I got these questions over two days, so I figured I may as well post them together…
1) The first question is from Dr. Mike Mruzik who’s trying to help his Mom:
Any assistance (with the question below) would be appreciated… Thanks
-Dr. Mike Mruzik
Here’s the letter from Mike’s mother:
This is what I remember of the song that Mr. Thygeson (originally Mr. Tierson from Denmark) taught Scoot and me, sung to a lovely Danish melody. It could be a nursery rhyme. I first memorized it around 1920 and it was an old classic even then.
It is years since I sung it with my buddy.
Dan an Saxon, Dan skul verdonder,
Fra and a and tilda nonder,
Dad o shay, dad o shay,
Dad o skatlat
Day day shay
I apologize if I have butchered this – but it has been a long long time.
Good luck in the translation.
2) The second question is by Diane McCurdy:
I need some help with a Danish song that my Mom was sung to as a child. My Mom didn’t know any Danish even tho her mother came from Denmark. My grandma died when Mom was only 12. What we have as the song is written as it sounded to her in English, (so it isn’t correct English or Danish spelling). I tried to get it translated and think we may have one line of 6. Here is the song as she wrote down what she how it sounded in English:
1. Hest ver vian sloer in booked ( long e sound on Hest)
2. Leg er der it whosta smooked
3. Leg a mella skava sto ( long a sound on skava)
4. Rooder (Ruder) nee er gangsta smo
5. Owner tagget svaller quethra
6. Solan sinker ousta vethra
We were told that the 2nd line is something like – Ligger der et hus sa smukt ( Lies a house so beautiful)
I’ve searched for several years and couldn’t find anything close to it. I came across your site today and had high hopes! Any help someone can give us would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for doing such great work.
If anyone can help with either of these questions – with the original lyrics and/or translations – please let us know in the comments below.
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