(German) Grün Grün Grün

(Green Green Green)

Grün Grün Grün

German Text
Grün, grün, grün sind alle meine Kleider,
Grün, grün, grün ist alles, was ich hab.
Darum lieb ich alles was so grün ist,
Weil mein Schatz ein Jäger, Jäger ist.
Darum lieb ich alles was so grün ist,
Weil mein Schatz ein Jäger, Jäger ist.
Literal English
Green, green, green, are all my clothes,
Green, green, green is everything I have.
So I love everything that’s green,
While my darling is a hunter, hunter.
So I love everything that’s green,
While my darling is a hunter, hunter.
Singable version:
Green, green, green is the color of my clothing,
Green, green green is everything I have.
I wear green, the color can’t be seen,
I wear green since my love’s a hunter.
I wear green, the color can’t be seen,
I wear green since my love’s a hunter.
Weiß, weiß, weiß sind alle meine Kleider,
Weiß, weiß, weiß ist alles was ich hab.
Darum lieb ich alles, was so weiß ist,
Weil mein Schatz ein Bäcker, Bäcker ist.
Darum lieb ich alles, was so weiß ist,
Weil mein Schatz ein Bäcker, Bäcker ist.
White, white, white, are all my clothes,
White, white, white is everything I have.
So I love everything that’s white,
While my darling is a hunter, hunter.
So I love everything that’s white,
While my darling is a baker, baker.
White, white, white is the color of my clothing,
White, white white is everything I have.
I wear white, shining and bright,
I wear white since my love’s a baker.
I wear white, shining and bright,
I wear white since my love’s a baker.
Schwarz, schwarz, schwarz sind alle meine Kleider,
Schwarz, schwarz, schwarz ist alles, was ich hab.
Darum lieb ich alles, was so schwarz ist,
Weil mein Schatz ein Schornsteinfeger ist.
Darum lieb ich alles, was so schwarz ist,
Weil mein Schatz ein Schornsteinfeger ist.
Black, black, black, are all my clothes,
Black, black, black is everything I have.
So I love everything that’s black,
While my darling is a chimney sweeper, chimney sweeper.
So I love everything that’s black,
While my darling is a chimney sweeper, chimney sweeper.
Black, black, black is the color of my clothing,
Black, black black is everything I have.
I wear black, both front and back,
I wear black since my love’s a sweeper.
I wear black, both front and back,
I wear black since my love’s a sweeper.
Blau, blau, blau sind alle meine Kleider,
Blau, blau, blau ist alles, was ich hab.
Darum lieb ich alles, was so blau ist,
Weil mein Schatz ein Seemann, Seemann ist.
Darum lieb ich alles, was so blau ist,
Weil mein Schatz ein Seemann, Seemann ist.
Blue, blue, blue, are all my clothes,
Blue, blue, blue is everything I have.
So I love everything that’s blue,
While my darling is a sailor, sailor.
So I love everything that’s blue,
While my darling is a sailor, sailor.
Blue, blue, blue is the color of my clothing,
Blue, blue, blue is everything I have.
I wear blue, sea water blue,
I wear blue since my love’s a sailor.
I wear blue, sea water blue,
I wear blue since my love’s a sailor.
Bunt, bunt, bunt sind alle meine Kleider,
Bunt, bunt, bunt ist alles, was ich hab.
Darum lieb ich alles, was so bunt ist,
Weil mein Schatz ein Maler, Maler ist.
Darum lieb ich alles, was so bunt ist,
Weil mein Schatz ein Maler, Maler ist.
Many-colored, colored, colored, are all my clothes,
Many-colored, colored, colored is everything I have.
So I love everything that’s colored,
While my darling is a painter, painter.
So I love everything that’s colored,
While my darling is a painter, painter.
Colorful are the colors of my clothing,
Colorful is everything I have.
Brown, yellow, white, dark and light,
I wear colors since my love’s a painter.
Brown, yellow, white, dark and light,
I wear colors since my love’s a painter.

(Click here for a PDF version of the music) * (Click here to hear the song performed by Ross Sutter)

This German folk song is said to have originated in Pomerania. Most Germans know it, and Ross Sutter picked it up from a teacher in Minnesota.

The song shows that the Folk Process lives. Ross Sutter tends to sing this as a fill-in-the-blank song — that is, letting the students he’s working with supply the occupation. One day, singing the song in English, he was singing something like

Brown, brown, brown is the color of my clothing,
Brown, brown brown is everything I have.
I wear brown, up the hill and down,
I wear brown, because I….

And an alert first grader, without missing a beat, produced “work for UPS!”

Source: The German text is as Ross Sutter sings it. Note that the printed melody has to fit both German and English words, and the slurs are somewhat affected by this. I’ve slurred just about anything that is slurred in any verse, English or German.

One thought on “(German) Grün Grün Grün

  1. jami

    my mother was an army brat. Born in italy and raised in germany until she was 12. When I was little she used to sing this song to me in german. It was something i have always remembered. Thank you for posting this.

    Reply

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