Čirčanka - The Chirchanka Stream

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Rusyn from Prešov, Slovakia

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Čirčanka pretikat prez našu dolinu.
Ne možu zabŷty na ljubov maminu,
na ljubov maminu, ta na svoho njan’ka
staraly šja o nja, jak bŷla’m choren’ka.

Bŷla ja choren’ka zo žalju vel’koho.
Terpyt moja duša pro moho miloho.
Ja ne mam miloho, na vojnu rukoval.
Jak zme šja lučily, virnost’ mi sljuboval.

Čirčanka pretikat prez naše selečko.
Mij milŷj na vojni, bolit nja serdečko.
To moje serdečko vše šja lem strachuje
či milŷj na vojni druhu ne ljubuje.

Čirčanka pretikat do š’vita šŷroho.
Budu ja čekala svojoho miloho.
Čirčanka, Čirčanka, prekrasnŷj jaročok,
mij milŷj šja verne až na druŷj ročok.

Translation:
The Chirchanka stream flows through our valley.
I will never forget my mother’s love,
the love of my mother and my dear father
who tried to take care of me when I was sick.

I was ill because of great sorrow.
My soul is suffering for my sweetheart.
I don’t have a sweetheart, he’s gone to the army.
When we parted, he promised to be faithful.

The Chirchanka stream flows through our little village.
My sweetheart is at war, my heart aches.
It’s my heart that is fearful
that he loves another.

The Chirchanka stream flows to the wide world.
I’ve been waiting for my sweetheart.
Chirchanka, Chirchanka, beautiful ravine,
my sweetheart will return yet next year.

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from Amerikana, released April 20, 2013
Steve Kaul: 6-string Martin acoustic guitar
Scott Keever: slide/6-string Amistar resonator guitar
Adam Kiesling: upright bass
Natalie Nowytski: vocals
Jim Parker: mandolin

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Natalie Nowytski Minneapolis, Minnesota

Classically trained vocalist-turned-folk music geek. Award-winning composer & performer. Teacher. Director. Ukrainian. Sings in 40+ languages and 12+ distinct vocal styles. Heard on A Prairie Home Companion. This is what happens when she lets her hair down. ... more

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