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Povedz že mi, povedz (1920) H.126

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Nové slovenské písne (New Slovak Songs) (H.126)

Povedz že mi, povedz

Povedz ze mi, povedz
zelený borovec
ci môj milý príde
na vecer od oviec?
Príde on mi príde,
na vranom konícku
uviaze koníka
o nasu jedlicku.
Tá nasa jedlicka,
pekne vyrastená,
ci v lete,ci v zime,
vzdycky je zelená.

Tell me, tell

Tell me, tell,
green wood,
will my lover leave his sheep
and come to me tonight?
Will he come
riding his black horse,
tie it to our young fir.
Our fir is well grown,
be it summer,
be it winter,
it’s always green.

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Bohuslav Jan Martinů  a Czech composer of modern classical music. He lived and worked in Paris from the 1920s  until the 1940s, when he fled France for the US, after being blacklisted by the Nazis for dedicating his 1939 piece, the Field Mass, to Czech resistance fighters.

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