Tomorrow Belongs to Me
| A lunatic Chaplin imitator|
and his greatest fans
|First as tragedy|
|Then as farce|
The song was written by two Jews, who were both allegedly gay (although not with each other); this hasn't stopped antisemitic rock acts such as Skrewdriver, Saga, and Prussian Blue from performing it at their rallies, as it is often confused for a genuine Nazi anthem. Expert on all things Nazi, Stormfront, claims: "The German folk song 'Tomorrow Belongs to Me' that predates the nazi era was adapted and slightly altered for [Cabaret]", and "a rabbinical person" wrote to one of the songwriters "saying he had absolute proof it was a Nazi song" (proof of a Zionist conspiracy engulfing Stormfront bit-by-bit). However, no evidence seems to have emerged for those claims.
It has been used for political purposes in Britain, in the form of reductio ad Hitlerum by political opponents or satirists: Satirical puppet show Spitting Image satirised the re-election of Margaret Thatcher with this song (which apparently even some Conservatives found funny), and Nigel Nelson mocked the
Reich Chancellor George Osborne's budget proposals, by saying: "For one horrifying moment I thought the Chancellor might whip off his suit to reveal lederhosen and a German boy scout uniform and break into a chorus of 'Tomorrow Belongs to Me.'"
It has also found the bizarre usage as an unofficial student anthem of the Computer Science of Copenhagen University in an adapted version including much student humor and computer-slang.
It is also sung by a young German Nazi scout in the first episode of the third season of The Man in the High Castle, a dystopic TV show produced by Amazon Video that narrates a parallel reality where the Nazi and the Japanese empires win World War II.
The sentence tomorrow belongs to us (demain nous appartient) is also often used by the nationalist Bloc Québécois party as a dog-whistle.
- Tomorrow Belongs to Me from the film version of Cabaret
- On Stage: Goodbye Berlin, Washington Life Magazine, 26 May 2015
- Hailton, Andrew. Tomorrow Belongs to Me, counter-currents.com.
- Kander and Ebb; see Kander and Ebb.
Interestingly, these two Jewish individuals are one of a select few (including Jesus Christ) who are not marked by a Judenstern on the neo-Nazi spinoff of Wikipedia known as Metapedia (at least not on the German version – see here for the Metapedia page on Tomorrow Belongs to Me [NSFW, unless your boss is a literal Nazi].
- Gay Influence: Kander and Ebb, Gay Influence (Blogspot)
- Fraternal twins Lynx & Lamb Gaede, who comprised Prussian Blue, have since renounced their former affiliation with the White Supremacist cause. - Change of heart: Former Nazi teeny boppers are singing a new tune (KYTX CBS19)
- Cabaret IMDb trivia.
- Tomorrow Belongs To Me, Stormfront. Same warning goes as for previous Metapedia link: NSFW.
- Tomorrow Belongs to Me, Rosie Bell (Typepad)
- Spitting Image 1987 Election Special, "Tomorrow Belongs to Me, YouTube.
- Wroe, Nicholas. Laughing matters, The Grauniad. Saturday 11 April 2009 00.01 BST.
- Nelson, Nigel. Budget sketch: George Osborne had a budget box full of kitchen gags but little else, The Mirror. 18 March 2015.