Roots

by Valkania

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about

The title Roots means different things to us.

It is our birthplace, which is never the same after we have left it.

It is settling in a new place which is never quite the same as home.

It is our musical heritage: Balkan folk, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Rolling Stones, Baroque...

It is our time-roots: are we rooted in the past?

It is our spiritual roots.

It is about the roots of conflicts in our relationships.

"If I stay or if I go,

I'll be a foreigner, I know"

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released 07 June 2013
Viktor Mastoridis, Nikolay Angarev, Nikolay Baldaranov, Andy Dewar

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Valkania UK

A band from East London, UK, our style is Acoustic Balkan World Music with a touch of Rock and Blues.

Our songs are about the joys and sorrows of life, the beauty and pain of love, the essence of friendship, the search for meaning.

We sing in English, Greek, Macedonian, Serbian and Bulgarian languages.

We play Greek bouzouki, baglamas, tamboura, guitars, bass, keyboard, darbuka, cajon etc.
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Track Name: We Live The Life
WE LIVE THE LIFE (lyrics)

A table with food and drinks and cheer tonight
A song to sing and fill our hearts with light
Come and join us too
We'd love to sing with you
The whole night through

We live the life, we love the life
We love the people that are dreaming tonight
We celebrate the good things coming
Fill up your glass and spill your heart
(Fill up your heart and spill your glass)

Look at faces, see the sparkle in the eye
Good vibrations flowing in the air tonight
It's lovely to be here
With you my friends so dear
To share the night

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Track Name: Up And Down
UP AND DOWN (lyrics description)

A love story about the ups and downs in a relationship filled with affection and humor and sung in Macedonian folk-style.

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ДЕ НА ГОРЕ ДЕ НА ДОЛЕ

Ние двајца сме си, вљубени, скарани
Наш'та љубов си е, романи, пишани

Де на лево де на десно ми бегаш душо
Ти со мене си поигруваш знај
Де на горе де на доле ме трескаш, дудо
Не можам да излезам на крај

Де ти пречи што сум гласен,
Де ти пречи што сум тажен
Тивок, повлечен, сам

Де ми велиш ај со мене
Де ми велиш ти без мене
- ќе си бидеш на раат

Нашиот живот си е цртанка, обоена
Црвена, портокалова, бела, црна и зелена

Де на лево де на десно ми бегаш душо
Ти со мене си поигруваш знај
Де на горе де на доле ме трескаш, дудо
Не можам да излезам на крај

Де ти пречи што си свирам,
Цел ден јас те игнорирам
Не те фермам јас

Де ми велиш сакаш простор
Со себе да бидеш просто
- Себе се најдеш ти

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(transliteration)

Nie dvajca sme si, vljubeni, skarani
Nash'ta ljubov si e, romani, pishani

De na levo de na desno mi begash dusho
Ti so mene si poigruvash znaj
De na gore de na dole me treskash, dudo
Ne mozham da izlezam na kraj

De ti prechi shto sum glasen,
De ti prechi shto sum tazhen
Tivok, povlechen, sam

De mi velish aj so mene
De mi velish ti bez mene
- kje si bidesh na raat

Nashiot zhivot si e crtanka, oboena
Crvena, portokalova, bela, crna i zelena

De na levo de na desno mi begash dusho
Ti so mene si poigruvash znaj
De na gore de na dole me treskash, dudo
Ne mozham da izlezam na kraj

De ti prechi shto si sviram,
Cel den jas te ignoriram
Ne te fermam jas

De mi velish sakash prostor
So sebe da bidesh prosto
- Sebe se najdesh ti

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Track Name: Joy
Joy (lyrics description)

What would one do to win the heart of the beloved: walk and sing, or swim the sea? A jolly love song in Greek originally composed many years ago, with the last verse added in 2013 as a thanksgiving for the birth of a baby girl.

