Listen to the song, performed by Joost Prinsen
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'All those born in January, rise up'. Even today this song remains a part of the collective Dutch song memory. The original lyrics are less known today.
'Als is ons prinsje nog zoo klein En hoezee - Although our little prince is so young And hooray
Al evenwel zal hij stadhouder zijn En hoezee'. - He will yet be our stadtholder And hooray
This lyric to this 'Orange-song' dates back to the days of the Republic and is not a part of the collection. The oldest Dutch version in the collection dates back to around 1813, when the later king William I returned to the Netherlands. It was set to a French melody.
All in all, over a hundred songs are known with this melody, with lyrics that vary from official royal songs and political satire to sunny, racy or vapid amusement songs.