LINDEN WAS BURNING

 

Linden was burning, burning,

a girl sat under it

sparks were falling on her

and boys were crying over her

 

Boys brought water in sieve 

and tried to extinguish the green linden fire

the amount of water in that sieve

equals the spells on the boys

 

Girls brought water too

and tried to extinguish the green linden fire

the number of holes on the sieve

equals the number of beautiful girls.

 

BEHIND OUR GARDEN    

 

Behind our garden the sun rises

a young bricklayer began to come to us

Oh, my mother give me your advice

should he come , or should he not come

that young bricklayer

 

Oh, my daughter

don't fall in love with the bricklayer

the bricklayer will leave soon and you will be left alone

 

nine months have passed

a little bricklayer came into the world

and he cries very loudly

 

 

GOLDEN CARRIAGE

 

I smile sometimes and tell everyone I'm fine

I'm wiping away tears, tears of time since you left

again I swear by the pale shadows and lie that I'm fine

only the walls know because they absorb my pain since you left

 

only sometimes, who knows where, when I close my eyes I see you

how the golden carriage carry you far, how the carriage carry you very far

only sometimes, who knows where, when I touch the sky, I see you

how the golden carriage carry you far, how the carriage carry you very far  

 

I will be taken by unknown gypsies, a dark and black dreams,

it kills me back to the day you left

 

nly sometimes, who knows where, when I close my eyes I see you

how the golden carriage carry you far, how the carriage carry you very far

only sometimes, who knows where, when I touch the sky, I see you

how the golden carriage carry you far, how the carriage carry you very far

 

 

YOU GAVE YOUR HEARTH TO ANOTHER

 

Everyone knew about our warm love long ago

many envied us, many gave us support

we were a nice couple, making our plans to be together forever

we waited for our wishful days

 

 

but you failed me and you gave your heart to another

this engagement ring you so easily removed from your finger

at that moment, could you think what our destiny would be like

 

 

I live another life because you did not promise yourself to me

I sought happiness with you but you gave me no love

I no longer grieve because of your insincerity

in all this I ' m finding solace

 

 

but you failed me and you gave your heart to another

this engagement ring you so easily removed from your finger

at that moment, could you think what our destiny would be like

 

 

 

 

ROSES, RED ROSES

 

Composer: Jakim SIVC

(1935-1987)

 

One Saturday at a dance,

while the music played quietly,

the girl was standing with a friend,

she held the roses in her hands.

 

Friend went with her boyfriend,

the girl was left alone,

and she picked the rose petals one by one,

from her red roses.

 

Roses, red roses,

beautiful scented flower,

roses are my favorite flowers,

they are my whole world.

 

while the music played quietly,

the two of us were left alone.

and roses, beautiful and red,

smelled all around us.

 

I asked her why she was picking

petals from her red roses,

and she just smiled

and gave her roses to me.

 

Girl, beautiful girl,

there is nobody more beautiful than you

I will love you forever,

more than the whole world!

 

 

 

 

 

 

BE QUIET, DEAR, DON'T KNOCK

 

Be quiet, dear, don't knock

don't make noise with your spur

because my mother's, my mother's door

is not too far

 

Because my mother's door

is not too far

when in the morning, when I wake up in the morning

she will talk to me

 

When I woke up in the morning

my mother asked me

with whom have you, with whom have you, my daughter,

chatted last night?

 

With feather quilt, mother, with feather quilt, mother,

with feather quilt, mother, I had trouble

you made it short, you made it short

it barely covered me.  

 

 

 

EVERYONE'S GOOD

 

Everyone's good, everyone's good 

except me, except me 

everyone has a girlfriend 

but me, but me .  


W hy didn't you get married 

Yanko the playboy 

when a shot of brandy 

cost one coin only .  

 

E h, the bartender lady died 

she wasn't in pain 

she put a lot of brandy 

on our tab 

 

I f she died, let her rest in peace 

sad she's not alive 

because nobody can put brandy 

on our tab now .

 

 

LET THE MOON SHINE

 

Let the moon shine from evening until the morning because I can't sleep

An enlistment is here, I'll be recruited tomorrow,

now I'm waiting for my girlfriend

 

Open the window for me, dear, so I can embrace your face one more time

Wait for me for two years, my dear girlfriend.

 

Friends sing while they are being recruited, I have to go too.

To my parents, my brother and my sister, I have to say goodbye

 

Don't worry about me, mother, take care of my dear girlfriend.

I'll write you a letter from the war, farewell.

 

After one year my sweetheart cheated on me and got married.

