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“Mies Van Der Rohe” by Ted Kamp

Stephen Coles

A musical tribute to Mies van der Rohe by Ted Kamp. Help me fill in the blanks in the lyrics:

From the rumble of the war,
you saw that less was more.
You really loved that glass and steel,
and then you rocked that look and feel.
But then when the Nazis came to town,
your Bauhaus was going down.
You moved out to Illinois
where you became the wonder boy.

You started building ’cuz you’re
Mies, Mies, Van Der Rohe!
Mies, Mies, Van Der Rohe!
Mies, Mies, Van Der Rohe!
Mies, Mies, Van Der Rohe!

If you hate the ornament,
Our _____ Mies is heaven sent.
If you’d like some open space,
call on Mies to make your place.

_____, _______, and IBM,
_______, _______, and ______ Square,
You can tell that Mies was there.

They all had something they call
Mies, Mies, Van Der Rohe!
Mies, Mies, Van Der Rohe!
Mies, Mies, Van Der Rohe!
Mies, Mies, Van Der Rohe!

Separated earth and skies,
Innovated in highrise,
Overlayed in classic stones
_______ called it skin and bones.
Old Mies he died in ’69,
but his building still will shine.
_________ on Lake Shore drive
you know that Mies is still alive.

He ____________ ’cuz he’s
Mies, Mies, Van Der Rohe!
Mies, Mies, Van Der Rohe!
Mies, Mies, Van Der Rohe!
Mies, Mies, Van Der Rohe!

Mies, Mies, Van Der Rohe.
Mies, Mies, Van Der Rohe.

Mies, Mies, Van Der Rohe.
Mies, Mies, Van Der Rohe.

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2 Comments

  1. 07.12.07 — nike

    the spelling of “rohe” is really funny. are people really spelling his name in english like that?

  2. 07.12.07 — Kendra

    Here are my guesses on the blanks, in the order in which they appear… I like this sort of game.
    1. Our *man* Mies is heaven sent
    2. Kluczynski, Dirksen, IBM
    He’s created all of them
    Onto Seagram, Westmount Square
    3. Overlayed in classic *tones*
    *He had to call it* “skin and bones”
    4. *Take a spin* on Lakeshore Drive [ed: pronounced "speen"]
    5. He *shines so brightly* ‘cuz he’s…

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