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From: "Jerome Buza" <>
Subject: Re: [DVHH] The Schnitzelbank Song
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2006 21:10:26 -0700
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I will have to take a picture of the "towel" hanging that my mom gave me.
It has all the items from the Schnitzelbank song on it.

Margaret
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dan Drew" <>
To: "Nancy Fredenberg" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Saturday, September 30, 2006 7:36 PM
Subject: Re: [DVHH] The Schnitzelbank Song


Ist das nicht ein Schnitzelbank? Ja, das ist ein Schnitzelbank!
Schnitzelbank...
O du Schönheit, O du Schönheit, O du Schönheit an der Wand!

Ist das nicht ein Kurz und Lang? Ja, das ist ein Kurz und Lang!
Kurz und Lang... Schnitzelbank...
O du Schönheit, O du Schönheit, O du Schönheit an der Wand!

Ist das nicht ein Kreuz und Qwer? Ja, das ist ein Kreuz und Qwer!
Kreutz und Qwer... Kurz und Lang... Schnitzelbank...
O du Schönheit, O du Schönheit, O du Schönheit an der Wand!

Ist das nicht ein hin und her? Ja, das ist ein hin und her!
Hin und her... Kreuz und Qwer... Kurz und lang... Schnitzelbank...
[always reciting backwards each verse to Schnitzelbank... then:]
O du Schönheit, O du Schönheit, O du Schönheit an der Wand!

and so on... to include lots of verses. Other "items" I recall in the
sequence are:
Schießgewehr
krum und grad
Wagenrad
Fette Sau
Dicke Frau
Langer man
Tannenbaum
Ochsenblass
Grosses Glas
Haufenmist
Schnickelfritz
Hochzeitsring
Gefährliches Ding

The line: "O du schönheit" line is the one I have heard (sometimes)
sung with the EXACT same melody as the final four measures of the
German national anthem. Did your brothers sing it this way?

I could not find "the whole thing" as I remember it on the internet;
but I did locate some web pages that show "variations." I'm sure there
are LOTS of variations... as with all folk music.

http://ingeb.org/Lieder/dasistku.html
http://genevieve-cory.150m.com/music/schnitzelbaum.html
http://genevieve-cory.150m.com/music/schnitzelbank.html

The Schnitzelbank Restaurant in Jasper, Indiana, has all the "objects"
of this song painted on the walls ("an der Wand") of the Restaurant.
[I practiced medicine in that fair city for 20 years.] As most German
students know, this song is traditionally "connected" with a chart
showing pictures of the objects and people being sung about. If it is
important to you, you might contact The Schnitzelbank Restaurant. I'm
sure they will help you all they can... maybe even with such a "chart"
...or at least the text. There is an actual Schnitzelbank in the
restaurant; but I don't know if it is authentic. The city has a VERY
deep and rich German heritage.
The Schnitzelbank Restaurant
393 Third Ave.
Highway 162, South
Jasper, Indiana
47546
Phone: (812) 482-2640
FAX: (812) 482-7687

On Sep 30, 2006, at 6:19 PM, Nancy Fredenberg wrote:

> Dear Dan,
>
> I have been trying to get the words to that song forever -- do you
> have all the words??
>
> My grandmother taught us this song when we were little and I remember
> several verses -- probably all I ever learned. I think this song was
> the start of the few German words we did learn.
>
> My brothers used to call it the "fat pig" song and made up their own
> lyrics!!
>
> Nancy
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Dan Drew
>> To: Mercydorf
>> Cc:
>> Sent: Saturday, September 30, 2006 11:55 AM
>> Subject: Re: [DVHH] What is this Antique Relic?
>>
>> MOST INTERESTING! I believe, in fact, this would be an example of the
>> famous (in song) SCHNITZELBANK. It is certainly a work bench of some
>> type. The two-handled device directly below the "Mü" of "Müller"
>> appears to be a plane... which would be the "central feature" of this
>> contraption.
>>
>> The English translation of SCHNITZELBANK would be SHINGLE-HORSE.
>>
>> It has been my understanding that most of the roofing in the Batschka,
>> Banat, etc. was tile rather than wooden shingles; but, no doubt there
>> were other uses for a planing device. I'm eager to hear what the
>> experts and old-timers have to say about this piece and its use!
>>
>> By the way (if I may be pardoned for digressing about the
>> Schnitzelbank
>> song:) At least in some places and versions of the song, the final
>> four measures are sung exactly like the final four measures of the
>> German National Anthem... a fact not recognized by those who sing it
>> that way. They are always surprised when the connection is pointed
>> out.
>>
>> O, du Schönheit, O du Schönheit, O du Schönheit, an der Wand.
>> Deutschland, Deutschland, über Alles, Über alles in der Welt.
>>
>> Do others find this amazing? Can someone explain?
>>
>> ~Dan
>>
>>
>> On Sep 30, 2006, at 1:27 AM, Mercydorf wrote:
>>
>> > Could someone please tell me what this antique relic is?:
>> >
>> > http://www.dvhh.org/timisquarters/guttenbrunn/images/AGH-13-room.jpg
>> >
>> > As always, thank you. Jody
>> >
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