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Jurin Prasa Smalku Tiklu

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Published on Jul 31, 2009

This is an arrangement of a Latvian folk song that I learned when I was a child. I'm very grateful to Maruntinja for providing this translation of the Latvian text:

The sea requires delicate net,
The boat asks excellent shoresman

When boat goes white (perfect)
Boat is also shining (also perfect)

Boat goes shining
Hundreds miles per day

Hundreds per day
Hundreds per night

Shiny Boat arrives
to the North's (mythological character) doorstep

North has a beautiful daughter
I went all that way to have a look at her

(she says)"You can come or not,
You wont get me anyway

I'd better walk my father's mud (means I'd better live at my father's) ,
rather than go your way.

Father's mud is made of silver,
Your way is made of tears"

Good buy North's daughter,
You will never see me again

Well, I shall go into the sea
To fight with the North

North has white foam,
But I my boat goes white (perfect).

This is part of the 2009 Summer Strings concert from July 30, 2009. Summer Strings is based in Charleston, Illinois, and invites string players of all levels and all ages (including beginners) to participate.

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