Kuckuck, Kuckuck, i-a, i-a! Kuckuck, Kuckuck, i-a! The cuckoo and the donkey, They had a fight: Which one would sing the sweetest, Which one would sing the sweetest, When lovely May arrived, When lovely May arrived. But I can do it better!
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Ich aber kann es besser! Fiel gleich der Esel ein, Fiel gleich der Esel ein. Kuckuck, Kuckuck, i-a, i-a! The cuckoo and the donkey, Had an argument: Who will sing the best, Who will sing the best For beautiful Maytime, For beautiful Maytime. The cuckoo said, "I can! But I can do better!
Thought the donkey straight away, Thought the donkey straight away. It sounded so beautiful and lovely, So beautiful from far and near; They sang all together, They sang all together: Cuckoo, cuckoo, hee-haw! Cuckoo, cuckoo, hee-haw, hee-haw! Favorite German songs, traditions, and recipes. Help keep Mama Lisa's World online! Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself in your heart - Kid Songs Around The World is a wonderful way to help them experience other languages and cultures.
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Der Kuckuck und der Esel (English translation)
Der Kuckuck und der Esel en. The cuckoo and the donkey is a known and very old German children's song from the early 19th century. The song is about a singing contest between a cuckoo and a donkey. The song is about a cuckoo and a donkey, who both argue about their singing talents.
Der Kuckuck und der Esel