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Lilli Marlene (English)

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Lilli Marlene (English)

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Lilli Marlene (English)
(Words Tommie Connor; Music Norbert Schultze)

Underneath the lantern by the barrack gate
Darling I remember the way you used to wait,
'Twas there that you whispered tenderly
That you loved me, you'd always be
My Lilli of the lamplight,
My own Lilli Marlene.

Time would come for roll call, time for us to part
Darling I'd caress you and press you to my heart
And there 'neath that far off lantern light,
I'd hold you tight, we'd kiss "good-night,"
My Lilli of the lamplight,
My own Lilli Marlene

Orders came for sailing somewhere over there,
All confined to barracks was more than I cOuld bear;
I knew you were waiting in the street,
I heard your feet, But could not meet,
My Lilli of the lamplight,
My own Lilli Marlene.

Resting in a billet just behind the line,
Even tho'we're parted your lips are close to mine;
You wait where that lantern softly gleams,
Your sweet face seems to haunt my dreams,
My Lilli of the lamplight,
My own Lilli Marlene.

Copyright Peter Maurice Music Co., Ltd.
Note: After British troops in the North African campaign picked
     up on the German version, from German broadcasts and captured
     POWs, the British government commissioned the English lyrics to
     "de-Teutonize" the song. RG
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