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Iene Miene Mutte
(Belgian Nursery Rhyme)

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Iene Miene Mutte
Iene Miene Mutte
Nursery Rhyme
(Dutch)
Nursery Rhyme
(English)

Iene miene mutte
tien pond grutte
tien pond kaas
iene miene mutte
is de baas
maar jij kan de baas niet zijn
want je bent nog veel te klein.

Iene miene mutte
10 pounds of butter
10 pounds of cheese
Iene miene mutte
Is the boss
But you can not be the boss
Because you are much to small.

Comments

This rhyme is a way to decide who goes first in a game (like hide and seek). You point to every person who is playing, going from person to person and using the rhythm of the rhyme. The person you point to when the rhyme stops, is out, the last one remaining starts the game.

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Another visitor to this page points out that...

"The song 'Iene Miene Mutte' is not only a Belgian song. I sang it more than 60 years ago in Holland."

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According to Kevin Flynn it should really be:

Iene mine mutten
tien pond grutten...

(But those final -n's are silent.)

Also, "grutte(n) does not mean 'butter' but 'gruel' (butter is "boter" in Dutch)."

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Ernest Vanrintel for contributing this nursery rhyme and to Kevin Flynn for commenting.

Dank u wel!

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