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supposedly a clip from a feature Marilyn Manson talked about releasing from the notorious one time only acoustic show in berlin.The "Alabama Song" was originally published in Bertolt Brecht's Hauspostille (1927). It was set to music by Kurt Weill for the 1927 "Songspiel" Mahagonny and used again in Weill's and Brecht's 1930 opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. In the latter, it is performed by the character Jenny and her fellow prostitutes in the first act. Musically it contains elements of foxtrot, blues and advanced soprano coloraturas, sung by Jenny.
Officially the lyrics are by Bertolt Brecht, but they were probably actually written by Elisabeth Hauptmann.  The lyrics for the "Alabama Song" are in English (albeit specifically idiosyncratic English) and are performed in that language even when the opera is performed in its original German.
The song has often been covered, perhaps most famously in 1967 by The Doors; unsurprisingly, Jim Morrison changed "Show us the way to the next pretty boy" to "Show me the way to the next little girl", which David Bowie sang as "Show us the way to the next little girl" in the late 1970s (thereby perhaps by chance exactly matching how the line read in Brecht's Hauspostille before being part of the Mahagonny works).