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Frau Schwalbe ist 'ne Schwätzerin

Language: German (Deutsch)

Frau Schwalbe ist 'ne Schwätzerin,
Sie schwatzt den ganzen Tag,
[Sie]1 plaudert mit der Nachbarin,
So viel sie plaudern mag;
     Das zwitschert, -- das zwatschert
Den lieben [langen]2 Tag!
Sie schwatzt von ihren Eiern viel,
Von ihren Kindern klein,
Und wenn sie Niemand hören will,
Schwatzt sie für sich allein.
     Das zwitschert, -- das zwatschert
Und kann nicht stille sein!
Hält sie im Herbst Gesellschaft gar
Auf jenem Dache dort,--
So schwatzen die Frau Schwalben all
Erst recht in einem fort;
     Das zwitschert, -- das zwatschert
Und man versteht kein Wort!

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Confirmed with Kinder-Lieder von G. Ch. Dieffenbach, Mainz: Verlag von C.G. Kunze, 1854, page 31

1 Humperdinck "Die"
2 Humperdinck "ganzen"

Submitted by Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , title 1: "The swallow", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-03-11 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2016-04-12 16:44:22
Line count: 18
Word count: 88

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The swallow

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Mrs Swallow is a chatterer;
she chats the whole day.
She gossips with the neighbours
for as long as she possibly can.
She twitters and chatters
the whole blessed day.
She twitters and chatters
the whole blessed day.

She talks about how many eggs she has
and about her little kids,
and if nobody wants to listen
she talks to herself.
She twitters and chatters
and can't keep quiet.
She twitters and chatters
and can't keep quiet.

If in spring they have a get-together
over on that roof
all the swallow wives chatter
away and nothing will stop them.
They twitter and chatter
and you can't understand a word.
They twitter and chatter 
and you can't understand a word.

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Text added to the website: 2008-03-11 00:00:00.
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