"Fraulein" as written by Gerald V. Casale and Mark Allen Mothersbaugh....
Well my fraulein done told me
When I was in goosesteps.
She said I would gas them
And now I'm a big man
Filling up autos
That beep at me often
I drop what I'm doing
And wait on them cheerfullv
Some choose the big pump
And other's the small
It's a small small world
And I hear 'dem autos call
Well I'm a big time pumper
And I pump'em full of my gas
And if you give me static
I'll tell ya blow it up your ass
My station is pretty
I keep it in top shape
The customers dig me
'cause I got the answers
To all of their auto needs
I fix 'em up often
And relieve their tension
'cause no one wants an auto
That threatens to lose it
The auto's come crawlin'
Into my station
They beep at me always
I stop what I'm doing
And greet them with smiles
I call "fill 'er up?"
They yell back "one dollar"
I wipe all the dead bugs
And dirt off their windshield
And connect my big hose
Up to their gas tank
The gas hums as it enters
And fulls up their empty tank
I do two at a time now
I've developed a technique
My timing is very good
If not always precise
I give them a fair deal
They drive off satisfied
We need each other's business
Without which we could not survive
We like to trade money-
Because it means honor,
Not like those people
Who are sick and can't touch it
Because they're unhealthy,
They leave me cold.
I help who I can help
And feel nothing for those who
Don't come to my station
For I'll only tow those who
Show me their honor
I can't help evervbody
And I'm not my brother's keeper
We huddle together
And those who come to me
We huddle together
And despite the weather
We find strength in our circle
I'm very important
To the big and the little guy
We all need each other
To keep ourselves going
Their auto's all need me
My pump's need their empty tanks and
If the good lord is willing
We shall be here to the end

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"Fraulein" as written by Mark Allen Mothersbaugh Gerald V. Casale

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    My InterpretationIn Northeast Ohio during the 60s and 70s, the steel and rubber factories--which had created many jobs and held up the infrastructure of the cities-- moved out to places with cheaper labor. This left many Akronites unemployed. When Ohio people serving in the military returned after the Vietnam War, they expected to go work in the factories like their parents and grandparents did. When they didn't, they were forced to finds other, less profitable jobs.

    "Fraulein" seems to have this exact theme, althought it's re-shaped so that it takes place in Germany after World War II. The narrator--who's probably in his late teens/early 20s--has a job in the Nazi Army (based off of the lyrics "goosesteps" and "She said I'd gas them") and is supported by his fraulein, which is German for "fiancee". Well, the war ends, and we jump forward about a decade or so, and the narrator is now a "big man" who works at a gas station, and does so very efficiently ("I do two at a time now"). The fact that he lost his job in the army has hardened him ("I feel nothing for those who don't come to my station", "Only tow those who show me their honor"), but he keeps his disdain hidden behind a smile. The only thing that keeps him going are his companions and customers ("We all need eachother to keep ourselves going"), and he hopes to keep his job as long as he can for the sake of supporting himself ("If the good Lord is willing, we'll be here to the end").

    TL;DR--Devo retaliated against the collapse of N.E. Ohio and put their own subversive, antagonizing twist on it.
    Maxwell74on December 20, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe little repeating riff in this song is from "Powerhouse" by composer Raymond Scott. You've probably heard it in a million cartoons - lots of people have been copying Scott's music for years, or plugging it in as incidental cartoon music. Mark is an admirer and now works with the Raymond Scott Archive.

    As for the song, I like it. It goes from Nazis to a sort of mechanical spiritualism of capital society in record time.
    Dubious Meriton March 06, 2006   Link

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