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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.
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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