brendan behan / the laughing boy (mikis theodorakis / to gelasto paidi)

The Laughing Boy

T’was on an August morning, all in the dawning hours,
I went to take the warming air, all in the Mouth of Flowers,
And there I saw a maiden, and mournful was her cry,
‘Ah what will mend my broken heart, I’ve lost my Laughing Boy.

So strong, so wild and brave he was, I’ll mourn his loss too sore,
When thinking that I’ll hear the laugh or spinging step no more.
Ah, cure the times and sad the loss my heart to crucify,
That an irish son with a rebel gun shot down my Laughing Boy.

Oh had he died by Pearse’s side or in the GPO,
Killed by an English bullet from the rifle of the foe,
Or forcibly fed with Ashe lay dead in the dungeons of Mountjoy,
I’d have cried with pride for the way he died, my own dear Laughing Boy.

My princely love, can ageless love do more than tell to you,
Go raibh maith agat for all you tried to do,
For all you did, and would have done, my enemies to destroy,
I’ll mourn your name and praise your fame, forever, my Laughing Boy.

Το Γελαστό Παιδί

Ήταν πρωί του Αυγούστου κοντά στη ροδαυγή
βγήκα να πάρω αέρα στην ανθισμένη γη
βλέπω μια κόρη κλαίει σπαραχτικά θρηνεί
σπάσε καρδιά μου εχάθη το γελαστό παιδί

Είχεν αντρεία και θάρρος και αιώνια θα θρηνώ
το πηδηχτό του βήμα το γέλιο το γλυκό
ανάθεμα την ώρα κατάρα τη στιγμή
σκοτώσαν οι εχθροί μας το γελαστό παιδί

Μον’ να `ταν σκοτωμένο στου αρχηγού το πλάι
και μόνον από βόλι Εγγλέζου να `χε πάει
κι από απεργία πείνας μέσα στη φυλακή
θα `ταν τιμή μου που `χασα το γελαστό παιδί

Βασιλικιά μου αγάπη μ’ αγάπη θα στο λέω
για το ό,τι έκανες αιώνια θα σε κλαίω
γιατί όλους τους εχθρούς μας θα ξέκανες εσύ
δόξα τιμή στ’ αξέχαστο γελαστό παιδί

Στίχοι: Brendan Behan & Βασίλης Ρώτας
Μουσική: Μίκης Θεοδωράκης

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