Ivo Linna - Suur loterii (English translation)

English translation

Big Lottery

The time won't stop*
All the stars go out.
The old gare*
is not a railway station1
 
I have missed some trains
in my life.
One brought me here
and here I'll stay.
 
I have felt
my heart breaking,
gained wounds
that'll never heal
 
There are things in the night*
that I can't over.
Whole lives
that have become memories.
 
I wake up beside you and I see
that even in your sleep you're holding my hand.
I know that it's an unimaginable blessing.
The great lottery of life
and it's lucky winner is here.
 
Through the park
an avenue still passes.
All my life
I have used that road.
 
I close my eyes
and look back in time.
The sand of life has become a beautiful mandala.
 
You draw you lot
If you're lucky, it's great..
If not, then that is so.
 
I wake up beside you and I see
that even in your sleep you're holding my hand.
I know that it's an unimaginable blessing.
The great lottery of life
and it's lucky winner is here.
 
  • 1. Quite ironic that gare (French) and вокзал (Russian) certainly mean railway stations, huh? Look at author's comments.
Submitted by nykti-eoikuia on Tue, 07/03/2017 - 18:50
Added in reply to request by royaumevision
Author's comments:

The first verse has at least two references to other songs: "Aeg ei peatu" by Apelsin and "Vana vaksal" by Iff himself.
"Vana vaksal ei ole raudteejaam" maybe just means that now that old building is used as something else. Or maybe this reference is just being cocky.
"Öös on asju" sounds cliché. It might be a novel by Mati Unt, or another (newer?) song.

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Suur loterii

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