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    Posted 10 years ago

    esgilliom
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    I wouldlike to know what it is and what it says,i showed it to a young dutch
    student, and he said it was old German and could only make out a few
    words and that it was a song,anyway if you can help me that would be
    great or refer me to someone.it definitely old and image is very
    interesting. i assume it relates to the 1870 franco-prussian war.

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 years ago
      It's a re-working of a German Folk Song called "Was kommt dort von der Höh?"
      What comes there from on high?
      Probably a German student drinking song (Studentenlied) from 1808.
      The original text can be found here:
      http://cazoo.org/folksongs/wkdvdh.htm

      The topic has changed from "der Fuchsmajor" to "der Luftballon".
      They've also added three young sharp shooters "drei Franctireurs"!

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francs-tireurs
      http://www.gutenberg.org/files/22060/22060-h/22060-h.htm

      All sung to the tune of Folk tune called "Bei Hall" ist eine Mühl', from 1780.

      By the way do remember "99 Luftballons" from 1982?
      "99 Red Balloons"

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/99_Luftballons

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