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A Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Song

"Down Home—Pennsylvania Dutch" (karaoke)

"Down Home—English" (karaoke)

"Down Home" (sheet music)


Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n aldes Haus,

Die Schbarre gucke owwe zum Dach raus.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n alder Gaul,

Er hott en goldner Zach im Maul.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n aldi Kuh,

Die fresst ihre Hoi un nemmt gaar net zu.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n alder Gaul,

Er fresst sei Hawwer un halt sei Maul.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n aldi Fraa,

Die hott so en sclabbicher Unnerrock aa.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n aldi Gans,

Sie hott en langer Hals un gaar ken Schwans.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n alder Gees,

Er bummbt die Meed un wadd gaar net bees.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n alder Hund,

Er wiegt vier hunnert un fuffzich Pund.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem der John guckt raus,

Er laaft deheem rumm mit'm Hemmerschwans haus.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n alder Mann,

Er iss fimf Fuss un sex Zoll lang.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n alder Wagge,

Ich deet'n gaern verkaafe, awwer niemand will'n hawwe.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n alder Gick,

Datt sin mer druff gfaahre Yaahre zerick.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n alder Disch,

Uff yedrem Eck en gebroodner Fisch.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n zottlichi Zott,

Wann ich dich net gheiert hett, waer hett dich gewott?

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n aldi Maad,

Ich hett sie gaern gheiert, awwer "nee" hott sie gsaat.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n aldi Paar Geil,

Datt sin mer als mit gfaahre, awwer sell iss nimmi Schteil.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n alder Schtock,

Datt hengscht du druff dei Mandelrock.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem schteht'n alder Kiwwel,

Datt schtellscht du nei dei Sunndaagsschtiwwel.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n aldi Paar Schuh,

Ya, mei Mammi, die Bendel dezu.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n alder Mann,

Ya, daer hett ich hawwe solle gaar schun lang.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n Schtall voll Gens,

Die sin geroppt bis an die Schwens.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne deheem hemmer'n Schtall voll Kieh,

Die schtehne im Mischt bis an die Gnie.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Datt drunne datt driwwe, datt drowwe, datt draus,

Datt gucke drei Meed zum Schlisselloch raus.

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Un wann mei Aldi mer's widder so macht

Doo nemm ich mei Bundel un geb re Gut Nacht!

Heilie, heiloo, heilie, heiloo,

Bei uns geht's immer yoo soo.

 

Down home we have an old, old shack;

The bats fly out but sneak right back!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home we have an old, old cow;

Two golden horns grow out of her brow!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home we have an old, old bull;

He eats and eats but never gets full!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home we have an old, old ox;

He listens nicely but never talks!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home, I regret it, there lives my old wife;

Such a sloven you've never seen in your life!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home we have an old, old goose;

Her neck's a foot long and her feather's are loose!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home we have an old, old ram;

He bumps the girls but is meek as a lamb!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home we have an old, old hound;

He weighs four hundred and fifty pounds!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home our darling John peeps out

And runs around with his shirttail out!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home there lives an old, old guy;

He's only five feet and six inches high!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home we have an old, old sleigh;

I'd give it to anyone who'd lug it away!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home we have an old wagon tongue;

I used to ride it when I was young!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home we had an old meat platter;

When I broke it there was such a clatter!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home we have a raggedy crone;

If I hadn't married her she'd be alone!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home there lives an old, old maid;

I asked her to marry me but "no" she said!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home we drove oxen for many a mile;

We no longer use 'em for they're out of style!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home there hangs an old dinner bell;

When the wife's got the plates on, she rings it like hell!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home there stands an old wooden bucket,

And it's still there unless someone took it!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home we have a barn full of cows;

They keep a very manury house!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home there stands an old wooden bed;

Than sleep in it with her I'd rather be dead!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home we have an old, old lodger;

My wife still regrets not marrying the codger!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down home we have a pen full of swine;

Compared with my wife, they look divine!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

Down and over and far and near,

At every keyhole my wife has her ear!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!

 

I tell you, if she keeps acting this way,

I'll pack up my bundle and bid her "Good Day"!

High lee, high low, high lee, high low,

How we make out I do not know!


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