The Chit Chat Polka – official lyrics

When I started writing for what would become the “Voice of Strauss” album a few years back, I spent time checking out the original Strauss titles and the context in which they were written to try and link them a little thematically. This was not always possible, but “Tritsch-Tratsch” was a slam-dunk, as the original title literally means chit-chat, hence The Chit-Chat Polka. In Strauss’ time, gossip was already a big thing in Vienna (has it ever not been a big thing?). But as I was also on a mission to bring Strauss up to the 21st century, I set the song in the biggest gossip machine the world has ever known – social media.

The rhythms of polkas are great fun to write to, and this one was an opportunity to poke fun at social media and the way we use it. Don’t complain about privacy issues if you post everything about your life (and loves) online – they stay there forever!

The video was shot in Gossipville, USA (better known as Los Angeles).

The Chit-Chat Polka (They’ll find out everything we do)

They chit they chat, they tell you this and that
They talk, they rap
They chit they chat, they’ll tell you what is what
They twit, they twat pull answers from their hat


The world wide web knows that I love you
Where we go and what we do
The world wide web knows that I love you


They’ll find out everything we do


They laugh, they link they tell you what to think
They share, don’t care
They creep, they peep, take photos while you sleep
You’re trapped, they snap, pull answers from their hat

The world wide web knows that I love you
Where we go and what we do
The world wide web knows that I love you
The world wide web knows that I love you
What we wear what we do
The world wide web knows I love you

All these faces – join them on the net
Famous places – watch them on the net
And gossip-makers – click to read the rest and be a friend of mine

The world wide web knows that I love you
Where we go and what we do
The world wide web knows that I love you

They chit they chat, they tell you this and that
They talk, they rap
They chit, they chat, they’ll tell you what is what
They twit, they twat, pull answers from their hat
Secrets are just for me and you
And my blog, Facebook too
Secrets are just for me and you

They’ll find out everything we do

They chit they chat, they tell you this and that
They talk, they rap
They chit they chat, they’ll tell you what is what
They twit, they twat pull answers from their hat

Words: Michael Leahy Music: Marc Cortens (with a little help from a friend 😉 )

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