Horst-Wessel-Lied

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Horst-Wessel-Lied
Composer Horst Wessel
Released 1929-09-??
Title Origin Official

Horst-Wessel-Lied is German for "Horst Wessel Song". It is also sometimes referred to as "Die Fahne hoch" ("The Flag Up High"). The song was the anthem of the Nazi Party from 1930 to 1945.

Wessel was murdered in February 1930, and was declared a martyr to the Nazi movement. The Horst Wessel Song was first sung publicly at his funeral and became very popular at Nazi gatherings.

This popularity ensured that the song would forever be ascribed to Wessel, however, German critics maintained that the melody of the song preexisted Wessel's publication by many years (and he is only the author of the lyrics of this song).

However, all criticism stopped on May 19, 1933, when Adolf Hitler declared Horst-Wessel-Lied to be recognized as a national symbol of Germany and the Nazi Party, and questioning of Wessel's authorship became treason.

When the Nazi regime fell in 1945, the Horst-Wessel-Lied was banned in both Germany and Austria, except for educational purposes.

Games

Wolfenstein 3D (DOS)

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Wolfenstein 3D (DOS)
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Arranger Bobby Prince
Released 1992-05-05
Length 0:57
Format IMF

In Wolfenstein 3D (DOS), the song plays as soon as the game boots up and all through the title screen. Bobby Prince arranged the song using Sequencer Plus Gold. It is song #8 in the data files, and its IMF meta data title is "NAZI-NOR".

Wolfenstein 3D (ARCH)

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Wolfenstein 3D (ARCH)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1994-10-??
Format UNK


Return to Castle Wolfenstein (W32)

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Return to Castle Wolfenstein (W32)
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Arranger Unknown
Released 2001-11-19
Length 0:43
Format WAV

This music is playing from gramophones in some places of the game. This game even contains the first quatrain without the refrain, thanks to the digital WAV file format. However, this variant is looping. Unfortunatelly, the authors didn't arrangered the second and the third quatrains.

In-game file is placed in one of the subfolders of the game and called "cafemusic.wav".

Wolfenstein 3D (GBA)

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Wolfenstein 3D (GBA)
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Arranger Bobby Prince
Released 2002-04-02
Length 0:56
Format GSF


Voxelstein 3D (W32)

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Voxelstein 3D (W32)
Released 2008-04-19
Length 0:57
Format IMF

In this game, Horst-Wessel-Lied is in shareware release of Wolfenstein 3D (DOS), zipped with another game files for music and sounds. But, since game use only 2 tracks of 11 - Searching For the Enemy and End of Level, this song is unused. Content and format are the same with Wolfenstein 3D (DOS).

Wolfram (W32)

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Wolfram (W32)
Output - PCM.svg
Arranger Unknown
Released 2012-06-10
Length 1:21
Format ROQ

Unlike the other versions, this starts as OGG recording of Wolfenstein 3D (DOS) version, but then it suddenly changes into the real recording of this song (the full version recorded in 1936 in the St. Thomas church in Leipzig, you can listen to it here). It include the parts of the first and the second couplet.

This is just the sound of the opening video file called "wolfram.roq". The sound was ripped from the video.

Wolfenstein 3D (AND)

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Wolfenstein 3D (AND)
Released 2013-??-??
Length 0:57
Format IMF


Wolfenstein 3D (GEN)

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Wolfenstein 3D (GEN)
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Arranger GASEGA98K
Released 2014-??-??
Length 0:56
Format UNK


Lyrics

Although most of the games doesn't feature the lyrics to this song, they do exist. Various amendments have been made to the lyrics since Horst Wessel's death, but the original lyrics are as follows:

German

Die Fahne hoch! Die Reihen fest geschlossen!
SA marschiert mit ruhig, festem Schritt.
Kam'raden, die Rotfront und Reaktion erschossen,
Marschier'n im Geist in unser'n Reihen mit.

Die Straße frei den braunen Batallionen.
Die Straße frei dem Sturmabteilungsmann!
Es schau'n aufs Hakenkreuz voll Hoffnung schon Millionen.
Der Tag für Freiheit und für Brot bricht an!

Zum letzten Mal wird schon Appell geblasen!
Zum Kampfe steh'n wir alle schon bereit!
Bald flattern Hitlerfahnen über alle Straßen.
Die Knechtschaft dauert nur mehr kurze Zeit!

Die Fahne hoch! Die Reihen fest geschlossen!
SA marschiert mit ruhig-festem Schritt.
Kameraden, die Rotfront und Reaktion erschossen,
Marschieren im Geist in unseren Reihen mit.

English translation

The flag high! The ranks tightly closed!
SA march with calm, firm steps.
Comrades shot by the Red Front and reactionaries
March in spirit in our ranks.

Clear the streets for the brown battalions,
Clear the streets for the stormtroopers!
Already millions look with hope to the swastika
The day of freedom and bread is dawning!

Roll call has sounded for the last time
We are all already prepared for the fight!
Soon Hitler's flag will fly over all streets.
Our servitude will soon end!

The flag high! The ranks tightly closed!
SA marches with a calm, firm pace.
Comrades shot by the Red Front and reactionaries
March in spirit in our ranks. 

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