European Heritage: Beautiful Inspiring German Folk Song–Thoughts are Free (Video)

I dedicate this taste of the real Europe to those who died in the Christmas market attack in Berlin, Germany on Monday, December 19, 2016.

This inspiring European song has over 300,000 views on youtube.

Enjoy this taste of your European heritage.

From the youtube information box:

Published on Mar 7, 2012

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I dedicate this song to all my viewers who love the “old country” German folk songs. This is an old song that has a lot of meaning (please forgive my poor pronunciation and foreign accent). I have sung both the German and English verses together. I am singing three-part harmony. I hope you like it. ^^

Legend claims this song goes back to the Bundshuh rebellion of 1525 when the peasants rebelled against their oppression by the Swabian princes. The revolt was a failure, and serfdom continued for another three hundred years in Germany (the words to this song first appeared on leaflets in 1780).

The concept of “freedom of thought” has nearly always been considered dangerous, and the song was banned for many years before the 1848 revolution, especially as it was seen to be associated with the ideals of the French Revolution. It was widely sung in pre-Hitler Germany and brought to the USA by German immigrants fleeing Nazi-Germany. It is also said to have been sung in German concentration camps between 1933 and 1945. The original lyricist and composer are unknown.

Chords: C, G, and F.

Seen at Lew Rockwell

3 thoughts on “European Heritage: Beautiful Inspiring German Folk Song–Thoughts are Free (Video)

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