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Chervona Ruta English adaptation
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Volodymyr Ivasiuk song adapted translation into English. Available at iTunes via http://www.the-ukrainian.co.uk
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Ivasiuk. Eng.Trn. S Pasicznyk
2007
iTunes via www.the-ukes.com
Tue Jan 20, 2009
Rock : Folk Rock
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About the song
Volodymyr Ivasiuk wanted to express his love of his native Ukraine in song. Ruta is Ukrainian for Rue, a green or yellow plant that according to Ukrainian folklore gives a red bloom on the stroke of midsummer night. It is said that anyone who graps the bloom at this moment can see hidden treasures. The song could therefore be seen as a metaphor saying something like "Don't search for hidden treasures, we already have our treasure - our homeland, Ukraine" It is probable that like many other composers and writers in Soviet Ukraine , Ivasiuk had to use coded language to express himself to bypass Soviet editorial autorities.
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Just admit it to me.
You’re controlling my feelings.
Though my heart was in pain
With your spell it is healing.
In the forest you knew
Of the midsummer flower
That when kissed by the sun
Has a magical power.

Please don’t go searching
For the red bloom this evening
For the love that I have for you
Is true and free.
Just as the rivers
Of the mountains are givers
Of clean water;
You’ve given life to me.

As you visit my dreams
In the green glades of summer
You are coming to me
As you would to a lover
And you don’t need to give
Me a flower or a potion
I shall always be here
You have all my devotion.

Please don’t go searching
For the red bloom this evening
For the love that I have for you
Is true and free.
Just as the rivers
Of the mountains are givers
Of clean water;
You’ve given life to me.

©Volodymyr Ivasiuk 1949 -1979 RIP.
Composer, & pop icon in Soviet pre independence Ukraine.
Murdered by the KGB for “being too Ukrainian”
Killers never brought to justice.

English adaptation / translation
Stepan “Ludwig” Pasicznyk
England 24/07/2007