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Ich stand auf hohem Berge

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich stand auf hohem Berge,
schaut' hin und schaut' her,
und da sah ich ein schönes Mädchen,
und da sah ich ein schönes Mädchen,
zwei, drei wohl bei ihr steh'n.

Der Erste war ein Maurer,
der Zweite ein Zimmermann,
und der Dritte, das war ein Husare,
und der Dritte, das war ein Husare,
den wollt' das Mädchen han.

Er führt das schöne Mädchen
in's Wirsthaus hinein,
und das Mädchen hat schöne Kleider,
und das Mädchen hat schöne Kleider,
versoffen müssen sie sein.

Versoffen sind die Kleider,
kein Geld ist mehr da.
Ei so muß das schöne Mädchen,
ei so muß das schöne Mädchen
bei der Nacht nach Hause geh'n.

Ach Mutter, liebe Mutter,
das war ja mein' Freud'.
Denn die Bergischen Husaren,
denn die Bergischen Husaren
sind kreuzbrave Leut'!

Geh'n Abend spät schlafen,
stehn Morgens früh auf,
und da trinken sie ihren Kaffee,
und da trinken sie ihren Kaffee,
Glas Branntwein darauf.

Translation(s): DUT ENG 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)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Ik stond op hoge bergen", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (John Madden) , "I stood on a high mountain", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Je me tenais sur une haute montagne", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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I’m standing on a high mountaintop

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I’m standing on a high mountaintop,
looking hither and yon,
and then I see a beautiful maiden,
and then I see a beautiful maiden,
two, three others standing beside her.

The first is a mason,
the second a carpenter,
and the third, a Hussar,
and the third, a Hussar,
the intended of the maiden.

He leads the beautiful girl
into the tavern,
and the maiden has beautiful clothes,
and the maiden has beautiful clothes,
that must be sold in order to get drunk1.

The clothes are exchanged for drinks
as there’s no other money.
Alas, the beautiful girl must,
Alas, the beautiful girl must
at night, go back home.

“Ah, mother, dear mother,
I really had a great time.
Because the mountain Hussars,
the mountain Hussars
are as good as gold2!

“They go to bed late at night,
get up early in the morning,
and they drink their coffee,
and they drink their coffee,
with a brandy chaser."

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1 "versoffen" can mean boozy/drunken and also “to drink it all away.”
2 "sich kreuzbrav benehmen" refers to someone who is terribly well-behaved or faultless (in a conventional way, regarding manners)


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