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"Every song I have translated is well translated, the one who works on the very difficult songs with me is Dee Shipman. I know her telephone number by heart, and her fax. It goes back and forth - 'No! I don't like this word!' And she comes back and says 'Because you don't understand English!' So I have to convince her and she has to convince me, and the rapport is fantastic." 

- Charles Aznavour

Katerina
(Dee Shipman / Herman Van Veen)

Katerina
The widow of old Richman
Sits at the window of the tea room
Making pretty patterns in her pastry
With a silver spoon

It's quarter to three
And she's no longer young
A couple touch and tongue.......
The widow sees

And she would like to kiss them
And to tear their hearts out with her manicured nails
And to whisper in their long hair
"Lovers, I used to do that!
I was eighteen and beautiful
And they asked my hand in marriage.......
Men with titles and position
Poets, policitans

And there was also...
What was his name?
I guess he loved me.....
Asked me to be his wife
And as we stood in the rain
Close together
I could feel his fingers turning me round
He stroked my face
And he kissed my nose
And he kissed both my eyes
And he did it with love.......

No..... I didn't marry him
I couldn't understand him
No business ideas
Just ideals
A dreamer
So I married Richman....

Yes solid Richman -
Concrete and steel
Property, land
And a good man -
To the children............!"

Katerina
The widow of old Richman
Sits with her almost - perfect plastic face
Gathered up around her ears
On a clear day
Looking nearly new

Her contact lenses floating through mascara
While underneath her silk shirt
The need to be hurt 
Still moves her

A slick and strutting youth 
With prick paraded proud
Comes in with swinging hips
And whispers to her widow lips
He'll give her one for fifty dollars paid in cash

And she'd like to refuse
Like to cry out to him
"Oh yes, I've done that too!
I was eighteen and sensational!

And they begged me to marry them......
Men with titles and position
Poets, politicians
And there was also...
What was his name?

I guess he loved me
Asked me to be his wife
And as we stood in the rain
Close together
I could feel his fingers turning me round
He stroked my face
And he kissed my nose
And he kissed both my eyes
And he did it with love
No - I didn't marry him......

I married Richman
With everything......"

Katerina
The widow of old Richman
Calls the waitress over and says
"That's all for today"

And she goes up to the strutting, rutting bastard
And gives him fifty dollars and says...
"Darling, I'd love it...........!"


 










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