“Oh Have You Seen That Girl ‘O Mine” American Immigrant Folk Song Lyrics

This is a song that my grandmother Addie used to sing to us when we were little.  My mother recently taught it to my son.  I searched for the lyrics online but I couldn’t find them anywhere.  This is our best guess as to the original song lyrics.  Grandma always sang it using her best fake German-American accent, using a long “a” sound, a “y” sound instead of a “j” sound, and a “d” sound instead of a “Th” sound. For example: “O hov you seen dat girl o mine… her eyes are yust light green…”  We spelled things phonetically (for a fake German accent) as best as we could.  Grandma always began the song normally and then rapidly picked up the pace and quite seldom paused for breath.  By the time she got to the end of the song and was signing the girl’s name you could barely keep up with her.  The grand finale was a dramatic sigh of relief after the last line, “I think that was her name!”.  If anyone has any information about this song including the origin of this song or alternate lyrics, please leave us a comment!

“Oh Hav’ You Seen That Girl ‘O Mine”
Oh hav’ you seen that girl ‘o mine she looks so sweet she’s dressed so fine
She cam’ from Ger’many on the Rhine a couple a’ weeks ago
She crossed the salty waters
She came over to Ameri-key
She left her native’ Germany because she loves me so
Her eyes are ‘yust light green, she’s the prettiest girl I’ve seen
I love her ‘yust like blazes and I think she loves me too
If you will pay attention, I’ll tell you my intention
I’ll tell you my intention to stick to her like glue
She’s got a funny name though I guess she’s not to blame
She got it from her daddy ‘yust the same
Her name is:
Kath-a-leen a-Valderbean a-Liberstein a-Monaling a-Dinglebine
a-Haunchabaunch,
I think that was her name!

In Loving Memory of
Adeline May (Hemmerly) Bunn
Nov. 24, 1915 – Sept. 7, 2002
& Emerson “Ray” Bunn
Jan. 15, 1912 – Feb. 7, 2002

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