Артем Марченков / Artem Marchenkov (marchenk) wrote in music_action,
Артем Марченков / Artem Marchenkov
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Burns Sisters Band - Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye

"Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye" - одна из самых знаменитых ирландских фольклорных песен. Согласно преданию, ее сочинили и распространили солдаты - уроженцы Athy (из County Kildare) в начале XIX века. Тогда ирландцев посылали воевать за Британскую империю, в индийские колонии.

Отряд, в котором служил неизвестный автор песни, отправили на Цейлон (Шри-Ланка). Он, как и прочие, не хотел воевать, однако уклониться от армейского призыва означало подставить своих родственников и односельчан... Все, о чем мечтает бедный Джонни - вернуться домой, остаться в живых, быть не покалеченным.

Песню исполняли многие музыканты-пацифисты: Joan Baez, Dropkick Murphys и др. Но у "Burns Sisters Band", ей-богу, получилось нечто особенное.

Burns Sisters Band - Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye


P.S. "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye" наверняка придется по душе Максу sib_max Бурмицкому из Центра правовой помощи "Гражданин и армия". Равно как и другие песни против войны.

While goin' the road to sweet Athy, hurroo, hurroo
While goin' the road to sweet Athy, hurroo, hurroo
While goin' the road to sweet Athy
A stick in the hand and a drop in the eye
A doleful damsel I heard cry,
Johnny I hardly knew ye.

With your guns and drums and drums and guns, hurroo, hurroo
With your guns and drums and drums and guns, hurroo, hurroo
With your guns and drums and drums and guns
The enemy nearly slew ye
Oh my darling dear, Ye look so queer
Johnny I hardly knew ye.

Where are your eyes that were so mild, hurroo, hurroo
Where are your eyes that were so mild, hurroo, hurroo
Where are your eyes that were so mild
When my heart you so beguiled?
Why did ye skedaddle from me and the child?
Oh Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

Where are your legs that used to run, hurroo, hurroo
Where are your legs that used to run, hurroo, hurroo
Where are your legs that used to run
When you went for to carry a gun
To be sure but your dancing days are done
Oh Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

I'm happy for to see ye home, hurroo, hurroo
I'm happy for to see ye home, hurroo, hurroo
I'm happy for to see ye home
All from the island of Ceylon
So low in flesh, so high in bone
Oh Johnny I hardly knew ye.

Ye haven't an arm, ye haven't a leg, hurroo, hurroo
Ye haven't an arm, ye haven't a leg, hurroo, hurroo
Ye haven't an arm, ye haven't a leg,
Ye're an armless, boneless, chickenless egg,
Ye'll have to be put with a bowl to beg,
Oh Johnny I hardly knew ye.

They're rolling out the guns again, hurroo, hurroo
They're rolling out the guns again, hurroo, hurroo
They're rolling out the guns again,
But they never will take our sons again,
No they never will take our sons again,
Johnny I'm swearing to ye. 
Tags: burns sisters band, eng, антимилитаризм, историческая память, пацифизм, против войны, против колониализма, сопротивление
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