Notes

The tune comes from Der Mai ist gekommen in 1842 by Justus W. Lyra (1822-1882).

Game Instructions

The song is accompanied by the following gestures:

Ein (a) - Put up your forefinger to mime a one. (In Germany they put up their thumb to show "one".)
Kleiner (small) - Make a small distance between your thumb and forefinger.
Matrose (sailor) - Make a sailor greeting, hand on an imaginary sailor cap.
Umsegelte (sailed around) - Make an undulating wave motion with your hand.
Welt (world) - Make a movement with both hands pantomiming a round globe.
Er liebte (he loved) - Hand on heart or hug yourself.
Ein Mädchen (a girl) - Make or imply feminine shapes with both hands with a vertical undulation.
Das hatte gar kein (but had no) - Shake head "no".
Geld (money) - Rub your thumb and fingers together.
Das Mädchen (the girl) - Make or imply feminine shapes with vertical undulation.
Muss sterben (had to die) - Make action like cutting the throat.
Und wer war Schuld daran (and who was to blame) - Shrug.
Ein (a) - Make a sign of one with your finger.
Kleiner (small) - Make a small distance between your thumb and forefinger.
Matrose (sailor) - Make a sailor greeting.
Leibes (love) - Hug yourself.
-wahn (mad) - Swirl forefinger in front of your scalp like you're crazy.

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Translated by Lisa and Monique.

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