"Alabama Song" as written by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht....
Oh, show me the way to the next whiskey bar
Oh, don't ask why, no, don't ask why
For we must find the next whiskey bar

Or if we don't find the next whiskey bar
I tell you we must die, I tell you we must die
I tell you, I tell you, I tell you we must die

Oh, moon of Alabama, it's time to say goodbye
We've lost our good old mama
And must have whiskey or you know why

Oh, moon of Alabama, it's time to say goodbye
We've lost our good old mama
And must have whiskey or you know why

Oh, show us the way to the next little dollar
Oh, don't ask why, oh, don't ask why
For we must find the next little dollar

Or if we don't find the next little dollar
I tell you we must die, I tell you we must die
I tell you, I tell you, I tell you we must die

Oh, moon of Alabama, it's time to say goodbye
We've lost our good old mama
And must have dollar or you know why

Oh, moon of Alabama, it's time to say goodbye
We've lost our good old mama
And must have dollar or you know why

Oh, show us the way to the next little girl
Oh, don't ask why, no, don't ask why
For we must find the next little girl

Or if we don't find the next little girl
I tell you we must die, I tell you we must die
I tell you, I tell you, I tell you we must die

Oh, moon of Alabama, it's time to say goodbye
We've lost our good old mama
And must have little girl or you know why

Oh, moon of Alabama, it's time to say auf Wiedersehen
We've lost our good old mama
And must have little girl or you know why
You know why, you know why


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"Alabama Song" as written by Bertolt Brecht Kurt Weill

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  • +2
    General CommentGreat Doors/Bertolt Brecht cover. I think the 1978 Stage version is better than the Scary Monsters B-side in 1980, though.
    davidbowiefan1on September 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdid david bowie do this? i thought the doors did. i know the doors did. did he redo it or what?
    krockon January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBoth are covers of an old tune composed by the famous Kurt Weill, a german composer who wrote, I think, songs for Broadway plays. The most known versions are the ones sang by Ute Lemper and Lotte Lenya.
    Alienoon February 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentKurt Weill did write this, but he wasn't a broadway writer.

    He wrote songs to accompany the plays of Burthold Brecht as part of the Berliner Ensemble who ended up in America in the 1930s after being hounded out by the Nazis.

    This is from the Play "Baal" in which Bowie appeared.

    Kurt Weill also wrote "Mack the Knife" from "The Beggars opera" amongst other things.
    amy darlingon March 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree that the song is a kurt weil komposition, but i think its originally out of the play "dreigroschenoper". in the play, mackie messer sings it. but im not quite sure
    thehexmanon March 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree that the song is a kurt weil komposition, but i think its originally out of the play "dreigroschenoper". in the play, mackie messer sings it. but im not quite sure
    thehexmanon March 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy mistake. I guess this WAS a Kurt Weil composition. Honest mistake. Kind of reminds me of the song, "Amsterdam," though.
    davidbowiefan1on January 13, 2008   Link
  • -2
    General CommentANYWAYS, the song is about drinking whiskey, stealing money and having sex with little girls... else you DIE!
    JoeTheLionon September 07, 2006   Link

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