The Lavender Song, based on Das Lila Lied

The Lavender Song” is Ute Lemper’s 1996 English version of “Das Lila Lied“, the German gay and lesbian anthem which was popular throughout Germany from the moment it was made a record in 1921 until Hitler took power in early 1933. Ms. Lemper’s song is accompanied by gay/lesbian photographs, ads, political statements and artwork from Berlin of the 1920’s and early ’30s. This is a Cabaret song from the Weimar Republic in Germany. The music was composed by Mischa Spoliansky, and the lyrics were written by Kurt Schwabach. Das Lila Lied was dedicated to the famed sexologist Magnus Hirschfield (x). Ute Lemper is a German singer and actress.

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