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The song got its name from Ederlezi which is a Spring festival, celebrating the return of springtime, celebrated especially by Romani people in the Balkans, Turkey and elsewhere around the world. Ederlezi is the Romani name for the Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian Feast of Saint George. It is celebrated on 6 May [O.S. 23 April] (occurring approximately 40 days after the spring equinox). The various Balkan spellings (Herdeljez, Erdelezi) are variants of the Turkish Hıdırellez, a holiday signaling the beginning of spring, occurring on the same day.
Kroke released a version of the song.
Goran Bregović also recorded a version with Polish lyrics, titled "Nie ma, nie ma ciebie", together with Polish singer Kayah. The band Beirut, Italian saxophonist Daniele Sepe, and the Boston-based band Bury Me Standing also do covers of "Ederlezi". The Gypsy Rebels of Toronto, Ontario also cover the song, featuring the vocals of Micheal T. Butch and his band.
It is featured on Bijelo Dugme's 1998 album Ćiribiribela with the title "Đurđevdan" (St. George's Day). Goran Bregović, the leader of Bijelo Dugme, wrote Serbian lyrics inspired solely by a single verse of a love song by his colleague Đorđe Balašević. He later said that he deliberately added two verses from an Albanian folk song, objecting to the fact that "Đurđevdan" is sometimes perceived as nationalistic song Bregović also recorded a version with Greek lyrics, titled "Tou Ai Giorgi" ("Saint George's", Greek: "Του Αη Γιώργη"), with Greek singer Alkistis Protopsalti in 1991. The Greek lyrics are credited to Lina Nikolakopoulou.
Bulgarian group Ku-ku band, with lead singer Slavi Trifonov, released the song on several albums with Bulgarian lyrics ("Гергьовден", "Gergyovden, "St. George's Day"), Serbo-Bulgarian lyrics ("Свети Георги", "Sveti Georgi", "St. George"), and Romani-Serbo-Bulgarian lyrics ("Erdelezi").
Turkish singer Sezen Aksu released the song on her album titled Düğün ve Cenaze (Wedding and Funeral) with Turkish lyrics ("Hıdrellez") in 1997. The lyrics were adapted by Sezen Aksu and Pakize Barışta.
A beatbox/trip version was released by french band "[Plume Tribu]" on their 2010 album Le Chainon Manquant.
In popular culture
Goran Bregović's version titled "Ederlezi (Scena Djurdjevdana Na Rijeci)") was used in Emir Kusturica's movie Time of the Gypsies, which made the song famous. It was performed by the Macedonian singer Vaska Jankovska, whose unique voice contributed to its success.
"Ederlezi (Scena Djurdjevdana Na Rijeci)" also appeared in the movie Borat, although it has no connection to the authentic music of Kazakhstan. The text in brackets in Serbian means: "The scene of Đurđevdan on the river" - is a description of a scene in the movie of a Đurđevdan celebration on a river in the movie Time of the Gypsies where that song was used. Sacha Baron Cohen's movie doesn't have a Đurđevdan river scene. The song title (and description) was taken from Kusturica's movie soundtrack. In both soundtrack albums – Time of the Gypsies and Stereophonic Musical Listenings That Have Been Origin in Moving Film "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" – it was credited to Goran Bregović, although he is not the author nor the singer of the song on these albums. However, he arranged the song.
|Lyrics in Romani||English translation||Bijelo Dugme's cover||English translation|
Sa me amala oro khelena
Sa o Roma babo, e bakren chinen
E devado babo, amenge bakro
All the Roma, dad, slaughter lambs
They give, Dad, a lamb for us
Proljeće na moje rame slijeće
Drumovi odoše a ja osta
Ej kome sada moja draga
Evo zore evo zore
Njeno ime neka se spominje
Spring is landing on my shoulder
The roads are gone, but I've stayed
Hey, to whom does my darling now
Here comes the dawn,
Let her name be mentioned
|Greek cover||English translation||Bulgarian cover||English translation|
Απ' τους ώμους να, η Άνοιξη περνά,
Του ουρανού πουλιά πάρτε με αγκαλιά
Το όνομα του ανθός, ευωδιάς βυθός,
Look over the shoulders, spring passes,
Birds of sky, take me in your embrace
His name (is) flower, depth of perfume
Пролетта на рамото ми кацна,
Други пътища ще ни повикат,
Spring landed on my shoulder,
Other roads will call on us,
|Turkish cover||English translation||Polish cover||English translation|
Sarı saçları mavi gözleriyle,
Ah ederlezi, niye geldin bu sene
The spring has come,
The mountain is green, the branches are green
Jonquils are smelling everywhere,
Don't cry hıdrellez
He/She has neither a way (known) nor a trace
I don't have anyone I love, I don't have a spouse
Zima na ramiona moje spadła
Ogień tańczyć zaczął już w kominie
Śnieg zasypał dzisiaj wszystkie drogi
Hej moje góry i doliny
Hej moje góry i doliny
The winter has fallen on my shoulders
The fire is dancing in the chimney
Snow has covered all the roads
Oh my mountains and valleys
Oh my mountains and valleys
- Janjatović 2007, pp. 35.
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