Ukrainian Tunes: “Карпати” (“Carpathians”)

This is one of my favorite Ukrainian national/pop songs (performed, above, by Наталія Бучинська (Natalia Buchyns’ka)). The slash is there because it’s a national song in that it’s about Ukraine — specifically, the beautiful Carpathian Mountains not far from where I live — and a pop song. Beware: it’s super catchy. Below, the Ukrainian lyrics and my rough translation of them (with a little help from Google Translate; sorry the formatting is funky):

Карпати                                                                        Carpathians
Слова і Музика: невідомий; Виконання: Наталія Бучинська // Words & Music: unknown; Performance: Natalia Buchyns’ka

Ой, летять лелеки,                                        Oh, fly stork,

Летять далеко шукати рай.                          Fly far to look for paradise.

Я ж лишаюсь вдома,                                     I am left at home,

Бо тут смереки, бо тут мій край!                For spruce are here, for my land is here!

Тут я рідною мовою,                                    Here I speak the native language,

Наче сни, кольоровою,                                 As colorful dreams,

Розмовляла з дібровами,                              Interviews with oak groves,

Тут мені дала доля два крила!                     It gave me the fortune of two wings!

Приспів:                                                             Refrain:

Я така крилата, бо росла в Карпатах,         I am thus winged, for I grew up in the Carpathians,

Бо росла в Карпатах, де орел літа!  For I grew up in the Carpathians, where there are summer eagles!

В мене очі сині, бо на Україні                      I have blue eyes, because in Ukraine

Сині-сині ночі, небо і вода!                          There are blue, blue nights, skies, and water!

В мене, мов колосся, золоте волосся,          I have golden hair like ears of corn,

Бо на Україні осінь золота!                            For in Ukraine autumn is golden!

Я співаю дзвінко, бо я – українка,                I sing clearly because I am Ukrainian,

Хто мене не любить, тих мені шкода!          I pity those who do not love me!


Ой, летять весною лелеки                              Oh, spring storks fly

Знову у рідний край.                                       Again in their native land.

Ой, летять додому,                                          Oh, they fly home,

Забувши втому, садів розмай.                        Forgetting weariness.

Я зустріну їх піснею                                        I meet them with this song,

Променистою, чистою                                    Radiant, pure

Про той край, де з дитинства я                      About the land where in childhood I

Кожен день пила воду з джерела!                 Drank water from the source every day!

Приспів. (2)                                                Refrain x2

And here’s a clip of a pupil from my district singing the same song. Who do you think sings it better?

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