Underneath the lantern, By the barrack gate Darling I remember The way you used to wait T'was there that you whispered tenderly, That you loved me, You'd always be, My Lilli of the Lamplight, My own Lilli Marlene
Time would come for roll call, Time for us to part, Darling I'd caress you And press you to my heart, And there 'neath that far-off lantern light, I'd hold you tight , We'd kiss good night, My Lilli of the Lamplight, My own Lilli Marlene
Orders came for sailing, Somewhere over there All confined to barracks was more than I could bear I knew you were waiting in the street I heard your feet, But could not meet, My Lilli of the Lamplight, my own Lilli Marlene
Resting in our billets, Just behind the lines Even tho' we're parted, Your lips are close to mine You wait where that lantern softly gleams, Your sweet face seems To haunt my dreams My Lilli of the Lamplight, My own Lilli Marlene
For more background information about this song, which is an English version based on a German original, see the German version by Hans Leip.
- More poems of the Second World War -- Everyman's Library (1989)