Yesterday Evening I Went Out – A German Children’s Song

Here’s a German kids song called Gestern abend ging ich aus (Yesterday Evening I Went Out) with an English translation and a link to the midi music…

Gestern abend ging ich aus

Gestern abend ging ich aus,
Ging wohl in den Wald hinaus ;
Saß ein Häslein in dem Strauch,
Guckt mit seinen Äuglein ‘raus,
Kommt das Häslein dicht heran,
Daß mir’s was erzählen kann.

“Bist du nicht der Jägersmann,
hetzt auf mich die Hunde an ?
wenn dein Windspiel mich ertappt,
hast du, Jäger, mich geschnappt
wenn ich an mein Schicksal denk’,
ich mich rect von Herzen kränk’.”

Armes Häslein, bist so blaß !
Geh dem Bauer nicht ins Gras,
Geh dem Bauer nicht ins Kraut,
Sonst bezahlst mit deiner Haut ;
Sparst dir manche Not und Pein,
Kannst mit Lust ein Häslein sein !

English Translation:

Yesterday Evening, I Went Out

Yesterday evening, I went out
I went to the forest
A little rabbit sat in a bush
He watched me with his little eyes
The little rabbit came near to me
So he could tell me this…

Aren’t you the hunter
Who hunts me down with his dogs?
When the wind game catches me,
Hunter, have you caught me?
When I think of my fate,
My heart aches straight away!

Poor little rabbit, you are so pale!
Don’t go on the peasant’s grass,
Don’t go in the peasant’ s cabbage patch
Or else you pay for it with your skin,
You can spare yourself much misery and pain,
You can be a happy rabbit!

Listen to the midi music of Gestern abend ging ich aus!

Many thanks to Ulrike Bernhard for contributing this song, to Maguy Cabrol and Monique Palomares at Mama Lisa’s World en français for the translation from German and to Monique Palomares for creating the midi music . Vielen Dank!

Come and visit the Mama Lisa’s World Germany Page for more German Children’s Songs and Nursery Rhymes.

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