Pennsylvania Dutch Version of Dies Ist der Daumen – This Is the Thumb

I’ve been asked several times for the Pennsylvania Dutch Version of the German rhyme Dies Ist der Daumen – This Is the Thumb. Today I received the version below thanks to Luke and Mary Martin. Here’s what Luke wrote…

My wife and I are also familiar with many of the German songs. This morning while looking for them, I found the finger rhyme, and your question about the Pennsylvania German variation. This is the song my father used to sing to us – seven children. Pennsylvania German has many varieties of spelling, and perhaps you can sharpen up the spelling. (My wife, Mary, and I worked at the pronunciation and spelling of the Pennsylvania German Finger Song. Mary grew up speaking Pennsylvania German.) Here it goes…

Des ist die Daume

Des ist die Daume
Der schittelt die Plaume
Der laest sie ouf
Der traught sie Haem
Und des glae Bopplemaul
Bopplet alles mit’n ahnna da Haem.

This is the thumb.
This [one] shakes the plums,
This [one] picks them up,
This [one] brings them home,
And this little tattletale tells everyone at home.

It was always spoken, not sung.

Thanks for your work in collecting old songs.

Luke Martin
(Pennsylvania)

If anyone would like to give other variations of the spelling, feel free to in the comments below. Many thanks to Luke Martin for sending this version of the rhyme to us!

Enjoy!

Mama Lisa

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2 Responses to “Pennsylvania Dutch Version of Dies Ist der Daumen – This Is the Thumb”

  1. Christine von Kannen Says:

    Hi, Mama Lisa,
    I don’t know, how old the a.m request is.
    Here the korrekt spoken German words (to the South German slang):

    Das ist der Daumen, (thumb)
    Der schuettelt die Pflaumen, (finger next to the thumb)
    Der hebt sie auf, (the middle finger)
    Der bringt sie nach Haus, (ring finger)
    und der Kleine isst sie alle alle auf. (little finger)

    (Des ist die Daume
    Der schittelt die Plaume
    Der laest sie ouf
    Der traught sie Haem
    Und des glae Bopplemaul
    Bopplet alles mit’n ahnna da Haem.
    Germany – North, 14th November 2009

  2. pete vandenberg Says:

    i thought it was a little off color but dont know why

    my Dad’s german nurse taught him (in 1910)

    Das ist die Daumen
    Der schuetullt die pflaumen
    Der lasst sich aus
    der braucht sie nach Haus
    und diese kleine Schelm isst sie alle auf

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