Check out our First Single: “The Ballad of Friedrich Raiffeisen”

Right in time for International Credit Union Day, The Disclosures are proud to release a track from their forthcoming album, “The Ballad of Friedrich Raiffeisen”. This song celebrates the inspiring and oft-overlooked life of the father of the credit union movement, Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen.

Let us know what you think!

“The Ballad of Friedrich Raiffeisen”

Update: Download the song off of our album “(Hey, We’re) The Disclosures” here



My name is Friedrich Raiffeisen
I’m not known across the land
I was born in the 19th century

My father died when I was young
Nine kids raised by mom
We had it tough growing up, but we made it through

I served my country, then fell blind
But kept on keeping on
Became mayor of my German town rife with poverty

And even though my eyes are bad
It’s not hard to see
The injustice to the poor around me

‘Cause sharks and thieves were right at home
The only game in town
Ripping people off, just because they can

So I tried my hand at charity
To help those in need
Soon found out you don’t give the fruit, you work on planting the seed

We pooled our funds and soon become
The best place in the land
For hands helping hands, not taking handouts

All for one and one for all
Although we’re not musketeers
There’s a better way of doing things…and you belong over here

Ich heisse Friedrich Raiffeisen
And I stand before you now
Father of a modern movement grown by leaps and bounds

We grew up right and wrote the book
On how to lend and save
While putting people before profit each and every day

If you hear my name in some far place
And can’t recall my song
That’s okay, it was never about me.

Copyright October 2010, by The Disclosures

The Ballad of Friedrich Raiffeisen – Lyrics (a PDF, in case you like to save and print things)

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10 responses

  1. You know that I love this. LOVE IT!

    October 13, 2010 at 6:52 am

  2. As the head of your fan club let me just say the first track rocks. I heart The Disclosures!!

    October 13, 2010 at 9:05 am

  3. Thanks Matt (we knew you would! 🙂

    Meghann – you are too kind and thanks for rocking the fan club!

    October 14, 2010 at 8:35 pm

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  5. Thank you for the Raiffeisen-Song. You can find the German translation on my facebook site Jörg Burghardt and Geno Entertainment.

    October 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    • Thanks so much Jörg!

      We were going to translate the song soon and glad you did it instead.

      October 18, 2010 at 10:36 am

  6. Vikki K.

    You guys made my day! Waiting for your CD launch!

    October 22, 2010 at 11:28 am

  7. Thanks Vikki! You’ll be one of the first to know when it’s out in the world!

    October 25, 2010 at 8:10 pm

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