This song first appeared in print in 1936, but the tune goes back to the mid 1700's. It's based on an even older students' song called "Ich bin der Doktor Eisenbart".

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*"Gloria" and "Victoria" (with a "c") are the Spanish words for "Glory, Victory", the German words are "Ruhm" and "Sieg".
**Or: "Da sprang er fröhlich von der Bank" Then he jumped happily off the bench.


Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Ein Mann, der sich Kolumbus nannt

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translated by Monique Palomares and Lisa Yannucci. Photo by Monique of Christopher Columbus statue in Barcelona.