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Galgenlied (1912) Op. 21 no.12

Part of a series or song cycle:

Pierrot Lunaire (Op. 21)


Die dürre Dirne
Mit langem Halse
Wird seine letzte
Geliebte sein.
In seinem Hirne
Steckt wie ein Nagel
Die dürre Dirne
Mit langem Halse.
Schlank wie die Pinie,
Am Hals ein Zöpfchen -
Wollüstig wird sie
Den Schelm umhalsen,
Die dürre Dirne!

Gallows song

The skinny strumpet,
With neck extended,
Will be the last
To make love to him!
Into his brain
She sticks like a needle;
The skinny strumpet
With neck extended.
Thin as a rake
With a pigtail round her;
Wantonly will she
Embrace the scoundrel
– the skinny strumpet!

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Arnold Franz Walter Schoenberg or Schönberg was an Austrian composer, music theorist, and painter. He was associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School.

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