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Schnappi is a popular song in Europe, sung by a four year old German girl, Joy Gruttmann. The song held the #1 spot on the German charts for 10 weeks, beating 50 Cent and Robbie Williams. The song is about a Crocodile, Schnappi, and his tendency to bite things. Written by Iris Gruttmann and Rosita Blissenbach, it was originally posted on the internet three years ago as a family joke, which was eventually stumbled upon by a German radio station. The song quickly became #1 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden; it even reached the top 10 in Australia and New Zealand. With the success of Schnappi, many parodies and remakes were created as well. There is a heavy metal version of Schnappi, as well as a techno remix that they actually play in discotheques. There is also a parody of Schnappi which pokes fun at the German prime minister, Gerhard Schröder.

A music video was also made of the song, which is available for download at the Schnappi website.



Lyrics:

Schnappi, das kleine Krokodil

Ich bin Schnappi, das kleine Krokodil.
Komm aus Ägypten, das liegt direkt am Nil.
Zuerst lag ich in einem Ei,
dann schni-,schna-,schnappte ich mich frei.

Chorus:
Schni Schna Schnappi
Schnappi Schnappi Schnapp
Schni Schna Schnappi
Schnappi Schnappi Schnapp

Ich bin Schnappi, das kleine Krokodil,
hab scharfe Zähne, und davon ganz schön viel.
Ich schnapp mir was ich schnappen kann,
ja ich schnapp zu, weil ich das so gut kann.

(Chorus)

Ich bin Schnappi, das kleine Krokodil,
ich schnappe gern, das ist mein Lieblingsspiel.
Ich schleich mich an die Mama ran,
und zeig ihr wie ich schnappen kann

(Chorus)

Ich bin Schnappi, das kleine Krokodil,
und vom Schnappen, da krieg ich nicht zu viel.
Ich beiß dem Papi kurz ins Bein,
und dann, dann schlaf ich einfach ein.

Schni Schna Schnappi
Schnappi Schnappi Schnapp (schnapp!)
Schni Schna Schnappi (ja!)
Schnappi Schnappi Schnapp (schnapp!)
Schni Schna Schnappi (mhmm!)
Schnappi Schnappi Schnapp (ja!)
Schni Schna Schnappi
Schnappi (hmm) Schnappi Schnapp



Here is a rough translation of the lyrics (mind you, my German skills are pretty rusty, and as far as I know there is no official translation):

Schnappi, the Little Crocodile

I am Schnappi, the little crocodile.
I come from Egypt, which lies on the Nile.
First, I lay in an egg,
then I snap snap snapped myself free.

Chorus:
Schni Schna Schnappi
Schnappi Schnappi Schnapp
Schni Schna Schnappi
Schnappi Schnappi Schnapp

I am Schnappi, the little crocodile,
have sharp teeth, and lots of 'em.*
I snap what I can snap,
yes I snap, because I can do it so well.

(Chorus)

I am Schnappi, the little crocodile,
I like to snap, that is my favourite game.
I slink to my Mama,
and show her how I can snap.

(Chorus)

I am Schnappi, the little crocodile,
and from snapping, I do not get too much.
I bite my Papa in the leg,
and then I simply sleep.

Schni Schna Schnappi
Schnappi Schnappi Schnapp (snap!)
Schni Schna Schnappi (yes!)
Schnappi Schnappi Schnapp (snap!)
Schni Schna Schnappi (mhmm!)
Schnappi Schnappi Schnapp (yes!)
Schni Schna Schnappi
Schnappi (hmm) Schnappi Schnapp



There you have it, folks. I strongly recommend downloading this song, as it is extremely effing cute.


*Thanks to WaldemarExkul for the translation of this line.

Note: "Schnappen" (schni, schna, schnappen, etc) doesn't translate very well, but it means something along the lines of "bite" or "nibble".

Sources:
http://www.schnappi.tv
http://www.schnappi-crocodile.co.uk
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schnappi

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