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Thread #96633   Message #1891551
Posted By: Wolfgang
23-Nov-06 - 07:12 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Old German lullaby? - Heitschi-Bumm
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old German lullaby? - Heitschi-Bumm
The web is full of fancy explanations for the "Heidschi bumbeidschi" part.

(1) "Heude, mu paidion" is Greek for "Sleep my child" so it could be onomatopoietic for what a greek nurse once sung to a child.
(2) Hadschi Bombaci (you get the bomb part of it?) is a feared Muslim and alludes to the Muslims stealing Christian children to make them Janitsars. Therefore the threat to be taken away and not coming home anymore.

I can't decide which is the less credible explanation.