http://www.one.org Dixie Peach: Viva Colonia!

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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Viva Colonia!

Met ner Pappnas gebore dr Dom en dr Täsch
han mir uns jeschwore:Mer jon unsere Wääch
Alles wat mer krieje künne,nemme mer och met,
weil et jede Augenbleck nur einmol jitt....

Mer jon zom F.C Kölle un mer jon zom KEC
Mer drinke jän e Kölsch un mer fahre KVB
Henkelmännche-Millowisch, bei uns es immer jet loss
Mir fiere jän-ejal of klein of jroß-wat et och koss

Da simmer dabei! Dat is prima! VIVA COLONIA
Wir lieben das Leben,die Liebe und die Lust
Wir glauben an den lieben Gott und hab'n noch immer Durst.

Mer han dä Kölsche Klüngel un Arsch huh- su heiß' et he!
Alaaf op Ruusemondaach nu Aloah CSD
Mer sin multikulinarisch mer sin multikulturell
Mer sin in jeder Hinsicht aktuell-auch eh sexuell!

Da simmer dabei! Dat is prima! VIVA COLONIA
Wir lieben das Leben,die Liebe und die Lust
Wir glauben an den lieben Gott und hab'n noch immer Durst.

Mer lääve hück-nit murje, zo schnell verjeiht die Zigg
L.M.A.A ihr Sorje mer lääve dä Augenbleck
........un dä es jenau jetz'!

Da simmer dabei! Dat is prima! VIVA COLONIA
Wir lieben das Leben,die Liebe und die Lust
Wir glauben an den lieben Gott und hab'n noch immer Durst.

Da simmer dabei!

It's high Karneval season in Germany and Viva Colonia by De Höhner is my favorite Karneval song. Don't ask me what the song says in English. I'm don't even think I could translate it into German very well. It's written in Kölsch, a type of German spoken in Cologne and only those who've grown up there speaking it can really understand it.

Anyway, it's a happy, catchy tune that I love to singly loudly with during the refrain (the only part I understand). It makes me want to go to Karneval in Cologne and find happy, cheerful and drunken crowds singing this song and chime in with them as loud as I can.

And that's one thing I fell in love with right away when I moved to Germany. I love how crowds together for one reason or another, be it Karneval celebration or Oktoberfest or city fairs or just folks in a beer tent will sing together. There are certain songs that are more popular at one time of the year or another (Viva Colonia is a Karneval song but you may still hear it at Oktoberfest) but there are song that are popular at any time and popular regardless of what region you're in. Old Volksmusik song, old Schlager songs, pop songs that got turned into popular sing-along songs - doesn't matter. When the beer is flowing and the mood is good, you'll hear young and old raising their voices - everyone seems to know the lyrics. Strangers link arms and sway or folks will clap loudly and stop their feet while bellowing the lyrics and the more you sing the more fun you have.

It always surprises me how folks can't remember one line from a song but sit them in a beer tent and let them get a liter of Erdinger down them and their memory for song lyrics gets ever sharper. Something about these old tunes that everyone knows gets tattooed onto your brain and you'll find that you can sing "Der Eiermann" with little or no trouble at all.

So if you ever get to an Oktoberfest celebration or better yet to the real Oktoberfest, be sure to sing loud and strong. And if you ever get to Karneval in Germany, I'll bet Viva Colonia will become a favorite tune of yours too.

Kölle Alaaf!






9Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I WAS in Cologne for Karneval this past February. (I'm in a German Karneval club from Minnesota.) We heard that song (and the 6 other Karneval songs that exist) and fell in love with it. We could ALL sing/scream out "Viva Colonia!" I picked up most of the words in the chorus, but needed to look up the rest. I "googled" it, and came across your blog.
We sound pretty similar -- except I'm single and live in Minnesota.
Hope you're enjoying yourself in Germany. Tschuess!

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Babak said...

It says:
We are ther! That is great! VIVA COLONIA
We love the life,the love and the lust!
We beleive in god and are still tursty.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha i think a more proper transl would be we love life, love, and desire (lust does not quite equal lust in transationg)

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This weekend is Karneval here in Köln, it's bloody cold, but Karneval is always fun. Screaming VIVA COLONIA is the best part ;). ....an Aussie in Köln :)

12:51 PM  
Blogger iMark said...

