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Thread #122263 Message #2733596
Posted By: Gulliver
28-Sep-09 - 06:27 PM
Thread Name: Upon a tree a cuckoo/Auf einem Baum ein Kuckuck
Subject: RE: Upon a tree a cuckoo/Auf einem Baum ein Kuckuc
This might be of some interest: In the article Populäre und traditionelle Lieder. Historisch-kritisches Liederlexikon reference is made to a Swedish version. It states (translated): Of note is the obvious relationship with a Swedish children's song (noted before 1886): the shot bird is in this foreign-language parallel song a raven, which is at the end eaten by the hunter.
The Swedish version is at: http://www.liederlexikon.de/lieder/auf_einem_baum_ein_kuckuck/editiond
The lyrics are similar to the German, including the Simsalabim bit. Roughly translated, it contains the following verses:
1. Raven sits on tree
2. A hunter comes along
3. He shot the raven.
4. He took the raven home.
5. He put the raven in a pot.
6. He ate the raven.