Marta Kubišová: Tak Dej Se K Nám A Projdem Svět (Supraphon, 1969)

9 May

This song appears on both Marta Kubišová’s Songy a Balady LP and the Golden Kids’ Micro Magic Circus, the only difference being that on the Kubišová LP, the song is presented in stereo, while on the Golden Kids LP it’s featured in mono. Otherwise, it’s exactly the same recording (it also features on the Finders Keepers Records collection B-Music Cross Continental Road Trip compiled by Andy Votel and Dom Thomas). In terms of the version presented here, the gist is generally close to the original, but the final two lines of the chorus are something of a wild guess – pretty much an invention – in search of what may be a more idiomatic construction. I’d love to hear from any Czech speaker who might be able to cast light on the appropriateness or otherwise of this insertion. The song can be heard here, and the Czech lyric is available to read here.

Tak Dej Se K Nám A Projdem Svět (Come with us and travel the world)

(after Otakar Petrina/Zdeněk Rytíř, 1969)

See how people are wandering,
walking these streets with big, vain dreams.
We seemed on the brink of achieving one,
put it aside for just a few days…

So come with us, now, and we’ll travel the world
go seeking traces of its few wise words.
Where will we sleep? God knows.
We’ll be like stray cats curled in dogs’ old beds.

You think the dead desire things,
the sound of darkness, the sun on their skins?
No scientist here can improvise
answers to questions strange as these.

So come with us, and we’ll see the world pass by,
we’ll find the words that make sense of it.
Where will we sleep? God knows.
We’ll be like stray cats curled in dogs’ old beds.

And you’ll know, then, the old masters’ paintings
in their beautiful gold-plated frames,
and you’ll know, then, how you love food and wine,
remember the hopes you lost at home.

So come with us, now, and we’ll travel the world
go hunting answers and truthful words .
Where will we sleep? God knows.
We’ll be like stray cats curled in dogs’ old beds.

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