One of the most popular German artists has a song about Currywurst

It's not just the Italians who sing about food...

6w ago

The ultimate arbiter of all things Italian, FT's very own Valentina Testa recently posted two funny Italian songs about food. This made me wonder whether we have something similar in Germany. And indeed, we have!

Herbert Grรถnemeyer sings about Currywurst.

Currywurst is one of the quintessential German fast food items. It's basically a Bratwurst cut into pieces and covered with a spicy tomato-based sauce (mostly some kind of ketchup) that contains, you guessed it, lots of curry powder. Usually served with french fries, it can be quite good. I must have had a lot of Currywurst in my school days!

Herbert Grรถnemeyer is one of the most popular German artists. He originally comes from Bochum, the same city, in which I grew up. Currywurst is very popular in that region of Germany so he made a song about it. He sings it in the dialect of the region (the Ruhr district) and the song is actually quite funny, especially if you understand that dialect. Unfortunately I couldn't find a really good video.

Here's my humble attempt at translation:

If you go downtown, what's going to get you full, a Currywurst.

Returning from your shift there's nothing better than Currywurst

French fries with it, give me two Currywurst straight away!

When you're really down, you need something to chew on, Currywurst

Willi, come with me, I get an appetite for Currywurst

I need something in my stomach, for my brother-in-law here another Currywurst

Oh Willi, how nice is it when we're standing here with Currywurst

Willi, what's up, will you have another beer with Currywurst?

Man, that sausage is spicy, what a thirst it gives you, Currywurst!

When you're really pissed, you get quite sick from Currywurst

If it comes out, you go home full of Currywurst

On the shirt, on the jacket, man, what a shit, everything full of Currywurst

Come Willi, please, please, go home with me, you know I'll get a dressing-down when I get home like that

Willi, Willi, please, you're a bloke to my taste, c'mon, come with me, please Willi...

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Comments (6)

  • That was cool!

      1 month ago
  • By the tone of his voice and melody it seems he is signing about a difficult time in his life and curry wurst was the source of comfort ๐Ÿ˜†

      1 month ago
    • Actually he always sings like that ๐Ÿ˜ It remains one of the unsolved mysteries of modern times why this guy, who doesn't have a singing voice at all, went on to become one of the most popular German singers ๐Ÿ˜•. That said, currywurst works well...

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        1 month ago
    • I did an internship in Munich several years ago. I only tried the curry wurst once ๐Ÿ˜†. In my defense, I preferred an apple strudel with vanille sauce ๐Ÿ˜

        1 month ago
  • ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      1 month ago