Het dorp (English: The Village)  is a song of Wim Sonneveld. It was released as a single three times, the last time in May 1974, shortly after the death of the comedian.


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The text is written in 1965 by Friso Wiegersma (under the pseudonym Hugo Verhage), the partner of Sonneveld, on the music of Jean Ferrat La montagne 's. Sailor sings emotional about "his village" at the reunion of the progress by the battered Deurne.

The famous line from the song, and along the garden path of my father, refers to the path next to the childhood home of Wakefield, the present-day municipal museumThe Wieger to the old Liesselseweg in Deurne. This path was given on 14 October 2008 the official name The garden path of my father. The unveiling of the street sign took place by Wiegersma's husband Hans van der Woude, Wiegersma's youngest brother Sjoerd Wakefield and Nicole LakshmananDeurnese Alderman . [1]


A nostalgic song that so strongly feel "it used to be better" brings into words on an appealing melody urged other artists to their own version of it. Translated as Katinka Polderman and Laurens Joensen it in 2012 in the Zeeland as "our durp" and brought there in 2013 in the Friedrich Hlawatsch album Niederlieder a German version ("Das Dorf") of it.


The single did not come higher than the 27th position in the Top 40, but grew into one of the most popular Dutch songs and has been covered by, among others, Karin Bloemen,[2Rob de Nijs, the Flying Panthers,[3]André van Duin,[4Frans Bauer,[5Willem Nijholt[6and M in looking for Evita. [7Guus Meeuwis came up with this song in the final at The Amstel's friends singing Crown jewels. The first brought the number on May 29, 1999 on the market and in that version holds the 86th position in the Mega Top 100. In the Radio 2 Top 2000 state until 2007 at the top fifty peaking at position number 29 in 2006. [8flowers and Vega sang the song as duet during the benefit broadcast for Haiti in January 2010. [9]

Parodies and variations on the song were released by Gerald,[10Gèr Gedoan (the Moor my village)[11and Tacks. [12Gèr Gedoan changed the rule and along the garden path of my father I saw the high trees inand along the garden path of the sisters is well the Angel Walker Avenue, referring to the sister monastery in the Saint Joseph parish and path.

In 2008 the song was on the first place of the Top 100 of the Dutch song, broadcast on Radio 5. [13In October 2009, the listeners of Radio 5 the village from evergreen to best.

Chart Positions[Edit]Edit

"The village" in the Dutch Top 40 - within 18-05-1974
Week 1 2 3 4 5
Number 37 32 33 27 34 from

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

Number (s) with markings

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
The village 36 32 39 38 48 47 44 29 53 42 40 40 57 69 36

Evergreen Top 1000[Edit]Edit

Evergreen Top 1000 "the village"
Year 2009 2010
Number 1 2
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