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Thread #96633   Message #3420706
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
16-Oct-12 - 09:58 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Old German lullaby? - Heitschi-Bumm
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old German lullaby? - Heitschi-Bumm
In 2006, Wilfried supplied a link (still good) to the version which made a hit in 1968/9. That version merely says that mother is gone and won't come back for a long time. Now, a "long time" to a kid could be 3 hours.

I've been a babysitter, and I know.

In 1973-4, I was working in a library in Milwaukee. One of the other employees went on a trip to East Germany, and they stayed with her fiance's relatives. She came back to say that family life was different there (and then). The dwelling had one, large cold room for gathering, and the extended family sat around the small heat stove and talked. In a high chair sat a baby, all bundled up and named Uwe. She never did learn whether Uwe was a boy, girl or what.

I can easily picture a woman from such a group going shopping or to a show, leaving the baby with an aunt, sister or cousin from the familiar family group. And the relative sings this little song.

The third verse of the hit song is a charming fantasy that the stars are lanterns that the angels are holding in heaven. It's not a mean or scarey song at all.