Song Lyrics and Excerpts   

A ŠTO TI JE MILA KĆERI

NAVALI SE ŠAR PLANINA

ZASPALO JE SIROČE

SNOŠTI GO VIDOV

ROSNA LIVADA

GUSTA MI MAGLA PADNALA

OJ, OVČARČE

GUGUTKA

KRAJ POTOKA BISTRE VODE

MAJKO IGLA I BIĆVICA

SAGRADIĆU ŠAJKU

MOME STOE

SEDNA BABA DA VEČERA

STOJANE SINE

ZASPALO JE SIROČE

Zaspalo je siroče isprid tudjih dvora,
ručicama doziva priko sinjeg mora.

Dodji, dodji oče moj, mrkla noć se sprema,
naše mile majčice još nam doma nema.

Sinoć su je odveli niki crni ljudi,
tiho su joj pivali da se ne probudi.

Zaspalo je siroče ispod jorgovana,
njega će probuditi zora sudnjeg dana.

Description

"The Orphan is Sleeping" is from Dalmatia, a central part of the Adriatic coast of Croatia. Like a vast majority of songs from this area it is often performed a capella by a group of four or more singers, usually men. It speaks of an orphan who just lost his mother and who is calling for his father, a sailor that is far away at sea and that will probably never return. Although the lyrics to this song are very dark, almost morbid, they are set to a beautiful melody that is in a purely major key.

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