Producers: The "Alabama Song" was written as a German poem and translated into idiosyncratic English for the author Bertolt Brecht by his close collaborator Elisabeth Hauptmann in 1925 and published in Brecht's 1927 Home Devotions (German: Hauspostille), a parody of Martin Luther's collection of sermons. Although Bowie also changed the "pretty boy" line like Morrison, he sang Weill's original melody. Song information for Alabama Song - David Bowie on AllMusic , The song was recorded in 1966 by the rock group the Doors, listed as "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)".
The week after Bowie’s passing (in January 2016), the Official Vinyl Singles Chart top 20 was dominated by 13 different Bowie singles. Linda van Dyck performed it on Swedish television show Forsta Samlek on May 10, 1972. Oh show me the way to the next whiskey bar Oh don't ask why, no don't ask why For we must find the next whiskey bar Or if we don't find the next whiskey bar And must have little girl or you know why, Oh moon of Alabama it's time to say "auf wiedersehen" For we must find the next whiskey bar This will be reissued in February to mark the 40th anniversary as a special seven-inch picture disc, with two previously unreleased B-sides. The first recording of the song—by Lenya for the Homocord record label—came out in early 1930 under the title "Alabama-Song"; it was rerecorded the same year for the Ultraphon record label for release with the 1930 Leipzig premiere of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, despite Lenya not being a member of that cast. We've lost our good old mama  She continued to perform and record the song throughout her life, including for her 1955 album Lotte Lenya Sings Kurt Weill (Lotte Lenya singt Kurt Weill), released in the United States under the title Berlin Theater Songs.
For we must find the next little dollar Oh don't ask why, oh don't ask why We've lost our good old mama  Nevertheless, backed with a stripped-down acoustic version of "Space Oddity" recorded in December 1979, the single reached No. Lyrics to 'Alabama Song' by David Bowie. The German 1982 rerelease of the single included Jacques Brel's song "Amsterdam" as an additional B-side. The "Alabama Song"—also known as "Moon of Alabama", "Moon over Alabama", and "Whisky Bar"—is an English version of a song written by Bertolt Brecht and translated from German by his close collaborator Elisabeth Hauptmann in 1925 and set to music by Kurt Weill for the 1927 play Little Mahagonny. It was reused for the 1930 opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and has been recorded by the Doors and David Bowie. Or if we don't find the next little dollar, Oh moon of Alabama, it's time to say goodbye Of course, not only is this an indication of how Bowie’s music endures, it’s also a reflection of how faithful Bowie fans are, for it is you that have made the David Bowie 40th Anniversary 7” vinyl picture disc series the success it is. He performed "Alabama Song" again on his 1990 Sound+Vision Tour and 2002 Heathen tours. And must have little girl or you know why. The "Alabama Song"—also known as "Moon of Alabama", "Moon over Alabama", and "Whisky Bar"—is an English version of a song written by Bertolt Brecht and translated from German by his close collaborator Elisabeth Hauptmann in 1925 and set to music by Kurt Weill for the 1927 play Little Mahagonny. Track listing "Alabama Song" (Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) – 3:51 "Space Oddity" (acoustic version) (David Bowie) – 4:57; The German 1982 rerelease of the single included Jacques Brel's song "Amsterdam" as an additional B-side.  On the album version, lead singer Jim Morrison altered the second verse from "Show us the way to the next pretty boy" to "Show me the way to the next little girl", but, on the 1967 Live at the Matrix recording, he sings the original "next pretty boy". (2017 Tony Visconti mix - single edit) - July 2019, #1 - Boys Keep Swinging (2017 Tony Visconti Mix) - May 2019, #1 - The Rebels - David Bowie’s Revolutionary Song - April 2019 - RSD (Music On Vinyl - Numbered sleeve, transparent blue vinyl 7”), #2 - Let's Dance (Full Length Demo) - April 2018 – RSD (Black vinyl 12"), #1 - "Heroes" (Single Version) - September 2017, #1 - No Plan EP - April 2017 – RSD - (Sony Music - Numbered sleeve, transparent blue marbled vinyl 12”), #8 - Placebo Featuring David Bowie - Without You I'm Nothing - April 2017 - RSD - (Universal Music - picture disc 12”), #1 - Sound And Vision (2017 Remastered Version) - February 2017, #1 - TVC15 (Original Single Edit) - April 2016, #1 - Golden Years (Single Version) - November 2015, #1 - Space Oddity (UK Single Edit) - October 2015, #1 - Fame (Original Single Edit) - July 2015, #2 - Tom Verlaine Kingdom Come - David Bowie Kingdom Come - April 2015 - RSD (Elektra/Parlophone Side By Side series - translucent white 7"). It was reused for the 1930 opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and has been recorded by the Doors and David Bowie.
I tell you we must die, Oh moon of Alabama, it's time to say goodbye I tell you we must die Although the majority of all three works is in German, the "Alabama Song" retained Hauptmann's broken English lyrics throughout.
Brecht and Weill's version of the song was first performed by the Viennese actress and dancer Lotte Lenya, Weill's wife, in the role of Jessie at the 1927 Baden-Baden Festival's performance of Little Mahagonny. With unconventional key changes, the track "seemed calculated to disrupt any radio programme on which it was lucky enough to get played". Bowie, a Brecht fan, incorporated the song into Isolar II, his 1978 World Tour.
Although Bowie also changed the "pretty boy" line like Morrison, he sang Weill's original melody.
Of the 40th Anniversary discs, the only one not to hit the top spot so far is Be My Wife, though it still managed a very respectable second place. Oh don't ask why, no don't ask why  Nevertheless, backed with a stripped-down acoustic version of "Space Oddity" recorded in December 1979, the single reached No. “You know why“ Following the trend started when the Official UK Vinyl Singles Chart started in April 2015, Alabama Song (the latest David Bowie 40th Anniversary 7” vinyl picture disc issued by Parlophone), has entered today’s new chart at #1, after its release last week.
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