One of the nursery nurses at DS's nursery is german and sings a song with him that he calls Hoppe Heiten (I can't be sure on spelling). It is apparently about riding a horse. I'd ask Gise the words, but she does the middle of the day, so I don't see her very often
DS is not happy that I can't sing it, and I promised I'd try and find the words
I've tried Googling and failed, so any help would be much appreciated
It's frustrating when they know a song that you don't! My ds was singing 'i love you, you love me' and wanted me to join in. i googled it and discovered that it is the rather horrible Barney the Dinosaur song, which was - apparently - used as a form of torture on Iraqi prisoners. I can see why it would work as torture... Good luck with Hoppe Helten'!
Yy, there are additional verses which aren't in my link. Also an optional one along the lines of "Fällt er in das grüne Gras, macht er sich die Hosen nass" (if he falls in the green grass he will wet his pants -- cue much kiddie hysteria.
I'd put money on it being some version of Hoppe Hoppe Reiter, it's probably the best-known Gm children's song.
A bit off topic, but I've just discovered a wonderful website with children's songs from all around the world, called Mama Lisa's World (am not even going to attempt to do a link, but put that in Google and it will definitely come up). My two have just started requesting songs in German and I am ashamed to say that though I did German at university, I could only think of one song to sing them...