rainians.co.uk for iTunes releases including this song and Chyrvona Ruta in English. Other songs also on Soundclick international mp3 chart here rainian.com my myspace site here rainians, home site here . My Ukrainian web sites page is here rainians.co.uk which has some other Ukrainian bands amongst other stuff.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Stepan, and I am known by my nickname "Ludwig" by those who know me in Ukrainian diaspora community circles. I was the original accordionist and co-songwriter for Vorony, Kultura and The Smiths EP of The -Ukrainians.
Imagine a lonely mother in a remote Ukrainian village listening to this song on a crackly old bit of vinyl on her old Soviet era gramophone player as the last child to leave home sings along to it in a far away land.
It's a popular Ukrainian traditional song by composer P. Mayboroda (words by Malyshko) about mother and child parting for ever, a common occurrence in Ukraine's often tragic history. The mother gives him a traditional cloth into which she has embroidered all her hopes and fears, and her love for him. That's basically the gist of the song.
I thought it lends itself to Spanish guitar and French accordion interpretation quite nicely.
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