Nooientjie van die Ou Transvaal

Lyrics and music by Taffy Kilkillus, performed by Jim Reeves



Few fans of Jim Reeves realise that Jim was absolutely huge in apartheid South Africa in the 1950s and 1960s. Such was Jim's fame that he recorded some songs in the white ruler's native Afrikaans language.

It's an interesting study in karma that Jim acquired his pilot's license in South Africa, and eventually met his early demise in a light aircraft crash, outside of Nashville. There is, however, no direct evidence that Jim was an overt supporter of the apartheid system of racial segregation.

This song is an example of the dozen or so songs recorded for the South African market.

Nooientjie van die Ou Transvaal
(Sweetheart from the Old Transvaal)

Lyric and music by Taffy Kikillus

As die awendskadus daal
When the evening shadows fall
kom ek jou weer eendag haal
come I you again one day fetch
jy's my nooientjie van die Ou Transvaal
you're my sweetheart from the Old Transvaal

Ons sal wandel na die vlei
We will walk to the moor
onder sterreprag so vry
under star-beauty so free
in ons hart sal ons liefde bly
in our heart will our love remain

Deur die jare
Through the years
deur gevare
through the dangers
sal jy jonk bly en kosbaar vir my
will you youthful remain and precious for me

Deur die jare
Through the years
deur gevare
through the dangers
sal 'n glimlag my na jou toe lei
will a smile me to you lead

Deur die jare
Through the years
deur gevare
through the dangers
sal 'n glimlag my na jou toe lei
will a smile me to you lead

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