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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 2 Mar 2021, 16:34

I've just learned of Jules de Corte, who was a blind Dutch singer and song writer. He wrote hundreds of songs and had an extensive performance and recording career. His songs seems to touch on the business of being human. I listened to his most famous song Ik zou wel eens willen weten, 'I would like to know'. Here is the first verse (courtesy of https://www.dutchsongs.overtuin.net/translation-50-corte-ik-zou.html)

I would like to know the reason
Why mountains rise high in the sky
Perhaps to collect all the snow fall
Or to shield the deep valley from cold air
Or perhaps they are pillars that carry the heaven's arch
That's the reason mountains are high


Ik zou weleens willen weten
Waarom zijn de bergen zo hoog
Misschien om de sneeuw te vergaren
Of het dal voor de kou te bewaren
Of misschien als een veilige stut voor de hemelboog
Daarom zijn de bergen zo hoog

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