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Donna Donna was written by Shalom Secunda in 1940 as part of the musical Estkerke. Translated from the Yiddish. Donna means "calf" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donna_Donna

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On a wagon bound for market
there's a calf with a mournful eye
high above him there's a swallow
winging swiftly through the sky

How the winds are laughing
they laugh with all their might
laugh and laugh the whole day through
and half the summer's night

Donna donna donna...

Stop complaining, says the farmer
who told you a calf to be?
why don't you have wings to fly with
like the swallow so proud and free

How the winds are laughing
they laugh with all their might
laugh and laugh the whole day through
and half the summer's night

Donna donna donna...

Calves are easily bound and slaughtered
never knowing the reason why
but whoever treasures freedom
like the swallow has learned to fly

How the winds are laughing
they laugh with all their might
laugh and laugh the whole day through
and half the summer's night

Donna donna donna...

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from I Will Go Into The Day, track released January 11, 2014
Caroline Herring, guitar and vocals
Marla Feeney, violin
Charles Williams, guitar
Rob Henson, bass

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