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Ich Bin der Doktor Eisenbarth

German University Song

Johann Andreas Eisenbarth (sometimes spelled Eisenbart) was a travelling surgeon of the 17th and 18th century in Bavaria. During his life he invented various medical instruments and was praised for his skills, even attracting the attention of royalty. Doctors of that era had no access to anesthesia, meaning that even successful medical work could be quite painful. Decades after his death the light hearted song "Ich bin der Doktor Eisenbarth" was composed by students to jovially laugh at his work as well as the doctors' profession in general. This satirical song has led some to wrongly believe that Dr. Eisenbarth was a quack.

Ich bin de Doktor Eisenbarth was composed by German students more than 70 years after Eisenbarth's death. It became highly popular, spreading Dr. Eisenbarth's name throughout the world.



German Lyrics:

Ich bin der Doktor Eisenbarth,
Zwilliwilliwick, bumbum
Kurier' die Leut' nach meiner Art,
Zwilliwilliwick, bumbum.
Kann machen daß die Blinden geh'n,
Zwilliwilliwick, juchheirassa
Und daß die Lahmen wieder seh'n,
Zwilliwilliwick, bumbum.

Lapuria, lapuria,
Zwilliwilliwick, jucheirassa,
Lapuria, lapuria,
Zwilliwilliwick, bumbum.

Des Küsters Sohn in Dudeldum,
Zwilliwilliwick, bumbum.
Dem gab ich zehn Pfund Opium,
Zwilliwilliwick, bumbum.
Drauf schlief er Jahre, Tag und Nacht,
Zwilliwilliwick, jucheirassa
Und ist bis jetzt noch nicht erwacht.
Zwilliwilliwick, bumbum.

Lapuria, lapuria,
Zwilliwilliwick, jucheirassa,
Lapuria, lapuria,,
Zwilliwilliwick, bumbum.

Zu Prag da nahm ich einem Weib,
Zwilliwilliwick, bumbum.
Zehn Fuder Steine aus dem Leib,
Zwilliwilliwick, bumbum.
Der letzte war ihr Leichenstein,
Zwilliwilliwick, jucheirassa.
Sie wird wohl jetzt kurieret sein.
Zwilliwilliwick, bumbum.

Lapuria, lapuria,
Zwilliwilliwick, jucheirassa,
Lapuria, lapuria,
Zwilliwilliwick, bumbum.

Mein allergrößtes Meisterstück,
Zwilliwilliwick, bumbum.
Das macht' ich einst zu Osnabrück:
Zwilliwilliwick, bumbum.
Podagrisch war ein alter Knab,
Zwilliwilliwick, jucheirassa.
Ich schnitt ihm beide Beine ab.
Zwilliwilliwick, bumbum.
English translation:

I am Dr. Eisenbarth,
Tvilli villi vick boom, boom.
I'll cure your ills with healing art,
Tvilli villi vick boom, boom.
I can make the dumb to walk,
Tvilli villi vick, you-kai-rassa.
The lame to see, the blind to talk,
Tvilli villi vick boom, boom.

Lapuria, lapuria,
Tvilli villi vick, you-kai-rassa.
Lapuria, lapuria,
Tvilli villi vick boom, boom.

To the sexton's son at Dideldum
Tvilli villi vick boom, boom.
I gave ten pounds of opium.
Tvilli villi vick boom, boom.
He fell asleep; years passed away,
Tvilli villi vick, you-kai-rassa.
And still he sleeps until this day.
Tvilli villi vick boom, boom.

Lapuria, lapuria,
Tvilli villi vick, you-kai-rassa.
Lapuria, lapuria,
Tvilli villi vick boom, boom.

In Prague, once I treat a wife
Tvilli villi vick boom, boom.
And took from her kidney many stones.
Tvilli villi vick boom, boom.
The last one was her gravestone,
Tvilli villi vick, you-kai-rassa.
She probably is cured now.
Tvilli villi vick boom, boom.

Lapuria, lapuria,
Tvilli villi vick, you-kai-rassa.
Lapuria, lapuria,
Tvilli villi vick boom, boom.

But, my greatest masterpiece,
Tvilli villi vick boom, boom.
I delivered in Osnabrueck.
Tvilli villi vick boom, boom.
An old guy had gout,
Tvilli villi vick, you-kai-rassa.
I cut off both his legs.
Tvilli villi vick boom, boom.


Ich Bin der Doktor Eisenbarth
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