In Heaven There Is No Beer

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"Im Himmel gibt's kein Bier"
also known as No Beer Polka
English title In Heaven There Is No Beer
Published 1956 in German
Composer Ralph Maria Siegel
Lyricist Ernst Neubach
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]

The Polka may have origins in the inscription over the doorway to the dining hall of a German or Austrian Monastery.


In heaven there is no beer.
That's why we drink it here (Right Here!)
and when we're gone from here,
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.

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  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)