In Heaven There Is No Beer

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"Im Himmel gibt's kein Bier"
("In Heaven There Is No Beer")
also known as No Beer Polka
Music by Ralph Maria Siegel
Lyrics by Ernst Neubach
Published 1956 in German
Language German
Recorded by Two Ton Baker. Frankie Yankovic. Flaco Jimenez, Brave Combo, The Pogues, Dillard Hartford Dillard, Clean Living,[1] Atongo Zimba[2]

In Heaven There Is No Beer is a song about the existential pleasures of beer drinking. The title of the song is the reason to drink beer while you are still alive. The song in German is "Im Himmel gibt's kein Bier", in Spanish, "En El Cielo No Hay Cerveza". [3] It was originally composed as a movie score for the film Die Fischerin vom Bodensee, 1956, by Ernst Neubach and Ralph Maria Siegel.[4] The English lyrics are credited to Art Walunas.


The song was the inspiration for the title of the 1984 film and 1985 Sundance Film Festival winner, In Heaven There Is No Beer?,[5] which also featured the song "Who Stole the Kishka?".[6]


In heaven there is no beer.
That's why we drink it here (Right Here!)
When we're gone from here,
all our friends will be drinking all our beer!

Im Himmel gibt’s kein Bier,
Drum trinken wir es hier.
Denn sind wir nicht mehr hier,
Dann trinken die andern unser Bier.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dr. Demento (1995). Dr. Demento 25th anniversary collection more of the greatest novelty records of all time. (sound recording). Santa Monica, California: Rhino. OCLC 33275688. 
  2. ^ "Music in Ghana- Atongo Zimba". Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "En El Cielo No Hay Cerveza (lyrics in Spanish and Dutch)". Retrieved 20 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Siegel, Ralph Maria; Neubach, Ernst (1956). Im Himmel gibt's kein Bier : Marschfox. Aus dem Neubach-Film: Die Fischerin vom Bodensee [In Heaven There is No Beer] (musical score) (in German). Zürich: Helbling. OCLC 81325100. 
  5. ^ Maslin, Janet (23 May 1984). "Documentaries on Polka and Bluegrass". New York Times. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 
  6. ^ In Heaven There Is No Beer? (1984)