Lastovka
Elda Viler

Lutnja je ubita,
ugasnil je čas,
Ogenj je izgubil svoj
jarki obraz,
Strmo, uporno,
gre trpki mir,
v srca se useda,
neba ni nikjer.

The lute is broken,
time has run out,
The fire has lost its fierceness,
Abruptly, relentlessly
the bitter peace, settles in the heart, the sky is nowhere to be found.

Takrat zaihtiš, za tisoče ljudi,
Takrat zaihtiš in to še nisi ti,
Vate pride drobna,
drobna ptica,
Ona sladko žalost zvabi
ti na lica,

Then you weep for the thousands of people
Then you weep that you are not yet you
A tiny little bird comes inside of you,
It sweet sadness draws to your cheeks.

Kaj jo je prignalo,
odkod je le prišla,
čisto noter vate
jokat lastovka,
Kaj jo je prignalo,
odkod je le prišla,
čisto noter vate
jokat lastovka.

What brings it, from whence it came?
From deep within you, the swallow cries
What brings it, from whence it came?
From deep within you, the swallow cries.

Spominjanje je trudno,
današnji dan boleč,
V mislih kaj še pride,
je več kot odveč,
Tesnoba je povsod,
kjerkoli vase vdreš,
In najbrž si nikoli,
do kraja ne prispeš.

Remembering is tiresome, the day today painful,
What comes next in thoughts is just too much
Anguish is all about, whenever one digs deep within; and you'll probably never find yourself.

In ihtiš, ihtiš, za tisoče ljudi,
Ihtiš, ihtiš, ihtiš in to si tudi ti,
Vate prišla je, drobna,
drobna ptica,
In ona bridko žalost
vabi ti na lica.

And you weep and weep, for the thousands of people
You weep and weep, you weep and that is also you.
A tiny little bird goes inside you,
And it sweet sadness lures to your cheeks.

Kaj jo je prignalo,
odkod je le prišla,
čisto noter vate
jokat lastovka,
Kaj jo je prignalo,
odkod je le prišla,
čisto noter vate
jokat lastovka.

What brings it, from whence it came?
From deep within you, the swallow cries
What brings it, from whence it came?
From deep within you, the swallow cries.

Morda zato izbrala
ravno je srce,
Ker tam je toplo, toplo,
zato ker smo ljudje,
Kaj jo je prignalo,
odkod je le prišla,
čisto noter vate
jokat lastovka.

Perhaps that’s why she chose just the heart
Because there it’s warm, warm because we are people
What brings it, from whence it came?
From deep within you, the swallow cries


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Up Close and Personal:

Elda Viler    (DOB - ? )

An amazingly rich and melodious voice accompanied by the music and poetic lyrics of true masters are the making of a truly revered artist,  Elda Viler!

Elda Viler is very popular Slovene singer. She was born in Kras, Slovenia where she also grew up. Her most productive years and the time when she experienced her greatest celebrity was during the 1960's and 70's"

Her songs are the creations of some of the best composers such as  Mojmir Sepe, Ati Soss and Jure Robeznik. The lyrics were again written by the best poets the likes of the famous Gregor Strnisa and Elza Budau.

Apparently Elda Viler appeared on a television show called "Jugovizija" in 1975(1). Do you know more about this show and her role there?

Genre:  Slovene music

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