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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Schnappi das kleine Krokodil

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Gail of Crossing the Rubicon2 for tipping me off to just the thing I needed to get all those Harry Chapin songs out of my head yesterday.  She posted a link to a story about a 4-year-old German girl named Joy Gruttman who wrote and recorded a song called 'Snappy the little crocodile' which was posted to her family's web site.

That right there should have been heartwarming enough to get me to go click over and have a listen.  But it turns out a Cologne radio station discovered the song and started playing it on the air.  This led to people calling in to request the song... several remixes (a dance mix, a beat mix and a pop mix so far), and it is now the #1 song on the German pop charts!

Please, please I have one request:  If it turns out this is something really sinister (like, for instance her parents are drug addicts who sold their little girl to a recording studio in order to pay off their dealer), please don't tell me. My kids were still singing the song when I tucked them into bed last night and I don't want anything to sully that fun.

Click here to listen to her sing the original version, and click here to see the words and to find links to the other versions of the song.  According to a story about the 4-year-old star, 'Schnappi das kleine Krokodil' even edged out the likes of Kylie Minogue and Linkin Park for the top spot on the charts. 

One question I would ask my German readers:  Does she sound as adorable to your ears as she does to mine?  Also, if anyone wants to tell me what (besides a little crocodile, of course) this little angel is singing about, it would make my week.  However, in keeping with my original request, if it turns out she has a real potty mouth in German, I would rather not know what she's saying.... mmkay?

[UPDATE:  Here is a little more information as well as a servicable translation provided by a dear (and patient) friend]

1.  The little girl was 6 when she recorded the song, not 4. 

2.  She didn't write it, her aunt (who is a professional children's song writer) wrote the words and composed the tune.

And now, here is the translation:

I am Schnappi, the little crocodile,
I live in Egypt, right next to the Nile,
first I lived in an egg,
but then shnapped my way free

Schni-schna-schnappi schnappi-schnappi-schnapp

I am Schnappi the little crocodile
have sharp teeth and mighty many of them
I shnap what's there to shnap
I shnap and am good at it


I am Schnappi the little crocodile
I love to shnap, that's my favourite play
I sneak up to mum
and show her how well I shnap


I am Schnappi the little crocodile
I'm never tired of shnapping
I shnap daddy's leg
and then just fall asleep



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I have an 8 month old son who loves this song! The first time he saw the video his eyes lit up and he smiled constantly, never taking his eyes off the screen. Consequently, his parents have it constantly going around and around their heads! Great to see the English translation and know there's no sinister messages sneaking in to his impressionable little brain!

Posted by: Sooz | Apr 11, 2005 5:57:44 AM

You can go to www.schnappitv.de and listen to more of the girls songs.

Posted by: Sash | Apr 12, 2005 12:17:25 AM

blah blah blah

Posted by: renna | Apr 12, 2005 7:56:57 AM

does ne 1 hav da site 2 listen 2 da music?!?!

Posted by: wogger wabbit | Apr 20, 2005 12:13:48 AM

Hey, just thought I'd share an English version of the song that me and a couple of friends made a few months back :>

Posted by: DJ Damien | Apr 20, 2005 1:40:34 AM

Congratulations, Schnappi made it to New Zealand. In fact, for a few weeks it's been on rotation on local music TV channel. The song is great, and I think one of the reasons everyone likes it so much is that people are growing tired of hip-hopping gangsters, brit rock and half-naked pop divas. Go Schnappi!

Posted by: Kiwi | Apr 22, 2005 4:32:15 AM

My friend in Holland just told me about this. It rocks! The video put me off a bit when I saw that though...
From the UK by the way, why isn't it in our charts... Unfair

Posted by: Alexi | Apr 23, 2005 12:16:11 AM

hey this song is being sung every where in new zealand! no one atcually knows wat it means but its so catchy that no one really cares... we just try to guess how to pronounce the words and hummm to the parts that dont really make any sense!!!

