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Thread #6920   Message #64238
Posted By: Wolfgang
19-Mar-99 - 08:19 AM
Thread Name: Lyrics Versions: Brahms' Lullaby
Subject: RE: Brahms Lullaby
I asked Frank Petersohn (ingeb.org) who knows more about German folk than most others. His explanation: "N„glein" is Suebian dialect for "Nelklein", i.e. "kleine Nelken" and that's carnations (the flowers). So the suspicious line means "decorated with flowers", a better fit for a lullaby than "pierced with nails", if I may add: even for a German lullaby!

Wolfgang