Does anyone know this version of Catalina Matelina?

Dennis Lytle wrote to us asking for information about a rhyme:

“Any info on the rhyme my parents taught us would be appreciated…

I tell you bout vat girl of mine vat looks so sveet and dress so fine, vat come from Dootchland on the Rhine a couple of veeks ago.
Her eyes are blue light green she am the prettiest ever seen for Catalina matelina dinger binder dinkster am her name.
Her mother she’s a daisy
Her sister she is lazy,
Her fader he is clazy but vat makes me nothing out, I luv her just like life and I make vat girl mine vife, now shiminy gracious ain’t that nice, don’t you wish you were me?”

Is anyone familiar with this version (or even a similar version) of Catalina Magdalena? If so, please share in the comments below, including what state you learnt it in.

Thanks in advance!

-Mama Lisa 

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