Ein Mann der sich Kolumbus nannt…

Ein Mann, der sich Kolumbus nannt,
widewidewitt, bum, bum,
war in der Schiffahrt wohl bekannt,
widewidewitt, bum, bum.
Es drückten ihn die Sorgen schwer,
er suchte neues Land im Meer.
Gloria, Viktoria, widewidewitt, juchheirassa,
Gloria, Viktoria, widewidewitt, bum, bum.

Als er den Morgenkaffee trank,
widewidewitt, bum, bum,
da rief er fröhlich: “Gott sei Dank!”*
Widewidewitt, bum, bum.
Denn schnell kam mit der ersten Tram
Der span’sche König bei ihm an.
Gloria, Viktoria, widewidewitt, juchheirassa,
Gloria, Viktoria, widewidewitt, bum, bum.
*oder: “da sprang er fröhlich von der Bank.”

“Kolumbus”, sprach er “lieber Mann,
widewidewitt, bum, bum,
du hast schon manche Tat getan!
Widewidewitt, bum, bum.
Eins fehlt noch unserer Gloria:
Entdecke mir Amerika!”
Gloria, Viktoria, widewidewitt, juchheirassa,
Gloria, Viktoria, widewidewitt, bum, bum.

Gesagt, getan, ein Mann, ein Wort,
widewidewitt, bum, bum,
am selben Tag fuhr er noch fort.
Widewidewitt, bum, bum.
Und eines Morgens schrie er: “Land!
Wie deucht mir alles so bekannt!”
Gloria, Viktoria, widewidewitt, juchheirassa,
Gloria, Viktoria, widewidewitt, bum, bum.

Das Volk an Land stand stumm und zag,
widewidewitt, bum, bum,
da sagt Kolumbus: “Guten Tag!
Widewidewitt, bum, bum.
Ist hier vielleicht Amerika?”
Da schrien alle Wilden: “Ja!”
Gloria, Viktoria, widewidewitt, juchheirassa,
Gloria, Viktoria, widewidewitt, bum, bum.

Die Wilden waren sehr erschreckt
widewidewitt, bum, bum,
und schrien all: “Wir sind entdeckt!”
Widewidewitt, bum, bum.
Der Häuptling rief ihm “Lieber Mann,
alsdann bist du Kolumbus dann!”
Gloria, Viktoria, widewidewitt, juchheirassa,
Gloria, Viktoria, widewidewitt, bum, bum.

Text: unbekannt, erstmals 1936 erschienen Melodie: um 1800 “Ich bin der Doktor Eisenbart”

I remember as a teenager whilst at St. Joseph’s holiday home in Rathdrum two German students coming to stay with us. It was the first time ever in our entire childhood that we had recalled young people within the confines of the institution taking a genuine interest in us, aside from some of the postulants who had taught us for a short period at Goldenbridge whilst embarking on exams to become fully fledged teachers. One of the students was very tall and thin and wore glasses, and had very bronze skin. The other wore long plaits. We learned that the former had hailed from ( Köln) Cologne. They engaged with us so much, and we simply could not get enough of their attention. I know for sure that they left a lasting impression on us. As I had asked other survivors in recent years if they had remembered them, and they had indeed. Their faces lit up when I mentioned them at the Aislinn Centre. They were also over the moon when I started singing (and playing guitar) word for word one of the songs they had taught us in German. It was our first introduction to the German language. I was able to tell them the meaning of the song, having spent time in Switzerland.

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