Magnifico’s “Obscene” Prešeren Day Performance Splits Public (Video)

By , 11 Feb 2020, 21:37 PM Lifestyle
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At a gala ceremony on the National Day of Culture, also called Prešeren Day, celebrated every February 8, the pop provocateur and singer Magnifico performed a crude song that met with a mixed response on social media. Some of the most offended commentators complained about the vulgarity and disrespect for the Catholic Church expressed in the lyrics, missing the fact that this was actually a text written by “Slovenia’s greatest poet”.

While France Prešeren (1800-1849) is mostly known for the lyrics to the Slovenia’s national anthem and masterfully written sonnets, he also wrote stacks of pornographic rhymes and satirical verse.

To better understand the outcry, here is a quick translation of what Magnifico was singing to the entire nation in Gallus Hall of Cankarjev Dom last Friday:

Kako da se birtom
trebuhi rede?
Ker žrejo pijejo
vse do belega dne.
 
Why taverners' bellies
are growing fat?
Because they gobble and gulp
till the end of the night.
 
Kako da bankirjem
se trebuhi rede?
Ker nam kri pijejo
pijavke hude.

 

Why bankers' bellies
Are growing fat?
Because them vile leeches
suck on our blood.
 

Kako da se dohtarjem
Trebuhi redé?
Zato ki nobeden
k njim prazen ne sme.

Why doctors' bellies
Are growing fat?
Because no one empty-handed
near them can get.
 

Kako da se uradnikom
Trebuhi redé?
Zato, ki se mazat
Vsi radi pusté.

Why bureaucrats' bellies
are growing fat?
Because they like their hands
greasy to get.   
 

Kako da se farjem
Trebuhi redé?
Za maše jim nosijo
Neumne žene.

Why priests' bellies
are growing fat?
Because from dumb women
for masses they get.
 

Kako da se nunam
Trebuhi redé?
Zato ki se farjem
Porivat pusté.

Why nuns' bellies
are growing fat?
Because they let priests
to get in their bed.  

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