Jovano Jovanke

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A folk song from Macedonia, about star-crossed lovers who drown in the Vardar river, which separates them. Sung by Maren Lisac, Matt Rodgers, and Chelsea Walton. Flugelhorn solo by Geoff Colpitts. Lyrics in Macedonian.


Jovano, Jovanke,
Kraj vardaro sedish mori,
Bello platno belish,
Bello platno belish dusho,
Se nagore gledash.

Jovano, jovanke,
Jas te tebe cekam mori,
Doma da mi dojdes,
A ti ne doadas duso,
Srce moje jovano.

Jovano, jovanke,
Tvojata majka mori,
Tebe ne te pusta,
So mene da dojdes duso,
Srce moje jovano.

Jovano, Jovanke,
You sit by the Vardar,
Bleaching your white linen,
Bleaching your white linen, my dear,
Looking at the hills.

Jovano, Jovanke,
I'm waiting for you,
To come to my home,
And you don't come, my dear,
My heart, Jovano.

Jovano, Jovanke,
Your mother
Won't let you go,
Come to me, my dear,
My heart, Jovano.


from Živeli!, released April 6, 2012



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Wandering the streets of Vancouver with battered and ancient instruments, appearing and disappearing into the night, and dressed in the highest fashions of your great-grandparent’s youth, with a bottle in hand of that delicate concoction which is half of the band’s name, everything they cross paths with becomes a Balkan wedding dance party... ... more

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