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Frans Halsema - For her
Lyrics and music: Jake Holmes / Translation: Michel van der Plas en Frans Halsema
(1977)

Frans Halsema - Voor haar
Tekst en muziek: Jake Holmes / Vertaling: Michel van der Plas en Frans Halsema
(1977)


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Dutch song Frans Halsema - Voor haar
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picture garland guirlande symbol of dutch song translated English translation

She knows skilful how to belong with me
In my body she created space for two
She lives in my eyes and in my ears, too
She hears and sees my entire life along with me

Zij verstaat de kunst van bij me horen
In mijn lichaam heeft ze plaats gemaakt voor twee
In mijn ogen woont ze, in mijn oren
Ze hoort en ziet mijn hele leven met me mee


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Sometimes in my heart I hear her singing
When the night falls, she has put on little lights
Thanks to her, I reach an understanding
Of an unexpected treasure hid in life

Soms begint ze in mijn hart te zingen
Waar het nacht wordt, heeft ze lichtjes aangedaan
En door haar weet ik dan door te dringen
Tot de onvermoede schat van ons bestaan


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This is how I want to go on living
Giving shelter both
And if I have to grow old, it will be with her

Zo alleen maar wil ik verder leven
Schuilend bij elkaar
En als ik oud moet worden, dan alleen met haar


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She knows all my dreams and my delusions
Al my hurries and my hunger and regrets
When I laugh, just she alone is knowing
All the tears that are behind it in the past

Zij kent al mijn dromen en mijn wanen
Al mijn haast en al mijn honger en mijn spijt
Als ik lach, kent zij alleen de tranen
Die daar achter liggen in de tijd


picture garland guirlande symbol of dutch song translated English translation

This is how I want to go on living
Giving shelter both
And if I have to grow old, it will be with her

Zo alleen maar wil ik verder leven
Schuilend bij elkaar
En als ik oud moet worden, dan alleen met haar


picture garland guirlande symbol of dutch song translated English translation

She is more than these words are expressing
In my body she created space for two
But who's able to explain a wonder
And a wonder I carry in me

Zij is meer dan deze woorden zeggen
In mijn lichaam heeft ze plaats gemaakt voor twee
Maar wie weet een wonder uit te leggen
En een wonder draag ik met me mee



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Frans Halsema (1939-1984) was a Dutch cabaret artist and singer. In the Netherlands, 'cabaret' is a kind of theatre in which someone or a group of comics, play funny sketches, tell anecdotes (personal or critical about politics/society or just hilarious) with jokes and songs.

Frans Halsema joined the satirical cabaret-group Lurelei (1961-1964), he wrote songs, played the piano and later sang himself. After that he worked for famous cabaret artist Wim Kan, made shows with Gerard Cox, Adèle Bloemendaal and Jenny Arean and played a role in the Dutch musical Now off to bed/En nu naar bed (by Annie M.G. Schmidt and Harry Bannink) in the years 1971-1973.

In the second half of the seventies Halsema had three solo cabaret shows in the theater. He died too early, when he was only 44 years old.

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Michel van der Plas (1927-2013) was a translater, writer and poet. He wrote songtexts for artists like Wim Sonneveld, Frans Halsema and Wim Kan.

The song 'For her'/'Voor haar' was originally written by the American singer-songwriter Jake Holmes (1939). In English it was titled 'Her Song'. It's a free translation: Michel van der Plas let the 'I' and the beloved girl very poetically almost melt together. It was not a big hit in the seventies, but it became well-known after Frans Halsema's death in the eighties and is now considered one of the classic 'luisterliedjes' ('listening songs', Dutch chansons).

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