Hi Dixie,

I just came back from 3 days and nights of Karneval in Cologne, with 13 friends.
What a party! Being Dutch, we know parties, but this was certainly one of the best ever.
And guess what... 'Viva Colonia' has become one of my favorite songs now ;-)

11:54 PM  
Blogger Naomi! said...

I went to carnival in Koln and LOVED IT.
my sister and i had this song down pat by the time we left!

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want the rest of the lyrics in English... It is not all regular German...

I see L.M.A.A

this is kiss my ass... in German.

Lich mich auf ass....

lick out my ass.. they do not say kiss my ass..

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

English translation of
Viva Colonia (by De Höhner)



(Choral intro)

Born with a paper party nose and Cologne Cathedral in our back pockets, we made a pledge to each other:
We will embark on our path. Anything we get our hands on we’ll take with us because every moment only comes along once.

First verse:
We support Cologne F.C. and we support KEC.
We enjoy a glass of Kölsch and we travel by KVB.
Henkelmännchen, Millowitsch – there’s always something going on here.
We love a party, big or small, whatever it costs!


Chorus:
So count us in! That is great! Viva Colonia! We love life, we love love and a lust for life.
We believe in a loving God and we’re always in the mood for a drink.


Verse 2
Cologne has its gang of cronies “Arse up!” is what we say. “Alaaf!” on Rose Monday and “Aloha!” on gay pride day.
We are multi-culinary, we are multicultural.
We are up to the minute in every regard, even sexually!

Bridge:
We live today, not tomorrow. Time goes by all too fast.
We bid L.M.A.A. (Kiss my arse!) to our troubles and we live for the moment ..and that moment is right now!


Notes:

Kölsch: the local Cologne beer.

KEC: Cologne Ice Hockey Club

KVB: Cologne public transport

Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) is a public holiday, the Monday following Ash Wednesday. It is the highpoint of the Carnival and Cologne literally grinds to a halt.

“Alaaf” is the cry of the carnival revelers.

CSD (Christopher Street Day parade) gay pride parade.

Henkelmännchen is the nickname for Cologne Arena, a huge modern venue for sporting events, rock concerts etc.

The Millowitsch folk theatre is a long established Cologne venue for comedies and musical performances. It is something of a local institution and is of considerable cultural importance to the city.

L.M.A.A. (vulg. “Leck mich am Arsch ”)kiss my arse!

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

English translation of
Viva Colonia (by De Höhner)



(Choral intro)

Born with a paper party nose and Cologne Cathedral in our back pockets, we made a pledge to each other:
We will embark on our path. Anything we get our hands on we’ll take with us because every moment only comes along once.

First verse:
We support Cologne F.C. and we support KEC.
We enjoy a glass of Kölsch and we travel by KVB.
Henkelmännchen, Millowitsch – there’s always something going on here.
We love a party, big or small, whatever it costs!


Chorus:
So count us in! That is great! Viva Colonia! We love life, we love love and a lust for life.
We believe in a loving God and we’re always in the mood for a drink.


Verse 2
Cologne has its gang of cronies “Arse up!” is what we say. “Alaaf!” on Rose Monday and “Aloha!” on gay pride day.
We are multi-culinary, we are multicultural.
We are up to the minute in every regard, even sexually!

Bridge:
We live today, not tomorrow. Time goes by all too fast.
We bid L.M.A.A. (Kiss my arse!) to our troubles and we live for the moment ..and that moment is right now!


Notes:

Kölsch: the local Cologne beer.

KEC: Cologne Ice Hockey Club

KVB: Cologne public transport

Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) is a public holiday, the Monday following Ash Wednesday. It is the highpoint of the Carnival and Cologne literally grinds to a halt.

“Alaaf” is the cry of the carnival revelers.

CSD (Christopher Street Day parade) gay pride parade.

Henkelmännchen is the nickname for Cologne Arena, a huge modern venue for sporting events, rock concerts etc.

The Millowitsch folk theatre is a long established Cologne venue for comedies and musical performances. It is something of a local institution and is of considerable cultural importance to the city.

L.M.A.A. (vulg. “Leck mich am Arsch ”)kiss my arse!

6:35 PM  

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