German Marionette

German Marionette

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

This marionette is part of a collection I have.

My mother purchased him for me.

He is carrying a backpack. Rucksak!



and has the rosiest cheeks.












He reminds me of the song

“The Happy Wanderer

I love to go a-wandering along the mountain track.

And as I go I love to sing, my knapsack on my back!

I love to wander by the stream that dances in the sun.

So joyously it calls to me:  “Come join my happy song!”

I wave my hat to all I meet and they wave back to me.

And blackbirds call so loud and sweet, from every greenwood tree.

High overhead the skylarks wing, they never rest at home.

But, just like me, they love to sing, as o’er the world we roam.

Oh, may I go a-wandering until the day I die.

And may I always laugh and sing, beneath the clear blue sky.


Val-deri!  Val-dera!  Val-deri!  Val-dera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Val-deri!  Val-dera!  My knapsack on my back.

IMG_0101and in German…

Mein Vater war ein Wandersmann,
Und mir steckt’s auch im Blut;
Drum wandr’ ich flott, so lang ich kann,
Und schwenke meinen Hut.


Faleri, falera, faleri,
Falera ha ha ha ha ha ha
Faleri, falera,
Und schwenke meinen Hut.

Das Wandern schaffet frische Lust,
Erhält das Herz gesund;
Frei atmet draußen meine Brust,
Froh singet stets mein Mund:

Warum singt Dir das Vögelein
So freudevoll sein Lied?
Weil’s nimmer hockt, landaus, landein
Durch and’re Fluren zieht.

Was murmelt’s Bächlein dort und rauscht,
So lustig hin durch’s Rohr,
Weil’s frei sich regt, mit Wonne lauscht
Ihm dein empfänglich Ohr.

D’rum trag ich Ränzlein und den Stab
Weit in die Welt hinein,
Und werde bis an’s kühle Grab
Ein Wanderbursche sein!



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