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Der Tambourgesell

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich armer Tambourgesell,
Man führt mich aus dem Gwölb,
Wär ich ein Tambour blieben,
Dürft ich nicht gefangen liegen.

O Galgen, du hohes Haus,
Du siehst so furchtbar aus,
Ich schau dich nicht mehr an,
Weil i weiß, daß i gehör dran.

Wenn Soldaten vorbeimarschieren,
Bei mir nicht einquartieren.
Wenn sie fragen, wer i g'wesen bin:
Tambour von der Leibkompanie.

Gute Nacht, ihr Marmelstein,
Ihr Berg und Hügelein.
Gute Nacht, ihr Offizier,
Korporal und Musketier.

Gute Nacht! Ihr Offizier',
Korporal und Grenadier!
Ich schrei mit lauter Stimm,
Von euch ich Urlaub nimm.
Gute Nacht! Gute Nacht.

Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA SPA

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Submitted by Jakob Kellner


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 (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "The Drummer Boy", copyright ©
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elena María Accinelli) , title 1: "El niño tamborilero", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , title 1: "Il tamburino", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Le tambour", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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The Drummer Boy

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I, poor drummer boy -
they're leading me from my cell.
If I had stayed a drummer
I would not be imprisoned now.

O gallows, you lofty house,
You look so fearsome,
I won't look at you any longer
because I know I am yours.

When soldiers march by
who were not quartered with me -
when they ask who I was:
I was a drummer from the first company.

Good night, marble rocks,
mountains and hills -
Good night, officers,
corporals and musketeers.

Good night, officers,
corporals and grenadiers,
I cry with a loud voice,
and take my leave of you!
Good night! Good night.

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:25
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Word count: 106