Ledi v chornomu (Lady in black)

Вона з’явилась вранці. Прийшла в неділю вранці.
Її волосся довге сніжний вітер розвівав.
І як знайшла - не знаю, у темряві блукав я
Посеред руйнувань від битви, що я вже програв.

«Хто ворог твій?» - спитала. Я про людей сказав їй,
Що без любові й Бога йдуть війною на братів.
І про коней благати почав я, щоб топтати
Тих покидьків, так пристрасно їх знищити хотів.

Вона казала – «Битву, що робить з людей звірів
Так легко розпочати й неможливо зупинить».
До всіх людей близька вона, я мудрі чув її слова,
Боявся , що зостанусь сам й благав її не йти.

«О, леді, дайте руку, дозвольте поруч бути».
Вона відповіла – «Довірся» й серце ожило.
«Не в кількості є сила, будь пильним до помилок.
Коли я знадоблюсь тобі, прийду до тебе знов».

Сказавши це, вона пішла. Я, не знайшовши слів, стояв,
Дивився доки чорний плащ не зник удалині.
І шлях не став простіше мій, але я більше не самий
І серця відчуваю хід, як згадую ті дні.

Коли тебе знайде вона, почуй її мудрі слова,
Прийми в дарунок мужність і мій передай привіт.

Translate by Yuriy Veres. Arangement by Kamyaniy gist (album 60/70, 2012).

Lady in Black (Song by Ken Hensley, Uriah Heep)

She came to me one morning
One lonely Sunday morning
Her long hair flowing in the midwinter wind
I know not how she found me
For in darkness I was walking
And destruction lay around me
From a fight I could not win

Ahh Ahh Ahh, Ahh Ahh Ahh Ahh

She asked me name my foe then
I said the need within some men
To fight and kill their brothers
Without thought of love or God
And I begged her give me horses
To trample down my enemies
So eager was my passion
To devour this waste of life

Ahh Ahh Ahh, Ahh Ahh Ahh Ahh

But she wouldn't think of battle that
Reduces men to animals
So easy to begin
And yet impossible to end
For she's the mother of all men
Who counselled me so wisely then
I feared to walk alone again
And asked if shewould stay
Oh lady lend your hand outright
And let me rest here at your side
Have faith and trust in peace she said
And filled my heartwith life
There's no strength in numbers
Have no such misconception
But when you need me
Be assuredI won't befar away

Ahh Ahh Ahh, Ahh Ahh Ahh Ahh

Thus having spoke she turned away
And though I found no words to say
I stood and watched until I saw
Her black cloak disappear
My labour is no easier
But now I know I'm not alone
I'll find new heart
Each timeI think upon thatwindy day
And if one day she comes to you
Drink deeply from her words so wise
Take courage from her as your prize
And say hellofrom me

Ahh Ahh Ahh, Ahh Ahh Ahh Ahh

"Lady in Black" is a song by British rock band Uriah Heep, the fourth track of her second album Salisbury, released in February 1971. The song writer, keyboard player Ken Hensley in the Studio and at concerts he performed in the song party lead vocal.

In brief comments on the cover of the original vinyl release, was told that Ken Hensley inspiration was a real incident: an unexpected visit to him of the daughter of a rural vicar in a minute, when he was in an extremely depressed state. The result of this meeting and a kind of inspiration was the song "Lady in black": a philosophical parable, which tells us that evil cannot be defeated by the forces of the evil.

"Lady in Black", a song made in the form of folk ballads, became one of the most popular concert numbers of Uriah Heep. In Britain and the United States the song was not released as a single, but was released in Germany and became a major hit in 1977. Being around for on top of the 13 weeks, she was prevented to occupy a higher position Paul McCartney and his hit "Mull of Kintyre". For this achievement Uriah Heep got the award "Golden Lion", the German counterpart of Grammy and Brit Awards.

Lady in black comes to the hero of the story early Sunday morning, her long hair fluttering in the winter wind". He's figured out how she finds him: "traces of destruction" that are visible all around, as a result of "battles", in which he "couldn't win".

Guests are asked to name the enemy, and he answers: "the Enemy of this living in people the desire to fight and kill their brothers without thought of love and God."

He begs the Lady in black to give him horses to "trample enemies", but that deterred him from thinking about the "battle that reduces man to the beast; the battle, which is so easy to start and impossible to finish".

Having received instructions from the woman he now calls "the Mother of the human race", the hero, the terror of loneliness, asks her to lend a hand and stay so that, when she's around, he might be in the world. But the Lady in Black says to him: "Believe me," and with these words his heart again fills with life."

"It is impossible to beat the number— she continues. - Don't relieve yourself of this illusion. When I need you, don't doubt: I'll always be near". C she went away; he, speechless, just watching her eyes. The story ends with the words:

My work has not become easier, but now I know I'm not alone. And each time my heart is born anew, as soon as I remember the windy winter day ... And if it should happen that one day she will come to you, the wisdom of the words of her drink to the bottom. Please accept a gift from her courage and remind her about me.