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Thread #54066   Message #1268404
Posted By: Wilfried Schaum
10-Sep-04 - 05:44 AM
Thread Name: Old German Songs website
Subject: RE: Old German Songs website
The collection is restricted to songs for journeymen only, telling about their craft - mostly bricklayers and carpenters. Till today some of them still follow an old tradition. After ending their apprenticeship (three years) they wander for three years and a day from one master craftsman to the next, working a time there and learning a lot more of their craft from other masters.
You know them by their typical black working suits and broad brimmed hats they seldom take off. Sometimes they enter pubs, knock the floor with their sticks, and with ritual words ask for a handout to continue their journey. This is not begging!
In the collection is included a lot of amorous affairs - naturally, since these journeymen are young and panting for the girls - sometimes a little bit too dirty for adolescent ears to listen.