[DEBATE] : Brecht's "Pirate Jenny," sung by Hildegard Knef
lsifuentesore at gmail.com
Mon Feb 11 00:43:48 GMT 2008
A great song of a working woman's resentment and fantasy of revenge.
It illustrates the spirit that inspired the women who formed a large part of
the leadership and following of Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) in the Peru
of the 1980s-90s.
Proletarian feminism, however, is for me rather expressed by 'Bread and
Roses', and maybe in other Brecht/Weil/Eisler songs.
For the Eisler ones (which must have one or two women's ones amongst them),
see the Hanns Eisler site.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Yoshie Furuhashi" <critical.montages at gmail.com>
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Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2008 12:49 PM
Subject: [DEBATE] : Brecht's "Pirate Jenny," sung by Hildegard Knef
Today's Bertolt Brecht's birthday, so listen to "Seeräuber-Jenny"
[Pirate Jenny], sung by Hildegard Knef:
You gentlemen can say, "Hey gal, finish them floors!
Get upstairs! What's wrong with you! Earn your keep here!"
You toss me your tips
and look out to the ships
But I'm counting your heads
as I'm making the beds
Cuz there's nobody gonna sleep here, honey
Here are the full German text and English translations (one literal
and the other by Marc Blitzstein) of the song's lyrics:
A great proletarian feminist song, isn't it?
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