Перевод песни Fairport Convention – When It Comes, He Cannot Sleep, ...

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The time is near for things to pass, the time for me to leave
But as I lie here all alone, I really can’t believe
The twenty years I’ve spent on earth could end in so much grief
That the many friendly faces should now stare hatefully
A letter home to mother and a letter home to dad
Another for my sweetheart, for whom I feel so sad
A lock of hair to cling to is all that will remain
And the grave inside this prison yard, a stone that bears no name
My trials and tribulations are nearly now all gone
A murderer I never was and my spirit will live on
Jesus, help me in this troubled time, this hour of trouble deep
Help me find my peace of mind, help me Lord, to sleep
Sleep has surprised Mr Lee
We’ll creep in behind his eyes and, with his eyes, we will see
Wherever he goes to, we’ll be close behind
We’ll follow his dreams and we’ll stroll in his mind
Dream, dream
John’s in the garden all green
With uniforms round him, the hound and the fox can be seen
A willow tree leaving its branches to ground
Is breathing in time to a bell’s hollow sound
Dream, dream
Dream, dream
Nature, their numbers have swelled
The sun in the east is the lord of the feast to be held
The doomed and the dutiful tread on the dew
With frost on their faces and shine on their shoes
Dream, dream
Looking to earth and to sky
John stares at John walking slowly along with a sigh
The hand of a stranger takes hold of his arm
And a voice in his ear says «They'll do you no harm»
Dream, dream
Dream, dream
Dream, dream
Wake up John, it’s time to go
Come along John, don’t be slow
Wake up John, it’s time to go
A priest joins the procession just to help me kneel
With a warder at my elbow and another at my heel
Marching in the morning down a path I’ve lately seen
I was sleeping in this garden, am I still within my dream?
The echo of my heartbeat is the beating of a drum
And all the earth is singing with life’s sweet hum
We filed in solemn silence, shuffled through a door
The place where life is taken for the letter of the law
Shake the holy water, summon up the guard
Dying’s very easy, waiting’s very hard
A rope was hanging from the roof, a sight which puzzles me
I thought a gibbet and a guard would make a gallows tree
But now all is revealed, standing there is just a man
My feet are on the trapdoor with a rope around my hand
And now the executioner is shaking hands with me
«My duty I must carry out, you poor fellow,"says he
A strap is tied around my feet and a bag upon my head
And then the noose which separates the living from the dead
Shake the holy water, summon up the guard
Dying’s very easy, waiting’s very hard
There he whispers to me «Have you anything to say?»
My mouth is dry, my throat is tight, I answer «Drop away»
Silence now surrounds me, my heart is beating on
The trapdoor hardly moves at all, my life is still my own
They stand me in a corner with my hands and feet still bound
While a carpenter is called for and an explanation found
«The rain has warped the timbers,"I hear the hangman say
«It's funny but it worked well, I tried it yesterday»
«All is ended now,"they say, «your ordeal’s nearly over
Your life’s as good as ended,"but I hear their voices waver
Once more the boat is shaken and again I hang in limbo
With the guardians on the trapdoor and my body stands on tip-toe
Shake the holy water, summon up the guard
Dying’s very easy, waiting’s very hard
They stand me in a corner with my hands and feet still tied
A warder holds onto the noose, the trapdoor opens wide
Is it magic or coincidence that keeps me on the brink?
It seems to work without me, «Will it kill me now?"I think
«Please, I’m tired of living and I really want to die»
I was taken to the scaffold and I heard the hangman cry
«Lee, I’m truly sorry, forgive these hands of mine»
He drew the bolt and I felt the jolt the third and final time
My life was spared that morning 'cause it wasn’t theirs to take
Three’s the most the law requires, a man could feel the stake
Shake the holy water, summon up the guard
Dying’s very easy, waiting’s very hard