It wood be too long if she waited another year.

 

Thank you, dear,  I want you know you are older than me,

now I love a three years younger girl, she is my true love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SONG OF RUSYN or ( MY VILLAGE OF RUSKI KERESTUR )

 

In the middle of wide plain

you, as a mother of those people,

maintain traditions for years

and its Rusyn name

 

(Refrain)

Always watered with peasant's sweat

acres more precious than gold

mother sings with them, and she cries with them too,

while she raises her Rusyn son.

 

Even destiny often grabbed your children

from your arms

their unconditional love toward you

protected them to these days

 

The years weighted down the roofs

your ever warm homes

deep wounds will be healed

with your arrival to dear family

stay young,  our village,

our youth will continue

to sing the Rusyn songs

and we will last to eternity

 

 

 

I WAS CRAZY

 

 

I was crazy 

that I loved you 

Shey, hoy, what your mother 

has done bad mouthing to me 

All the things she has done

and gossiped

 

Shey, hoy, but she has raised

an drunkard son of her own

give me my dear, give me, 

why wouldn't you give me 

Shey, hoy, some red wine 

from a clear glass 

 

 

 

MIKLOSHEVCI'S LOVE

 

One spring destiny opened its eyes

a voice came to me from heaven

angel sent rays of golden little heart

we wrote about ourselves, about our village

we wrote about ourselves, our wish

we were separated by worlds, countries, oceans...

we were united by love and our wish.

 

Mikloshevci's love, sacred, given to us by God

branch faithfully knits our spring flowers

Mikloshevci's love will stay forever

where the branch knits our spring flowers

 

You came, my beloved, on unforgettable path

sincere love appeared

you gave my heart attention

we wrote about ourselves, about our village

we wrote about ourselves, our wish

we were separated by worlds, countries, oceans...

we were united by love and our wish

 

Mikloshevci's love, sacred, given to us by God

branch faithfully knits our spring flowers

Mikloshevci's love will stay forever

where the branch knits our spring flowers

our spring flowers

 

 

 

 

MOTHER'S GERANIUM

 

Life took me far away

happy years are gone

here in this strange foreign country

I miss the wide fields.

 

I work here under the foreign sky,

I came here to earn a living,

but my thoughts wander

over the fields of my native country.

 

Refren

 

Mother's geranium

that was on in the window sill

I remember it often

in the fall, when wind blows.

 

Mother's geranium

I can almost smell them

and sound of mother

I can almost hear

 

I see our little home through the fog,

I'm stepping onto home's threshold

and suddenly, I ' m seeing near the flower s

mother's smiling face.

 

Tears fall down my cheek

the image vanishes in the fog,

I can't hear the song mother sang

when she watered her geraniums .

 

Refren

 

Mother's geranium

that was on in the window sill

I remember it often

in the fall, when wind blows.

 

Mother's geraniums

I can almost smell them

and sound of mother

I can almost hear.

 

 

 

LET SONG TELL US

 

Between stars

one shines only for me

between emotions

my heart is burning

let heaven answer me

will you be mine

I'm giving you the dreaming song

let it guard and love you  

just like me

 

let this song give you

same things I would

only heaven knows how much I love you

let this song give you same things I would

only heaven knows

only heaven knows how much I love you

 

with my song I wish for your love

because of your love

my wings are growing

I'm looking for your hands, for you

I wander in the nights

need for you calls me

I will find you

we'll be together forever

 

let this song give you same things I would

only heaven knows how much I love you

let this song give you same things I would

only heaven knows

only heaven knows how much I love you

 between stars

 

 

 

Happy New Year

 

While the small stars were twinkling

snowflakes were falling

under the lantern two souls stood

and they whispered to one another quietly

music started playing somewhere

it warmed young hearts

one snowflake landed on them

and it said to the two souls in love

 

Happy New Year to you

celebrate the night

in the winter setting

plenty of music

Happy New Year!

 

The night was clear, joyous

the song was gentle, enchanting,

at the leisurely pace of this waltz

every tear will be wiped

let it snow white

let my darling stand by me

and sing happily "Mnohaja ljita!"

let our youth bloom

 

Happy New Year to you

celebrate the night

in the winter setting

plenty of music

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

HEY, GIRLS

 

Hey, girls, do you hear?

where do you gather the hay?

hey, hey, hey, hey

where do you gather the hay?

 

I will go with you,

so you won't gather the hay alone.

hey, hey, hey, hey

you won't gather the hay alone.

