Kebych byla jahodú - If I Were a Strawberry

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Czech (Moravian)

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Kebych byla jahodú malým kvítkem v háji,
věru bych prokvétala každým rokem v máji.

A i tak bych zavoňala v širej po doline
aby vůňa šohaja táhla k mej dědině.

Keby prišel počestný a mňe líčka hladkál,
k temu bych sa sklonila jak jahoda sladká.

Translation:
If I were a small strawberry bloom in the forest,
I would bloom every year in May.

And I would be fragrant over the wide valley
so my fragrance would pull a young man towards my village.

If some honorable [man] came and would stroke my cheeks,
I would bend toward him like a sweet strawberry.

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from Amerikana, released April 20, 2013
Steve Kaul: 6-string Martin acoustic guitar
Adam Kiesling: upright bass
Natalie Nowytski: vocals
Gabriela Sweet: slide/Gretsch poinsettia dobro

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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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