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Pigs singing the Happy Wanderer

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Bill Bubble Guy, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    Yes I did and thank you for correcting my mis-wording, heh!
  2. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    You're most welcome.
  3. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    Must bump it up because :D
  4. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    Because there is a bump in the middle of the road.
  5. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    There's only one thing I can say in response to that of course.

    Watch your step.:D;):p
  6. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member


    The sketch has been posted on youtube a second time.

    This one is slightly longer so we see more of the beginning, but I was really hoping to see exactly what it looks like with none of the piggies in sight at all to begin with. :(

    Looks like I'll have to wait until season 4 is released. But can you verify something for me Caroline please?

    It looks like the beginning has been edited a little. Doesn't the sketch commence immediately after Miss Piggy's rendition of Trees? And is there that shot of the Muppet audience inserted in between the two sketches? :confused:
  7. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    Interesting observation Marty. Thanks you for posting and for bringing it up!
  8. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    You're very welcome William.

    I hope Caroline is able to reply to my question soon.
  9. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    And in the meantime. Wow. We're now over 2080 posts! :excited: :super: :cool:
  10. Skye

    Skye Well-Known Member

    You know, Marty, I am really sorry... it looks like my memory failed me (losing my mind already, lol! ;)). I know we talked about this in here a long time ago, but watching the episode again, I realized that I was wrong... we do not see the mountain piggy-less at the beginning. For some really strange reason, I must have mistakenly remembered them not being on the mountain at all when the sketch began. I don't know why I thought that. I really should have checked for that a long time ago! I'm sorry for that mistake of mine. :o

    But yes, there is actually that shot of the audience in between Miss Piggy's song and our happy wandering piggies. After all, ya gotta show the audience being excited, especially because of the sketch that's coming up! :D

    Oh, and yay for our 2083rd post!
  11. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    Oh, so you and I were both wrong in our memories Caroline? Because I could've sworn the mountain was bare briefly before the pigs appeared from my vague childhood recollections. So this means that the sketch is complete in this new youtube posting.

    I sure wish they had done it the way we had both imagined though. Wouldn't it have been really interesting to have seen what they would have looked like appearing from the bottom of the screen one-by-one as they slowly climbed upwards?
    Surely the Muppeteers could have been able to handle it perfectly well and it certainly would not have dragged the sketch out too long in any way whatsoever.

    Don't you agree with me Caroline? :D
  12. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    Incidentally I've also noticed Piggy's Trees song on youtube. I thought when she karate chopped the tree it fell over. Again my childhood memories were mistaken. It's slightly surprising to me that it doesn't happen that way though. That would be a perfect visual gag to accompany Piggy's line "Excuse me while I, ah, chop some wood." :D

  13. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    Yeah! that's a very funny number, Marty!:D
  14. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    It sure is William.

    quote "You know what a tree would call you? A pine in the neck" LOL :D
  15. Yva Minstrel

    Yva Minstrel Well-Known Member

    I do remember the 'Happy Wanderer' song. My husband said that that melody had German words to it, which reminded me very much of Germany or Austria because of the landscape they used. But, yes, I do remember that song and thought it was very clever.

    Oh and if you have a code free DVD player, you can get a Netherlands released copy of the episode in question. There's a white colored set with 2 DVDs available here. Unfortunately the Ebay link I found only ships to Germany, so it might be a good idea to look around Ebay and see if there is someone who offers it.

    Good luck. The John Denver episode is one of my favorites.
  16. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    Hello Yva Minstrel. Welcome to our crazy piggy thread. Delighted to meet you. :)

    And you're right. I do believe the song was written originally by a German person or persons and the English version came later. It was such a clever sketch indeed. Would be cool to hear the German translation of it. :D
  17. Yva Minstrel

    Yva Minstrel Well-Known Member

    I will have to see if I can find a German version of that song here. Since the DVDs I have are done with Dutch undertitles, it would be rather hard to find it with a German voice over. But, I can see if I can find the lyrics of that song somewhere. My father-in-law is big into German 'Volksmusik' (that's an area of folk music in the German language), so he may be a good person to start with. I'll definitely keep you posted on that though.

    I'm sure he's going to laugh at me...yes, I'm looking for a song sung by a bunch of pigs. ;) hehehe.
  18. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    That sounds cool Yva. Don't forget we need to know the German for "Watch your step" also. LOL :D

    When you say Dutch undertitles does that mean your DVD is in the Dutch language? That'd be great also. :excited: Would you be able to somehow share a clip of the sketch in Dutch? I'm sure we'd all enjoy it. :cool:
  19. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    I've always loved the Muppets corny side! :D

    Ooh! Would love to here the sketch in a different language!
  20. Yva Minstrel

    Yva Minstrel Well-Known Member

    I would say 'watch your step' could be rendered as 'pass auf wo du hingehst.' German is a wordy language.

    No, it's in English with the Dutch undertitles, which can be shut on or off, but no Dutch soundtrack.

    Here is the Happy Wanderer in both English and German:

    The Happy Wanderer

    I love to go a-wandering
    Along the mountain track
    And as I go, I love to sing,
    My knapsack on my back.

    Falleri, Fallera,
    Falleri, Fallera ha ha ha ha ha
    Falleri, Fallera,
    My knapsack on my back.

    I love to wander by the stream
    That dances in the sun,
    So joyously it calls to me,
    Come join my happy song.

    Falleri, Fallera . . . .

    I wave my hat to all I see,
    And they wave back to me
    And blackbirds all so loud and sweet
    From every greenwood tree.

    Falleri, Fallera . . . .

    O may I go a-wandering
    Until the day I die,
    O may I always laugh and sing
    Beneath God's clear blue sky.

    Falleri, Fallera . . . .

    In German
    Mein Vater war ein Wandersmann

    Mein Vater war ein Wandersmann,
    Und mir steckt's auch im Blut;
    Drum wandr' ich flott, so lang ich kann,
    Und schwenke meinen Hut.

    Refrain 1:
    Faleri, falera, faleri,
    Falera ha ha ha ha ha ha
    Faleri, falera,
    Und schwenke meinen Hut.

    Refrain 2&3:
    |: Hei-di, hei-da, hei-di, hei-da!
    Und schwenke meinen Hut. :|

    Das Wandern schaffet frische Lust,
    Erhält das Herz gesund;
    Frei atmet draußen meine Brust,
    Froh singet stets mein Mund:

    Warum singt Dir das Vögelein
    So freudevoll sein Lied?
    Weil's nimmer hockt, landaus, landein
    Durch and're Fluren zieht.

    Was murmelt's Bächlein dort und rauscht,
    So lustig hin durch's Rohr,
    Weil's frei sich regt, mit Wonne lauscht
    Ihm dein empfänglich Ohr.

    D'rum trag ich Ränzlein und den Stab
    Weit in die Welt hinein,
    Und werde bis an's kühle Grab
    Ein Wanderbursche sein!

    As with any language the lyrics are a bit different because of things being lost in translation, but the English version looks like the version that the pigs sang in that episode.

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