Free download of One Of Us / Einer Wie Wir return to Tour

Five by Five cover

February 2011
Free download of “One Of Us / Einer Wie Wir”

As a preview for the band's upcoming Silver Lining Tour in Europe, we have made available a free download of a new studio version of the classic song One Of Us with the second verse and chorus sung in German — as performed live during performances in Germany. This track was recorded in 2010 during the Five by Five EP sessions.

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One Of Us / Einer Wie Wir

During The Hooters' Summer 2007 tour Eric stumbled upon a video of the German band Erdmöbel performing a cover of his song "One Of Us" in German. Aside from being amused and delighted by the video itself Eric was intrigued by the translation and asked for a re-translation of the German lyric back into English. As it turned out, there were several "happy lyrical accidents" that occurred in the process.

For example:

Chorus (English):

What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home

Chorus (English-German-English):

What if God was one of us
Passed out with a beer
Just a stranger at 3:30AM
On the last trolley car

As it happened, Eric was also playing around with a new mandola riff at the time which proved to be a nicely Hooterized setting for the song. After several days of preparation the band debuted the new bi-lingual acoustic arrangement in Karlsruhe. Although Eric's first few attempts at remembering and delivering the German lyrics were haltingly amusing the audience was decidedly entertained and a new Hooters concert tradition was born.

During the recording sessions for Five By Five the band recorded both versions of the song. Although only the English version appears on the actual CD we are pleased to offer the English/German hybrid version as a free download here.

Another happy accident that occurred was the Hooters' becoming connected with Fast Food Films, who had created Erdmöbel's Einer Wie Wir video, resulting in the groundbreaking (at the time, anyway) user-generated video for our song “I'm Alive”.

At any rate, here is the link, enjoy the music...

If God had a name
What would it be and would you call it to his face
If you were faced with him in all his glory
What would you ask if you had just one question

Yeah, yeah, God is great
Yeah, yeah, God is good
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home

Hätte Gott ein Gesicht
Wie würd' es aussehen und wür'st du es wirklich sehen
Wenn sehen hieße dass du glauben musst
An Dinge wie Himmel, Jesus, Ende der Welt und die Propheten

Ja, ja, Gott ist groß
Ja, ja, Gott ist gut
Ja, ja, ja, ja, ja

Wäre Gott einer wie wir
Eingeschlafen mit ‘nem Bier
Nur ein Fremder um halb vier
In der letzten Straßenbahn

Der versucht nach Haus zu fahren
Und zuhause irgendwann
Ruft ihn wieder keiner an
Und wenn dann ist der Papst dran

What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home

Just trying to make his way home
Just trying to make his way home
Home
Home
Just trying to make his way home


© 2010 Eric Bazilian

 

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