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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.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:25
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Le tambour

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Moi, pauvre tambour !
On me mène hors de mon souterrain,
Si j'étais resté tambour,
je ne serais pas prisonnier.

Oh potence, demeure si haute,
tu sembles si terrible,
je ne veux plus te regarder
parce que je sais que je suis à toi.

Quand passeront en marchant les soldats
qui n'étaient pas logés avec moi,
quand ils demanderont qui je suis :
j'étais le tambour de la première compagnie.

Bonne nuit, rocs de marbre,
montagnes et collines.
Bonne nuit, officiers,
caporaux et mousquetaires.

Bonne nuit, officiers,
caporaux et grenadiers,
je crie d'une voix forte
et je vous fais mes adieux !
Bonne nuit ! Bonne nuit !

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Text added to the website: 2009-06-09.
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