Song of the Day #4,232: ‘Komm, gib mir deine Hand’ – The Beatles

Another of my favorite musical movie moments from 2019 came in the opening sequence of writer/director Taikia Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit.

After getting a pep talk from his imaginary friend, a childlike version of Adolf Hitler played by Waititi himself, young Nazi Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) takes to the streets, enthusiastically heiling everyone he sees. Then the opening credits run over scenes of Germany in the throes of Nazi fervor set to The Beatles’ German-language version of ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand.’

By comparing Nazi Germany to Beatlemania, Waititi makes a provocative statement about the capacity for society to fall under the spell of charismatic figures, for better or worse. He also establishes the film’s unique comedic tone right out of the gate.

I wish I could have listened in when Waititi asked the surviving Beatles for permission to use their song over images of cheering Nazis. Thankfully, they got the joke.

[Note: One version of this clip has already been pulled down, so I’m not very confident this one will remain live. Crossing my fingers…]

Oh, komm doch, komm zu mir
Du nimmst mir den Verstand
Oh, komm doch, komm zu mir
Komm, gib mir deine Hand
Komm, gib mir deine Hand
Komm, gib mir deine Hand

Oh, du bist so schön
Schön wie ein Diamant
Ich will mit dir gehen
Komm, gib mir deine Hand
Komm, gib mir deine Hand
Komm, gib mir deine Hand

In deinen armen bin ich glücklich und froh
Das war noch nie bei einer Anderen
Einmal so
Einmal so
Einmal so

Oh, komm doch, komm zu mir
Du nimmst mir den Verstand
Oh, komm doch, komm zu mir
Komm, gib mir deine Hand
Komm, gib mir deine Hand
Komm, gib mir deine Hand

In deinen Armen bin ich glücklich und froh
Das war noch nie bei einer Anderen
Einmal so
Einmal so
Einmal so

Oh, du bist so schön
Schön wie ein Diamant
Ich will mit dir gehen
Komm, gib mir deine Hand
Komm, gib mir deine Hand
Komm, gib mir deine Hand
Komm, gib mir deine Hand

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,232: ‘Komm, gib mir deine Hand’ – The Beatles

  1. Peg says:

    This is the only film left for me to see. Not interested in seeing the Joker. Hope it’s out on demand soon!

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    The clip stayed up.😀 I was unsure about seeing this movie based on the previews, but I’m so glad I did. Really one of the best movies of the year, and I too was tickled by the use of the German version of the Beatles song, as well as the other German versions of other familiar songs.

  3. Amy says:

    Not only a great musical moment but also one of the most effective openings of any film this year.

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