Da simmer dabei! Dat is prima! VIVA COLONIA
Wir lieben das Leben,die Liebe und die Lust
Wir glauben an den lieben Gott und hab'n noch immer Durst.
Fasching is a cool time in Germany. One of these years, I'll make it to Cologne in February and have a six day bout of Fasching fun. If you can get your hands on it, listen to Viva Colonia (text to the refrain quoted above). This song is ubiquituous during Fasching. For example, after the Bloodhound Gang concert last night (which was amazing and super fun, by the way), we were on the subway trying to get back to the main station so we could catch a ride back to Tuebingen. Since the U-Bahn doesn't run very frequently after midnight in Stuttgart (to their credit, it was running every 12 minutes to the main station, but infrequent nonetheless), we were crammed with tons of other concert attendees into the subway car that was waiting on the track. Out of nowhere, a loud group at the other end of the car emits a huge "VIVA COLONIA!", which made me smile.
And the funny thing is, the song sings about the greatness of the city of Cologne ("long live Cologne"), but it's the official Fasching song. I can't think of any other example where people in Stuttgart (or any other major German city) would sing a song glorifying another major German city. But, there you go.
I promise pictures of Rottenburg soon...