bombed ruins form the skyline
burnt places - all around
people trading their possessions
a keepsake for some bread

crowded trains full of people
remindful of a cattle transport
families get separated
on the way to their new homes

still the children search for cover
when they hear the airplanes
their bags are always packed
just with dolls, books and pencils

the first black men they ever saw
were among the foreign soldiers
some of them were really kind
bringing food and sometimes sweets

no more sirens in the night
which made you run into the basement
no more fear of foreign soldiers
who came to search the house

it is the summer of fourty-five
black-market dealers are in the streets
but we all feel so alive
now we get again what we need

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    General CommentThere's not much to be deciphered here. It's about the allied invasion of Germany at the end of WWII, something the people were utterly terrified of, but found they were greatly relieved and thankful when it happened.
    AlienMaybeon August 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentvery melodic
    animus impiuson July 01, 2003   Link
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    General CommentAlien - uh, no, it isn't. It's about the United States occupation of Japan following World War II, since the black market was one of the most dominant features of the social landscape of those trying to survive the aftermath of the war, and the lyrics "the first black men they ever saw were among the foreign soldiers" are a clear Kenzaburo Oe reference - long before the war, the German citizens and children saw black athletes at the 1936 Berlin Olympics - but the Japanese had never seen black men before the invasion, and the Oe story Prize Stock details Japanese children's first encounter with a black man, an American soldier stranded behind enemy lines.
    Akakuroon October 28, 2008   Link

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