Song: Ich geh’ mit meiner Laterne

Learn to sing a traditional St. Martin’s Day song!

As part of St. Martin’s day celebrations, children go from door to door singing songs. One popular song is called ‘Ich geh’ mit meiner Laterne’.

Ich geh’ mit meiner Laterne
Und meine Laterne mit mir.
Dort oben leuchten die Sterne,
Hier unten, da leuchten wir.
Mein Licht ist aus,
Wir geh’n nach Haus,
Rabimmel, rabammel, rabum.

English translation

I’m going with my lantern
And my lantern goes with me.
Up above the stars are glowing,
And glowing, too, are we.
My light is out,
We’re going home,
Rabimmel, rabammel, rabum.

You can find the sheet music to sing along here.

If you enjoyed learning Ich geh’ mit meiner Laterne, why not learn Laterne, Laterne, another traditional St. Martin’s day song?

voyage kids singers

Listen to voyage kids singers from primary schools throughout the UK singing Ich gehe mit meiner Laterne.

voyage kids singers – King’s Pre-Preparatory School, Rochester

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voyage kids singers – Malmesbury Primary School, Morden, London

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voyage kids singers – Vicarage Park Primary School, Kendal

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For teachers

Why not record your pupils singing one of the Laterne songs in German?

Or show us how your school is celebrating St. Martin’s day this year. Whether you’re making lanterns or drawing or reading the story, we’d love to hear about it and showcase this on our website!

Just send us your pictures, recordings (as an MP3 file) or tell us your stories, by emailing – Don’t forget to tell us your name, the name and address of your school, and what class your pupils are from.

Words Ahoy! · Wörter Ahoi!

Deutsch English
die Laterne lantern
gehen to walk / go
die Sterne stars
leuchten to glow
das Licht light
das Haus house / home
Rabimmel, rabammel, rabum Rabimmel, rabammel, rabum (it means the same thing in English!