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Origins: Baby Shark (Kleiner Hai ) Song

and e 04 Apr 12 - 03:39 PM
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Subject: Baby Shark (Kleiner Hai ) German & English Song
From: and e
Date: 04 Apr 12 - 03:39 PM

Greetings,

I am interested in finding more about the children's song "Baby Shark" -- called "Kleiner Hai" in German.   There are numerous videos in German and English on Youtube but I haven't been able to date the song...

Could you please post when & where you first learned the song?


BABY SHARK SONG

The fun of this song is in the actions. As the shark gets bigger, so does its mouth you make with your hands and arms.

Lyrics:
(shark mouth with hands connected at wrist)
Baby shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Baby shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Baby shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Baby shark

(shark mouth with forearms connected at elbows)
Momma shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Momma shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Momma shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Momma shark

(shark mouth with full arms)
Daddy shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Daddy shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Daddy shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Daddy shark

(same as Daddy, but with fists instead of fingers to look like no teeth)
Grandpa shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Grandpa shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Grandpa shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Grandpa shark

(swimming crawl motion with arms)
Swimmer dude, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Swimmer dude, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Swimmer dude, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Swimmer dude

(hand on top of head like shark fin. Other hand rubbing stomache with hungry look on face.)
Hungry shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Hungry shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Hungry shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Hungry shark

(backcrawl swimming motion with arms)
Swam away, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Swam away, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Swam away, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Swam away

(same backcrawl, with very frantic actions)
Swam too slow, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Swam too slow, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Swam too slow, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Swam too slow

(hop on one leg to beat)
Lost a leg, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Lost a leg, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Lost a leg, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Lost a leg

(hand on head like shark fin. Other hand rubs stomache with a very satisfied look on face.)
Happy shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Happy shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Happy shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Happy shark

(push cellphone numbers to beat)
Call 9-1-1, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Call 9-1-1, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Call 9-1-1, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Call 9-1-1

(make any dieing actions you want. finger across neck, grabbing heart, fainting away,...)
It's too late, Doh-doh, doh, doh
It's too late, Doh-doh, doh, doh
It's too late, Doh-doh, doh, doh
It's too late

(point to your bottom)
That's the end, Doh-doh, doh, doh
That's the end, Doh-doh, doh, doh
That's the end, Doh-doh, doh, doh
That's the end


Notes: I have been able to find a GERMAN version of this song. I am a little surprised that I can't find it mentioned on Mudcat.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Baby Shark (Kleiner Hai ) Song
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Oct 18 - 12:04 AM

I sang the song in the mid 80s at summer camp.


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Subject: ADD: Baby Shark (Kleiner Hai ) Song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Oct 18 - 01:49 AM

I didn't find the German lyrics in a whole stack of German songbooks, but it was readily available online.

? Kleiner Hai (Dim Dim...) (feat. Alemuel) ? official lyrics

KLEINER HAI

Baby Hai Dim Dim DimDim Dimdim
Baby Hai Dim Dim DimDim Dimdim

Kleiner Hai Dim Dim DimDimDimd im
Kleiner Hai Dim Dim DimDimDim dim

Großer Hai Dim Dim DimDim Dimdim
Großer Hai Dim Dim DimDim Dimdim

Rießen Hai Dim Dim DimDim Dimdim
Rießen Hai Dim Dim DimDim Dimdim

Weißer Hai Dim Dim Dimdim Dimdim
Weißer Hai Dim Dim Dimdim Dimdim

(zwischenspiel)
Kleiner hai, kleiner hai

(zwischenspiel)
Kleiner hai, kleiner hai

Mädchen Schwimmt Dim Dim Dimdim Dimdim
Mädchen Schwimmt Dim Dim Dimdim Dimdim

Hai sieht Dim Dim DimDim DimDim
Hai sieht Dim Dim DimDim DimDim

Mädchen sieht Dim Dim DimDim DimDim
Mädchen sieht Dim Dim DimDim DimDim

Hai holt auf Dim Dim DimDim DimDim
Hai holt auf Dim Dim DimDim DimDim

Mädchen Schwimmt Dim Dim Dimdim Dimdim
Mädchen Schwimmt Dim Dim Dimdim Dimdim

Hai holt auf Dim Dim DimDim DimDim
Hai holt auf Dim Dim DimDim DimDim

Mädchen sieht Dim Dim DimDim DimDim
Mädchen sieht Dim Dim DimDim DimDim

Mädchen schreit:¨
aaaahhhhh!

