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VERY FAR AWAY

Brothers. Very far away
Over the ocean briny
There it lies, the USA
With its beaches shining
Over there the Phoenix dwells
In the fields grow silver bells
And on branches hanging
Golden plums are clanging!

There the sun shines up above
Chestnuts are all roasted
Everything is made of love
And in champagne is toasted
If there’s one you do adore,
You receive two, three or more
And in meadows sunny
Blossoms only money

How marvellous!
Lord, how simply glorious!
America ‘tis sad to say
Lies so very far away

Brothers, he who far away
Over the briny ocean
Travels to the USA
Ne’er will rue the notion
Joy and riches will him crown
And if Death should strike him down
There he is but joking
Fun and games are poking!

How ..

There in sand children play
With their golden buckets
When it hails, it hails all day
Netherlandish ducats
For the streets great wealth is saved
They are with rix-dollars paved
And while men are sleeping
Gold they are reaping!

Brothers. Very far away
Over the ocean briny
There it lies, the USA
With its beaches shining
Over there the Phoenix dwells
In the fields grow silver bells
And on branches hanging
Golden plums are clanging!

How ..


Words: Hans Christian Andersen
Translated from the Danish
by Paula Hostrup-Jessen
Music: Thomas Laursen