Here’s Janet’s note:
My mother has written down a song her father used to sing to her and I think it might be German. If not German, it would be Dutch. They were definitely Penn Dutch and I know there were 3 brothers that came over and were considered "low" Dutch. It could possibly be that my mother is remembering some of the words wrong, she is 83, and does not know any German.
I’ve typed them phonetically in English and my comments or clarifications are in ().
Oh dar (or der) tuben, der toben
Der clauss in der svoben (swoben)
mit a geegle, mit a gigle (long i)
mit a grosser bum bum
for roovel for raw (or forrah)
for roovel for raw
for roovel for rovel for roovel for raw
Mit a geele, mit a gigle
mit a grosser bum bum.
If you have any idea what this song is could you send me the correct words? I know the spelling is not correct as I am unsure of the actual words, only from what she could sing to me, but she doesn’t know the German language.
Thank you, Janet
If anyone can help with the original lyrics to this song and/or a translation, please let us know in the comments below. We would also like to confirm the language or dialect of the song.
Thanks in advance!
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