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Thread #122263   Message #2733088
Posted By: MGM·Lion
28-Sep-09 - 08:57 AM
Thread Name: Upon a tree a cuckoo/Auf einem Baum ein Kuckuck
Subject: RE: Upon a tree a cuckoo/Auf einem Baum ein Kuckuck
And the German versions lack the ritualistic pause, accompanied by a double nod, before the final monosyllabic clincher of each verse, which my informant insisted was so essential a part of the performance of the song among his friends. What, I wonder, if any, was the significance of this? Can anyone think of any other children's songs which, while not explicitly associated with skipping, bouncing, or any specific game or other such rituals, have a similar sort of associated gestural rite?