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Posted By: GUEST,Grishka
17-Oct-12 - 05:56 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Old German lullaby? - Heitschi-Bumm
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old German lullaby? - Heitschi-Bumm
sjw, please tell us whether you agree that the mother will not return any more - in other words, is dead or (less likely) gone for good? If she were gone only for a short time, the nanny would say so.

In contrast, if the boy were dead, he would not profit from his mother's (earthly) return, therefore I assume the HB (sandman?) has taken him temporarily and has not brought him back yet. Would that fit your understanding of the perfect tense?

The text may have become corrupted. Experts on Austrian dialects and folklore are needed.

Commercial recordings of folk songs - particularly by star "crooners" - are often adapted to the assumed "soft" present-day taste. Death, except for murder, does not sell any more.