Boldog születésnapot! (x3)

A week on from the recording of ‘Koňskou dráhou’ and ‘Žokej’ – the former for her eponymous LP and the latter for release on a single – Valérie Čižmárová was back in action at the recording studio in Dejvice, Prague for another two-day session, on the first of those days recording the following tracks: ‘Byl’s má bój’ (‘It Was A Fight’), ‘Démantová zem’ and ‘Proč si to brát’ (‘Why Get Married To That’), so it is a ‘Happy Birthday!’ to those three tracks.

Out of those three, perhaps the stand-out track has to be ‘Byl’s má bój’, which, in a case of symmetry with ‘Koňskou dráhou’, is the third track on Side Two (if one counts the medley of four ‘oldies’ that kicks off the album as all one track), as ‘Koňskou dráhou’ is the third track on Side One. The music for ‘Byl’s má bój’ was by Vít Clar, with lyrics by Ronald Kraus, instrumental accompaniment coming from Karel Vlach se svým orchestrem (Karel Vlach and his Orchestra). Arrangement was by Jiří Svoboda. Musical direction was by Mojmír Balling, Jan Hrábek and Květoslav Rohleder. Sound engineering was by František Řebíček and Jiřího Brabec. Technical co-operation came from Milan Svoboda and Jiří Rohan.

Here are Ronald Kraus’ lyrics – adapted, as best as I can, from an IMTranslation automated translation – courtesy of Aleš Korábek’s Valérie Čižmárová Fan Site

As can be detected, unlike ‘Koňskou dráhou’, this is no wistful fantasy on ‘the good old days’. Instead, there has clearly been quite a bust-up and Valinka’s powerful singing gives vent to the frustration, but the ending shows that independence of spirit born of the wilds of the far East of Slovakia.

Slza bývá jako dým štiplavá,
když nevěřím v návrat Tvůj

A teardrop is like a pungent smoke,
if I do not believe in Your return

Sladká přání se solí,
jednoho dne přebolí

Sweet wishes with salt,
one day is passing

Stůj co stůj

Come what may

Včera dlaň má plná hvězd,
dneska bláto dlouhých cest,
vzdušné zámky na pět západů

Yesterday, a palm full of stars,
tonight the mud of long journeys,
castles in the air at five at sunset

Možná zítra jasný den,
vykouzlí zas nový sen z mých snů

Maybe tomorrow a clear day,
conjures up a new dream again of my dreams

Byl’s má bój,
snad dříve byl’s mým přáním,
byl’s má bój,
teď sbohem dát Ti smím

It was a fight,
perhaps sooner wert my wishes,
it was a fight,
Now I may bid You goodbye

Jdi si dál po cestě sám,
vyřiď známým pěšinám pozdrav můj

Go on down the road alone,
convey my greetings to the familiar footpath

Řekni koutku s lavičkou,
že vzpomínky odejdou

Tell corner with a bench,
that will leave memories

Stůj co stůj

Come what may

Oschne bláto na cestách
a má dlaň zas ve hvězdách,
do vlasů si pár z nich rozhodím

Dries the mud on the road
and my hand again in the stars
a few of them sprinkled on my hair

Mraky shodí zimní plášť,
po těch cestách každý zvlášť jít smí

Clouds shedding winter coat,
After those travelling separately must go

Byl’s má bój,
já teď už mám kam jít,
já o smích ani o pláč neprosím

It was a fight,
now I’ve got nowhere to go,
I do not need any help for my laughing and crying

If there is an implication that it is widely agreed that ‘Koňskou dráhou’ should have been a single maybe ‘Byl’s má bój’ should have been its flip side.

 

 

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