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Amadeo Magraner: Si Vas A Tonyar Al Tendre (If You're Going to Dig Deeply)

from Songs of Hard Times: Up, Over & Through (1936​-​1982) by Various Artists



A threshing song performed by Amadeo Magraner and recorded by Alan Lomax and Pip Bell at Tavernes de Valldigna, Valencia, Spain, January 1953.


(Translation by Josemi Sánchez Velasco:)

If you're going to dig deeply
And the earth has blueberries
No matter how hard you swing the hoe
Don't hit it as hard as you'd like to.

If you had [as many] olive trees
As you have fantasies
The Manzanares River
Would flow past your door.

The [worker] with a full belly
Doesn't ask whether it's 11:00 [i.e., very hot]
Wherever he steps it resounds
He stands up to more [duress] than does bronze.



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Alan Lomax (1915–2002) was a documentarian, ethnologist, cultural activist, and arguably the foremost folklorist of the 20th century. Over his seven-decade career he collected thousands of audio recordings of folk and traditional music from around the US and the world, and dedicated himself to the pursuit of what he called "cultural equity." 100% of proceeds go to the Assoc. for Cultural Equity. ... more

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