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Thread #102225   Message #2070671
Posted By: Stephen R.
07-Jun-07 - 09:02 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: camp song about home in tyrol
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: camp song about home in tyrol
"Once an Austrian": nicht das Lied, das ich suche.
"Petersbr├╝nnele": nicht die Melodie, die ich suche.

I heard it in North America. The tune of the song I'm looking for does sound Austrian or Tyrolean, but even so the English word set may have no more to do with that originally sung to the tune than "Once an Austrian" has to do with "Und jetzt gang i ans Petersbr├╝nnele."

Joe, you are right that "Tyrol" won't mean much to American kids, but given the knowledge of geography they get in school nowadays, neither will "Austria." They don't know if Italy is north of Sweden or south of it. That's what you get when you eliminate history, geography, etc. in favor of "social studies." A lot of them will think that an Austrian is someone from where they have kangaroos.

I suppose we could have them sing "In the mountains of Austria (southeast of Germany) or possibly of the contiguous part of Italy lies my treasure and my heart's desire."

Ho lay oh ....

Let's not give up yet. The truth is out there somewhere.

Stephen