This children's song is often sung as a round, though not always. It's also sung in Austria.

Notes

(1) "Schneckenpost" literally translates from German to "snail-mail". The word was coined at the time when mail was sent by coach. It would take quite a long time to be delivered, even longer if any mishap such as a broken wheel or bad weather happened to slow the coach. We used the phrase "snail post" to distinguish it from the modern term "snail mail" which means specifically something that wasn't sent by email, but rather was received in a physical mailbox.
(2) Kreutzer: An old coin and unit of currency. The word comes from "kreutz" (cross) because of the cross or double cross on the "heads" side of the coin.
(3) "A postilion or postillion guides a horse-drawn coach or post chaise while mounted on the horse or one of a pair of horses. By contrast, a coachman controls the horses from the vehicle itself." -Wikipedia

This song might be based on an older song, "Auf dem Postwagen" -from a "handwritten song book from 1710" (near the bottom of the page) -unless it'd be the other way round!

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Ich fahr mit der Schneckenpost

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translated by Monique Palomares.