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Briels – Trein Na Pretoria lyrics

Dit het gebeur op die trein na Pretoria, die weer was bitterlik koud
In 'n hoekie sit 'n meisie, sy lyk vir my skaam en benoud
Die kondukteur vra vir haar kaartjie, sy se nee sy't nie geld om een te koop
Maar ek moet gaan na Pretoria, al moet ek ook daarheen loop

My moeder le daar op sterwe, en ek is haar enigste kind
Ek moet gaan na Pretoria, as ek haar nog lewend wil vind
Die kondukteur die neem toe haar handjie, daar is trane in sy een linker oog
Jy kan ry met my na Pretoria, al moet ek jou kaartjie betaal

In die kerkhof daar in Pretoria, is daar 'n nuwe hopie grond
Onder daardie hopie le begrawe, 'n droewige kindjie se moeder
Die konduteur neem weer haar handjie, toe hy sien hoe die kleine meisie ly
Ek het nie eens 'n kind nie, en nou kan jy maar by my bly
En nou kan jy maar by my bly

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    Danie Terblanche
    This is a tragic folk song about a poor young girl traveling home to see her dying mother one last time. She finds her self on the train home and this is where you see human compassion. The train conducter takes pity on her and allows her to use the trein without a ticket after he hears her story. And because he has no kids of his own he asks her for her love as a child, because he doesn't want to die alone without anybody mourning for him. This song is about love compassion and the human nature to feel loved.

    This carries a special connection for me, because everytime my grandmother hears the song she would cry. See, her father was a station master for the south african railways long ago in the 40's and 50's. She grew up in a poor home and The train part of everyone lives in that era, and with her it was no different, since she has her own sad story connected to the railways.

    So everytime I hear this song it reminds me of my grandmother and her sadness. And all I can do is call her, and tell her I love her and miss her. I now live in a different country but because of close relations to my family in general, I do miss them and her in particular a lot and often.
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