Zamruknala e Xubava Jana (Dusk Fell around Fair Jana)

from Love Songs by The Nightingale Trio

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A Bulgarian song we learned from the Mila Vocal Ensemble and from watching lots of Bulgarian music TV. We know, we know, this one isn't a love song -- but we loved the way the recording came out and wanted to share.

Night fell around beautiful Jana, beautiful Jana in the green forest. Beautiful Jana wonders which way to go, which path to take.
In the green forest there are many paths; which one to take, which way to go.
Above her, the planet Venus (nicknamed "Denitsa" / the little day) shines, the star is shining brightly. The star tells beautiful Jana:
"Oh Jano, beautiful Jano, Don't go in the green forest; the forest is full of haiduti (guerrilla fighters)."

lyrics

Замръкнала е мари хубава Яна / Zamruknala e mari xubava Jana
хубава Яна мари в гора зелена / Xubava Jana mari v gora zelena

Чуди се маре мари хубава Яна / Chudi se maje mari xubava Jana
от де да мине мари кой път да хване / Ot de da mine mari koj pût da xvane

да де да де да… / Da de da de da…

Гора зелена мари много пътеки / Gora zelena mari mnogo pûteki
коя да хване мари къде да иде / Koja da xvane mari kûde da ide

Над нея грее мари звезда Деница / Nad neja gre’e mari zvezda Denitsa
звезда Деница мари ясно грейница / Zvezda Denitsa mari jasno grejnitsa

да де да де да… / Da de da de da…

Звезда Деница дума хубава Яна / Zvezda Denitsa duma xubava Jana
О Яно, Яно мари хубава Яно / O Jano, Jano mari xubava Jano

Не ходи Яно мари в гора зелена / Ne xodi Jano mari v gora zelena
гора е пълна Яно пълна с хайдути / Gora e pûlna Jano pûlna s xajduti

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from Love Songs, released March 19, 2020
transcribed by Jen Blecha & Marie Rule, Mila Vocal Ensemble / Minneapolis

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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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