The "Alabama Song" was written as a German poem and translated into idiosyncratic English for the author Bertolt Brecht by his close collaborator Elisabeth Hauptmann in  and published in Brecht's Home Devotions German : Hauspostillea parody of Martin Luther 's collection of sermons.
Although the majority of all three works is in Germanthe "Alabama Song" retained Hauptmann's broken English lyrics throughout. Brecht and Weill's version of the song was first performed by the Viennese actress and dancer Lotte LenyaWeill's wife,  in the role of Jessie at the Baden-Baden Festival's performance of Little Mahagonny. The I Could Be Singing - Arlo Guthrie - Washington County recording of the song—by Lenya for the Homocord record label—came out in early under the title "Alabama-Song";  it was rerecorded the same year for the Ultraphon record label for release with the Leipzig premiere of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonnydespite Lenya not being a member of that cast.
The melody is changed and the verse beginning "Show me the way to the next little dollar On the album version, lead singer Jim Morrison altered the second verse from "Show us the way to the next pretty boy" to "Show me the way to the next little girl"  but, on the Live at the Matrix recording, he sings the original " For The Doors' version, keyboardist Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) - The Doors - The Very Best Of The Doors Manzarek plays the marxophone along with the organ and keyboard bass.
With unconventional key changes, the track "seemed calculated to disrupt any radio programme on which it was lucky enough to get played". Although Bowie also changed the "pretty boy" line like Morrison, he sang Weill's original melody. The German rerelease of the single included Jacques Brel 's song " Amsterdam " as an additional B-side. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the novel, see Alabama Song novel ; for the Sacred Prostitute Series_043 - The Pulse Projects - Sacred Prostitute Series (Respect And Allegiance Moorer album, see Alabama Song album ; for songs with similar titles, see Alabama disambiguation Music.
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