zwischenspiel)
Kleiner hai, kleiner hai

zwischenspiel)
Kleiner hai, kleiner hai

Hai frisst mjam mjam mjamjam mjamjam
Hai frisst mjam mjam mjamjam mjamjam

(zwischenspiel)
Kleiner hai, kleiner hai
(zwischenspiel)
Kleiner hai, kleiner hai
(zwischenspiel)
Kleiner hai, kleiner hai
(zwischenspiel)
Kleiner hai, kleiner hai

Source: https://www.paroles-musique.com/eng/Kleiner_Hai-Kleiner_Hai_Dim_Dim_feat_Alemuel-lyrics,p06068228

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbMkQUACykk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScSwGAmVNhg

I get the feeling this is NOT a traditional song....but it's fun.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Baby Shark (Kleiner Hai ) Song
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 18 Oct 18 - 06:07 PM

yes yes yes !

This is a kids' camp kind of song.
When I learnt it,
we were a bunch of adults on a weekend retreat
for our Catholic parish.
A Dominican friar led the retreat, and he taught us to act this out,
in English.
When we got through the whole thing, we were all gasping for breath
and Father Bob said, "that was like a cardio workout. "

The way he taught it to us, it has no melody or tune to speak of.
It is somewhere between a chant and a rap.
The rhythm is everything.
Fr. Bob, the Dominican (that's O. P., not the caribbean),
did the non-verbal parts as a "ba ba, ba ba, ba-ba"
that sounded like bebop scatting.
The more so as they become syncopated and play against the One.

The original post in this thread, from 2012,
has every verse the way I remember learning it,
that you have three lines, where the verbal phrase
is followed by the scatting,
and the fourth line you just holler out that verse's bunch of words
and then you get to gasp for breath between verses.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Baby Shark (Kleiner Hai ) Song
From: keberoxu
Date: 18 Oct 18 - 06:43 PM

Just listened to the YouTube videos linked by Joe Offer in an earlier post on this thread.
For the record, Father Bob had us sing it A WHOLE LOT FASTER ...

now, I sniffed around online and
there is an album, "Après Ski," from 2008 or 2009
which is a European MegaMix greatest hits collection of some kind.
One of them is "Kleiner Hai" and the artist
is identified as "Joy Lilli,"
this is a name that connects to this tune and no other --
nothing else in a Google search.

The record label, according to Amazon which lists the recording, is
BGM Productions.

The Amazon page lists sixteen songs/tracks, a different artist for each.
"Kleiner Hai" is track no. 8.

Here's a sample of others:

Du hast den schönsten Arsch der Welt, feat. Mazz

Schneewalzer - Wir sind die Meister, feat. Die wilden Buben

Schunkel Walzer Medley (Kleine-Kneipe-Mix), feat. Die Inselfeger

Sie liebt den DJ, feat. John Wendlow

Ü 30, feat. Joe Dankel

I guess that gives an idea.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Baby Shark (Kleiner Hai ) Song
From: keberoxu
Date: 18 Oct 18 - 07:10 PM

Believe it or not, the BBC has a four-and-a-half minute video report
on how Kleiner Hai / Baby Shark went from
Germany to Korea and
is now taking over the world.
I'll see if I can make a link.

Baby Shark


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Subject: RE: Origins: Baby Shark (Kleiner Hai ) Song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Oct 18 - 07:54 PM

This is fun, keberoxu. I love the BBC Videso - but I like the German version best.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Origins: Baby Shark (Kleiner Hai ) Song
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 19 Oct 18 - 06:02 PM

As there may be readers who don't bother with even
the blue clicky links to the information on the videos,
here is an explanation
(which will be redundant to the rest of you).

