There were tears in the crowded congregation,
There were hearts that have loved but all in vain,
T'was goodbye to the sweetheart of the nation,
At the wedding of Lili Marlene.
Men who'd marched where the desert sands were burning,
From Tobruc down the road to Alamein.
In their hearts were tender memories were returning,
At the wedding of Lili Marlene.
As she knelt where the candle lights were gleaming,
It seemed the choir sang soft and low,
Farewell, my angel of the lamplight,
We'll always love you so.
Down the aisle came the bride in all her glory,
To the strains of her own sweet love refrain,
T'was the end of a very lovely story,
At the wedding of Lili Marlene.

Farewell, my angel of the lamplight,
We'll always love you so.
Down the aisle came the bride in all her glory,
To the strains of her own sweet love refrain,
T'was the end of a very lovely story,
At the wedding of Lili Marlene.


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The Wedding of Lili Marlene Lyrics as written by Tommie Connor John Harold Johnston

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    General CommentThere are several errors in the lyrics posted
    I believe the lyrics are as follows

    The ghost of her hair, floats over there
    and her smile, her smile it seems so lonely
    She gave me her hand, as they struck up a band
    and she seemed to say, seemed to say "your the only"
    And we danced like two snowflakes, in the falling wind, in the wind
    well do me a favour god...wont you let Marlene come in?

    The gymnasium floor, the brassbound door,
    the jungle bird the jungle bird that she showed me
    Her love was so clean, to tell the truth Marlene,
    the sound of the tambourine still haunts me
    We were so young then, now im old i know, iknow, oh i know
    Hell had you right then, but i made Marlene let go

    My friends in the bars,hell, they only see the scars
    and they do not give a damn, do not give a damn, that i loved you
    I don't know why, but once you've seen the sky
    you think you know all birds are lovely
    but theres snow on the ground, in Woodstock tonight,
    its twenty two years dear, since i saw the light

    The world did explode, in such a high powered glow
    to run, to run to run, was all they left me
    Up heres theres breeze, high in the clouds were free to fly,
    to fly away was the lesson
    Though the fire burned her life out, and left me little more
    I am a crippled singer, and it evens up the score.

    Repeat first verse.

    the song is clearly about the fire that tragically took the lives of 15 of his school friends, in particular that of Marlene Du Pont, a classmate and girlfriend of sorts.
    The references to "your tambourine still haunts me" relates to the music room to which the tragedy occurred. The "twenty two years dear" part is the time elapsedfrom fire to song. The rest is, i think, fairly self explanatory.

    The song speaks of such loss and guilt that this could have been a way of Jackson trying to jettison these overwhelming emotions. the song was recorded in 1976, along with 8 other fantastic songs, and was intended for his second album.

    stuart77on July 11, 2011   Link

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