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Must I then, must I then,
Leave this little town, little town,
And you, my dear, stay here?
If I come, if I come,
If I come back again, come back again,
To you I'll rush, my dear.
If I cannot always be right near,
Still your love's my joy, I swear;
If I come, if I come,
If I come back again, come back again,
To you I'll rush my dear.

How you cry, how you cry,
When I have to go, I have to go,
As if our love was through.
Even though, even though
Many girls are around, girls are around
To you dear love, I'll be true.
Do not think that when I see some girl
That my love is gone for you.
Even though, even though
Many girls are around, girls are around
To you, dear love, I'll be true.

By next year, by next year,
When the grapes are ripe, grapes are ripe,
I'll come back and settle down;
If I'm then, if I'm then,
Your sweetheart still, sweetheart still,
We'll get married in this town.
By next year, that's when my time is up,
Then you you alone I'll be bound,
If I'm then, if I'm then,
Your sweetheat still, sweetheart still
We'll get married in this town.


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Source: Singing Together, Spring 1976, BBC Publications

Notes:
Although no information is given in the pamphlet, this is from the German folk song. One version of the German lyrics is given below:

1. Mu√?? i' denn, mu√?? i' denn
Zum St√?¬§dtele hinaus,
St√?¬§dtele hinaus
Und du mein Schatz bleibst hier
Wenn i' komm', wenn i' komm',
Wenn i' wiederum, wiederum komm',
Kehr i' ei' mei' Schatz bei dir
|: Kann i' glei' net allweil bei dir sei'
Han' i' doch mei' Freud' an dir
Wenn i' komm', wenn i' komm',
Wenn i' wiederum, wiederum komm',
Kehr' i' ei' mei' Schatz bei dir. :|

2. Wenn du weinst, wenn du weinst,
Da√?? i' wandere mu√??,
Wandere mu√??,
Wie wenn d'Lieb jetzt w√?¬§r vorbei
Sind au' drau√??, sind au' drau√??,
Der M√?¬§dele viel, M√?¬§dele viel
Lieber Schatz, i' bleib dir treu.
|: Denk du nett wenn i' a and're seh
No sei mei Lieb' vorbei
Sind au' drau√??, sind au' drau√??,
Der M√?¬§dele viel, M√?¬§dele viel
Lieber Schatz, i' bleib dir treu. :|

3. √??bers Jahr, √?¬ľbers Jahr,
Wenn mer Tr√?¬§ubele schneidt,
Tr√?¬§ubele schneidt,
Stell i' hier mi' wiedrum ei'
Bin i' dann, bin i' dann,
Dei' Sch√?¬§tzele no', Sch√?¬§tzele no'
So soll die Hochzeit sei.
|: √??bers Jahr do ischt mei' Zeit vorbei
Do g'h√?¬∂r i' mei und dei
Bin i' dann, bin i' dann,
Dei' Sch√?¬§tzele no', Sch√?¬§tzele no'
So soll die Hochzeit sei. :|



I was going to pass some comments on the singabilty of this translation - but you can form your own opinions! This was published in 1976, sixteen years after Elvis Presley performed "Wooden Heart" in "GI Blues". The song also was a major 'hit' in the US when released in 1961 in a Joe Dowell version. It is certain that the compilers of the booklet would be aware of those when they selected this song for inclusion in the booklet, but we can only speculate on what motives they had for chosing this.



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