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Ping pong

from Vocalese by Angelica Matveeva

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This is a song by Wayne Shorter and Angelica has written her own lyrics to his theme and his tenor saxophone solo in Russian. You can read both the original Russian lyrics and the translation right here.


Music and tenor saxophone solo: Wayne Shorter
Lyrics: Angelica Matveeva
Arrangement: Ville Vannemaa

Original Russian lyrics


Знают все: есть колдовской и предревний способ вызвать дивный сон -
Загадать сюжет, распахнув окно
Перед сном открыла я окно,
И залез пушистый слон в него
В ожерелье неземных цветов
Весело посмотрел на меня слон-проказник,
Протрубив в окно: "Я хочу сыграть партию в пинг-понг!"
Пригласил меня пушистый слон, протянув ракетки хоботом
Я взобралась ловко на него
И помчался слоник сквозь лианы солнца, кистья ветра джунглей
Долго ли-коротко ли мы стремглав летели через звёздный сонм,
Джунгли пёстрых крон ждали за холмом

Wayne Shorter's solo:

И там обезьяны вовсю скакали,
Извергая шаманский крик хором,
Громко гогоча, сверкали
Жемчугами для игры в пинг-понг,
А судьёй стал неуклюжий гиппопотам
Он построил крокодилов в ряд
И сложил их в стол
Гладким брюшком кверху – спинкой вниз,
А из мошек сетку сообразил
И, жужжа в шипучем танце, закружился рой их, формируя сетку,
И к всеобщему восторгу вскоре стол был готов
Лишь грустный фламинго был
Непричастен к общему веселью,
Ведь его преследовало джунглей наказанье:
На одной ноге стоять ведь чрезвычайно неудобно,
Для игры в пинг-понг необходим баланс,
Но кто возьмёт его играть, ведь не сумеет он бежать
"Что же делать нам?" – я спросила слона
"Не беда", - слон ответил, - "пригласим к нам гибкошеего жирафа",
"И вчетвером сыграем в пинг-понг, шеей, рукой, ловким хоботом, под гипнозом под звука мяча: кы-кы-кы-та (пять раз – звук мяча)".

English translation:

Everybody knows there is an ancient magic method to induce an amazing dream: you need to imagine the plot and say it out loud in front of an open window so before going to bed I opened my window and a fluffy elephant in a necklace made of unearthly flowers climbed into it The naughty elephant looked at me merrily and trumpeted into the window: "I want to play a game (set) of ping pong ". And so the fluffy elephant invited me, handing me the rackets with his snout I mounted him elegantly and off went the elephant, moving quickly through lianas of sun and strokes of jungle winds I don't know how long we were flying through the myriads of stars, when a jungle of fairytale-colored tree crowns showed up from behind the hill

Wayne Shorter's solo:

And there monkeys were jumping around crazily and screaming all together like sorcerers loudly roaring with laughter, they were flashing pearls that they used as ping pong balls and the clumsy hippopotamus became the judge, so he put the crocodiles in a row, with their smooth bellies up and their backs down, thus making a ping-pong table out of them and constructed a net out of a myriad of little flies and they swarmed around in a sizzling dance, forming a net, and soon, to everybody's delight, the ping pong table was ready only the sad flamingo could not take part in everybody's joy, because he was suffering from the jungle curse: it is very uncomfortable to stand on just one leg, because to play ping pong you need balance, but who will invite him to play when he cannot even run? "What can we do?" - I asked the elephant "No worries" – the elephant replied - "let's also invite the giraffe with his flexible neck and play ping-pong among the four of us: with the neck, with the hand, with the snout, hypnotized by the sound of the ball: kugh-kugh-kugh-ta x5"


from Vocalese, released January 26, 2015
Music and solo: Wayne Shorter
Lyrics: Angelica Matveeva
Arrangement: Ville Vannemaa


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