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"In Heaven There Is No Beer" is a song about the existential pleasures of beer drinking. The title of the song is the reason for drinking 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". [1] It was originally composed as a movie score for the film Die Fischerin vom Bodensee, 1956, by Ernst Neubach and Ralph Maria Siegel.[2] The English lyrics are credited to Art Walunas.

"Im Himmel gibt's kein Bier"
English title"In Heaven There Is No Beer"
GenreDrinking song
Composer(s)Ralph Maria Siegel
Lyricist(s)Ernst Neubach

Atongo Zimba recorded a version[3] as well as Dr. Demento.[4] 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] A version with different lyrics, titled "Es gibt kein Bier auf Hawaii" ("There Is No Beer in Hawaii") was performed by the German singer Paul Kuhn in 1963.

A version of the song by the Amherst, MA band Clean Living became a hit in 1972 (US Billboard #49, Cash Box #34[7]; Canada #88).[8][9]

another version of the song is The Happs. A Jamaican ska band


University of IowaEdit

A rendition of the song, the Hawkeye Victory Polka, is played by the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band after Iowa Hawkeyes football victories and has been a tradition since the 1960s. The Iowa Pep Band also plays the song, when present, after men's basketball, women's basketball, football and other Iowa Hawkeyes athletic team victories. The song was banned for a brief period in 2001 due to its association with alcohol, but was quickly reinstated a month later.

Other renditionsEdit

  • The Yale Precision Marching Band plays as a brass feature. It is played for tailgaters at Yale University football games. The band has written various other verses attacking other schools in the Ivy League.
  • The song is played by the Michigan Tech Huskies Pep Band regularly at events. The song is played by the Fort Hays State University pep band at sporting events.
  • An extended version of the song, with 5 verses, is played by the North Dakota State University Gold Star Marching Band and Bison Pep Band after a Bison victory.
  • University of North Dakota fans sing a version throughout the season, particularly at hockey games.
  • The University of Wyoming band plays it at all home games, football and basketball. The band also goes to every bar the night before home football games playing both the fight song and the beer song.
  • Following University of Minnesota sporting events, the Pride of Minnesota tubas play an instrumental form of this song.
  • At home games, the Pride of Dayton trombones play an instrumental form of this song in between third and fourth quarters.
  • Fort Hays State University band plays it at all home games, football and basketball.
  • The Texas Tornados covered in on their album "Está Bueno"[10].


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 the beer!

Im Himmel gibt’s kein Bier,
Drum trinken wir es hier.
Denn sind wir nicht mehr hier,
Dann trinken die andern unser Bier.


  1. ^ "En El Cielo No Hay Cerveza (lyrics in Spanish and Dutch)". Retrieved 20 September 2009.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Music in Ghana- Atongo Zimba". Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Maslin, Janet (May 23, 1984). "Documentaries on Polka and Bluegrass". New York Times. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
  6. ^ "In Heaven There Is No Beer? (1984)", IMDb.
  7. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, December 23, 1972
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  9. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada" (PDF). 1973-01-06. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  10. ^