“My Little German Home Across the Sea”


"How I love to think about the days so full of joy and glee, But they never will come back again to me." The singer recalls home and family in Germany, but now mother and father are dead and he cannot return home. He wishes he could


This piece is probably based on Will S. Hays's "The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane;" it uses the same melody for the verse, although the chorus is missing. "Log Cabin" of course gave us an assortment of other parodies, including "The Little Old Sod Shanty on my Claim." - RBW

Cross references


  • Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers, "I Left My German Home" (No known Columbia release; recorded 1930)
  • Ernest V. Stoneman, "My Little German Home Across the Sea" (Edison 51909, 1927)


  1. Randolph 870, "My Little German Home Across the Sea" (1 text plus a fragment, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 536-538, "My Little German Home Across the Sea" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 870A)
  3. Rorrer, p. 91, "I Left My German Home" (1 text)
  4. Roud #7429
  5. BI, R870


Author: George S. Knight ?
Earliest date: 1915 (Pound); reportedly copyrighted 1877
Found in: US(So)