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  1. Nefertiti's Avatar

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    Una Paloma Blanca

    Hi there.


    1. What does 'the night is on the run' mean? Is this expression common?

    2. What is a 'golden sky light way'? Is this expression common?

    3. What is 'my share of losing' Is this expression common?

    Thanks in advance.

    __________
    The Song

    When the sun shines on the mountain
    And the night is on the run
    It's a new day
    It's a new way
    And I fly up to the sun

    I can feel the morning sunlight
    I can smell the new-mown hay
    I can hear God's voice is calling
    For my golden sky light way

    Una paloma blanca
    I'm just a bird in the sky
    Una paloma blanca
    Over the mountains I fly
    No one can take my freedom away

    Once I had my share of losing
    for they locked me on a chain
    Yes they tried to break my power
    oh I still can feel the pain

    Una paloma blanca
    I'm just a bird in the sky
    Una paloma blanca
    Over the mountains I fly
    No one can take my freedom away


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    Re: Una Paloma Blanca

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi there.


    1. What does 'the night is on the run' mean? Is this expression common?

    2. What is a 'golden sky light way'? Is this expression common?

    3. What is 'my share of losing' Is this expression common?

    Thanks in advance.
    The problem with poems is that poets use words in a different way, often creating vivid phrases. Interpreting poems is not helped when there is no punctuation.

    #1 No, not a common expression. A poetic way of saying that the night is ending.

    #2 No, definitely not a common expression, and I have no idea what the poet is saying.

    #3 No, not a common expression. It seems to imply that "I" has had his/her share of losing freedom.

  2. Ouisch's Avatar
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    Re: Una Paloma Blanca

    I love this song! Bought the 45 back in the day...


    I see that the printed lyrics on the Web say "once I had my share of losing," but growing up listening to the song I always thought he was saying "once I had my share of blues, once they locked me on a chain..." Meaning that he'd had his share of trials, tribulations and overall bad times in the past. Also, keep in mind that George Baker (real name: Hans Bouwens), the man who wrote the song, is Dutch and English is not his first language, so he may have taken some liberties with his phrasing.

    Here's a video of the George Baker Selection playing this song.

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    Re: Una Paloma Blanca

    Hi, Anglika.

    Thanks for the details.

    ____

    Hi, Ouisch.

    You wrote, " I love this song! Bought the 45 back in the day..."

    Did you mean 75? The song was first released in 1975.

    I love this song too.

    Thanks for the reply.


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    Re: Una Paloma Blanca

    the 45 = a vinyl record that was played at 45 revolutions per minute, and was about 14cms across. [Ah - those were the days]

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    Re: Una Paloma Blanca

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    the 45 = a vinyl record that was played at 45 revolutions per minute, and was about 14cms across. [Ah - those were the days]
    It seems that 45s (or 7 inch singles, as the Brits call them) have gone the way of typewriters, phonographs, and rotary dial telephones.


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    Re: Una Paloma Blanca

    We called them 45s too

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