Black Freighter/Wife of a Soldier (Bertholt Brecht) What did the wife of the soldier get From the ancient city of Prague? From Prague she got the linen skirt. It matched her shirt did the linen skirt She got from the city of Prague. What did the wife of the soldier get From Brussels, the Belgian town? From Brussels she got the delicate lace. All the charm and grace of the delicate lace She got from the Belgian town. What did the wife of the soldier get From Paris, the City of Light? From Paris she got the silken dress. Born to possess the silken dress She got from the City of Light. What did the wife of the soldier get From Libya's desert sands? From Libya, the little charm. Around and around she wore the charm He brought from the desert sands. What did the wife of the soldier get From Russia's distant steppes? From Russia she got the widow's veil. And the end of the tale is the widow's veil She got from the distant steppes. This version is ""Wife of the Soldier"" from the County Down album ""Living in the Country"" (Fretless 165). Words by Bertholt Brecht, and tune by Johnny Scot (translator not credited) CB oct99
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