"Kommienezuspadt" as written by and Tom Waits Kathleen Brennan....
(Pretend German)
Kommienezuspadt
Kommienezuspadt
Kommienezuspadt
Kommienezuspadt

Sei punktlich
Sei punktlich
Sei punktlich

Kommienezuspadt
Kommienezuspadt
Kommienezuspadt
Kommienezuspadt
And we can't be late
And we can't be late

(Pretend German)
And we can't be late
Kommiene, Kommiene
Kommienezuspadt
Kommienezuspadt
Kommienezuspadt

(Pretend German)
And we can't be late
And we can't be late
And we can't be late
And we can't be late
Kommienezuspadt
Kommienezuspadt

Sei punktlich
Sei punktlich
Sei punktlich

Kommienezuspadt
Kommienezuspadt

Ha, ha, ha, ha
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Ha, ha, ha, ha
Kommienezuspadt

(Pretend German)
And we can't be late
And we can't be late
And we can't be late
Sei punktlich
Sei punktlich
Kommienezuspadt
Kommiene, kommiene, kommiene, kommiene
Kommienezuspadt


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  • +5
    General Comment"Komme nie zu spät" is "Dont' be late" in German. I don't know if there's a point to his misspelling it, but it goes along with all the pretend German he spews in the song between the English lines. "Sei punktlich" means "Be punctual". Basically it's the rabbit stressing down the hole as if his life depended on it. Fun song.
    beer goodon August 09, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think "kommienezuspadt" means "don't be late" in German but I'm not entirely sure.
    luminolon August 09, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIn an interview, Tom said how people would come up to him after hearing this song and say things like "I didn't know you spoke Romanian (or any other language)" and although sometimes he would play as if he in fact did speak the language, he really was speaking mostly gibberish in this song........ He calls it subvocalising.
    ikefoxon September 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha
    issueson March 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone speak German?
    Shep420on July 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI speak German! ;)

    "Kommienezuspaedt" is an Americanised spelling version of "Komme nie zu spät" or "Komm nie zu spät" (Tom Waits pronounces it relatively well) which, yes, translates out to "Don't be late". It's therefore not "pretend German" per se.
    ThatSwissGuyon December 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song was in a play called alice, which was loosely based on alice in wonderland. i assume then that this is a reference to the white rabbit
    mr093242on September 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song FactThe song is used in a scene early in the animated movie "Idiots and Angels" by Bill Plympton in 2008. The jumpy grumbly song is perfect for Plympton's surreal animation when a man in a bar sexually harasses a pretty lady cleaning the floor, and then in a scuffle, he gets bitten and beaten by her in retaliation.
    Goodkind20902on April 10, 2015   Link

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