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Johnny Jordaan - In our own Jordaan
Lyrics: Henk Voogt / Music: Louis Noiret
(1955)

Johnny Jordaan - Bij ons in de Jordaan
Tekst: Henk Voogt / Muziek: Louis Noiret
(1955)


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Dutch song Johnny Jordaan - Bij ons in de Jordaan
with lyrics, music, video and English translation songtext


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In our own Jordaan
We sing like hela hola hoemladiejee
In our own Jordaan
The boys and girls dance all together mingled up
Hatsjee
In our own Jordaan
Flowers in the windows everywhere
And the humor, typical of Amsterdam, remains
While there's a spoon in our porridge pot

Bij ons in de Jordaan
Zing je van hela hola hoemladiejee
Bij ons in de Jordaan
Zie je de jongens en de meiden dansen gaan
Hatsjee
Bij ons in de Jordaan
Waar de bloemen voor de ramen staan
En de Amsterdamse humor nooit verloren gaat
Zolang de lepel in de brijpot staat


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I lost my heart to Amsterdam, 'cause I am
A good old pal, sincerely and straight from the Jordaan
I have been born here in a little basement
And never in my lifetime I'll leave this neighbourhood

In Amsterdam heb ik mijn hart verloren
Als ouwe toffe jongen, zo recht uit de Jordaan
Daar ben ik in een keldertje geboren
En 'k ga daar heel mijn leven beslist niet meer vandaan


picture garland guirlande symbol of dutch song translated English translation

In our own Jordaan
We sing like hela hola hoemladiejee
In our own Jordaan
The boys and girls dance all together mingled up
Hatsjee
In our own Jordaan
Flowers in the windows everywhere
And the humor, typical of Amsterdam, remains
While there's a spoon in our porridge pot

Bij ons in de Jordaan
Zing je van hela hola hoepladiejee
Bij ons in de Jordaan
Zie je de jongens en de meiden dansen gaan
Hatsjee
Bij ons in de Jordaan
Waar de bloemen voor de ramen staan
En de Amsterdamse humor nooit verloren gaat
Zolang de lepel in de brijpot staat


picture garland guirlande symbol of dutch song translated English translation

We feel such a connection with each other
'Cause when you are in trouble, your worries are too much
As much we can, we all will help each other
All Jordaan folks are like that, they empathize with you

We voelen ons verbonden met elkander
Want zit je in de zorgen of in de ratsmodee
Dan helpt de één zoveel hij kan de ander
Zo zijn de Jordanezen, ze leven met je mee


picture garland guirlande symbol of dutch song translated English translation

In our own Jordaan
We sing like hela hola hoemladiejee
In our own Jordaan
The boys and girls dance all together mingled up
Hatsjee
In our own Jordaan
Flowers in the windows everywhere
And the humor, typical of Amsterdam, remains
While there's a spoon in our porridge pot

Bij ons in de Jordaan
Zing je van hela hola hoepladiejee
Bij ons in de Jordaan
Zie je de jongens en de meiden dansen gaan
Hatsjee
Bij ons in de Jordaan
Waar de bloemen voor de ramen staan
En de Amsterdamse humor nooit verloren gaat
Zolang de lepel in de brijpot staat



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picture garland guirlande symbol of dutch song translated English translation



Johnny Jordaan (1924-1989), stage name of Johannes van Musscher, was a Dutch singer, famous for singing 'life songs' ('levenslied'): songs about the common people and the hardship of life. He was every inch an Amsterdammer, from the district the Jordaan. He sings with a clear Amsterdam accent.

The Jordaan is a quarter (neighbourhood) in Amsterdam, the west side of the inner city (right behind the rich rings of canals). It is known as a real working-class quarter ('volksbuurt') with small alleys and small houses; and popular for it's many café's, shops and markets.

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Before the 1960's the district was very poor. However, it had also the image of solidarity, with big families helping each other. The origin of the name is unknown, probably it refers to the Jordan River in nowadays Israel. After all, Amsterdam had many Jewish inhabitants (the city of Amsterdam was and still is refered to as 'Mokum', the Hebrew word for 'city').

In the 20th century, the neighbourhood the Jordaan had many singers, known for their easy recognizable 'life songs' ('levenslied') about the common people, the hardship of life, and the love for Amsterdam ('Mokum') and the Jordaan. Besides Johnny Jordaan for example: Willy Alberti, Manke Nelis and Tante Leen. They sang lamenting with whines and whimpers, with an Amsterdam accent, often accompanied by accordions.

icon list orange   More translated Dutch songs in the genre 'life songs' ('levenslied') and more with the theme 'songs about Dutch cities'. See also the list of Dutch artists with all their songs on this website.
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