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Ishla Vdova Dolynoyu (Vdova) - Ішла Вдова Долиною (Вдова)
Ukrainian, adapted from Ensemble Hurtopravci

We learned this song from Corinne Sykes via Eva Salina via Mariana Sadovska – a rich and beautiful version was recorded in 1993 by Irina Klimenko and Ensemble Hurtopravci, from Poltava in central Ukraine. This song resonates in valleys and caves around the world, where war and displacement are the ravens that scatter the bones of millions of our loved ones.


ішла вдова
ішла вдова же
я вдова долиною
з малим сином
о да жду ти ной

сила вдвоа
силя же вдова же
я вдова спочивати
з малим сином
о да роз молят

о сінуж ми
о сінуж мие
а сину малесеньки
деж твіє батько
о да рід не sенк

Ishla vdova
Ishla vdova zhe
Ya vdova dolynoyu
Z malym synom
Oy da zdy ty noj.

Sila vdova
Si lazhe vdovazhe
Ya vdova spochyvaty
Z malym' synom
Oy daj roz' molyat.

Oy sinuzh mi
Oy sinuzh miye
A synu malesenky
Dezh tvie batko?
Oy da rid ne senk.

English Translation:
A widow went
A widow went, aye,
A widow in the valley
With her small son

Strong widow
Aye, strong widow:
The widow rested
With her young son
And stopped to feed him

Oh my son,
Oh my son,
My tiny son,
Where is your father?
And what of our family?


from Izvora, released September 9, 2016


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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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