On a wagon, bound for market, there's a calf with a mournful eye,
High above him flies 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,
Dona, dona, dona, dona, dona, dona, dona, don-
Dona, dona, dona, dona, dona, dona, dona, don-

"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 must learn to fly.

This is often sung as a "camp" song at summer sessions. Many school choirs also learn it, especially when working with other choirs because it is a simple enough song the groups can learn it seperately and then join as one choir with little effort. But although it's a simple piece it's very pretty and a nearly haunting melody. It sounds best starting on an "a", and is based almost entirely on whole step scales with the occasional third, fifth, or sixth jump. This song, interesting enough, makes an appearence on the Revolutionary Girl Utena series. In the episide where Nanami turns into a cow, this piece plays in the background nearly throughout.

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