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Thread #34802 Message #2618581
Posted By: GUEST,Jon
25-Apr-09 - 01:48 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Schnitzelbank
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Schnitzelbank
Yes, I have it on good authority that Schnitzelbank is an authentic German song, primarily from southern Germany. I learned this song in high school from my German teacher: a German native from the Swartzwald (black forest) area. The song was prompted through a poster that showed all the song images, very much like the one I found at http://www.schnitzelbank.com/poster.htm.
However, I sincerely doubt this version is German: "Ei der schoene..." might be Pennsylvania Dutch, Yiddish, or some other dialect. In German "ei du schoene" would mean "egg you pretty": which is fairly non-sensical in the context of the song. In the version I learned from my Swartzwald German teacher, the chorus was "O der schoenheit an der Wand, ja das ist ein Schnitzelbank." (you'll note, that's the chorus indicated on the top of the poster. It means, "As displayed upon the wall, yes that is a cobblersbench."