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My Name Is Lisa Kalvelage


by Ani DiFranco. Buy album CD: Other Songs LU - Y


My name is Lisa Kalvelage, I was born in Nuremberg
And when the trials were held there nineteen years ago
It seemed to me ridiculous to hold a nation all to blame
For the horrors that the world did undergo
A short while later when I applied to be a G. I. bride
An American consular official questioned me
He refused my exit permit, said my answers did not show
I'd learned my lesson about responsibility.

Thus suddenly I was forced to start thinking on this theme
And when later I was permitted to emigrate
I must have been asked a hundred times where I was and what I did
In those years when Hitler ruled our state
I said I was a child or at most a teen-ager
But that only extended the questioning
They'd ask, where were my parents, my father, my mother
And to this I could answer not a thing.

The seed planted there at Nuremberg in 1947
Started to sprout and to grow
Gradually I understood what that verdict meant to me
When there are crimes that I can see and I can know
And now I also know what it is to be charged with mass guilt
Once in a lifetime is enough for me
No, I could not take it for a second time
And that is why I am here today.

The events of May 25th, the day of our protest,
Put a small balance weight on the other side
Hopefully, someday my contribution to peace
Will help just a bit to turn the tide
And perhaps I can tell my children six
And later on their own children
That at least in the future they need not be silent
When they are asked, "Where was your mother, when?"



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  1. Lullaby
  2. Most of the time
  3. Most Of The Time (accompanied On Violin By Cregan Montague)
  4. My I. Q.
  5. My Name Is Lisa Kalvelage
  6. Not Angry Anymore
  7. O My My - Album: Evolve
  8. Origami - educated guess album
  9. Out Of Range (electric Version)
  10. Perfect fingers
  11. Phase - Album: Evolve
  12. Pixie (Be Nice)
  13. Promised Land - Album: Evolve
  14. Second Intermission - Album: Evolve
  15. Serpentine - Album: Evolve
  16. Shrug - Album: Evolve
  17. Sistersong
  18. Slide - Album: Evolve
  19. Swim - album educated guess
  20. Tip Toe (outtakes)
  21. To the teeth (shoot-out remix)
  22. Up Up Up Up Up
  23. Welcome To: - Album: Evolve
  24. 2nd Intermission
  25. Aids
  26. Asked You First
  27. Cold And Mean
  28. Fair Weather
  29. Find A Fire
  30. Forest For The Trees
  31. Handsome Musician
  32. How Long Can It Last
  33. No Reason To Come Home
  34. North Main Street
  35. One More Night
  36. One Times One Times One
  37. Silver Ingrid
  38. Submerged
  39. Subway
  40. The Boys In Blue
  41. To Be Free
  42. Waiting For Susan
  43. When Doves Cry
  44. Wishin' And Hopin'
  45. Your House

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