Boldog születésnapot, ‘To je léto’ és ‘Synu můj’!

Today’s recording date in 1972 marked the beginning of the transition in Valérie Čižmárová’s career from her early days, that happened to coincide with the four academic years of my own junior school days at Long Row School (1968 – 1972), to the peak of her recording career, coinciding with my two academic years of ‘Tom Brown’s Schooldays dreamland’ in the ‘cloisters’ of Herbert Strutt School (1972 – 1974), before the serious business began again at Belper High School. It was also another one of those cases where there was a marked contrast between one side of the record and another.

On one side of Valinka’s sixth single was the seasonal Summery jauntiness of ‘To je léto’ (‘It’s Summer’). On the other, although the sentiments of the lyrics of the original may have been changed substantially, one cannot imagine that her cover – with lyrics by Michael Prostějovský – of Paul McCartney’s protest song, ‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish’, ‘Synu můj’ (‘Son Of Mine’), would have been anything nearly as happy-go-lucky! It also probably showed that the ‘little girl’ was growing up.

I cannot embed ‘Synu můj’ here, unfortunately. I have still not got to hear it even, since it is on nothing playable on-line, although it is featured in the ‘Československé zpěvačky’ series at (please click on the ‘československé zpěvačky’ link down the right-hand side)  ‘Sixties Emporium’ (The third of the series – ‘Halabala’). However, ‘To je léto’ very much is and what is more, there are lyrics…which I shall ‘IMTranslator-ise’, as always, with suitable modifications, if necessary.

The recording venue was  Čs. rozhlas Praha (Czechoslovak Radio Prague),  past which I walked to and from Prague city centre from my hostel during my stay in the country.

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The music was composed by Vladimír Rukavička, with lyrics by Miloslav Procházka. Instrumental accompaniment came from Taneční orchestr Čs. rozhlasu (The Czechoslovak Radio Dance Orchestra), under Josef Vobruba, with backing vocals coming from Sbor Lubomíra Pánka (Lubomír Pánek Singers).

Here are those lyrics by Miloslav Procházka.

Slunce vodu zlatí,
tělu bronzem platí
za důvěru

The sun is burnishing the water,
plating the body with bronze
For trust

Malíř z dětskou školkou
natře nebe šmolkou
bez úvěru

A painter from a kindergarten
Is painting the sky with a slush
Without credit

Řeka loďky houpá
a rtuť líně stoupá
v teploměru

The river boat swings
And mercury rises lazily
In the thermometer

Tlustej pán se potí,
fotí dítka s chotí
dokud loďku nepřekotí.

The drunken man is sweating,
She takes pictures of children with her husband
Until the boat breaks.

REF
To je léto, to je léto, léto v povltaví
To je léto, to je léto, léto mladý věčně hraví
To je léto, to je léto, léto s vůní jív
To je léto, to je léto co má být

REF
It’s summer, it’s summer, summer in the bed
This is summer, summer is summer, summer is always playful
It’s summer, it’s summer, summer with a scent of java
It’s summer, it’s summer to be

Ryby všude berou
jak čerti se perou
o návnadu

Fish take everywhere
How to drain a pen
About bait

Parník vodu čeří
kuchař terce měří
na náladu

The steamer rigs the water
The cook cooks the course
On request

Někdo jede lodí
někdo líhat chodí
na zahradu

Someone is going by boat
Someone is going to mow
In the garden

Kluci jsou tu bosí
nosí písně kosí
dokud louky nepokosí

The boys are barefoot
She wears the song
Until the meadows are intact

REF
To je léto, to je léto, léto v povltaví
To je léto, to je léto, léto mladý věčně hraví
To je léto, to je léto, léto s vůní jív
To je léto, to je léto co má být

REF
It’s summer, it’s summer, summer in the bed
This is summer, summer is summer, summer is always playful
It’s summer, it’s summer, summer with a scent of java
It’s summer, it’s summer to be
It’s summer, it’s summer to be

 

 

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