A merry Christmas to you all for 2022 – Kennt ihr das Land in deutschen Gauen

One of my favourite posts from 2011. I thought I would share this again at this Christmas time. A Merry Christmas to you all and best wishes for a peaceful 2023. Thank you for supporting the blog during the course of another year. Please keep sending in your contributions and comments; they keep it lively …

I guess that many of us enjoy the chapter in A Time of Gifts when the eighteen year old Paddy spent two nights in Stuttgart with two very pretty nineteen year old German girls, Lise and Annie. It was Epiphany, 6th January 1934, and they went to a party where Paddy had to pretend to be Mr Brown, a family friend. He particularly enjoyed singing a song about the Neckar Valley and Swabia. Paddy could not remember all the words but his stunning memory recalled most of them (page 66).

As we approach that time of year I thought we ought to share this delightful song.

As you play the You Tube video the words are below so that you too can sing along! Let’s hear it now, one two three ….

Kennt ihr das Land in deutschen Gauen,
Das schönste dort am Neckarstrand?
Die grünen Rebenhügel schauen
Ins Tal von hoher Felsenwand.
Es ist das Land, das mich gebar,
Wo meiner Väter Wiege stand,
Drum sing’ ich heut’ und immerdar:
Das schöne Schwaben ist mein Heimatland!

2. Kennt ihr das Land in deutschen Gauen,
Mit Wald und Flur so reich bekränzt,
Wo auf den weiten, reichen Auen
Im Sonnenschein die Ähre glänzt?
Es ist das Land, . . . . .

3. Kennt ihr das Land in deutschen Gauen,
Wo Tann’ und Efeu immer grün,
Wo starke Männer, edle Frauen
In deutscher Kraft und Sitte blühn?
Es ist das Land, . . . . .4. Kennt ihr das Land im deutschen Süden,
So oft bewährt in Kampf und Streit,
Dem zwischen seiner Wälder Frieden
So frisch die deutsche Kraft gedeiht? Ja, wackre Deutsche laßt uns sein!
Drauf reichet euch die deutsche Hand;
Denn Schwabenland ist’s nicht allein:
Das ganze Deutschland ist mein Hei


3 thoughts on “A merry Christmas to you all for 2022 – Kennt ihr das Land in deutschen Gauen

  1. Brigitte Eckert

    Merry Christmas to you, too and thanks indeed for your very appreciated work.
    Do you think Paddy knew Mark Twain’s ‘ ‘Tramp abroad’ who provides an entertaining report about the Neckar region?
    Have a happy new year, kindest regards from Bad Godesberg!

    1. Janet Conley

      I’ve just discovered Fermor, and happened to find your blog right after reading about his visit with the girls in Stuttgart. I was delighted to be able to hear the tune of Kennt Ihr das Land . . . Thank you!


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