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ALMA 1-3  

The loveliest girl in Vienna
was Alma, the smartest as well.
Once you picked her up on your antenna,
you'd never be free of her spell.
Her lovers were many and varied,
from the day she begun her beguine.
There were three famous ones whom she married,
and god knows how many between.
Alma, tell us: all modern women are jealous,
which of your magical wands
got you Gustav and Walter and Franz?


ALMA 1   The first one she married was Mahler,
whose buddies all knew him as Gustav,
and each time he saw her he’d holler:

»Ach, that is the Fraulein I must have!«

ALMA 3  

Their marriage however was murder.
He screamed to the heavens above:
I am writing Das Lied von der Erde -
and she only wants to make love!


Alma, tell us: all modern women are jealous,
you should have a statue in bronze
for bagging Gustav and Walter and Franz.


ALMA 2   While married to Gus, she met Gropius,
and soon she was swinging with Walter.
Gus died and her teardrops were copious.
She cried all the way to the altar.
ALMA 1  

But he did work late at the Bauhaus,
and only came home now and then.
She said: »What am I running, a chow-house?«
It’s time to change partners again!


Alma, tell us: all modern women are jealous!
Though you did not even use Ponds,
you got Gustav and Walter and Franz.


ALMA 3   While married to Walt she met Werfel,
and he, too, was caught in her net.
He married her, but he was careful,
because Alma was no Bernadette.
MÄNNER   And that is the story of Alma,
who knew how to receive and to give.
ALMA 1-3   The body that reached her embalma
was one that had known how to live!
ALLE   Alma, tell us: how can they help being jealous?
Ducks always envy the swans who get Gustav and Walter -
you never did falter - with Gustav and Walter and Franz!