"donna, donna" as written by Arthur S./schwartz Kevess and Sheldon/zeitlin Secunda....
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 summers night
Donna donna
Stop complaining, said 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
Calves are easily bound and slaughtered
Never knowing the reason why
But whoever treasures freedom
Like the swallow has learned to fly


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"Donna Donna" as written by Arthur Kevess Aaron Zeitlin

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    My OpinionUncharacteristically depressing, but still a beautiful song. I draw a herd mentality versus solo flight interpretation, wishing to go off on your own but sadly going with the group for no other reason than fear of ostracization. Despite the hopefully obvious oxymoron, many seem to continue to adopt this status in growing numbers, giving the song relevance decades later...
    RealityRippleon March 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentA cover of a Joan Baez song
    ramblingboyon May 06, 2012   Link

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