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Ho visto un re (English translation)

  • Artist: Enzo Jannacci
  • Also performed by: Dario Fo
  • Song: Ho visto un re 2 translations
  • Translations: English, French
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I saw a king

"C'mon, c'mon, tell us... Um, well, yes, well..."
 
"I saw a king." "You saw what?"
"I saw a king!" "Um, well, yes, well..."
"A king in the saddle, crying,
he was crying so many tears, so many that
he was soaking the horse!"
"Poor king!" "And poor horse, too!"
"Um, well, yes, well..."
 
"It's the emperor who took away from him
a nice castle..." "My, isn't he mean!"
"... one of 32 he owns."
"Poor king!" "And poor horse, too!"
"Um, well, yes, well..."
 
"I saw a bish..." "You saw what?"
"I saw a bishop!" "Um, well, yes, well..."
"He too, he was crying, he was making such a racket,
he was even biting a hand" "Whose hand?"
"The sacristan's hand!"
"Poor bishop!" "And poor sacristan, too!"
"Um, well, yes, well..."
 
"It's the cardinal who took away from him
an abbey..." "Oh, poor fellow!"
"... one of 32 he owns."
"Poor bishop!" "And poor sacristan, too!"
"Um, well, yes, well..."
 
"I saw a ri..." "You saw what?"
"I saw a rich man! A gentleman" "Um, well, yes, well..."
"The poor thing was weeping on a goblet of wine,
and every drop, every drop was falling..." "Into the wine?"
"Yes, he was watering it!"
"Poor thing!" "And poor wine, too!"
"Um, well, yes, well..."
 
"The bishop, the king, the emperor almost ruined him,
they took away from him three houses and an apartment block
out of 32 he owns."
"Poor thing!" "And poor wine, too!"
"Um, well, yes, well..."
 
"I saw a peasant" "You saw what?"
"A farmer!" "Um, well, yes, well..."
"The bishop, the king, the rich man, the emperor
even the cardinal, they almost ruined him,
they took away from him:
his house, his farm, his cow
his fiddle, his box of persimmons, his transistor radio
his Little Tony records, his wife!"
"What else?" "His son, for military service,
they even killed his pig..."
"Poor piggy!" "I mean, the actual pig..."
"Um, well, yes, well..."
 
"But he, he was not crying, rather he was giggling. Hahaha!"
"What, is he crazy?" "No! The fact is that we, the peasants..."
"We, the peasants..."
 
We have to be happy all the time,
because our tears hurt the king
they hurt the rich man and the cardinal,
they become sad if we cry.
We have to be happy all the time,
because our tears hurt the king
they hurt the rich man and the cardinal,
they become sad if we cry.
 
Thanks!
thanked 6 times
Submitted by Gyps FulvusGyps Fulvus on Mon, 22/02/2016 - 17:18
Last edited by Gyps FulvusGyps Fulvus on Thu, 06/12/2018 - 00:08
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Ho visto un re

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