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Dark brown is the river

Language: English

Dark brown is the river,
Golden is the sand.
It flows along for ever,
With trees on either hand.

Green leaves a-floating,
Castles of the foam,
Boats of mine a-boating -
Where will all come home?

On goes the river
And out past the mill,
Away down the valley,
Away down the hill.

Away down the river,
A hundred miles or more,
Other little children
Shall bring my boats ashore.

Translation(s): ITA

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , "Dove vanno le barche?", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:50
Line count: 16
Word count: 70

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Dove vanno le barche?

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

Il fiume è marrone,
la spiaggia è d'oro.
Scorre per sempre
con degli alberi a destra e sinistra.
Foglie verdi galleggiano,
castelli di schiuma,
le mie barchette veleggiano.
Dove arriveranno?
Il fiume va
passa oltre il mulino
giù per la valle
giù per la collina
Giù per il fiume,
a cento miglia o più,
altri bambini
porteranno le mie barche a riva.

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Based on
  • a text in English by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), "Where go the boats?", appears in A Child's Garden of Verses, first published 1885
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Mark Andrews, Ernst Bacon, Marshall H. Barnes, Gladys M. Cohen, as Guirne Javal, Thomas Crawford, Edward Falk, Carlisle Floyd, Adolph Martin Foerster, Joseph Groocock, Henry Kimball Hadley, Marjorie Helyer, Ulysses Simpson Kay, Robert Houston Macdonald, Jan Masséus, Anne Stratton Miller, Stanley Muschamp, Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin, Graham Peel, Roger Quilter, Marvin Radnor, Teresa del Riego, Beatrice Macgowan Scott, Eleanor Smith, Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir, Eric Harding Thiman, Muriel Thomas, Vally Weigl, née Pick, Patrick Williams, Malcolm Benjamin Graham Christopher Williamson, Luigi Zaninelli. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-04-05.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:38
Line count: 16
Word count: 62