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Renee wrote:

I’m looking for three children’s songs my grandmother sung to me.

One was: Here comes the bear, where does he want to go? He wants to go to (name of child)’s
house. She would say this in Swiss German.

The next was: Rumpity bumpity halter stock, vermind. She would also speak in Swiss German and I am unsure of the rest of it. The middle of the song she asked how many fingers she held up. If you were correct, the song continued, if not, she went back to the beginning. But the end was: What do you want water or wine? If you wanted water she would vigorously rub your back. If it was wine she would tell you were too young for wine and slap your behind.

The third was a song she would sing while walking with us. She would hold both our hands and she would criss cross hers and swing us from side to side while saying (hail a room boom boom) and I think it referred to the kaiser – something about kick him in the pants.

If you could help in Swiss and English I thank you.
Renee

If anyone can help Renee with any of these songs or nursery rhymes, please comment below.

Thanks!

Lisa

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13 Responses to “Can Anyone Help with Some Swiss German Songs?”

  1. Renate Says:

    Hi Lisa, hi Renee

    I was a swiss exchange student in Connecticut some twenty years ago and just got your request by e-mail from my american host-father. I think I can help you with tho of the requested children songs/rimes:

    The bear rime: “es chunt en baer, wo chunt er her, wo gat er hi, zum… (name of the child) buecheli, buecheli, buecheli. We usually do this rime with babies and very small kids, for example while changing the diapers. Translated it means: there comes a bear, where does he come from, where does he go? to (child’s name) little belly, little belly, little belly. While saying the rime you use your fingers a to first “walk up” the leg of the child and then, while saying belly, you tickle his/her belly. There is also a version without the belly thing, it then ends with the name of the child. The finger walking and tickling is the same though.

    The second song you ask about I unfortunatly never heard of.

    The third song, I know, or at least something similar. My grand-mother used to do it with me and my mum now does it with my dauther. The text is somewhat different from yours exept for the kaiser thing but the movement is exactly it. It sais: chum mir wei go wandere, vo einer stadt zur andere und wenn de Koenig Kaiser chunt dänn chered mer wieder um, um, um. Translated it means: come, lets go for a hike, from one town to the other one and when the king emperor comes then we turn back again. While saying the rime you walk together side by side holding each other by crossing the arms in front of your chest and walk briskly in the rythm of the song. When saying “chered mer wieder um” (turn back) you pull each others arms in order to turn around suddenly. Then you can start the rime anew in the other direction. I grew up in the area of Zurich. Can be that this rime exists in different versions in other areas of switzerland. Also the swiss dialect waries some from one area to the other.

    Hope this will help you!

    Best regards from Switzerland

    Renate

  2. Renee Says:

    Renate, Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou and have a blessed and prosperous New year.

    Renee

  3. Roland Zoss Says:

    As a professional singer songwriter for Swiss children lullabys i turned the verse your nanny did sing into a song. You find the “Bär” on the album XENEGUGELI on my homepage and many more new Swiss Lullabys.
    All the best to you and your kids.
    Roland Zoss

  4. Lisa Says:

    Thank you for helping Renate! We’ll be putting these songs on the Mama Lisa’s World Switzerland Pages with our other Swiss children’s songs.

    Best wishes,

    Lisa

  5. Sonja Says:

    Hi Lisa and Renee

    I was looking to refresh my memory on some English nursery rhymes when I stumbled across your Swiss rhymes. I just played “De Baer” with my son at bedtime tonight . It used to be sung to me by my Aunt, her version is a bit different than Renate’s: “Es chunnt e Baer vo Konstanz haer” (in a deep voice)… (walk fingers) “wo wot er hii?”…. “zum Buucheli/Oehreli/Naeseli!” (etc. high pitch). Translated: there comes a bear from Konstanz, where does he want to go? To the little belly/ear/nose etc.
    The baby never knows where the bear will “go next”, the surprise generates lots of laughs :-)

    Love your site, keep up the good work!

    Sonja.

