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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Panzerlied Song From The Battle of the Bulge Movie


Okay, so I've gotten into the obscure songs from great war movies syndrome. To give me my fix, I provide for you the Panzerlied Song, from the movie Battle of the Bulge. Surely you remember the scene: Colonel Hessler (Robert Shaw) giving a briefing to all of his tank commanders and suddenly they break into song. Well it's an authenticl song , with real words. The place to go to see and to hear the song is: http://ingeb.org/Lieder/obssturm.html

There are five verses to the song, though only the first one is used in the movie, repeated a dozen times. The site provides all five verses with translation, as well as three MP3 versions to listen to. The first contains all five verses and the third is how it sounded in the movie. Enjoy

4 Comments:

Blogger Ryan said...

I love this song... I've heard another version somewhere on Youtube (which I'm actually hunting for now) that is more of a folksy sing-along and it is even better. It makes you feel like you're one of the gang. Unrelated to this movie, though, I am trying to figure out what the song is that was featured in the music box in The Big Red One. You remember the scene with the little kid at the concentration camp? I think (and I could be quite wrong) that the same music box song was used in the earlier part of Payback (when Mel Brooks finds his wife's stash of heroine in the music box). Got any idea what that song is called?

10:09 PM

 
Blogger Csobek said...

Today is the 1st anniversary of my father's death born in Sliesia Germany he came to the states in "52" When the movie came out in the late 60's I remember how impressed the my parents were my the sound effects in the movie theater. The movie since is on VHS/DVD. when I played the movie in father's presence it brought tears to his eyes. He said it was a German folks song. Before he passed on I wanted to learn this song and sing it with him. I asked by son to find it on the internet which he said he could not find, that's what I get for asking a teenager when I should have done it myself. Thanks for providing this for me. It was one of those things that I must and will learn to sing. Again thanks.Chris Sobek

9:34 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this song since watching The Battle of the Bulge 10 years ago. I even tried to learn it by writing down what the lyrics sounds like, though I don't know any German. Thanks so much now I get the song and the lyrics. Super thanks!

12:34 PM

 
Blogger David and Gabriela said...

My children love this song and stand and stomp along. I had to inform them that this was a song of the enemy and not to be too enthralled with it. Although as a soldier myself I appreciate the spirit of the fight in the song. Too bad the American soldier is so panzified (no pun intended) nowadays such a song would be politically incorrect.

9:15 PM

 

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