for.

Way up above they say that I'm
a devil and I'm bad
kings up there are bigger
devils than your dad.

They're breaking the hearts of mothers
making butchers out of brothers
you'll find more trouble there
than you will down below.


Ik heb hierover even meer info gezocht:

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Stay Down Here Where You Belong" was a pacifist song written by Irving Berlin in 1914. The lyrics depict a conversation between the devil and his son, the latter having a desire to visit the world above because things are too hot below, and his father exhorting him to "stay down here where you belong" because the people on earth do not know right from wrong, blindly obeying their rulers by going off to war.

While Henry Burr's recording of the song may have mirrored a large portion of American sentiment during the early days of World War I, the eventual entry of the United States into the conflict and the consequent reversal of the national mood turned the song into a major source of embarrassment for Mr. Berlin, who is much better known for his many subsequent patriotic songs. One of Berlin's main peeves was the penchant of Groucho Marx to sing the song in his presence (a rendition by Marx appears on his concert album, "An Evening with Groucho").

A rendition of "Stay Down Here Where You Belong" was also recorded by Tiny Tim. In the late 20th and early 21st century it has also been performed by the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra.


Opmerkelijk echter is het volgende:

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When America went to war, Berlin, like many composers not only turned to composing music to uplift the morale of the folks at home, but he joined the Army and did his part to help win the war. While assigned to Camp Upton on Long Island, Berlin had the inspired idea to write a stage work to be performed entirely by soldiers. He was convinced that the troops needed to be entertained, wrote an show that stared only soldiers, Yip, Yip Yaphank in 1918. After tryouts at the camp theater, the show premiered at the Century Theater in New York on July 26, 1918, the show contained the song Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning which became an instant hit. The infectious tune and good humored lyrics made the song one of the greatest to come out of the War and further established Berlin as a great songwriter. As with most shows, some songs written for it were not used in the final production, a common occurrence in the creation of musical shows. One melody he dropped from the show was one he thought too dreary for the time and nature of the show. He would later dust off this tune, add new lyrics to it and produce it in 1939 as the great inspirational patriotic song, God Bless America.


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