Tomorrow Belongs To Me
Cabaret album tomorrow belongs to me.jpg
song from Cabaret
Released 1966
Recorded 1966, 1972
Genre Stage musical
Writer(s) John Kander
Fred Ebb
Duran Duran walk on music

"Tomorrow Belongs To Me" is a song originally performed in the 1966 Broadway production of Cabaret and later included in the 1972 film version.

The track was used as an introduction to Duran Duran's first show featuring Simon Le Bon as lead singer in 1980.

About the song[edit | edit source]

The song was written by John Kander and Fred Ebb in the style of a traditional German song, and was sung by the Nazi youth in the movie Cabaret to stir up patriotism for the 'fatherland'. It has often been mistaken for a genuine Nazi anthem and has led to the songwriters being accused of anti-Semitism. This would be most surprising, as they are in fact Jewish.

On 10 August 2001, Simon Le Bon answered an Ask Katy question about the very first song he sang live in front of an audience as lead singer for Duran Duran. He said "It was a cover of "I Feel Love", originally by Donna Summer. It was July 16th 1980 at the Rum Runner club in Birmingham, we came onstage to "Tomorrow Belongs To Me" the Hitler Youth song from Cabaret - precocious or what?, I was so nervous the entire left hand side of my body was shaking for the duration of the show."

John Taylor later added on his JT's Scrapbook [1] section of "I think we went onstage to "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" from Cabaret. We never considered the politics of it".

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

 The sun on the meadow is summery warm 
 The stag in the forest runs free 
But gathered together to greet the storm
Tomorrow belongs to me

The branch on the linden is leafy and green
The Rhine gives its gold to the sea (Gold to the sea)
But somewhere a glory awaits unseen
Tomorrow belongs to me

Now Fatherland, Fatherland, show us the sign
Your children have waited to see
The morning will come
When the world is mine
Tomorrow belongs to me
Tomorrow belongs to me
Tomorrow belongs to me
Tomorrow belongs to me

The babe in his cradle is closing his eyes
The blossom embraces the bee
But soon says the whisper, arise, arise
Tomorrow belongs to me
Tomorrow belongs to me

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