by Anna (Nuhn) Ritter (1865 - 1921)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ich häng' mich fest an Vater's Arm,
Mein Herz so voll, mein Kopf so warm,

Schneeflöckchen dreh'n sich leis und stumm
Im Walzertakt um uns herum.

Und plötzlich, plötzlich tanz ich mit
Und schleife sacht im Walzerschritt:
"La la la, la la la ..."

Dann werd ich roth, der Vater lacht -
Wenn ich nur wüsste, was er gedacht!


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The way home", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "En route vers la maison", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2011-09-17
Line count: 9
Word count: 59

The way home
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I clasp my father's arm tightly,
My heart is so full, my head is so heated,

Snowflakes swirl softly and mutely
All around us in three-four time.

And suddenly, suddenly I dance along
And gently shuffle along in waltz steps:
"La la la, la la la ..."

Then I blush, my father laughs --
If I only knew what he was thinking!


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2013 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2013-04-01
Line count: 9
Word count: 61