  6. Anna Says:

    Hello, I am also looking for a swiss german song that my husband’s nanny used to sing to him. He now sings it to my chilren who would love to hear the original version. It goes something like this: ‘yola touli, yola touli, touli touli touli touli yola- Ich heisse…’ – that is all he remembers and sinds this over and over again! Does anyone recognize this? We have looked for it on the internet and cannot find anything!
    Best regards, Anna

  7. Doris Says:

    Hey there, I’m from Switzerland and might be able to help you with your “yola touli” song. It’s actually a song about a white goat and goat means “Geiss” in German, so there could have risen come confusion between “ich heisse”, wenn actually it means “wissi Geiss”…
    The Lyrics are of the song are:

    Dert äne em Bärgli,
    Dert steit e wyssi Geiss.
    I ha se wölle mälche,
    Du haut si mr eis.
    Holeduli duliduli
    Hole duli duli duli duli
    Holeduli duli duli
    Holeduli duliduli o.

    Si het mr eis ghaue,
    Das tuet mr so weh.
    Jetzt mälch i myner Läbtig
    Ke wyssi Geiss meh.
    Holeduli duliduli
    Hole duli duli duli duli
    Holeduli duli duli
    Holeduli duliduli o.

    Jetzt gan i i ds Stedtli
    U chouf mr e Geiss,
    kei wyssi, e bruuni,
    Die hout mir e keis.
    Holeduli duliduli
    Hole duli duli duli duli
    Holeduli duli duli
    Holeduli duliduli o.

    Vo Bärn bis uf Bümpliz,
    Da hets es Tunäll,
    We me ine chunt wirds dunkel,
    We me use chunt wirds häll.
    Holeduli duliduli
    Hole duli duli duli duli
    Holeduli duli duli
    Holeduli duliduli o.

    My Vater und d Muetter
    Sy sparsami Lüt.
    Si flicke mr d Hose
    Mit Härdöpfelhüt.
    Holeduli duliduli
    Hole duli duli duli duli
    Holeduli duli duli
    Holeduli duliduli o.

  8. Anna Kotchoubey Says:

    This is precious!! Thank you very much – this is a flood of memories for my husband! And we will pass this onto our children now thanks to you!!
    With warmest regards,
    Anna

  9. pedro de felipe Says:

    Dear Anna Kotchoubey:

    Happy birthday today on March 14th!

    It has been too long and I just want to say : Vi gratulera, vi gratulera…
    bla, bla…

    Hoping your children and husband are super and healthy,

    Cuidate,
    Pedrito

  10. Natalie Says:

    Hi Renee,
    As to your second song: Rumpity bumpity halter stock
    I remember it as: Rumpedi, bumpedi, Holderstock, wie viel Hoehrner streggt dr’ Bogg (how many horns does the goat hold up or show)? Child sits on floor with head in lap of the adult/singer of the song. Singer sings the song and places fingers on the back and as you rember “asked how many fingers she held up. If you were correct, the song continued:” Das hesch du sehr guet verrote ich due dir e Hienli broote. Wie wilsch du es aesse? Mit dr’ Gable (shape fingers and hand into a fork and tickle the child around the tummy), mit d’ Maesser (shape the fingers and hand into a knife and tickle/rub the child around the ribs) mit d’ Loeffel (shape the hand into a spoon and give the child a loving pad on the bottom). This is how I remember the song from when I attended my Swiss kindergarten in Basel many, many years ago..it was one of my favorite songs/verse/game. As to the spelling…I am not sure and this is my best guess!

  11. Lisa Says:

    Miley wrote: “I am looking for the words to a lullaby that my grandmother used to sing to me. She was Swiss German. It began ‘nenali nanali bushali schlauf…’ HELP”

  12. edie Says:

    My husband sings the “bear” song to our baby too, but in his version the bear comes from Zurich!

  13. Sara Says:

    Thank you for the translation!!! My grandmother sang the bear song and we sing it to our kids too! My version comes from either Bern or Luzern. Merry Christmas!

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