Boldog 45. születésnapot, ‘Tak měj mě rád’ és ‘Mít aero a létat’!

In the context of the celebration of Valinka’s recording anniversaries, with 1973 having been such a notably productive year in the recording studio, 2018 will be an especially significant year, being on a half-decade on from 1973. Therefore, we will specifically be celebrating the Forty-fifth Anniversary of any recordings taking place in 1973 in the course of this year.

On 9th January 1973, the flurry of recordings that blew through that year was initially whipped up by the recording of ‘Tak měj mě rád’(‘So Just Love Me’) and ‘Mít aero a létat’ (‘To Have A Plane And To Fly’). To play the songs and for recording details and credits please go to ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’.

It is very welcome that – in the case of the latter – Petr Markov’s full lyrics are available. Here they are together with an adapted translation courtesy of ImTranslator.

Mít éro a létat a zákonům tíže se od srdce smát.
Všem výškám se rouhat,
je má tajná touha.
Mít éro a létat a s větrem si hrát.

To have something to fly and to laugh from the heart at the laws of gravity.
To blaspheme from all the heights,
is my secret desire.
To have something to fly and to play with the wind.

Mít éro a létat a koukat jak nízko je Lomnický štít.
Jak náhle je blízká,
má víska i Kréta.
Mít éro a létat a s sebou tě vzít

To have something to fly and to see how low the Lomnicky peak is.
How suddenly is near,
my village and Crete.
To have something to fly and take you with me

Nebuď hochu bázlivý,
svěř svou ruku mé dlani.
Dřív než chvíle bláznivý,
překazí nám svítání.

Don’t be timid boy,
entrust your hand to my palm.
Before the crazy moment,
dawn is approaching us.

Mít éro a létat nad městem i loukou kde rozkvétá mák.
Nad tečkami stříšek,
bez závratí z výšek.
Mít éro a létat tak hojně jak pták.

To have something to fly over the city and the meadow where poppies bloom.
Above the dots, pots,
without dizziness from the heights.
To have something to fly as frequently as a bird.

Mít aero a létat a koukat jak nízko je Lomnický štít.
Jak náhle je blízká,
má víska i Kréta.
Mít aero a létat a s sebou tě vzít.

To have a plane and to fly and to see how low the Lomnicky peak is.
How suddenly is near,
my village and Crete.
To have a plane and to fly and take you with me.

Nebuď hochu bázlivý,
svěř svou ruku mé dlani.
Dřív než chvíle bláznivý,
překazí nám svítání.

Don’t be timid boy,
entrust your hand to my palm.
Before the crazy moment,
dawn is approaching us.

In the case of both ‘Tak měj mě rád’ and ‘Mít aero a létat’ I think we get a sensation of something exciting beginning and the lyrics to ‘Mít aero a létat’ certainly back that up. Also, with the half-spoken lyrics in ‘Tak měj mě rád’ from Valinka herself and Sbor Lubomíra Pánka, it could almost be said that this is an early contribution to the world of Rap.

1973 – an epic journey over mountains, up mountains, down rivers, in the desert, in the stars, away from school, by lovers’ gates. Valinka took us all over and thought that throwing in a seventeen-second-long note might be fun too.

She clearly laughed in the face of the laws of musical gravity that year!

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