Bruce Ham wrote to us recently looking for help with the lyrics to a Dutch children’s song that his grandmother used to sing to the kids in the family. He sent us a recording of his grandmother singing the song. In the recording you can also hear his grandma talk about how she used to sing it. It shows how important it is to record your relatives to help preserve your family’s history. This recording is really special and I’m sure Bruce’s family is very happy they have it. (It’s not even my family and it brings tears to my eyes.)
You can listen to the recording below…
Here’s Bruce’s email:
I am doing a bit of research. My grandmother (born in Canada) was from Dutch ancestry. We believe her parents may have also immigrated to Germany before coming to Canada. Anyways, my grandmother used to sing this song to us all the time. She told us it was Dutch and was about Ducks having no shoes out in the rain. Apparently her mother used to sing it to her all the time.
After all the years, I am sure that much has been lost and changed from the original. Do you recognize this at all? It is from a recording we recently found – it is about 35 years old.
Thank you so much for your time.
If anyone can help with the original Dutch lyrics to this song and/or a translation, please let us know in the comments below.
Thanks in advance!
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