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Joseph Schmidt - I love you, Holland
Lyrics and music: Willy Schootemeyer
(1937)

Joseph Schmidt - Ik hou van Holland
Tekst en muziek: Willy Schootemeyer
(1937)


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Dutch song Joseph Schmidt - Ik hou van Holland
with lyrics, music, video and English translation songtext


picture garland guirlande symbol of dutch song translated English translation

Holland, with your cows and sheep and meadows
I appreciate you really
With your mills along the stream
Holland, though I visit foreign beaches
Travel through so many countries
You are always in my thoughts

Holland, met je koetjes en je weiden
Ik mag jou zo gaarne lijden
Met je molens aan de vliet
Holland, al trek ik naar vreemde stranden
En doorkruis ik alle landen
Jou vergeten doe ik niet


picture garland guirlande symbol of dutch song translated English translation

I love you, Holland
Country at the Southern Sea
A piece of Holland
I do carry in my heart
Where all the windmills turn around
With their strong force
And all the flower bulbs
They blossom marvellous
I love you, Holland
With your heatherlands and woods
Your yellow sand dunes in a varied row
This earth is very huge
And when I'm far from home
This little Holland
I do value most

Ik hou van Holland
't Landje aan de Zuiderzee
Een stukje Holland
Draag ik in mijn hart steeds mee
Daar waar die molens draaien
In hun forse kracht
En waar de bollen bloeien
In hun schoonste pracht
Ik hou van Holland
Met je bossen en je hei
Jouw blonde duinen in een bonte rij
Op heel deez' grote aard
Al ben ik van huis en haard
Is 't kleine Holland
Mij het meeste waard


picture garland guirlande symbol of dutch song translated English translation

Holland, so much beauty you can offer
I can't think of a location
Where I felt so wonderful
Thinking of your lovely sea and beaches
In my heart I feel connected
Even traveling the world

Holland, wat een schoonheid jij kan schenken
Is geen plekje te bedenken
Waar 'k het ooit zo heerlijk vond
Denk ik aan je mooie zee en stranden
Blijf ik jou mijn hart verpanden
Al ga ik de wereld rond


picture garland guirlande symbol of dutch song translated English translation

I love you, Holland
Country at the Southern Sea
A piece of Holland
I do carry in my heart
Where all the windmills turn around
With their strong force
And all the flower bulbs
They blossom marvellous
I love you, Holland
With your heatherlands and woods
Your yellow sand dunes in a varied row
This earth is very huge
And when I'm far from home
This little Holland
I do value most

Ik hou van Holland
't Landje aan de Zuiderzee
Een stukje Holland
Draag ik in mijn hart steeds mee
Daar waar die molens draaien
In hun forse kracht
En waar de bollen bloeien
In hun schoonste pracht
Ik hou van Holland
Met je bossen en je hei
Jouw blonde duinen in een bonte rij
Op heel deez' grote aard
Al ben ik van huis en haard
Is 't kleine Holland
Mij het meeste waard



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picture garland guirlande symbol of dutch song translated English translation



Joseph Schmidt (1904-1942) was a singer from Austria. He was educated as tenor at the conservatory in Berlin, Germany (in 1925). Because of his enormous talent, the director arranged his education for free. Joseph Schmidt spoke Yiddish (he had jewish parents), German and Rumanian.

In 1929 he sang for the radio for the first time and he was instantly famous. He was employed by Radio Berlin, but refused to perform on stage, because he was shy and ashamed for his appearance (he was very short). He only started to sing in the theatre, when they designed a bridge for him on stage. He was praised in all newspapers. He also started to record albums, especially with opera, operetta and German songs.

Joseph Schmidt made theatrical tours through Europe and America (including New York and San Francisco). In 1937 American newspapers wrote: "We saw two world wonders this year: the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge and the première of Joseph Schmidt". Although they tried to persuade him to stay in the United States, he returned to Europe, because his missed his mother.

joseph schmidt portret zwart wit foto         joseph schmidt postzegel 2004         liedblad ik hou van holland

However in 1938 as a jew he had to flee for the Nazi regime from Austria to the Netherlands and Belgium. After World War II broke out, he could go to Cuba by boat in 1941, but ten days before his departure, all maritime shipping ended. Joseph Schmidt went to friends in France and tried to reach Switserland in 1942. After walking six nights in a row, he reached the neutral country, but was exhausted and sick. He died because of a heart attack in november 1942.

As a tenor he was very beloved in the Netherlands, but nowadays he is only remembered for the Dutch song he recorded: 'I love you, Holland'/'Ik hou van Holland' (1937). He sang it in almost accentless Dutch. The song, a tango, is still famous. It was very successfully covered by child star Heintje in 1970 (link opens youtube), making it again a hit (a bit more uptempo). And the song is used as intro of the hit television show I love you, Holland/Ik hou van Holland (airing since 2008).



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