Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Aa desse gamle kjærringar
Language: Norwegian (Bokmål) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Aa desse gamle kjærringar,
di har saa mye aa røre 'ti.
Di kan spaa i kaffegrut aa potetskinn, 
aa røre oska mæ pipestubben sin.


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 (Kari Tauring) , "Oh these old elder women", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Kari Tauring

This text was added to the website: 2013-11-20
Line count: 4
Word count: 24

Oh, ces vieilles femmes
Language: French (Français)  after the Norwegian (Bokmål) 
Oh, ces vieilles femmes,
Elles ont tant de choses à remuer,
Elles peuvent prophétiser avec du marc de café, des peaux de pommes de terre,
En remuant les cendres de leurs pipes.

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This text was added to the website: 2015-03-23
Line count: 4
Word count: 32