Χαρά

Τα ματια σου, τα γαλανά, για να τα δω, εγώ ξανά,
Θα περπατώ στο μαχαλά, θα τραγουδώ, αλλα-αλλα
Τα χερια σου, πιο όμορφα, για να κρατώ εγώ ξανά,
Θα κολυμπήσω στο γάλλο, να ησυχάσω το μυαλό

Όλα τα δικά μου εγώ τα πούλησα, δώρα να σου πάρο ματια μου,
Δίχως τα φιλια σου δεν μπορώ να ζω, ποσο σαγαπώ

Το στόμα μου, κουράστηκε, πια να σου λέει, πως σαγαπώ,
Πως σε λατρεύω ειλικρινά, για σένα εγώ, υπάρχω εδώ
Μα όταν εσύ, χαμογελάς, και μου μιλάς πως μαγαπάς,
Απ τι χαρά, τρελαίνομαι, ζαλίζομαι, στηρίζομαι

Και τούτη τι καντάδα μου, προσφέρω εγώ ζούλα μου
Για να σου πω ευχάριστο, απ'τή καρδια, αγάπη μου
Για να σου πω ευχάριστο, που φώτισες το σπίτι μας
Για το κορίτσι όμορφο, που έφερες στα χερια μας

(transliteration)

Ta matia sou, ta galana, gia na ta dw, egw ksana,
THa perpatw sto maxala, tha tragoudw, alla-alla
Ta xeria sou, pio omorfa, gia na kratw egw ksana,
THa kolympisw sto gallo, na isyxasw to myalo

Ola ta dika mou egw ta poylisa, dwra na sou paro matia mou,
Dixws ta filia sou den mporw na zw, poso sagapw

To stoma mou, kourastike, pia na sou leei, pws sagapw,
Pws se latreyw eilikrina, gia sena egw, yparxw edw
Ma otan esy, xamogelas, kai mou milas pws magapas,
Ap ti xara, trelainomai, zalizomai, stirizome

Kai toyti ti kantada mou, prosferw egw zoyla mou
Gia na sou pw efxaristo, ap'ti kardia, agapi mou
Gia na sou pw efxaristo, pou fwtises to spiti mas
Gia to koritsi omorfo, pou eferes sta xeria mas
Track Name: Balkan People
BALKAN PEOPLE (lyrics description)

A song, in Serbian, about about the Balkan people scattered around the world, their joys and sorrows, nostalgic and romantic ways; inspired by ex-Yugoslavian band Azra, and Bajaga.

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ЉУДИ ИЗ БАЛКАНА

Живимо у свету знамо етикету,
Људи из Балкана, чудна смо ми страна
Јер кад песма дира и гитара бира
Наше срце пева радује и снева

Хеј,
Засвирајмо, запевајмо,
Заиграјмо, наздравимо
Јер кад наше прође песме ће нас памтити,
Шаптат' ће о нама људима из Балкана

Срце нам широко, жене дар за око
Кад нам туга дође, певамо да прође
Расути по свету птице смо у лету
Људи из Балкана, Севдах и кафана
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(transliteration)

Živimo u svetu znamo etiketu,
Ljudi iz Balkana, čudna smo mi strana
Jer kad pesma dira i gitara bira
Naše srce peva raduje i sneva

Hej,
Zasvirajmo, zapevajmo,
Zaigrajmo, nazdravimo
Jer kad naše prođe pesme će nas pamtiti,
Šaptat' će o nama ljudima iz Balkana

Srce nam široko, žene dar za oko
Kad nam tuga dođe, pevamo da prođe
Rasuti po svetu ptice smo u letu
Ljudi iz Balkana, Sevdah i kafana

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Track Name: Paint It Black
PAINT IT BLACK (lyrics)

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

I see a line of cars and they're all painted black
With flowers and my love both never to come back
I see people turn their heads and quickly look away
Like a new born baby it just happens ev'ry day

I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door and it has been painted black
Maybe then I'll fade away and not have to face the facts
It's not easy facin' up when your whole world is black

No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue
I could not foresee this thing happening to you
If I look hard enough into the settin' sun
My love will laugh with me before the mornin' comes



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Track Name: Don't Get Me Wrong
DON'T GET ME WRONG (lyrics)

Don't get me wrong - I'm not talking 'bout the system
Don't get me wrong - I'm not talking 'bout the Universe
Do get me right - I am talking 'bout ourselves, being lost
Seems to me - we don't know where we belong, any more

If I stay or if I go, I'll be foreigner I know
Hearts - broken in two

Don't get me wrong, I'm not asking for your mercy
Don't get me wrong, I'm not asking for your sympathy
See what I mean, I'll be fine by tomorrow, I'll be great
Leave me alone, you can never understand me,
You never left home

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Track Name: Roots
КОРЈЕНИ

Жао ми, корјена ми жао,
Из њег’ ниче дрво и шума.
Храна и сахрана му,
Чеоне кости открива.

