Translation © by Lau Kanen

Sitzt a schöns Vögerl aufm Dannabaum
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Sitzt a schöns Vögerl aufm Dannabaum,
tut nix als singa und schrain;
was muß denn das für a Vögerl sain?
Das muß a Nachtigall sain!

Noan, mai Schatz, das is koan Nachtigall,
noan, mai Schatz, das darfst nit glaubn;
koan Nachtigall schlägt auf oanam Dannabaum,
schlägt in a Haselnußstaudn.

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "'t Vogeltje zit in de sparrenboom", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:55
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't Vogeltje zit in de sparrenboom
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
‘t Vogeltje zit in de sparrenboom,
Doet niets dan zingen en slaan;
Wat moet dan dat voor een vogel zijn?
Dat moet een nachtegaal zijn!
Nee, mijn schat, dat is geen nachtegaal,
Nee, mijn schat, da's niet zo puik;
Geen nachtegaal slaat in een sparrenboom,
Maar in een hazelnootstruik.


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Text added to the website: 2015-12-02 00:00:00
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