Charmingly clumsy Russian lyrics by a French student of Russian. Mesmerizing music by a French composer. Performed in Russian with a heavy accent by a French band. Animation created by different artists from different cities and countries.
A delightfully imperfect surrealistic mix.
In a nut shell, whenever the singer-storyteller’s down in the dumps or in dire straits, he hears these tender owls calling him from behind “Uyui” and feels his heart lighten.
“Star of the County Down”–an Irish ballad–one of the all-time greats.
Up until now I’ve never paid much attention to the lyrics, or rather the way they’re written. The tune’s mesmerizing in itself, but the words by Cathal McGarvey (1866–1927) make it even more so.
He distills a vivid story into memorable, and very singable, lyrics highlighted by the tight rhyme scheme: double quatrain stanzas, with the first and third lines of each quatrain featuring an internal rhyme [aa]b[cc]b. (The refrain is a single quatrain with the same rhyming pattern.)
Near Banbridge town, in the County Down,
One morning last July
Down a boithrin green came a sweet cailin,
And she smiled as she passed me by…
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Enjoy:
“Got no checkbooks, got no banks.
Still I’d like to express my thanks —
I’ve got the sun in the mornin’
and the moon at night.”
— Irving Berlin
“I would like to be remembered as a poet. That’s the highest level, because poetry is the highest use of the word. The language that one speaks attains its height in poetry; a person reads a great poem and his soul is ennobled.” – Jon Hendricks