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INGLESE 2 [Frankie Mary NicAonghais]
THE STAKE

Grandpa Siset spoke with me
Early in the morning, in the frontdoor
While we were wainting for the sun
And we saw passing the cars

Siset, don't you see the stake
Where we all are tied?
If we cannot undo it
we won't be able to walk!

If we all pull it, it will fall
And it can't last much time,
Surely it falls, falls, falls,
It must be worm-eaten by now.

If i pull hard towards here,
And you pull it towards there,
I'm sure it falls, falls, falls,
And we'll be able to be free!

But it's been a long time, now!
My hands are peeling!
And when my force goes
It's wider and bigger.

Yes I know it's rotten,
but you know, Siset, it's so heavy,
Sometimes force forgets me.
Say me again your singing:

If we all pull it, it will fall
And it can't last much time,
Surely it falls, falls, falls,
It must be worm-eaten by now.

If i pull hard towards here,
And you pull it towards there,
I'm sure it falls, falls, falls,
And we'll be able to be free!

Grandpa Siset doesn't speak anymore
A Bad wind took him away
Who knows where, he,
And me, here under the door

And when new boys pass by
I strech my neck to sing
Siset's last singing
The last thing he taught me.

If we all pull it, it will fall
And it can't last much time,
Surely it falls, falls, falls,
It must be worm-eaten by now.

If i pull hard towards here,
And you pull it towards there,
I'm sure it falls, falls, falls,
And we'll be able to be free!
THE STAKE [1]

My old friend and I stood talking
Waiting for day to break,
Before the light of morning
I asked him about the stake.

This stake that we are tied to
Tied here tightest can be,
If we cannot escape from it
We can never walk free.

My friend said: "Together, that is how.
Working together we'll succeed.
The stake will fall down, fall down, fall down
That is how we will walk free.

If you will pull the stake like this
And then I'll pull it back like that,
The stake will fall down, fall down, fall down
It's rotten to the very heart."

But we've been trying for so long,
My hands are so very sore,
Sometimes my strength just leaves me,
And I can't try anymore.

I know that the stake is rotten,
It's rotten to the core,
But still it seems so big and strong,
How can I go on anymore?

My friend said: "Together, that is how.
Working together we'll succeed.
The stake will fall down, fall down, fall down
That is how we will walk free.

If you will pull the stake like this,
And then I'll pull it back like that,
The stake will fall down, fall down, fall down
It's rotten to the very heart."

My old friend is gone now,
I've been through some hard times.
But I will always keep going,
His words always in my mind.

And though my friend is gone now,
You, friends, are here instead,
And we're all working together
Remembering all that he said:

“We all pull together, that is how,
Working together we'll succeed.
The stake will fall down, fall down, fall down
That is how we will walk free.

If you will pull the stake like this,
And then I'll pull it back like that,
The stake will fall down, fall down, fall down
It's rotten to the very heart.

The stake will fall down, fall down, fall down
That is how we will walk free.”
[1] Da ricordare che il termine stake in inglese viene correntemente adoperato anche per il "rogo". To be tied to the stake = "Essere messo al rogo".


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