What does Kommienezuspadt mean?

Tom Waits: Kommienezuspadt Meaning

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Kommienezuspadt Lyrics

Pretend German)

Sei punktlich
Sei punktlich
Sei punktlich
And we can't be late
And we can't be...

  1. anonymous
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    Sep 21st !⃝

    So clearly Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan didn't intend to use perfect German in this song, if they are able too.

    The main part would either be
    Komme nicht zu spät (Don't be late)
    Komme nie zu spät (Never be late)


    Sei pünktlich (Be on time/punctual)

    The rest seems to just be sounds Waits used to imitate what German sounds like to someone who doesn't speak the languages and is a bit annoyed about something, maybe their interlocutor's timekeeping.

  2. anonymous
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    Jun 3rd 2019 !⃝

    It's not "pretend German! "Kom miene zu spat" (although he mipronounces "miene" means "I am late!" "Sein Punktlich" means "Be on time!" Later he says in English, "and I can't be late." I don't know what the rest of it translates too, but I'm pretty sure an international artist like Tom Waits wouldn't just make up something to try to sound German.

    I read somewhere that the musical play "Alice" written and produced by Tom's wife, for which Tom performed the music was first performed in Germany. Also, the play is a reinterpretation of the famous Alice In Wonderland, so this is most likely the song of the March Hare.

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