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Entries in filkcontinental (1)

Sunday
May122013

Song: Wo Ist Der Bahnhof? a.k.a. Our German Song

Filkcontinental audience 

Back in 2005, Urban Tapestry was overseas Guests Of Honour at FilkContinental, one of the German filk conventions. We had a wonderful, unforgettable time. You can see my Filkcontinental photos on Flickr and Allison's photos: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3. And my Filkcontinental con report: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4

Here's the song I wrote for us to perform during our concert, plus some songwriting notes I took when I was figuring out the counterpoint parts for the chorus.:

Wo Ist Der Bahnhof?

OUR GERMAN SONG (aka "Wo Ist Der Bahnhof")
 By Debbie Ridpath Ohi
 Sept/2005
 
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 So we learned some German so they'd
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 be amazed at Filkcontinental
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 Ow, our mouths can't make these sounds
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 Please be gentle!
 
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 And we studied hours 'til our
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 brains exploded (well not quite) it
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 took some time but we learned ONE PHRASE
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 Here, let's try it:
 
 CHORUS:
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 Wo ist der Bahnhof
 E               A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof
 D              A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof
 E               A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof
 
 A                 E
 So we packed our luggage, we flew
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 'cross the ocean, all excited,
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 Landed, found a Help Desk clerk, and
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 we recited:
   
CHORUS:
 D               A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof
 E               A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof
 D              A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof
 E               A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof
 
 A            E
 We wanted a taxi but hey
 F                     G
 we'll take the train, don't need first class
 A         E                 F
 Then we wondered, is there lunch?
 G
 so we asked
 
CHORUS:
 D               A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof
 E               A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof
 D              A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof
 E               A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof
 
 A                E
 But they didn't feed us, they just
 F                       G
 made us get off, it was NOT what we needed, (we)
 A        E               F
 Found a restaurant, sat down
 G
 and we pleaded
 
  CHORUS:
 D               A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof
 E               A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof
 D              A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof
 E               A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof

       A                   E
       At the end of this story, they ar-
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       -rested us, threw us in prison
       A
       Now we're working hard to learn a
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       phrase that isn't:
       
CHORUS:
 D               A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof
 E               A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof
 D              A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof
 E               A
 Wo ist der Bahnhof