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Imanol Lertxundi and men​’​s chorus: Udaberrian Txoriak (Like the Birds In Spring) with irrintzi

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



Performed by Imanol Lertxundi with a chorus of men; irrintzi following song by Simon Badiola. Recorded by Alan Lomax and Pip Bell at Ondarroa, Basque Country, January 1953.


[Translation by Judith R. Cohen]:

Soloist: As happy as the birds in Spring,
We also are happy coming from this sad Winter.
For some time now we’ve been thinking of taking a walk along the street,
The day’s arrived, as we’d thought.
If today’s anyone’s sad, they should come to Ondarroa with us
And they’ll be happy with us.

Men’s chorus: Young lads, pay attention!
The young girls of Ondarroa know how to dress up.
Even when you’re all spruced up, it won’t be easy to get to know them all.
My beautiful beloved, let’s be happy; this year there’s no sea bream.
The anchovies will come when there are some; we’ll make money next year.




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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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