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from Songbook Songs by Dunja Knebl & Roko Margeta

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Ovu pjesmu naučila sam kao srednjoškolka prema notama iz knjige „The Fireside Book of Favorite American Songs”, a snimila 2002. (album „Over There”). Svidjele su mi se melodija i riječi pjesme, a primjedba uz nju probudila je moju znatiželju: „Porijeklo ove pjesme je misterij. Objavljena je 1844.” Puno godina kasnije otkrila sam o čemu se tu radi… (Vidi pjesmu 11. „The Praties They Grow Small“)

I learned this song in my teens according to the music and lyrics in „The Fireside Book of Favorite American Songs”, and recorded it in 2002 (album „Over There”). I was captivated by the story, the melody and lyrics, and intrigued by the notation: „The origin of the song is a mystery. It was published in 1844.” Many years later I discovered what it was about… (See: 11. “The Praties They Grow Small”)

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Oh! potatos they grow small over there, 2x
Oh! potatos they grow small,
Cause they plant them in the fall,
And then eats them tops and all over there.

Oh! the candles they are small over there, 2 x
Oh! the candles they are small,
Cause they make them lean and tall,
And then burn them sticks and all over there.

Oh! they bake their clam pie over there, 2 x
Oh! they bake their clam pie,
And the crust is made of rye,
You must eat it or must die over there.

Oh! I wish I was a geese all forlorn, 2 x
Oh! I wish I was a geese
Cause they lives and dies in peace,
And accumulates much grease eating corn.

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from Songbook Songs, released November 5, 2021
Dunja: glas/voice

Roko: dječji glasovir/toy piano, indijski harmonij/Indian harmonium, melodika/melodica, male udaraljke, small percussion

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Dunja Knebl Zagreb, Croatia

I have recorded 15 albums of less known or forgotten traditional Croatian folk songs released by different labels as compact discs, 3 of which are on BC. Here you can also find my recordings of folk songs from some other countries I have lived in (free download), some live concerts from the past (free download), and my singer-songwriter album Love Li(v)es. ... more

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