Mozart’s Humour: Leck mich im Arsch

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had quite the sense of humour and around 1782 composed a canon in B-flat major entitled Leck mich im Arsch (“Lick me in the arse”) which included German lyrics.  Sung by six voices as a three-part round, it is thought to be a party piece for his friends. A more idiomatic translation would be “Kiss my arse”, or  “Get stuffed”.

The song lyrics include:

Leck mich im A… g’schwindi, g’schwindi!
Leck im A… mich g’schwindi.
Leck mich, leck mich,
g’schwindi

which translates into English as “lick me in the arse/ass, quickly, quickly!”

On September 13, 2011, Jack White featuring Insane Clown Posse will release a version “Leck Mich Im Arsch,” via White’s label Third Man Records. You can hear the recording on Billboard.com.