German Songs for Children: "Gruen sind alle meine Kleider"

Filled With Simple Words, This Song is Perfect for Practicing Your German

A chimney sweep, a painter, a hunter, and a baker, they all make an appearance in this fun and easy to learn German song for children. "Grün sind alle meine Kleider" is a classic song and it is perfect for anyone of any age who is trying to learn the German language.

How This Song Can Help You Learn German 

Repetition is key to learning any new language and songs like this are ideal for practicing the basics.

It may be written for kids, but everyone can learn a good deal of German vocabulary with this simple song.

Take a look at the English translation for a minute. Many of the basic colors are included, as are some common occupations. It also repeats words like "clothes" (Kleider) and "love" (liebe) and it gives you an idea of basic sentence structure.

It is also helpful to have a melody when working on your vocabulary. It is one of the many memory tricks that you can use and by the time you learn this song well, you will know that 'Maler' means 'painter' and "mein" translates to "my".

As you progress in your German studies, it's likely that you will think back to this song when you hear words like "grün" (green) and phrases like "ich hab" (I have). Songs simply make studying more fun and, of course, you can learn it with your children.

"Grün sind alle meine Kleider" (All My Clothes Are Green)

Melodie: Traditional
Text: Traditional

"Grün sind alle meine Kleider" is a traditional children's song that originated in Pomerania (Pommern). There are many different versions and, as you can see in this Kinderlieder zum Mitsingen YouTube video, there are verses with different colors as well.

It is a fun, catchy little song that is very easy to learn.

DeutschEnglish Translation
Grün, grün, grün sind alle meine Kleider,
Grün, grün, grün ist alles, was ich hab.
Darum lieb ich alles was so grün ist,
Weil mein Schatz ein Jäger, Jäger ist.
Green, green, green are all my clothes
Green, green, green is all that I have
So I love anything that's green
because my love is a hunter, a hunter.
  
Blau, blau, blau sind alle meine Kleider,
Blau, blau, blau ist alles, was ich hab.
Darum lieb ich alles, was so blau ist,
Weil mein Schatz ein Seemann, Seemann ist.
Blue, blue, blue are all my clothes
Blue, blue, blue is all that I have
So I love anything that's blue
because my love is a sailor, a sailor.
  
Weiß, weiß, weiß sind alle meine Kleider,
Weiß, weiß, weiß ist alles was ich hab.
Darum lieb ich alles, was so weiß ist,
Weil mein Schatz ein Bäcker, Bäcker ist.
White, white, white are all my clothes
White, white, white is all that I have
So I love anything that's white
because my love is a baker, a baker.
  
Schwarz, schwarz, schwarz sind alle meine Kleider,
Schwarz, schwarz, schwarz ist alles, was ich hab.
Darum lieb ich alles, was so  schwarz ist,
Weil mein Schatz ein Schornsteinfeger ist.
Black, black, black are all my clothes
Black, black, black is all that I have
So I love anything that's black
because my love is a chimney sweep.
  
Bunt, bunt, bunt sind alle meine Kleider,
Bunt, bunt, bunt ist alles, was ich hab.
Darum lieb ich alles, was so bunt ist,
Weil mein Schatz ein Maler, Maler ist
Colorful, colorful, colorful are all my clothes
Colorful is all that I have
So I love anything that's colorful
because my love is a painter, a painter.