Lili MarleneWords & Music by Hans Leip & Norbert Shultz
English lyric by Tommie Connor
Recorded by Marlene Dietrich, 1945
A F#m D9 E7 Underneath the lantern by the barrack gate, E7 D9 E E7 A Darling I remember the way you used to wait; D Cdim A F#7 'Twas there that you whispered ten - der - ly, D Cdim Bm7 F#7 That you lov'd me, you'd always be, D9 E7 A F#7 D9 E7 A My Lilli of the lamplight, my own Lilli Marlene. A F#m D9 E7 Time would come for roll call, time for us to part ; E7 D9 E E7 A Darling I'd caress you and press you to my heart. D Cdim A F#7 And there 'neath that far off lantern light D Cdim Bm7 F#7 I'd hold you tight we'd kiss goodnight, D9 E7 A F#7 D9 E7 A My Lillie of the lamplight, my own Lilli Marlene. A F#m D9 E7 Orders came for sailing somewhere over there, E7 D9 E E7 A All confined to barracks was more than I could bear; D Cdim A F#7 I knew you were waiting in the street, I heard your feet, but could not meet, D9 E7 A F#7 D9 E7 A My Lillie of the lamplight, my own Lilli Marlene. A F#m D9 E7 Resting in a billet just behind the line, E7 D9 E E7 A Even though we're parted, your lips are close to mine, D Cdim A F#7 You wait where that lantern softly gleams D Cdim Bm7 F#7 Your sweet face seems to haunt my dreams, D9 E7 A F#7 D9 E7 A My Lillie of the lamplight, my own Lilli Marlene.
Dietrich's version was, at least in the original, in German; the English was recorded by Perry Como, among others. I listened to a Dietrich recording -- and I was amazed what a mediocre vocalist she was. Her rendition was what I've heard called a "neighborhood" vocal -- meaning the notes she hit were in the neighborhood of the melody, but not on it.