I received this email today:
I’m wondering if you have info on an old German nursery rhyme? We just returned from a trip to Germany with my elderly mother (American, but German parents), who asked many people about it. Almost everyone knew of it, but no one could remember the words, most of them stopping, humorously enough, in the same place as my mother’s memory did, knowing only the first few lines.
It’s something about a cat sitting behind a warm stove, cleaning its face. My mother wrote down the first few lines, perhaps more phonetically than correctly, as follows:
Bitcha, batcha, beta
Hintern offen stehter
Schmickt sein steuffli
Schmicht sein shu
Any way of getting the complete and correct version of the words?
If anyone can help out with this nursery rhyme, please comment below or email me.
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