 

Hey, I will mow the grass

and I'll make the haystacks

hey, hey, hey, hey

I will make the haystacks

 

Don't tell anybody

just carry the hay home.

hey, hey, hey, hey

just carry the hay home.

 

 

 

 

MAPLE TREE EXPANDS BIG BRANCHES

 


Maple tree expands big branches
no room behind it;
A beautiful girl
will become a beautiful bride.



What kind of water is it
in this deep well?
Her mother washed her rosy cheeks
with this same water.



Is this the same well's water
they bathed her in?
But when the first suitor came
they gave her to him.

 

 

 

HIDE YOUR TEAR

 

I t's not worth hiding your tear

it won't erase your pain

bachelor's tear often deceiving

that tomorrow is better than yesterday was

 

it's not worth hiding your tear

it won't  drown out your pain

tear only gives you hope

but pain remains in your soul

 

Share your sorrow with your friend

if  it  is a real friend

he will understand you

with a smile on his face

 

Share your sorrow with your friend

if it is an old friend

he will understand you

with a smile on his face

 

the tear can sometimes be sincere

but hard to understand

and we can forgive

the sins from our youth with it

 

And then wipe your tear

song will dry it out

song saves all the memories

in your tired soul

 

sing the song with your friend

don't spare the guitar strings

forget your tear forever

and those old times

 

sing the song with your friend

don't spare the guitar strings

forget your tear forever

and those old times

 

forget the song forever

and those old times

 

 

 

 

SEVEN TULIPS

 

Seven tulips every Spring

bloomed in the garden beneath our window.

seven tulips covered in dew

their smell was present every morning

 

Refrain

 

Seven tulips red, fragrant,

grow proud and sumptuous,

let the Sun caress you every Spring,

let our little home be happy.

 

In our little house love lives,

here, as a swallows, we made our nest.

red, tender blossoms of tulips

gave beauty to our happy days.

 

Refrain

 

Seven tulips red, fragrant,

grow proud and sumptuous,.

let the Sun caress you every Spring,

let our little home be happy.

 

 

 

 

I WAS RUSYN

 

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I was, I am and I will remain Rusyn,

I was born a Rusyn,

My honorable lineage I will not forget,

And I shall remain its son;

My father and mother were Rusyn,

As are all my relatives,

My brothers and sisters are Rusyns,

and my large group of friends;

My great and mighty people

Are united in peace,

and with renewed strength and spirit,

Are magnanimous to all others.

I first saw this world under the Beskid range,

The first breath I drew was Rusyn,

And I was raised on Rusyn bread,

A Rusyn it was who cradled me.


When I opened my mouth for the first time,

I spoke Rusyn words,

And it was over Cyrillic letters

That sweat ran from my young brow.

Later I was educated as a Rusyn.

And as such went out into the wide world;

But I did not forget

My own distinguished people.

And now who shows me the way?

Who nourishes me?

Who uplifts me?

It is the Rusyn nation

Which upholds my respectability.

It is for you, my people,

I bow down to the living God.

Through sweat and hard work

I pay back my obligation

And give to you as much as I can

Accept as a gift and with sincerity.

This little book

And its writer's words

I will not forget to sacrifice this repentance

From the bottom of my heart.

I will remain your devoted

Friend until I die.

 

 

 

 

 

THE HORSE WAGON SERVED HONESTLY,

AND IT SERVED OUT...

 

I am a horse wagon
I was built from the best wood and iron
by the most skilled craftsmen - wagonmaker and
blacksmith
they built me to last for centuries
during my long life I served people honestly
every time
I am a horse wagon ... my time expired
nobody needs me anymore!

 

 

 

THE GREEN WHEAT FIELD

 

The green wheat field

is full of red poppies

t he girl fel l in love

with one guy.

 

People mowed the wheat

red poppies disap p eared

but the girl can't forget

about the guy.

 

Don't cry, beautiful girl,

You should know how guys are

t heir love is just like

the blooming red poppy .

Text: Jelena SOLONAR, poetess (1900-1982)

 

MY VILLAGE, WHERE I WAS BORN,

IS NOT VISIBLE

 

My village, where I was born,

is not visible

but I can see the pathways

I walked on before.

 

Pathways are white, and very precious to my heart,

which are placed between poplars

why are you overgrown

with these weeds?

 

My girlfriend left, I don't have a date

paths are becoming overgrown ,

full of weeds, but my heart is full of sadness.

 

 

 

HEY, TELL US, MOM, TELL US

 

Hey, tell us, mom, tell us

to whom you will raise your daughter?

