By the storytellers at Imtarfa
Kien Jghanni fuq il-pajjiz - Malta
Qed jixxotta l-gharaq ghax qed ihoss is-shana.
Ha jirbah lilu nnifsu.
Qed jghati daqqa ta' ponn lilu nnifsu
Hekk jirranga ruhu !
Ahjar itini dak il-platt li ghandu warajh
Dak platt ghagin.
Kien jilghaba tal-Boxer.
Kien nhar il-Gimgha
Ihobb jiekol l-ghagin.
Kien is-sajf, fl-arja friska.
Ghandu mara Karmnu.
Kien ihobb jghin lil-haddiehor.
Kien jahdem ta skrivan mal-Gvern.
Bil vuci tieghu stess kien jghanni.
Veru Hanini - Dak Pulizija
Fil Pjazza tal-Hamrun, ghax hemm, hemm l-Ghassa.
Meta jkun qed jghanni ikun ferhan.
Qed jaghmel hekk (cupping his ear) ma widnejh
Qed ikanta ghax halqu miftuh.
Ikun minnu ferhan, u jiccajta.
Ghandu 44 sena u qed jaqra l-gazzetta f'idu -
xi ahbar tajba !
Il-qaghda tieghu hija ta' wiehed 'strong'.
Ha jizzewweg lil dik ta isfel - lil Imelda
Jekk jghati daqqa kbira b'idejh jigu jimmedikawh.
u ser imur fid-dar taghhom.
Jiehu r-ruh wara li jixxotta l-gharaq!
He was a folk singer (Ghannej - local tradition of singing)
He used to sing about our country - Malta
He's called Karmnu
He's wiping the sweat as he's feeling the heat.
He's stripping off
He's gonna be a winner.
If he has a fist fight with himself
he's in for it !
It's better if he passes that plate behind him
That's a plate of pasta.
He's pretending to be a Boxer
It was a Friday
He enjoys eating pasta.
It was Summer, the air was fresh.
He's got a woman Karmenu.
He was helpful.
He was a clerk with the Civil Service.
He used to sing folk songs in his own voice.
He's a dearie - He's a Policeman
In Hamrun's Square, there is the Police Depot.
When he's singing he is happy.
He's cupping his ear (folk singers do it!)
He's singing as his mouth is open.
He's naturally jolly and loves a joke.
He's 44 and is reading the newspaper -
its good news !
He's got the look of someone strong
He's going to marry the girl from downstairs - Imelda
If he hits out his fist,they will come and medicate him.
He's tired singing
and is off to their house.
He feels relieved after wiping all that sweat off!