Mudcat Café message #677754 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #45426   Message #677754
Posted By: toadfrog
27-Mar-02 - 08:44 PM
Thread Name: german marches
Subject: RE: german marches
In all the old Hopalong Cassidy books, the "double eagle" was a $20 gold coin. Again, the Double Eagle was the symbol of the Austro-Hungarian, not the German Empire. Lots of old German songs refer to Austrian soldiers as "the Croats."

In the United States, the "Under the Double Eagle" was usually played a whole lot faster than 114 steps per minute, because it was regarded primarily as a virtuoso piece for guitar flat-pickers. Those old guys would practice and practice to see who could be the fastest, and the fanciest, picking it.

Wilfried: Thank you for pointing out what an ugly song Maruschka, or at least the common version, is. I think I must be a bit stupid about noticing things like that. A German student sang it to me when I was at Marburg, and in retrospect I think he was trying to get my goat. It didn't work; I asked for more songs, which he refused to sing.

Lanfranc: I think someone misled you. This is "How Great Thou Art." It does not sound at all like the Horst Wessel Song.