“Huhu huhuhuhu… Barbra Streisand”. Yes we are all singing this refrain over the last weeks. The refrain is really catchy and easy to remember. But what’s pretty interesting is the history of this hit.

The first time I’ve heard “Duck Sauce” I thought the refrain is really cool, but I’ve heard something similar, but couldn’t recall when and where.

Let’s discover the history of Duck Sauce’s Barbra Streisand.

Hallo Bimmelbahn by Nighttrain (1973)

After a few searches on the web I’ve discovered that the initial track was called “Hallo Bimmelbahn” and was written by two German brothers Heinz and Jürgen Huth. Of course no presence of the lyrics “Barbra Streisand”. Jürgen und Heinz formed the group Nighttrain in the 1973. They sang about a locomotive and a train. The word “Bimmelbahn” in German stands for a “steam locomotive”. Here is the original track:

If you don’t understand/speak German, here are the lyrics  of  Nighttrain, and of course it’s neither about New York nor Barbra Streisand 😉

Original lyrics in German:

Hallo Bimmelbahn, es war vor deiner letzten Fahrt. Ich stand mit einem Mädchen am Bahnhof und wir sahen dich an.
Sie sprang auf einen Wagen, da kam das Zeichen: Vorsicht, Bahnsteig frei. Die Bimmelbahn, sie zischte, mein Liebling rollte mit vorbei. 

Refrain:  Und ich rief ihr nach: Laß mich doch bitte nicht allein. 2x Bye-bye!

Hallo, Bimmelbahn, du wartest irgendwo am Abstellgleis. ich frage wo du stehst, doch keinen gibt es, der dein Ziel noch weiß.
Mein Mädchen ist bei dir und ein Leben ohne sie, das will ich nicht. Ich habe große Angst, dass sie mich eines Tages vergisst.

Refrain:  Und ich rief ihr nach: Laß mich doch bitte nicht allein. 2x Bye-bye!

Hallo Bimmelbahn, du bist die letzte Lok in deiner Art. Und ein Stück Romantik ist vorbei seit deiner Abschiedsfahrt.
Auf dein langes Pfeifen und Stampfen wart’ ich jeden Augenblick. Hallo Bimmelbahn, bitte bring’ sie bald zu mir zurück.

Refrain:  Und ich rief ihr nach: Laß mich doch bitte nicht allein. 2x Bye-bye!

Translated lyrics:

Hello little train, it was before your last trip. I was with a girl at the station and we saw you.
She jumped into a wagon, there came a sign: Caution, free platform. The tourist train, she hissed, my dear passed by.

Refrain: And I called after her: Do not leave me alone please. 2x Bye-bye!

Hello, little train, you wait somewhere on the holding track. I’ve asked where you stand, but there is no one who knew what your destination is.
My girl is with you and a life without her, I don’t what this.
I am afraid that she’ll forget me one day.

Refrain: And I called after her: Do not leave me alone please. 2x Bye-bye!

Hello little train, you are the last locomotive of your type. And a bit of romance is over since you farewell tour.
I’m waiting to hear your long whistles and stamping every moment. Hello little train, please bring her back to me soon.

Refrain: And I called after her: Do not leave me alone please. 2x Bye-bye!

Gotta Go Home by Boney M. (1979)

A few years later in 1979, the famous group Boney M made a cover of “Hallo Bimmelbahn” with their smashing hit “Gotta Go Home”. The lyrics were written by the famous Frank Farian.

Here was the result:

The corresponding lyrics:

Headin’ for the islands
We’re ready man and packed to go
When we hit those islands
There’s gonna be a big hello
Diggin’ all the sunshine
It’s easy not to say goodbye
Bye, Bye, Bye

Headin’ for the islands
Heyeah, We’re really flyin’ high
Refrain: 5x Gotta go home, home, home

Walkin’ down the beaches
Tomorrow mornin’ we’ll be there
Golden sandy beaches
Say, I can smell the breezy air
One more celebration
And then we’re ready for goodbyes
Bye, Bye, Bye

Walkin’ down the beaches
Heyeah, We’re really flyin’ high
Refrain: 5x Gotta go home, home, home

Goodbye home ( 4X )

Refrain: 5x Gotta go home, home, home

Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand (2010)

And now almost 40 years later in 2010 we have Duck Sauce (by the way, it’s a duo formed by the famous DJs Armand Van Helden and A-Trak) with the hit “Barbra Streisand”.

Notice how the lyrics were adapted  and slightly easier to remember 😉

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duck_Sauce_%28band%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbra_Streisand_%28song%29
http://www.walterbecher.de/huth.htm

Translation with Google Translation :
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