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Willy Alberti - To see a smiling child
Lyrics: Gerrit den Braber / Music: Jean Broussolle
(1968)

Willy Alberti - De glimlach van een kind
Tekst: Gerrit den Braber / Muziek: Jean Broussolle
(1968)


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Dutch song Willy Alberti - De glimlach van een kind
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"You are so wise", a child might say
"You are so grey", a child might say
"You married her", a child might say
"And you are old", a child might say

"Jij bent zo wijs", dat zegt een kind
"Jij bent zo grijs", dat zegt een kind
"Jij bent getrouwd", dat zegt een kind
"Jij bent al oud", dat zegt een kind


picture garland guirlande symbol of dutch songs translated English translation

And you think: yes, my wrinkles grow
I became old, a gentleman
But when you fret: what can I do
She takes your hand and smiles at you

Dan denk je: ja, een rimpel meer
Je wordt al echt een ouwe heer
Maar voor je denkt: hoe moet dat nou
Pakt ze je hand en lacht naar jou


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To see a smiling child
Makes you aware that you're alive
To see a smiling child
Who has it's whole life still ahead
Life's worth the effort and the strain
Although it has some grief
But the future will also hold love, luck and joy

De glimlach van een kind
Doet je beseffen dat de leeft
De glimlach van een kind
Dat nog een leven voor zich heeft
Dat leven is de moeite waard
Met soms wel wat verdriet
Maar met liefde, geluk en plezier in 't verschiet


picture garland guirlande symbol of dutch songs translated English translation

To see a smiling child
Who's playing with a train or doll
That brings you happiness
More than the biggest party could
Don't care that you are growing old
That doesn't matter now
'Cause you are feeling happy, even when you're broke

De glimlach van een kind
Dat met een trein speelt of een pop
Zo'n glimlach maakt je blij
Daar kan geen feest meer tegenop
Wat geeft het of je ouder wordt
Dat maakt toch niks meer uit
Want je voelt je gelukkig, al heb je geen duit


picture garland guirlande symbol of dutch songs translated English translation

To see a smiling child
Makes you aware that you're alive
To see a smiling child
Who has it's whole life still ahead
Life's worth the effort and the strain
Although it has some grief
But the future will also hold love, luck and joy

De glimlach van een kind
Doet je beseffen dat de leeft
De glimlach van een kind
Dat nog een leven voor zich heeft
Dat leven is de moeite waard
Met soms wel wat verdriet
Maar met liefde, geluk en plezier in 't verschiet


picture garland guirlande symbol of dutch songs translated English translation

Lala lala lala, lalala la lala lala
Lala lala lala, lalala la lala lala
Lala lala lala lala
Lala lala lala

Lala lala lala, lalala la lala lala
Lala lala lala, lalala la lala lala
Lala lala lala lala
Lala lala lala



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Willy Alberti (1926-1985), stage name of Carel Verbrugge, was a famous Amsterdam singer of the Dutch 'life songs' ('levenslied'). These are songs about the common people and the problems, misery and hardship of daily life. They are usually sung lamenting with whines and whimpers, with an Amsterdam accent, often accompanied by accordions. Other Amsterdam singers of this genre are e.g.: Johnny Jordaan, Tante Leen and André Hazes.

As a young child, Willy Alberti sang on markets and street corners of the Amsterdam district the Jordaan and he participated in a singing contest in the Amsterdam Edison theatre, where he came in second. In the 1940's and 1950's he mostly sang in Italian (which explains his Italian stage name). He was a cast member of the radio programme The colourful tuesday evening train/De bonte dinsdagavondtrein (1948-1957) and formed the duo The street singers/De straatzangers (in the 1950's) with Max van Praag (singing in Dutch).

From 1958 onward Willy Alberti sang several duets with his oldest daughter, Willeke Alberti (like 'No one wants to leave his child alone', 1983). They sang more songs together over the years, although she mainly had a career of her own. Some well-known songs of Willy Alberti are: 'Marina' (1959); 'Buona notte bambino'/'Good night child' (1963); and 'That corny sentence'/'Dat afgezaagde zinnetje' (1967).

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In the 1970's Willy Alberti started a record shop with his son Tonny. He died suddenly in 1985, because of liver cancer, only 59 years old. In 1997 his widow Ria founded the Willy Alberti-museum in the inner city of Amsterdam. In 2008 a compilation album was released with the title The 100 most beautiful songs of Willy & Willeke Alberti/De 100 mooiste liedjes van Willy & Willeke Alberti (2008).

The above song 'To see a smiling child'/'De glimlach van een kind' (1968) was not a duet, but Willeke sang it in 1995 as a duet, with her then deceased father on video. It was originally a French song, but the Dutch text is not a translation, but a new songtext on that melody.

Gerrit den Braber (1929-1997) was a Dutch lyricist. He worked for television and radio. He wrote (or translated) the lyrics of many songs - for artists like Willeke Alberti, Lenny Kuhr, Liesbeth List, Rob de Nijs and Conny Vandenbos. Most well-known songs from his hand are: 'Mirror image'/'Spiegelbeeld', above song 'The smile of a child'/'De glimlach van een kind', 'On the other side of the hills'/'Aan de andere kant van de heuvels', 'Rhythm of the rain'/'Ritme van de regen', and 'A rose, my dear Rosy'/'Een roosje, m'n Roosje'.

icon list orange   More translated Dutch songs in the genre 'life songs' ('levenslied') and more with the theme 'songs about children'. See also the list of Dutch artists with all their songs on this website.
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