She is for you, dear John, she is for you

if the Lord gives mercy to you, next summer!

Get married, dear John, stay married

do not worry about another woman

because this woman is not yours

she will reveal everything about you!

 

 

WHEN I GO MARCHING

 

When I go marching

I'll give my horse to be horseshoed

I'll put a flower on my hat

my dear, I will leave you

 

 

I'll leave you and you'll cry

you will clasp your tender hands

I will, my dear, be concerned

far away, behind the mountains

 

 

Behind the mountains by the pond

dark raven drinks water

raven sips and sips

while grieving two sweethearts.

 

* dark raven is a symbol of WAR, it "drinks water" means it kills people, how many times ravem sips of water, every sip - one killed solder more...

 

 

 

 

WHERE ARE YOU GOING, HELENKO, HELENKO

 

Where are you going Helenko, Helenko? To the threshing barn for green hay

Don't close the threshing barn's gate behind you because, Helenko, I'm following you

Where are you going, Janichko, Janichko? To the garden to mow the grass

Do not close the garden gate behind you because I, your girlfriend, am going too

Where are you going Margitka, Margitka? I'm going to the threshing barn for the green grain

Do not close the threshing barn gate behind you because, Margito, I'm following you

Where are you going Janichko, Janichko? To the flower garden by the white rose

Do not close the flower garden gate behind you because I, your girlfriend, am going too

 

TO MY DARLING BY THE WINDOW


Music and words: Mihailo LJIKAR

 

To my darling by the window every evening

I loved singing with my friends

 

The window was ajar, my dear was asleep

her mother was watching us from another room

 

 

We drank the wine and sang a happier song ž

 

The window was ajar, my dear was asleep

her mother was watching us from another room

 

The morning star hid from us

the song annoyed the neighbors as well

 

 the window was ajar, my dear was asleep

her mother was watching us from another room

 

 

COME HERE GIRLS. IT'S ALREADY EVENING    

 

Come here girls to our circle dance

Hey, let's not have a dolled up girl gossip about us  

One old grandmother was gossiping about me

Hey, may God make her eat a hundred-year-old snake

It's evening, it's evening, it's getting dark

my heart begins to go crazy for my dear

I will decide, I will sit a broody black hen on the eggs,  

I'll sell the chickens and I'll give the feathers to my boyfriend

I am a beautiful girl and I have attractive eyes

when I wink with my eyes my boyfriend will kiss me

Hey, kiss me, darling, kiss me

hey, kiss my red cheek

because you, my dear, are my great consolation

 

 

I'M A GIRL LIKE A ROSE

 

I'm a girl like a rose

I don't want a drunkard for my husband

I want to have a husband

who will love me and who I will love too

 

Red flowers and white lily

give me, Lord God, a beautiful boyfriend.

 

I found myself a darling

a handsome bachelor

we walked in the grove together

with a large tarp for the grass  

Rred flowers and white lily

give me, Lord God, a beautiful boyfriend.

 

As soon as we got to the grove

we reaped enough grass

the tarp was full of grass

the bed was ready for us  

 

Red flowers and white lily

give me, Lord God, a beautiful boyfriend.

 

The stars were shining in the sky

and we kissed passionately

dew was falling from the sky

I fell asleep in the grove with my darling  

 

Red flowers and thorny rose

thank you, God, for a good husband

 

If a girl spends the night in the grove

she should immediately prepare a dowry for herself

and with a dowry a cradle too

and a ring on her hand  

 

Red flowers and thorny rose

thank you, God, for a good husband  

 

 

LOVE

 

 

Love, love I gave

and my gentle hands too

I gave my whole self

only to you, my dear

 

Refrain

How much I love you

let your heart tell you

you are my joy

you always bring me happiness.

 

I just want to stay yours

while my heart is beating

my soul loves you

it lives only for you

 

 Refrain

 

I desire sun's light

just for you and our years together

I will love you forever

because you are my happiness.

 

Refrain

 

 

 

 

AN APPLE HANGS, HANGS    

 

 

An apple hangs, hangs, but it must fall  

if a girl is beautiful, she must get married    

 

Ivan, Ivan, I would love you  

if my mother didn't beat me because of you    

 

Because of you, she beat me and forbade me everything  

so our love would last longer    

 

Hanichko, Hanichko my dear quail  

Don't listen to your mom, let me kiss your face    

 

Celebration, celebration, people are celebrating  

how do we find out what will happen to the two of us

 

an apple hangs, hangs but it does not fall  

and that love of ours will wither forever

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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