Posted by: hollie | Apr 25, 2005 12:12:15 PM

I have just purchased the single for my daughter...in fact it is playing now as I type. They have put 8 different mixes of the song on the CD. SO as u can imagine I have heard this song at least 50 times in the last 2 days. She loves it, I copied the video that comes on the CD to a VCD so she can watch the vid - 2 mixes of it - on our TV. I guess its better than having her listen to Britney or Eminem !!

Posted by: Ringo | Apr 26, 2005 1:09:35 AM

This song is the best.

I live in Australia and it isnt that popular, but my friends think im crazy because i keep singing it NONSTOP!!!

It is beginning to get played everywhere though now

Posted by: Tara | Apr 29, 2005 9:42:21 AM

Now the song made it all way to Sweden..
I go crazy!

Posted by: Andreas | May 6, 2005 4:10:49 PM

schnappi is now at number 3 on the new zealand music charts! made a huge jump this week from being at 32 last week!

Posted by: hailie | May 7, 2005 12:26:00 AM

I must be the only person who has'nt heard the song. My husband heard it & is singing it constantly, it's driving me mad!!!:)

Posted by: Aussie | May 7, 2005 5:46:14 AM

We are having it at our wedding ceremony, Its Brill.

Posted by: Duncan & Jan | May 8, 2005 3:18:34 PM

My 10 month old loves it!

Posted by: a mommy | May 9, 2005 8:56:07 AM

Hehehe I have been listening to this song non stop for the past 20 mins... and still aint sick of it! Its soo damn cute! I havnt really heard it much on the radio here... but it has been on TV from what I've heard.. Yay for Schnappi!

Posted by: New Zealand | May 13, 2005 3:29:26 PM

HAha schnappi is soo great... just love it

Schniii schnaa schnappi!! xD

Posted by: pasen^^ | May 16, 2005 2:50:09 PM

i think it is such a cool song i heard it 1st wen i bought da cd and thanks for all the webbeys p.s i am only in my teens so i am not an adult going mental i am 12 kk thanx all

Posted by: bustedmad93 | May 20, 2005 10:51:52 PM


It's all about Schnappi... in English!

Posted by: Marcel | May 25, 2005 1:14:38 PM

Uhhh this is the right link: http://www.crocodile-schnappi.co.uk

Posted by: Marcel | May 25, 2005 1:16:04 PM

i would like to let you all know that a few weeks ago it topped the charts in little new zealand!!!

hehe its great.. but im rather tired of hearing that its "so cute"...


Posted by: Rose | May 25, 2005 1:43:01 PM

Just a little note...

In the third verse she says the word "speil." The translation program you used correctly translated that to "play," however in the context of the song the word would actually translate to "game," so the line would read "I love to shnap, that's my favourite game." It's one of those weird double meaning words...

Thanks for posting the words though!!

Posted by: Ted | May 26, 2005 3:52:17 PM

I think the reason it's so popular, is that it conjures up a sense of innocent happiness that none of us really remember, but think we had when we were children. And no-one wants to grow up anymore... I know I don't :)

Schni schna schnappi... schnappi-schnappi-schnap!

Posted by: cman_yall | May 30, 2005 11:24:42 AM

schni schna schnappi...schnappi-schnappi-schnap! you rock little girl! we heard you on radio one in england so you must be good! release it and make another song too!

from your biggest fans ever!

Posted by: schni schna schnappi...schnappi-schnappi-schnap! | Jun 5, 2005 1:04:38 AM

You guys have to be the biggest nerds i have ever came across.. You freak me out. .BIG TIME :|

Posted by: Teresa | Jun 30, 2005 9:51:18 AM

Hi, when i first heard this song in a car with a buch of freinds, we thought it was so funny and cute we loved it, and sang along with it. Of course not knowing what it ment. But now i get the gist, its a bit silly cant believe its no.1 in Germany lol, its very kool and catchy.
She has a cute voice. Im going to buy the cd lol because i found it at dick smiths power house yah lol.

german ppl are funny/kool

Posted by: Aussie Ash | Jul 14, 2005 2:42:02 PM

i am TOTAL addicted to Schnappi! it is the cutest,coolest song ever!

Posted by: Bec | Jul 16, 2005 9:28:11 AM

The song got up to number #3 here on the charts in NZ. I find the song cute and everything, but number 3? Very odd.

