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Thread #34802   Message #471940
Posted By: Rollo
28-May-01 - 06:46 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Schnitzelbank
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Schnitzelbank
This song is originally a bavarian folksong that might be brought to america by immigrants. I got a version from a bavarian folk band called "bayerisch-diatonischer Jodelwahnsinn", and your version is nearly the same, although bavarian dialekt says "hobibank" instead of "Schnitzelbank".

it goes as following: The stanza about the "Hobibank" is something like an induction, because this kind of song is meant to be sung with selfmade, often improvised stanzas of satirical and sometimes very ordinary contents. so "bayerisch diationischer Jodelwahnsinn" follow up with stanzas like the following:

there are a lot of such songs in bavaria. If I remember right, they are called "Schnaderlhüpfer". But me coming from northern germany, there is no guarantee on this.

- The word order "Ist das nicht ein..." is quite normal german, a question looking for confirmation, the same expression as the english "isn`t it..."

- "schnitzelbank" and "Hobibank" both are local expressions for "Hobelbank", a woodworker`s workbench.