Стидом се закивам,
Именима у кап истине,
Себе не познајем
Искорјењена од своје росе,
Туђом зором се будим.
Стидом се закивам,
Именима у кап истине,
Себе не познајем

Искорјењена зором се будим.

Жао ми лица и облака, у џеповима проклетим.
Из корјена гордошћу, на другој страни мача.
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(transliteration)

Žao mi, korjena mi žao,
Iz njeg’ niče drvo i šuma.
Hrana i sahrana mu,
Čeone kosti otkriva.

Stidom se zakivam,
Imenima u kap istine,
Sebe ne poznajem
Iskorjenjena od svoje rose,
Tuđom zorom se budim.
Stidom se zakivam,
Imenima u kap istine,
Sebe ne poznajem

Iskorjenjena zorom se budim.

Žao mi lica i oblaka, u džepovima prokletim.
Iz korjena gordošću, na drugoj strani mača.



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Track Name: Shadowlands
SHADOWLANDS (lyrics)

Lowering my ideal vision is something I would never accept
Living the Plan B for ever and getting used to it
Waiting for miracles to happen and I wake again, wondering why they don't
Walking my way with the thought: 'Alright, it could be worse'
Living my life in the shadowlands

Pondering what I let go when I left my home
Is lost identity the highest sacrifice to make
Suddenly no one knew my past and I couldn't see my future
I was roaming and losing the will to live
Living my life in the shadowlands

Finally realised that I'd started losing my religion
Losing the faith in me and you and in the world we live
But I couldn't keep on giving up my ideals, dreams are not for sale
What is the worth of an empty soul
Living my life in the shadowlands

I picked myself up, stood on my own two feet
I wasn't born to live In shadows, fears or denials
We were born for greatness, I believe in me and you and the world we're in
Have faith and courage for your dreams
Living my life in the shadowlands

Living my life, living whole life, living a life in the shadowlands
Living my life, living no life, yearning for a life in the shadowlands


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Track Name: Drop By Drop
КАПКА ПО КАПКА

Капка по капка, дъждът ми говори.
В него се вслушвам, на него се моля.
Капка по капка, да се разтворя
В дъжда се надявам, аз във пороя.

Капка по капка, дъждът ми говори,
По стъклото се стича, а умора
В отражение от капката тихо заспива,
насън всеки път успокоено жива.
2.
Дъждът далечен, във бурята странно
Заявява принадлежност моя,
Преди и съм била или след като съм,
Дъждът ще ме милва, заключен в гръм.


(transliteration)
Kapka po kapka, dæždæt mi govori.
V nego se vslušvam, na nego se molya
Kapka po kapka, da se raztvorya
V dæžda se nadyavam, az væv poroya

Kapka po kapka, dæždæt mi govori,
Po stækloto se stiča, a umora
V otraženie ot kapkata tiho zaspiva,
Nasæn vseki pæt uspokoeno živa.

Dæždæt e dalečen, væv buryata stranno
Zayavyava prinadležnost moya,
Predi i sæm bila ili sled kato sæm,
Dæždæt ŝe me milva, zaklûčen v græm.
Track Name: Tell Me
TELL ME (lyrics)


Aman, aman, ooh, zaman

Is that a tear in your little eye
Is that a sadness in your smile
Did someone manage to make you cry
It's al-right I will take care for you
I will do, I love you

Tell me where to find the deepest true love
Is it on the Net or in a shop
Is there a place to go and be a part of it
Yes it is the bottom of your heart

Is that a shadow in your presence
Is that a dark spot in your soul
Did you just stumble and fall in a pit
It's alright I will hold your hand, I will do, I love you



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Track Name: Betraying Love
Sing me a song, beautiful song
from the times that our lives seemed sane

tell me a story, that warms the heart
and makes me feel the wisdom of the world

Who am I, who are you, who are we?
What are we going to say to him?
Now that we hear the worlds cry
Can we shut our eyes – not look?

Do we choose to ignore injustice
Yes it hurts when we see suffering
what's the aim, meaning of our lives?
is it not, to be loved and to love?

Nothing to do, how can we live, betraying Love

2. Dance with me now, the ancient dance
of souls that live in pain from selfishness

Let's have a walk, we walk the Earth
To be alive is an honour and a cross