donna donna lyrics – joan baez

on a wagon bound for market
there’s a calf with a mournful eye.
high above him there’s a swallow,
winging swiftly through the sky.

[chorus:]
how the winds are laughing,
they laugh with all their might.
laugh and laugh the whole day through,
and half the summer’s night.
donna, donna, donna, donna; donna, donna, donna, don.
donna, donna, donna, donna; donna, donna, donna, don.

“stop complaining!” said the farmer,
“who told you a calf to be?
why don’t you have wings to fly with,
like the swallow so proud and free?”

[chorus:]
how the winds are laughing,
they laugh with all their might.
laugh and laugh the whole day through,
and half the summer’s night.
donna, donna, donna, donna; donna, donna, donna, don.
donna, donna, donna, donna; donna, donna, donna, don.

calves are easily bound and slaughtered,
never knowing the reason why.
but whoever treasures freedom,
like the swallow has learned to fly.

[chorus:]
how the winds are laughing,
they laugh with all their might.
laugh and laugh the whole day through,
and half the summer’s night.
donna, donna, donna, donna; donna, donna, donna, don.
donna, donna, donna, donna; donna, donna, donna, don.

/ joan baez lyrics