I do really like it though, but just because I can imagine my 1 year old niece sitting on the floor bobbing to it. Very cute.

Posted by: Gina Manning | Jul 22, 2005 2:05:03 PM

I love it and have just logged onto the net to find the lyrics. Did German 101 30 years ago and it's about the only use it's been put to since!

Posted by: meg | Jul 23, 2005 9:21:00 AM


Posted by: kimmy dejong | Jul 27, 2005 2:30:45 PM

schnappi has come to america!! yeah my brothers girl friend from norway came over raving about it and now im addicted... i want to find the actual television shows... do u guys no where i caould find it?

Posted by: americanLiz | Jul 30, 2005 6:40:57 AM

this is the cutest song ever
the litlle girl is adorable
its always stuck in my head
luv elle

Posted by: elle | Aug 7, 2005 7:40:25 AM

I lurve this song!! thanks so much for doing the translation!

Posted by: Mouse | Aug 16, 2005 7:06:25 AM

Hi all,

I found out today that this song and an album are being released in the U.K in September. I believe that the follow up song is about a Llama. I think they are going to be on Universal records.

Posted by: Dawn | Aug 19, 2005 11:43:36 PM


Posted by: Carly | Aug 20, 2005 12:59:36 PM

hey i´m german and in defense of my country i have to say this: everybody i know think´s it great for kids...but not for the number one spot in the charts!! most people were annoyed, but seeing that a lot of other countries have just as bad a taste in music(topping schnappi in the charts), i´m kind of relieved that we´re not alone in our madness...

Posted by: alison smith | Sep 2, 2005 2:31:46 PM

i jst love little schnappsi

Posted by: mooo | Sep 9, 2005 2:22:52 PM

Our German teacher played this for us one day, and I had to download it. The animation is really good, and the little girl sounds so cute!

Posted by: Sookan | Sep 23, 2005 5:41:04 PM

hey i came on this site so i can get the schnappi lyrics in english so where the hell are they

Posted by: chari | Sep 23, 2005 5:59:10 PM

thanks for contributing to the downfall of music.

Posted by: cynic | Sep 30, 2005 10:11:27 PM

i schnapped u god

Posted by: bobby | Oct 6, 2005 3:02:12 PM

i first saw him on a advert so i got my german brother to find the song on imesh........ schnappie is well cute xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Posted by: ruth | Oct 6, 2005 10:28:59 PM

Schnappi is such a cute song and my dad who's german and his chinese friend got the cd for me!

Posted by: Sibylla | Oct 12, 2005 8:00:37 AM

She is sooo cute and i am 13 i think now that i know the words i think it is cuter.
love kristy and friends tamara alyssa and emily

Posted by: kristy | Oct 16, 2005 2:50:54 AM

what are the english lyrics to ein lama in yokohama

Posted by: Ben Hillas | Nov 15, 2005 5:30:37 AM

what about the new song ayye???????
it is way more wiKid!! just wondering if anyone has the english version and the german version!?? thnx

Posted by: chLOe | Nov 19, 2005 2:56:31 PM

ok. This Schnappi song just invaded our fm stations here in the Solomon Islands, South Pacific. Dont know where that is? It's an island nation in that huge liquid contitent called the Pacific Ocean. The cute little girl's voice is amazingly catchy and annoyingly addictive!

Posted by: Rob | Dec 12, 2005 1:50:30 PM

hey im 18 n i love the schnappui song!! i recently bought the album,i loved it so much!! the english translation is sooo cute!! i love in the film clip where schnappi falls aleep with the fly so gorgeous!!

Posted by: nicole | Jan 20, 2006 4:20:28 AM

Ik hou van schnappi!!!

Ich liebe schnappi!!!

J'aime schnappi!!!

I love schnappi!!!

If you dont like schnappi, you can go to hell and play schnappi shooter at http://addictinggames.com/schnaapishooter.html

Posted by: Andrew and Tams | Feb 6, 2006 6:20:40 PM

i hate this song it is really boring and stupid

Posted by: josh | May 20, 2006 2:56:38 PM

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