by Otto Erich Hartleben (1864 - 1905)
Translation © by Mimmi Fulmer, Ric Merritt

Galgenlied
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the French (Français) 
Available translation(s): CHI ENG FRE ITA NYN
Die dürre Dirne
Mit langem Halse
Wird seine letzte
Geliebte sein.

In seinem Hirne
Steckt wie ein Nagel
Die dürre Dirne
Mit langem Halse.

Schlank wie die Pinie,
Am Hals ein Zöpfchen -
Wollüstig wird sie
Den Schelm umhalsen,
Die dürre Dirne!

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

  • NYN Norwegian (Nynorsk) (Are Frode Søholt) , title 1: "Galgesong", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Mimmi Fulmer) (Ric Merritt) , title 1: "Gallows song", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Canzone della forca", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CHI Chinese (汉语 / 漢語) (Yen-Chiang Che) , title 1: "絞刑之歌", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Chanson de potence", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-16
Line count: 13
Word count: 42

Gallows song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The scrawny wench
With the long neck
Will be
His last lover.

Stuck in his brain
Like a nail is
The scrawny wench
With the long neck.

Thin as a pine tree,
Pigtail down her neck-
Lasciviously she'll
Embrace the knave,
The scrawny wench!

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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-16
Line count: 13
Word count: 44