" is a song from the off-Broadway
and the Angry Inch
and subsequent film
. It was composed by
, and is performed in the
musical by the characters Hedwig (John Cameron Mitchell
) and Sgt.
Luther Robinson (Maurice Dean Wint
in the film).
between Communist East Germany and the democratic
Western World is illustrated in the
numerous cultural references included in the song's lyrics; they
underline the idea that Hedwig is living in the Communist world
where dictators and violence are the norm, while across the
wall, Luther (and
the American food
products, fashion items and technological advancements) represents
the American Dream.
References in the song
daddy - a slang term for an older (usually richer) man
who courts a much younger partner (in this case, a young boy).
drops - a sweet made from licorice.
- Jelly roll - a
rolled sponge cake with jam (usually strawberry) between the layers of the
- Blackstrap molasses -
sugar syrup or treacle after the third boiling, still mostly made
up of sugar but with hefty helpings of
- Orange blossom honey bear - referring to the
common appearance of honey in a bear-shaped
container. Orange blossom is one of many varieties of commercially
sold honey. In the song the term is used as a term of
- Versace blue jeans - jeans made by the
clothing designer Versace,
whose clients include Elton John.
- The disco-dancing jetset in Milan and
Rome - references to the Italian cities of
Milan and Rome, considered
to be two of the fashion capitals of the world.
- A blitzkrieg on the roll -
Blitzkrieg is a German military
term meaning 'lightning war' and referring to a fast and heavy
- Waterpik - Waterpik Technologies, an American
company set up in 1962 to sell dental, shower and swimming pool gadgets.
- Cuisinart - Cuisinart
is a brand of food processing products.
- A hypoallergenic dog - a dog to which humans
will not be allergic; for example of a breed such as the Afghan Hound or the Schnauzer, which do not shed their hairs. However,
see also the Allerca page for recent
developments in hypoallergenic
- The Lillian Vernon catalogue - a catalogue of fashion accessories sent out by the
Lillian Vernon Corporation.
- Ermine stole - a type of shawl made from the fur of the stoat.
- Venus on a chocolate clam shell rising on a sea of
marshmallow foam - Venus
was the Roman goddess of love, who is famously depicted in
The Birth of
Venus as rising from the sea on a clam shell.
Honecker - the German Communist politician who led East Germany between 1971 and 1989.
- Helmut Kohl - the
Germany between 1982 and 1998.
- The Ukraine - a
country in eastern Europe.
- The Rhone -
one of Europe's major rivers.
- Sweet home über alles - a play between
"Sweet Home Alabama" and
Deutschland über alles, German for 'Germany before everything else',
and is a paraphrase of the first line of Das Lied der Deutschen, The
Song of the Germans, part of which is used as the German