Poljana, poljana - Field Girl

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Rusyn from Eastern Slovakia

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// Poljana, poljana, na poljani jama.
   Chlopci bisidujut’ že ja maljovana. //
// Čuli ste taku novinu?
   Chlopci bisidujut’ že ja maljovana. //

// Ja ne maljovana bo šja ne maljuju,
   ani šja za tebe, legin’, ne hotuju. //
// Lelija, lelija trava.
   Ani šja za tebe, legin’, ne hotuju. //

// Ked bŷ ja šja za tja, legin’, rŷchtovala,
   davno, bŷ ja, davno, v čornej zemli spala. //
// Lelija, lelija trava.
   Išči ja moloda bŷm šja vŷdavala. //

Translation:
Field girl, field girl, in the field there’s a hole.
The boys all tease me that I color my face [wear make-up].
Have you heard of such a thing?
The boys all tease me that I color my face [wear make-up].

I’m not made up, for I don’t use colors/wear make-up,
nor, boy, do I get ready for you.
The lilies and the grass [line used as filler].
Nor, boy, do I get ready for you.

And if, boy, I had planned to marry you,
I’d long ago been sleeping in the black earth [in my grave].
The lilies and the grass.
I’m still too young to be given away/married.

credits

from Amerikana, released April 20, 2013
Steve Kaul: 12-string Amistar resonator guitar
Scott Keever: slide/6-string Amistar resonator guitar, brushes
Adam Kiesling: upright bass, banjo
Natalie Nowytski: vocals
Peter Ostroushko: fiddle
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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