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A week short of a year before Valérie Čižmárová commenced the recording of her eponymous LP – and just over a week after having fully come of age – she recorded ‘Pojď jen dál’ (‘Just Come On’) and its flip, ‘Sbohem, školní bráno’ (‘Farewell, School Gate’), so it’s a ‘Happy Birthday!’ to those two Valinka songs today.

In both cases the instrumental accompaniment came from Orchestr Karla Vlacha (The Karel Vlach Orchestra) – in the case of the former, the music being composed by Zdeněk Kalhous and in the case of the latter, (originally as Melanie’s ‘Stop! I Don’t Wanna’ Hear It Anymore’) by Perry Botkin Jr. and in both cases the lyrics being by Petr Markov.

Here are Petr Markov’s lyrics to both of those songs, with translation by IMTranslator, with slight modifications, to make more sense of the lyrics, by myself…although ‘planné’ is still defeating both IMTranslator and myself!

‘Pojď jen dál’

Přichází každý večer před půl šestou a potom jako věrný pátek nesměle bloumá prašnou cestou u našich vrátek

He comes every night before half past five, and then faithfully every Friday timidly wanders into a dusty road near our gate

Proč je mé srdce náhle uspěchané  proč do mých očí stoupá vláha proč jenom má obavy planné proč stále váhá

Why is my heart suddenly racing why are my eyes suddenly moistening why is he only worrying about seeming wicked, why is he still hesitating

Toužím řict: ‘Tak pojď jen dál a nebuď ke mně skoupý proč by ses bál najít cestu k nám pojď jen dál a zanech venku ostych hloupý  já tě ráda já tě ráda mám…’ a vím,

I long to say: ‘Come on, just don’t be mean to me why were you afraid to find your way to our house come on and forsake stupid modesty  I love you I love you …’ and I know,

že láska není věnec vavřínový  jen prostá kytka lučních máků  přichází jako úsměv nový na křídlech ptáků

love is not just a simple laurel wreath or a bunch of meadow poppies it comes as a new smile on the wings of birds

Proč je mé srdce náhle uspěchané proč do mých očí stoupá vláha proč jenom máš obavy planné proč stále váháš

Why is my heart suddenly racing Why are my eyes suddenly moistening why are you just worrying about seeming wicked why are you still hesitating

Toužím řict: ‘Tak pojď jen dál a nebuď ke mně skoupý proč by ses bál najít cestu k nám  pojď jen dál a zanech venku ostych hloupý  já tě ráda já tě ráda mám, mám..

I long to say: ‘Come on, just don’t be mean to me why were you afraid to find your way to our house just come on and forsake stupid modesty  I love you I love you, I do. .

Pojď jen dál a nebuď ke mně skoupý  proč by ses bál najít cestu k nám  pojď jen dál a zanech venku ostych hloupý  já tě ráda já tě ráda mám, mám…’

Come on, just don’t be mean to me why were you afraid to find your way to our house just come on and forsake stupid modesty  I love you I love you, I … ‘

‘Sbohem, školní bráno’

Jak příjemná se náhle zdá být vůně školních škamen.
Jak náhle toužíš vrátit zpět pár let kterým je ámen.

How pleasant is the smell of school it suddenly appears to be over.
How suddenly you want to roll back a couple of years to when it was Christmas Day.

Je čas sbohem školní bráno,
sbohem školní bráno musím jít.
La, la, la, la

It’s time to say farewell, farewell school gate
the school gate I have to go.
La, la, la, la

Bylo nám spolu fajn
a co víc můžem chtít,
sbohem školní bráno musím jít.

We were good together
and what more could I want,
Farewell school gate I must go.

Nač marný pláč už přišel den kdy život strhne roušku.
Teď studente buď připraven na nejtěžší zkoušku.

Why cry in a futile way there will surely come a day when life pulls the veil.
Now sophomores be ready for the toughest test.

Je čas sbohem školní bráno,
sbohem školní bráno musím jít.
La, la, la, la.

It is time to say farewell school gate,
Farewell school gate I must go.
La, la, la, la.

Bylo nám spolu fajn
a co víc můžem chtít,
sbohem školní bráno musím jít

We were good together
and what more could I want,
Farewell school gate I must go

Here are those two songs – the one supremely romantic, the other slightly haunting, together with Melanie’s original from 1970. Like Valinka’s covering of The Archies’ ‘Who’s Your Baby’ as ‘Důkaz mi dej’/’Důkaz dej mi’ – the tune written by a songwriting team partly of Eastern European extraction – this is another case of a Valinka cover version where the original ‘comes back home’, since Melanie’s surname is Safka, which, on checking up, is indeed of either Czech or Slovak origin (so she’d either have been a ‘Šafková’ or a ‘Safková’). It also illustrates that Melanie was a little bit more than the ‘Brand New Key’ for which she is probably best known in the UK…thanks partly to The Wurzels’ ‘The Combine Harvester (Brand New Key)’, which is a bit of a different Melanie covering from ‘Sbohem, školní bráno’!

The performance of ‘Pojď jen dál’ dates from later in 1973 – specifically Helena Blehárová’s 30th birthday on 28th June, coincidentally – on the TV show ‘3.program Orchestru Karla Vlacha’ (‘The Third Programme Of The Karel Vlach Orchestra’). It is easy to see why it is one of the most popular uploads by ‘591010710’ (ie., Valinka’s No. 1 Fan, Aleš Korábek) since she is looking simply stunning. (‘Sbohem, školní bráno’ is another ‘591010710’ uploading, by the way).

Given the lyrics of the song one might think, about the party to whom Valinka is expressing her thoughts, something along the lines of, “just come on…as she sings!”

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