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Elżbieta Towarnicka - Kicy bidy i bokha (Ile bied, ile głodów...)

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Published on Dec 8, 2013

Well known in the world Polish opera diva Elżbieta Towarnicka, soprano, sing a song composed by Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz to the poem "How Many Poverties, How Many Hungers" written by a Gypsy poet Papusza, who without any education wrote her poems in Roma language after learned the alphabet by herself. At the beginning of the 50ties another poet Jerzy Ficowski helped her to gather her poems into the album Papusza's Harps.

In this clip I used takes from the movie "Tabor ukhodit v nebo" by Emil Loteanu from 1976.

(Translation)
How Many Poverties, How Many Hungers

How many hungers! How many poverties!
So much sadness! Roads not less!
So many sharp stones hurt the feet!
How many bullets flew close our ears!
How much mud! How much rain!
How many bloody tears yet!
How much hair, how many braids
Tored branches in the night from our heads!

Ah, great God, who art in heaven,
save our lives, we beg you!
So much poor and misery we went through!
Does the fate neve allow us to rest?
As the birds in winter or fishes,
which caught on someones rod,
so fear plagues us, bad luck kills.

Let all Gypsies
come running here close
as to the forest, where a huge bonfire
and where all in the sun shine.
Let come down to my singing
All gypsies from everywhere,
To listen to my words,
And to answer them.

In this clip I used takes from the movie "Tabor ukhodit v nebo" by Emil Loteanu from 1976.

DISCLAIMER: The video takes used in the clip and music are copyrighted to their respective owners. No infringement intended.

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