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Blommetjie Gedenk Aan My – Anton Goosen

Blommetjie Gedenk Aan My – Anton Goosen (Say it with flowers)

Boy Van Die Suburbs by Anton Goosen

Anton Goosen

Anton Goosen is another of those anomalies on South African music, especially amongst the Afrikaans singers. In a similar vein to David Kramer, he could write those almost trite songs that have us overdosing on saccharine. And then he could also pen some fiercely political songs that it’s surprising he wasn’t locked up.

‘Blommetjie’ doesn’t fall into either category, it’s neither trite nor political. What is important about it is that it is widely regarded as the first Afrikaans rock song and from the first guitar chords you know that it certainly a rock song that you’re listening to.

The song is about a hitch hiking ghost, haunting the roads of the Klein Karoo around Uniondale and is based on a true story of a woman killed in a car accident in 1968. There have been numerous claims of having seen the ghost of this woman hitchhiking along the road outside Uniondale. However, Anton’s song rocks too much to be spooky.

Where to find it:

Boy Van Die Suburbs – Anton Goosen (1979) AGM Musik, WILD010

Tussen Twee Rooi Mure – Anton Goosen (1983) part of Die Rock Medley

Cover version:

Tla! by Stean Ennie Crank-shafts

Lyrics:

‘n Skraal wind waai oor nghoenie bosse op die pad buite uniondale
Elke paasnaweek staan die spookmeisie daar as die herfswind hoeka al huil
Met haar lang swart hare onder sekelmaan tuur sy oor die vlaktes haai
En haar klere blink spookagtig saam en haar duim vra om haar op te laai

En die kammanassie bergspook geil as hy klippe berg-af rol
En die spookmeisie van Uniondale wat duimry en droewig sing
Blommetjie gedenk aan my en sy lig haar duim na bo
Blommetjie gedenk aan my sing die spook van die klein karoo
Blommetjie gedenk aan my en sy lig haar duim na bo
Blommetjie gedenk aan my sing die spook van die klein karoo

Die reisigers verby uniondale het haar dikwels opgelaai
En verder aan so uit die niet verdwyn die wind wat waai
So as jy saans in die langpad dwaal oor die paas se middernag
Pasop vir die spook van die klein karoo, tensy jy gaan spoke jag

En die kammanassie bergspook geil as hy klippe berg-af rol
En die spookmeisie van uniondale wat duimry en droewig sing
Blommetjie gedenk aan my en sy lig haar duim na bo
Blommetjie gedenk aan my sing die spook van die klein karoo
Blommetjie gedenk aan my en sy lig haar duim na bo
Blommetjie gedenk aan my sing die spook van die klein karoo
(Written by Anton Goosen)

Video:

Website:

http://antongoosen.co.za

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