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Haunting Melody for Homesick GIs

October 28, 2002

Re "Norbert Schultze, 91; Composer Best Known for 'Lili Marleen' " (obituary, Oct. 23), about the death of the composer of "Lili Marleen." Here are the real words that we sang while still in Europe after the end of WWII, exactly to this wonderful tune:

Tell me, Mr. Truman, when will we go home?

We have conquered Germany and we have marched through Rome.

We have defeated the master race,

Now why can't we have shipping space?

Tell me, Mr. Truman, just when will we go home?

Will Zens

Westlake Village

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