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Beim Ritt auf dem Knie

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Plattdeutsch

Alt Mann wollt reiten
und hatte kein Pferd;
alt Frau nahm'n Ziegenbock,
setzt den alten Mann daropp
und ließ ihn reiten.

Alt Mann wollt reiten
und hatte kein'n Hut;
alt Frau nahm'n schwarzen Topf,
setzt'n dem alten Mann auf'n Kopf
und ließ ihn reiten.

Alt Mann wollt reiten
und hatte kein'n Sporn;
alt Frau nahm'n Haseldorn,
gab'n dem alten Mann zu Sporn
und ließ ihn reiten.

Alt Mann wollt reiten
und hatte kein'n Sattel;
alt Frau nahm'n Unterrock,
Setzt den alten Mann daropp
Und ließ ihn reiten.

Alt Mann wollt reiten
und hatte kein'n Zaum;
alt Frau nahm'n Hemdensaum,
Gab'n dem alten Mann zum Zaum
Und ließ ihn reiten.

Alt Mann wollt reiten
und hatte kein'n Peitsch;
alt Frau nahm'n Katzenschwanz,
Gab'n dem alten Mann in d'Hand
Und ließ ihn reiten.


Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Le vieil homme voulait chevaucher", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Bij 't rijden op de knie", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Last modified: 2015-03-06 16:13:36
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Word count: 131

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The old man wished to ride

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The old man wished to ride
But had no horse;
The old woman took a billy goat,
Set the old man on top,
And let him ride.

The old man wished to ride
But had no hat;
The old woman took a black pot,
Set it on the old man’s head,
And let him ride.

The old man wished to ride
And had no spur;
The old took a hazel thorn,
Gave it to the old man,
And let him ride.

The old man wished to ride
And had no saddle;
The old woman took a petticoat,
Set the old man on top,
And let him ride.

The old man wished to ride
And had no bridle;
The old woman took the hem of a blouse,
Gave it to the old man,
And let him ride.

The old man wished to ride
And had no whip;
The old woman took a cattail,
Put it in the old man’s hand,
And let him ride.


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Text added to the website: 2015-03-06.
Last modified: 2015-03-06 16:17:40
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Word count: 163