“Are So Small Hands” Singer Bettina Wegner in Riverboat: How the GDR Song Became a Hit in the West

"Are So Small Hands" Singer Bettina Wegner in Riverboat: How the GDR Song Became a Hit in the West

The song Kinder (Sin So Klein Hande) has touched the hearts of listeners since the 70s. In Riverboat, Bettina Wegner talks about building the piece.

Berlin – The song “Children (Sin So Small Hands)” has touched the hearts of listeners since the 70s. In river boat Bettina Wegner (74) talks about the story behind the famous masterpiece – it was created during a train ride.

Singer-songwriter and poet Bettina Wegner (74) was a guest on the riverboat on Friday evening. © RBB / Thomas Ernst

“When you wrote this song, it was in the East, but in the West there was a gold record for this song,” said the presenter. kimfisher (53) on Friday night round thing persuasively and asked the guest: “Perhaps you’d like to explain how the song really came to be in the West.”

In a Berlin dialect, the singer-songwriter then described a traveling encounter with consequences: “I wrote that in the past because I was on a train, went to a concert and sat in a compartment that you lock. so where there was a right door.”

A man with a diplomatic affair sat down beside her, placed his briefcase on her lap and drummed his fingers on it. “When someone does something like that, they pee there—and their hands are terrible,” Berliner recalled.

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“I just had a baby and he had very small fingers and then I always thought: ‘He used to be very small and he also had very small fingers – what did they do to him?'” he said to the musician on this unusually Continued source of inspiration. “There’s pats on the suitcase, that was awful and when the trip ended, so was the song.”

And how did the chanson become a hit later in Germany? “He was just in the GDR and then I had a one-day visa for an event at the Bethanienhaus,” the 74-year-old concluded. Her songs were recorded there, which eventually became an album. the rest is history…

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