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Es waren einmal drei Käferknaben

Language: German (Deutsch)

   Es waren [einmal]1 drei Käferknaben,
Die thäten mit Gebrumm brumm brumm
     In Thau ihr Schnäblein tunken,
     Und wurden so betrunken,
     Als wär's ein Faß mit Rum.
   Da haben sie getroffen an
Eine wunderschöne Blum Blum Blum,
     Da wurden die jungen Käfer
     Alle drei verliebte Schäfer
     Und flogen um sie herum.
   Die Blume, die sie kommen sah,
War g'rade auch nicht dumm dumm dumm.
     Sie war von schlauem Sinne
     Und rief die Base Spinne:
     "Spinn' mir ein Netzlein um!"
   Die Base Spinne kroch heran
Und macht' die Beine krumm krumm krumm;
     Sie spann ein Netz so feine
     Und setzte sich dareine,
     Und saß da mäuschenstumm.
   Und als die Käfer kommen an
Mit zärtlichem Gesumm summ summ,
     Sind sie hinein geflogen,
     Und wurden ausgesogen,
     Half ihnen kein Gebrumm.
   Das Blümlein aber lachend sprach,
Und kümmert sich nicht drum drum drum:
     So geht's, ihr lieben Käfer,
     So geht's, ihr lieben Schäfer,
     Trotz allem Summ und Brumm!

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Blumner: " 'mal"; further changes may exist not shown above.

Submitted by Harry Joelson


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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Beetle song", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant du scarabée", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-03-22 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:28

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