Saturday, July 20, 2013

Few will understand

Only some will understand why there are mature tough men out there who will laugh, dance and cry - all at the same time, when God blesses the earth with His Tears.

Although I’m not a farmer I have enough close family and friends who are. I can thus fully comprehend what emotions they go through when water is scarce and the dams and rivers are running dry and when, after months of waiting, the first raindrops start blessing the land they've worked so hard.

Note:  I’ve taken the liberty of translating the opening lyrics of this video from Afrikaans into English (published after the video).

Dans in die reën is die debuut liedjie vanaf Touch of Class se nuutste album "Koffiefontein".

Opening Lyrics:
Afrikaans English (direct translation)
Op ‘n plaas buitekant die Klein Karoo staan ‘n boer en wag.
Hy wag al lank vir ‘n druppel reën om sy grond te kom seën.
Hy bid al maande lank dat daar net iets moet gebeur.
Skielik slaat die druppels neer.

Het jy al ‘n boer sien lag, ‘n boer sien dans - in die reën terwyl ‘n traan by sy wang afrol?
A boer sien lag, ‘n boer sien dans in die reën
terwyl God die aarde seën…
On a farm outside the Klein Karoo stands a farmer, waiting.
He has been waiting long for a drop of rain to bless his soil.
He has been praying for months now that something must happen.
Suddenly the (rain)drops start falling.

Have you seen a farmer laugh, a farmer dance – in the rain while a tear runs down his cheek?
A farmer laughing, a farmer dancing in the rain
while God blesses the earth.


PreatorianXVI said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Very Few will, only those of us who grew up on or amongst real Farmers [Boere] will understand the connection and appreciation of a people to nature and its Creator.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

All that I can say is Beautiful....

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Yes Tia, you are right - only a few will understand.

When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time on my uncle's farm in the Natal Midlands and something I'll always remember is how my uncle used to tap on the glass window of the barometer that hung on the wall in the dining room.

He used to do this often, especially after having planted his crops, when timely rainfalls could mean the difference between harvesting a bumper crop, or conversely, a very meager one.

Tapping the glass pane would cause in the barometer's pointer to move ever so slightly in the direction of the weather's bias, ie: a drop in pressure would be a promising sign for rain, but a rise in pressure would move the needle towards change, fair, or very dry.

During times of severe drought, I recall our church congregation praying desperately for rain and I'll never forget the wild celebrations on the farm when the droughts did finally break.

Truly unforgettable memories.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

My oorlede oupa op sy plaas het altyd gese gedurende n droogte dat daar a vet kol in die lug is!

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Baie mooi liedje, was op zoek naar de tekst in Afrikaans en het die hier gevonden. Dankie!

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