Gulyi, Dunyushka

from Izvora by The Nightingale Trio

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Gulyi, Dunyushka – гуляй дунюшка
Ukrainian, adapted from Ansambl Kralytsya

We loved a recording of this song by Ensemble Kralytsya, from the National University of Culture and Arts in Kiev. Our teachers agreed that the dialect in their recording was very old, and many of the words were hard to distinguish. For that reason we’ve adapted the text based on another source recording from Zhitomir oblast in northwestern Ukraine, sung by Russian Old Believers who lived there. It has become very unique blending of ancient text and sounds. Diana Yefanova shared essential help in adapting and translating the text.


гуляй дунюшка
пакoль волюшка

ой да она
да паколь эта волюшка
ой а неспакрытая галава

неспакрытая галава
спакрають дай галовушку мы
ой да минуетса дай вся вальня

минуетса дай вся вальня
вся вальня дай минуетса вся
ой вся девичья красота

Gulyai, gulyai, Dunyushka
Pakol’ volyushka

Oy da ona
Da pakol’ eta vol- olyushka ne
Oy (da) nespakrytaya galava

Nespakryta galava oh
Spakrayut’ dai galo- ovusku mi
Oy (da) minuyetsa dai vsya val’nya

Minuyetsa da vsya val’nya oh
Vsya val’nya dai minu- uyetsa vsya
Oy vsya devich’ya krasata

English Translation:
Walk freely, Dunya
While freedom is yours and your head is uncovered.
Once they cover it, your freedom will be over
And your maidenly beauty with it.


from Izvora, released September 9, 2016


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