All Things Are Quite Silent

Steeleye Span
Language: English

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[18° secolo?]
Un brano tradizionale, quasi sicuramente di epoca settecentesca, il cui testo compare per la prima volta in una raccolta datata 1904.
Nel primo album degli Steeleye Span, “Hark! The Village Wait” del 1970.
Testo trovato sull’ottimo Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music.

Hark! The Village Wait.

Lamento di una donna il cui marito è stato sequestrato da una “press-gang”, costretto con la forza ad arruolarsi nella Royal Navy… Cose che capitavano tra 600 e 700, quando ogni cosa era consentita in nome di Dio, del re e delle loro guerre… L’odiosa pratica terminò solo dopo la sconfitta di napoleone nel 1814.

All things are quite silent, each mortal at rest,
When me and my love got snug in one nest,
When a bold set of ruffians broke into our cave,
And they forced my dear jewel to plough the salt wave.

I begged hard for my darling as I would for my life.
But they'd not listen to me although a fond wife,
Saying: “The king must have sailors, to the seas he must go,”
And they've left me lamenting in sorrow and woe.

Through green fields and meadows we ofttimes have walked,
And the fond recollections together have talked,
Where the lark and the blackbird so sweetly did sing,
And the lovely thrushes' voices made the valleys to ring.

Now although I'm forsaken, I won't be cast down.
Who knows but my my true love some day may return
And will make me amends for my trouble and strife,
And me and my true love might live happy for life.

Contributed by Bernart Bartleby - 2014/5/19 - 09:46

Nella versione interpretata da Shirley Collins in The Sweet Primeroses (pubblicato nel 1967 da Topic Records, che l'ha riedito in cd nel 1995) si ascoltano alcune varianti al testo. In particolare nel terzo verso della seconda strofa "seas" è sostituito da "wars". Il verso dice quindi così: "Saying: 'The king must have sailors, to the wars he must go'".

Riccardo - 2017/9/22 - 23:00

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