FIAKERLIED sung by Alexander Girardi
The actor Alexander Girardi was born in Graz on December 5, 1850. He became most famous for his performances of Ferdinand Raimund's characters (Valentin) as well as his comic roles in operettas by Johann Strauß, Karl Millöcker and Franz Lehar
Girardi became an actor at the Strampfer Theatre in 1871 but he had his greatest success as a Singer/Comedian at the Theater an der Wien. From 1896 to 1897 Girardi worked at the Carltheatre, later he performed at the Deutsches Volkstheater, both in Vienna. He was a visiting actor to other Vienna theatres including Theater an der Josephstadt, Raimund, Johann-Strauss and Stadttheater as well as venues in Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden. Two months before his death he gave his debut at the Burgtheater as Fortunatus Wurzel in Raimund's The Farmer as Millionaire. He died in Vienna in 1918.
This version of the Fiakerlied was allegedly also recorded in 1918.
Fiaker is the common name given in Vienna to the driver of the elegant carriage.
I hab` zwa harbe Rappen,
mei` Zeug`l steht am Grab`n,
a so wia de zwa trappen
wern`s net viel g`sehen hab`n.
A Peitschen na des gibt`s net, ui jessas nur net schlag`n,
das allermeiste wär tsch tsch, sonst z`reissen`s mir in Wag`n.
Vom Stand zum Lusthaus fahr` ma in zwölf Minuten hin,
mir springt kan`s drein net in Galopp, da geht`s nur allweil
trapp, trapp, trapp.
Wans nachher so recht schiess`n, dann spür` i`s in mir drin,
daß i die rechte Pratz`n hab, daß i a Fiaker bin.
A Kutscher kann a jeder wer`n
aber fahr`n, das können`s nur in Wean
Mei Stolz is` i bin halt a echt`s Weanakind,
a Fiaker, wie man net alle Tag find`t,
mei Bluat is so lüftig und leicht wie der Wind,
ja, i bin halt an echt`s Weanakind.