Joe Offer's initial post to this thread disclosed that
the "Kleiner Hai" crowdsourcing video hit
had featured artist "Alemuel."

If you click on the BBC's Baby Shark four-and-a-half minute news video,
you will meet a German lady named Alexandra Müller or Mueller.
She is the performer on the German video version of this song.
"Ale-" comes from Alexandra, "-Muel" comes from Mueller.
Thus, Alexandra Müller is/was "Alemuel."

The BBC report is careful to suggest that, although documentation is hard to come by,
the song about the sharks possibly predates "Kleiner Hai" and
may have been around for some time already.
But in what language, one wonders.
Fräulein Müller states that she "learned" the song --
NOT that she wrote it herself.

How, I wonder, would it be possible to trace this further back?

Here's a thought:
When I learned the song with my fellow Catholic parishioners
at our weekend retreat, with the priest from the Dominican Order,
the verses were somewhat different.
Most pointedly,
we did NOT begin with the baby of the species.

So maybe the original (?) version says "Shark" in the title,
but not necessarily "Baby" shark.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Baby Shark (Kleiner Hai ) Song
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Oct 18 - 06:11 PM

In the interest of variations on this song,
I'm going to summarize the lyrics on the version I learned.
Not spell them out, as in earlier posts here;
just supply those few words, per verse, which change each time;
the rest is presumed.

THE VERSION FROM THE CATHOLIC RETREAT

Papa Shark! (four times, with scatting)

Mama Shark!

Baby Shark!

Grandpa Shark!

... I forget !... something about Swimming!

Saw A Shark!

Swimming Faster!

Shark Attack!

Lost My Arm!

Lost My Leg!

Lost My Head!

Now, I'm dead!

Gone To Heaven!

(well, what do you expect, from a Catholic parish ...)


As to the German Kleiner Hai, it actually ends with
Alexandra Müller wagging her pointing finger
at the shark that just finished "fressen", stuffing itself,
and chanting :

Böser Hai! dimm dimm dimmdimm dimmdimm
Böser Hai! dimm dimm dimmdimm dimmdimm
Böser Hai! dimm dimm dimmdimm dimmdimm
Böser Hai!

Which I understand to mean:
Naughty Shark!!
Naughty, Naughty Shark!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Baby Shark (Kleiner Hai ) Song
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Oct 18 - 06:39 PM

This version has been copied from an online forum at the website
for the American Camp Association. that's acacamps dot org.

This entry is dated January 2004, and the poster to the forum
was a camper from the Northeast coastal USA.

The post follows a couple of "baby shark" entries on one thread, saying:
"LOL ... my camp's 'baby shark' is really violent compared to yours.
The girls [at camp] love this song.
It was introduced summer of 2000
and it has been sung non-stop since!" endquote

You have been warned, Mudcatters.
This too will be a SUMMARY without spelling out all the repetitions.

The East Coast USA Girls' Camp Version

There was a boy (four repetitions)

and a girl

they went for a walk

they took off their clothes

they went for a swim

and all was quiet

and all was still

except for the SHARKS!

the daddy sharks

the mommy sharks

the baby sharks

the granny sharks

and all was quiet

and all was still

They took off an arm

the other arm

and then a leg

the other leg

and then the head:

the water was RED!

and all was quiet

and all was still

EXCEPT FOR THE SHARKS!


No, the post from which I copied this version
does NOT supply the non-verbal body language,
which would be interesting, I presume, on some verses ...


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Subject: RE: Origins: Baby Shark (Kleiner Hai ) Song
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Oct 18 - 07:04 PM

And here is a video of a quartet of young men,
presumably camp counselors, performing the Baby Shark song
complete with the motions.
They sing it as fast as Fr. Bob the Dominican friar.

Camp Counselors "Baby Shark"


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