Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ba-Umf

Karawane
by Hugo Ball

14th july 1916

jolifanto bambla ô falli bambla
grossiga m'pfa habla horem
égiga goramen
higo bloiko russula huju
hollaka hollala
anlogo bung
blago bung
blago bung
bosso fataka
ü üü ü
schampa wulla wussa ólobo
hej tatta gôrem
eschige zunbada
wulubu ssubudu uluw ssubudu
tumba ba-umf
kusagauma
ba-umf

To appreciate it, you really have to hear it; and nobody has ever done it better than Marie Osmond. The poem, of course, is all nonsense; Hugo Ball was one of the better Dadaist poets, although, over all, his wife, Emmy Hennings, was probably superior.

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