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WT2054

Spin, spin

Music: Trad. German arr. Jennifer Bell. Words: Trad. German trans. Jennifer Bell
SA, piano
performance time approx 2m 00s
Range S: c' – c'' / A: g (or b♭) – c''
Price code: C
Complexity: *

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In this song (reminiscent of Whistle, daughter, whistle and other such songs), a girl finds excuses not to spin, despite blandishments from her mother – until she is offered the prospect of a husband, at which point she becomes more motivated.

The text of the song appeared in the 1808 edition of Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy’s Magic Horn), a collection of German poems and songs that became well known throughout Germany and was used as a source of lyrics by many 19th and 20th century composers. The tune dates from later (around 1836).

Jennifer Bell's arrangement has a call and response structure with simple harmonies in the tutti sections. . The recording is by the Columbus Women's Chorus, Ohio, directed by Jennifer.

For companion pieces we recommend Needles and pins and Whistle, daughter, whistle.

Words

Oh, spin, spin, my darling daughter; I’ll buy you new shoes.
Oh, yes, yes, my darling mother, with new buckles, too!
But I cannot spin, because I’ve hurt my finger.
Oh dear! I fear no spinning for me.


Oh, spin, spin, my darling daughter; I’ll buy you new hose.
Oh, yes, yes, my darling mother, I’d love some of those!
But I cannot spin, because I’ve hurt my finger.
Oh dear! I fear no spinning for me.

Oh, spin, spin, my darling daughter; I’ll buy you a dress.
Oh, yes, yes, my darling mother! You’re kind to excess.
But I cannot spin, because I’ve hurt my finger.
Oh dear! I fear no spinning for me.

Oh, spin, spin, my darling daughter; I’ll find you a mate!
Oh, yes, yes, my darling mother! Wow, that would be great!
But I cannot spin, because I’ve hurt my fi…..

Oh look! I can spin for my finger is better!
My dear! It’s clear, it’s spinning for me!

Jennifer Bell
Translation of the German song Spinn, spinn meine liebe Tochter

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