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A Song About Soldiers Going Off to War
Budapesti vasútállomáson   At the Budapest railroad station
három gőzős áll a negyedik vágányon.   three train(s) (lit. steamers)
    stand on the fourth track.
Az elsőnek, jaj de füstől a kéménye,   O how the chimney of the first
    one is smoking,  
azon visznek a magyar határszélre.   on it they are taking me to the
    Hungarian frontier.  
         
Szépen szól az eggyes honvéd banda,   The number one national guard
    band sounds nice,  
magyar fiúk szépen menetelnek rája.   Hungarian boys march nicely to 
    it.    
Menetelnek messze idegen határba,   They are marching to a distant
    foreign frontier,  
mindegyik csak a szabadulást várja.   every one is only waiting for his 
    discharge.  

Budapesti vasútállomás – railroad station of Budapest – (abbreviated as "v.á.”) In addition to several railroad stations, there are three major railroad terminals (pályaudvar, abbreviated as "p.u.”) in Budapest:  Nyugati (Western), and  Keleti (Eastern), are located on the Pest side, and Déli (Southern) pályaudvar, is located on the Buda side. 

Déli pályaudvar’s predecessor was opened in 1861.  Its name is not derived from its geographic location, but from the name of the railway company that built it – the Déli Vasút.  It was the end station of the Buda-Kanizsa line at the time.  It was totally bombed out during World War II, and reconstruction was completed only in 1975.  It is the largest station on the Buda side, with trains servicing western Hungary. Some international trains arrive here and leave from here.

Nyugati pályaudvar was opened in 1877, replacing the end station of Hungary’s first railway line (1846) which ran between Pest and Vác.  It is the largest station in Budapest, and has domestic train service to the outskirts and to eastern Hungary.

Keleti pályaudvar was opened in 1883.  It is the most frequented.  Most international trains arrive and leave from here. 

gőzös – meaning "steamer”.  A gőzös may be a locomotive, a railway train or a steamboat.

határszél – area next to the frontier – soldiers were sent to the area bordering Austria after World War I, before the plebiscite there – also, to the various border areas in World War II

határ – border; outlying fields

eggyes honvéd banda – the number one (eggyes) national guard band –

egy – one
eggyes – number one
Hányas szoba?  What is the room number?
Eggyes. Number one.

In Hungary, showing numbers on you fingers begins with the thumb!

honvéd – term used first in the Freedom Fight of 1848-49  for the national guard set up by Kossuth Lajos to defend Hungary against the Austrians and the national minorities whom Austria was inciting to fight against the Hungarians.  It literally means: "hon” – homeland, "véd” – defends.

According to the Compromise of 1867, the Hungarians were allowed to have their own homeland defense forces integrated into the Austro-Hungarian army, as the Honvédség.  The name has been continued to refer to the Hungarian defense forces to this day.  (Today’s Budapest Honvéd Futball Club used to be the army soccer team.)

szabadulás – being freed; liberation; discharge from the army –

"felszabadulás” was the term applied to the Russian take-over of thecountry at the end of WWII, and liberation from the Nazis

 


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