Für mich soll’s rote Rosen regnen

Elsa Markes-Young wafta twenty five + image

Techniques: Appliqué, hand embroidery, beading
Materials: Tulle, paper, silk, thread, sequins
Dimensions (cms): H – 240, W – 175
Photographer: Christopher Young

Für mich soll’s rote Rosen regnen’ is a chanson from 1968 by Hildegard Knef (1925-2002) - a German actress and songstress. Knef re-recorded it with the band Extrabreit as a rock number in 1992.

Written shortly after the difficult premature birth of her daughter, it is Knef’s best known song.

In an interview Knef said: “I once wrote that in a moment of (…) megalomania (…) That’s a (…) highly aggressive song. (…) It should rain red roses for me, I don’t (…) care what happens to the others.”1

The song is divided into three stanzas of different lengths, each with a different lyrical chorus. It works through the personal development of a female lyrical self who looks back on her life from a ‘today’.

It starts with an idealistic sixteen-year-old with big expectations. In middle age the woman quietens down and her wishes change. Finally, she is combative again and rejects what she is expected to be and do.

The last line of the song reads: ‘I want, I want’.

1.You can find the original, the 1992 version and English lyrics here: https://tinyurl.com/2022roses

Elisa Markes-Young was born in Poland, moved to Germany at 16, and has been living in Australia since 2002. As a result of her personal history the question what and where is home is central to Markes-Young’s studio practice. Markes-Young lives and works in Margaret River, WA.

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