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Donna Donna

This song is by Susanne Tremper and appears on the compilation Die Burg Waldeck Festivals 1964-1969 - Chanson Folklore International (2008).

This song is a cover of the Traditional "Dos kelbl".
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Donna Donna
On a wagon, bound for market
There's a calf with a mournful eye
High above him there's a swallow
Winging swiftly through the sky

All the winds are laughing
They laugh with all their might
Laugh and laugh the whole day through
And half the summer's night
Donna donna donna donna
Donna donna donna don
Donna donna donna donna
Donna donna donna don

"Stop complaining", said the farmer
"Who told you a calf to be?
Why don't you have wings to fly with
Like the swallow so proud and free?"

All the winds are laughing
They laugh with all their might
Laugh and laugh the whole day through
And half the summer's night
Donna donna donna donna
Donna donna donna don
Donna donna donna donna
Donna donna donna don

Calves are easily bound and slaughtered
Never knowing the reason why
But whoever treasures freedom
Like the swallow has learned to fly

All the winds are laughing
They laugh with all their might
Laugh and laugh the whole day through
And half the summer's night
Donna donna donna donna
Donna donna donna don
Donna donna donna donna
Donna donna donna don

Music by:

Sholom Secunda Wikipedia16

Lyrics by:

Original Yiddish lyrics by Aaron Zeitlin Wikipedia16
English version by Arthur Kevess & Teddi Schwartz