Muši Vam, mamičko - You Must Be, Mommy

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Slovak from Eastern Slovakia


Muši Vam, mamičko na šercu češko bic:
Vichovaľi sce me, vichovaľi sce me,
ňebudzem Vam robic.

Vichovaľi sce me jak dzifku jahodu.
Teraz sce me daľi, teraz sce me daľi
za hliboku vodu.

Za hliboku vodu, za široke more,
a teraz plačece a teraz plačece,
“Dze ši, dzecko moje?”

Tu som, mamko moja, v tim daľekim kraju.
Ket na Vas podumam, ket na Vas podumam,
slizi mi padaju.

You, mommy, must be very sad at heart:
You’ve raised me, you’ve raised me,
but I will not work for you.

You brought me up as a girl-strawberry.
Now you gave me away
over the deep waters.

Over the deep waters, over the broad sea,
and now you are crying, and now you are crying,
“Where are you, my child?”

Here I am, my mom, in far away country.
When I think of you, when I think of you,
I shed tears.


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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