"This is a very well-known Dutch Nursery Rhyme. Many people believe the song is about a boy named 'Jantje' who at the age of 13 became the 13th Count of Holland. Btw, for an adult we use the name 'Jan' vs 'Jantje' and the added 'tje' is indicating that we are dealing with a child. The same is applied to things/people who are young/little: 'Hand' for an adult, 'handje' for a child. 'Mand' would be a big basket, while 'mandje' is a little basket. I'm also including a photo of little Jantje and name of the Statue means 'Jantje of Den Haag/Jantje of The Hague'." -Francisca

In Den Haag daar woont een Graaf - Dutch Children's Songs - The Netherlands - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


Many thanks to F.S. for singing this song for us, for translating it into English, for the commentary and the picture!