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Lili Marlene



Singer-songwriter Lale Andersen, whose 1939 interpretation of the song Lili Marleen 

became tremendously popular during World War II, lived here on Langeoog island for 

several years. Although she died in Vienna in 1972, she is buried on the island's 

dune cemetery. A bronze memorial in her honor, shown here, has been erected 

on the island.



Music: Norbert Schultze, Lyrics: Hans Leip
English translation: Tommie Connor
arr. Merv Rowley 2010


Volumes have been written about the origins of this song, which has become popular world-wide. It began in 1915 as a German poem, whose English title was "Girl Beneath the Lantern". It was a love story about a young soldier and his sweetheart. Two years later the words were set to music and eventually renamed "Lili Marlene". During WWI the song became popular with German troops, who sang it in the trenches. Soon the British, American and French soldiers also adopted the song, using English and French lyrics. 


Ironic as it may seem, the love song caused "Lili" to become the symbol of all the wives and sweethearts awaiting the return of their loved ones, many of whom lost their lives daily. Today, the song is known and remembered all over the world.

About the music:
This tune is arranged in the key of A in order to allow more choice of chord accompaniment. This includes the use of colorful chords like E7 and E9. By using a capo on fret #1, we can play these easily with no big finger-stretches.

Your 1-3-5 Team



Download files 


Lili Marlene.pdf






Historical links:




As sung by Marlene Dietrich, in German: http://ingeb.org/refer/marlened.MP3


As sung by Vera Lynn, in English: http://ingeb.org/refer/veralynn.MP3

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