FolkWorld Issue 35 02/2008
North German Folksong
I ran across your article on Jams' when I was searching for a German folksong. I hope you can help or find someone who might know.
My grandmother emigrated to the US not long before WWI from Oldenburg. She sang German songs when she put us to bed. (This was in the 1950s.) Unfortunately, she and my mother did not teach us German, and I'm only beginning to learn now, so I still have no ability to search lyric sites. One song she would sing she said was about a woodsman who cut down a tree and then regretted what he had done. It was beautiful, but I can't remember any more details.
It would mean a great deal to me to hear this, find the lyrics, or have a recording. I'm sorry, it's not much to go on. There's a possibility it was in Platt, although it may not have been. My grandmother could speak Platt, but it was not her primary language. But my guess is that this song may have had to do with North German culture.
Thanks in advance for your help, Penny Allen (Cleveland Heights, Ohio)
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Hi Penny, I am sorry to say, that I have no idea, what the songtitle could be.
I live in Oldenburg but I am originated in Ostfriesland (East Frisia).
There as well I did not came across such song.
(Listen to some snippets of my album with traditional East Frisian
Perhaps a posting to the following list helps:
(Discussion List for Germanic Lowlands Languages and Cultures).
Best regards, Herbert Bartmann (www.herbert-bartmann.de)
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