Lichputscher, Di (The Candle Snuffer)
DESCRIPTION: German. Cumulative. "Ei du scheene (x3) Lichputscher, Di Lichputscher...." "Oh you pretty (x3) candle snuffer, The candle snuffer. Is this not a back and forth.... Back and forth, and the candle snuffer." "Is this not a short and long?" "A pair of tongs?"
EARLIEST DATE: 1937 (Korson-PennLegends)
KEYWORDS: foreignlanguage cumulative nonballad
FOUND IN: US(MA)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Korson-PennLegends, pp. 80-82, "Di Lichputscher (The Candle Snuffer)" (1 German text plus non-poetic English translation, 1 tune)
cf. "Schnitzelbank" (form)
NOTES: Korson-PennLegends lists this as a version of the much-loved German cumulative song "Schnitzelbank," and this seems to be generally true; the middle of the song (the cumulative list of random items) seems to be the same. But the wrapper about the candle snuffer is perhaps slightly different, so I have (very tentatively) listed them as different songs. - RBW
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