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Ich hab' ein Mann, der garnichts kann

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich hab' ein Mann, der garnichts kann,
als essen, trincken, trincken, schlafen.
Ist nachts ein Block, bei Tag ein Stock.
Er taugt wohl in Schlaraffen[land].
Hätt' er ein G'werk,
fürwar er sterb,
all Arbeit tut er fliehen,
all Arbeit tut er fliehen.
Oft filtz' ich ihn, doch ohn' Gewinn,
kann nichts aus ihm erziehen,
kann nichts aus ihm erziehen,
kann nichts aus ihm erziehen.

Ich armes Weib hab' meinen Leib
ein'm znichten Mann verkaufet,
der nichte thut, helt guten Mut,
nur stets spilt, frisst und saufet.
Wann er Haim kumbt,
nur greint und brumbt
ihm ist nichts recht geschaffen.
Wie ich ihm thu,
hab' ich kein Ruh.
Allein er leg sich schlafen,
allein er leg sich schlafen.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Linda Godry


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 (Linda Godry) , title 1: "My man is a good for nothing", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-02-11.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:34
Line count: 23
Word count: 117

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My man is a good for nothing

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

My man is a good for nothing
Except eating, drinking, drinking, sleeping.
At night a block, at light, a stick.
Ideal cast for the land of cockaigne.
If he had a trade,
'twould kill him,
he steers clear of work,
he steers clear of work.
Often I frisk him, to no avail,
Naught to be found there,
Naught to be found there,
Naught to be found there.

Poor me, I gave my body
in exchange for an unworthy man,
a good-for-nothing, a jolly fellow,
always spending, gobbling and boozing.
On coming home 
he moans and complains
and is never satisfied.
Whatever I do,
it never is right.
He goes to bed alone.
He goes to bed alone.

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Text added to the website: 2010-02-11.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:34
Line count: 23
Word count: 117