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Thread #64414 Message #1067643
Posted By: GUEST,Gerry
08-Dec-03 - 12:15 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Prince Heathen
Subject: RE: Origins: Prince Heathen
I've had a look at the notes to The Ballad of Master Rakoczi on the Transylvaniacs CD, On Our Way, Tall Poppies TP063. First of all, there are a couple of diacritical marks that I'm not up to reproducing here, over the a and the o in Rakoczi. I'd call it an accent aigue if it were French.
The liner notes read, "Katalin rejects her marriage to Rakoczi and shows it by addressing him formally rather than affectionately. He tries to make her submit through violence. She finally gives in but only to die shortly after. This comes from a time when there were many arranged marriages in Hungary and warns you must be careful how you treat your wife."
There's no indication of how The Transylvaniacs came across this ballad.
Full lyrics are given, both in Hungarian (they sing it in Hungarian) and English. It comes to 20 verses. I'm sorry but I'm not keen on typing it all out.