The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #155488 Message #3657866
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
06-Sep-14 - 12:41 PM
Thread Name: ADD:Merry Is Gipsy Life/Lustig IstDasZigeunerleben
Subject: RE: ADD:Merry Is Gipsy Life/Lustig IstDasZigeunerleben
The English is closest to the German original. I think there is a French version that is closer to the original, but the verse about Asti echoes the German in which water is pure as that of a spring or good as Moselle wine. Asti is center of a top wine region. The general idea is the same in both sets of lyrics.
The remakes being Scout songs, differences are normal.