is from Act 1 of Der Dreigroschenoper
(Three Penny Opera) by Bertolt Brecht (words) and Kurt Weill
and first performed at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm, Berlin in 1928.
Along with Polly's Song
, Nina Kreft
always sang these two songs together. My part was basically that of a stage prop - i.e. to gaze, open-mouthed and enraptured at her performance on centre stage from almost in the wings. For me, those were amongst her best songs and my state of enrapture was genuine. I would beg her to sing it at almost every occasion we met for a musical evening.
The song itself is about Polly Peachum's revenge fantasy in which she is a scullery maid turning pirate queen to order the execution of her bosses and customers.
can be found in Die Dreigroschenoper
published by Universal Edition