My favourite song is a German Cabaret song, Der Nachtwandler (The Night Wanderer) composed by Gustav Falke. It was first recorded by Brettl-Lieder in 1901 and includes voice, flute, trumpet, trombone and drums.
I have been fortunate to enjoy this song since I turned 20. It is a lot of fun to sing and I was fortunate enough to perform it for my 3rd year singing exam at the Conservatorium of Music.
One of the first versus has a very catching lyrics: Meine heftige Henriette wohnt in diesem kleinen Haus
Translation is pretty much: My girlfriend Henriette lives in that small house.
I like this stanza because the lyrics supported by the fun band ensemble create a clear, crisp and sharp melody and when I sing this song the lyrics are very visual.
The song tells a story that unfolds about a cabaret singer who has been out carousing with friends comes upon their lovers house and they are worried about her waking up, so decide to sneak past. The most catching part of the song is the chorus which starts in German as "Scht und hm". Translated into English it is "Shh and hm" (with finger over the lip as if to say, quiet).
Its a wonderful instrumental small band piece, uplifting and fun. If you get a chance to listen to it some time I highly recommend it. You can listen to the original recording online at the Arnold Schoenberg Centre.