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Song Parodies -> "The Fabled Land"

Original Song Title:

"Satumaa (The Finnish Tango)"

Original Performer:

Frank Zappa

Parody Song Title:

"The Fabled Land"

Parody Written by:

Susanna Viljanen

The Lyrics

One of the strangest Frank Zappa recordings ever was the Satumaa Tango, which he played 1973 in Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, Finland - the concert has been published on record as "You Can't Do That on Stage Any More, vol 2". The Satumaa is THE Finnish tango, originally composed by Unto Mononen, and even the Finnish schoolchildren know it. Napoleon Murphy Brock attempts to sing it in Finnish, but it becomes more or less gibberish. Since many non-Finnish Zappa fans have pondered what the lyrics are and what they mean, I have attempted to translate them in English. This submission is not as much a parody, but rather translation of this song in English. The original song can be heard here.
Far beyond the open seas, somewhere there is a land
where the ripples of blue waves strike Happy Island's sand
Where the flowers beautiful so bright and nicely bloom
Where the worries are far away and skies they never gloom

Chorus:
Oh, if I'd ever, if I'd ever get to Fabled Land
Then I'd never flee away like bird, you'd understand
Alas - I'm wingless, I can't fly, I'm prisoner of this earth
Just thoughts which span so far away I can fulfill my dearth

(solo)

Fly, my song, fly far away, where lies that Fabled Land
Fly where my dear only one still awaits me beyond that sunder grand
Fly, my song, like soaring bird, with wings of turtledove -
Tell my love it's only him whom I will ever love

Chorus:
Oh, if I'd ever, if I'd ever get to Fabled Land
Then I'd never flee away like bird, you'd understand
Alas - I'm wingless, I can't fly, I'm prisoner of this earth
Just thoughts which span so far away I can fulfill my dearth

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John Jenkins - June 11, 2009 - Report this comment
It's got to be difficult to make a translation rhyme. I suspect that you took some creative license, but this is a very good read. Thanks for sharing with us non-Finns.
Susanna Viljanen - June 11, 2009 - Report this comment
John, I attempted to translate the lyrics as verbatim as I could. Dweezil Zappa played this same song when his ensemble, Zappa plays Zappa, performed at the same venue, 6 June 2009. Needless to say, the audience (including me) exploded in applauses. We all sang it together.

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