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Devoiko Mari Xubava (Beautiful Girl)

from Love Songs by The Nightingale Trio

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This is a classic song from the Rhodopea mountains in Bulgaria -- there are hundreds of versions, and for ours we like it slowed way down, so every chord has its moment. A song of a love that cannot be.

Oh girl, beautiful girl - pour me some wine so we can drink together. Beautiful girl, tell me whose troubles are worse - yours or mine?
My troubles are worse, young man, because I have work that will never end - all the sewing and preparation I need to do for my dowry.
My troubles are worse, beautiful girl, because I'm being conscripted into the army, and we won't be together.


Девойко, мари, хубава, девойко
сипни ми винце да пийна, девойко

Девойко, мари, хубава, девойко,
сипни ми винце да пийна, девойко

да пия, да се напия, девойкo
балното да си кажиме, девойко,
чие е бално по множко, девойко.

Моесо бално по множко, юначе,
че имам руба да правя, юначе,
че имам дари да стегам, юначе

Моесо бално по множко, девойко,
че имам служба да служа, девойко.
че нема коща да градя, девойко


from Love Songs, released March 19, 2020
Bulgarian folk song
arranged by Anastas Naumov (1942-1997)
transcribed and taught by the Yale Slavic Chorus, who learned the song via Vesela Ilieva and Mary Sherhart


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The Nightingale Trio is village harmonies, birdsong lullabies, and moonlit round dances. They reignite the flame of women's folk music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

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