Højt på en gren en krage / High on a Branch (Sim Sala Bim)

Lyrics - Danish

(Folk song from Denmark)

1. Højt på en gren en krage,
Simsaladim bamba saladu saladim*
højt på en gren en krage sad.

2. Så kom en hæslig jæger,
Simsaladim bamba saladu saladim
så kom en hæslig jæger hen.

3. Han skød den stakkels krage,
Simsaladim bamba saladu saladim
han skød den stakkels krage ned.

4. Nu er den stakkels krage,
Simsaladim bamba saladu saladim
nu er den stakkels krage død.

Translation & Singable English - High on a branch, a crow

1. High on a branch, a crow
Simsaladim bamba saladu saladim*
High on a branch, a crow sat

2. Then came a wicked hunter
Simsaladim bamba saladu saladim
Then came a wicked hunter along

3. He shot that poor old crow
Then came a wicked hunter
He shot that poor old crow down

4. Now see that poor old crow
Then came a wicked hunter
Now see that poor old crow is dead!

*”Simsalabim” is often used to describe magic, like “abracadabra.”

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