Music and Texts of Gary Bachlund

 

 

Ich machte - (2011)    

Joachim Ringelnatz

for medium voice and piano


 

Vom hohen Berge hernieder
Flog eine Amnestie.
Die spreizte ihr Gefieder,
Sang patriotische Lieder
Und tat, ich weiß nicht wie.
Auch ich in meinem Winkel
Vernahm die süße Melodie
Ich machte Pinkel-Pinkel
Und hinunter Pipi.

[ 2 pages, circa 1' 10" ]


Joachim Ringelnatz

 

Down from high peaks she springs,
Flies down bright amnesty.
She spreads protective wings,
Patriotic songs she sings
And does this all, how can it be?
From my corner awkwardly,
Hearing such sweet melodies,
I had to make pee-pee
Without once asking "please?"

 

rhymed paraphrase by the composer

 

 

The up-tempo waltz rushes along, to a halt, and then rushes ahead again. A two verse form capsules this whimsical little rhyme, with a repeat of some phrases as a "button." For many other ribald and serious settings of Ringelnatz' work, click here.

 

 

The score for Ich machte is available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano-vocal score.

 

Ich machte