When we were at war lyrics

To everyone born before, during and after the war ...

© Wolfgang Kreiner 2009

We were born before television, penicillin, oral vaccinations, frozen foods and plastics were invented and we didn't know contact lenses, pacemakers or the pill.
We bought flour, sugar, and salt by the quarter of a pound in pointed paper bags, not prepackaged.
We were there before credit cards, faxes, nuclear fission, lasers and pens were available and we had no idea what a checking account is.

There was still no dishwasher or tumble dryer, no air conditioning, last-minute flights and no one had walked on the moon until then.
We maintained our connections personally and not with the hotline, online, inline, or airline.
The newsreel showed us what was happening in the world about 14 days later in the cinema, although the film preview was not yet called “Preview” at the time.

We got married first and then lived together. Back then, the Beetles weren't VW's and “going with someone” almost meant being engaged. Old newspapers were cut into small DIN A5 sheets and hung on a nail for insidious purposes or served as a fidibus to light stoves. The straws with which we drank our "Bluna" were really still made of straw and not plastic.
Nobody talked about recycling - there was also nothing to recycle!
We would not have dreamed that the Vienna Woods had something to do with roast chicken and unemployment was a threat, but not an insured event.

We were already there before emancipation, the househusband, the pampers, dropouts or a computer-controlled marriage brokerage. We were still talking face to face and not yet chatting over the Internet. In our time there was also no group therapy, weight watchers, tanning salons or years of parenting for fathers.
Nobody had a second car and if you were surprised you would say "Oh" and not "Wow".

At that time we listened to music via medium wave from popular receptions or tube devices with a magical eye and not via VHF from transistor radios. We listened to music bands - or the music of a black record whose tones were not yet “powered”.
When the first black and white televisions came, we sat excitedly in front of the screen and not in front of a "screen" and had to choose between the two programs that were available.
Bands and discos were unknown. There were no electronic typewriters, artificial kidneys, yogurt, or boys wearing earrings. The words: “Piercing”, “Software”, “Know-how” or “Non-Food” had not yet been invented and under an iPod (egg pot) one could at best imagine an egg cup!

At that time, "Made in Japan" meant something like "cheap trash" and no one had ever heard of pizzas, Mc Donald’s, or instant coffee. French fries with ketchup wasn't born yet, we still said “Grüß-Gott” or “Guten Tag” and not “Hello” or “Hey” (Hi). If something was good, we said “nice” and not “okay” or “horny” and we just rested and didn't “relax” or “chill” yet. When we called "Goggo" we knew a small car and didn't think of a GoGo dancer.
The telephone cable came out of the wall, the telephones had rotary dials, were orange, green or white, were mostly on crocheted doilies in the hallway and anyone who tried to take pictures with them was admitted to the district hospital!

We celebrated our small parties and no "parties, festivals or events and highlights were not" highlights ".
We were already walking around on the street when you could buy ice cream, a bag of trail mix or a bottle of soda for five pfennigs (about 3 cents).
Back then, a bread roll cost four pfennigs (around 2 cents).
We stuck five pfennig stamps on the letters and for 10 pfennigs you could take the tram from one end of the city to the other if we had bought a ticket beforehand that was not yet called “ticket” and we wanted to go When inquiring about a train, we did so at the information desk and not at the "service point".

In rainy weather you put on a raincoat and not a "rain outfit" and simply got into rubber boots or sturdy shoes and not into "outdoor boots". The saleswoman didn't have a “job” in the “shop”, they even spelled German - because who would have understood something if they had said eitipi (ITP), eici-i (ICE) or eibiäm (IBM)?
Instead of the modern “countdown” we said “counting”, friends were not yet “fans” and you never wrote Maxxx (with 3 x) either.
At that time, “fitness center” was still called mundane “sports hall”, “flyer” was called “billboard”, “poster” was simply called “placard” and for “design” we also said “form”.

We were arguably the last generation to be naive enough to believe that a woman had to marry a man in order to have a baby. And when the word "kids" was mentioned, we thought of "little deer". With shining eyes we listened to the fairy tales that were read to us. “Comic strips” were unknown to us. We collected and ironed all the ribbons and wrapping paper, glued together crumbling soap residue and were masters at folding toothpaste tubes to squeeze out the last traces.

At that time we still had to do everything ourselves and get along with what we had. To believe that the state would eventually provide for us if we had previously lived beyond our means would have been unthinkable.
Whoever spent more than he received was a criminal bankrupt.
And we always had to be “in the mood”!

We had to endure this whole development.
Is it any wonder if we seem a little confused?
And that's probably how the generation gap developed?
But we survived everything and are - according to the statistics - the healthiest generation without significant allergies or "burn-outs" - perhaps even proof of our totally outdated, but perhaps more sensible way of life.

That is why we have every reason to celebrate and we are pleased that we can still do that today - with the exception of a few!