nijlpaard

Leve Het Nijlpaard
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This is what I grew up on :D I still consider the album this is on one of the best children’s music albums ever. This song, ‘Leve het Nijlpaard’ ('Long live the hippo’) is just one of the examples of brilliant songs for kids. I’ll do a quick translation :)

Long Live The Hippo

The sheep bleat, the cocka says 'too’
The people talk, the cari says 'boo’
But our very own hippo doesn’t care about any of that,
He just lies in the mud and doesn’t make a sound.

The monkeys in Artis (Amsterdam zoo) are overreacting,
They screech and scream for a simple banana.
But our smart hippo doesn’t move a muscle,
He yawns every now and then and gets his food.

Long live the hippo!
What a wonderful animal!
He lies in the river
being fat, lazy, and ugly.
You’ll never hear him complain,
The hippo has style:
He lies around every day
With his ass in the Nile.

The hippo doesn’t care about beauty,
The way he looks, that’s just how he is.
He doesn’t wear makeup and doesn’t diet,
He just lies around happily being fat and ugly.

So if you’ve very lazy, with an ugly snout,
What do you care, what does it really matter.
Because, look at the hippo, he is always content,
That jolly fatso doesn’t have any problems.

Long live the hippo!
What a wonderful animal!
He lies in the river
being fat, lazy, and ugly.
You’ll never hear him complain,
The hippo has style:
He lies around every day
With his ass in the Nile.