List of Bosnia and Herzegovina folk songs

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This is a list of folk songs and traditional sevdalinka songs which originated in Bosnia and Herzegovina but are also popular in Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

A[edit]

Ah, što ćemo ljubav kriti[edit]

Ah, što ćemo ljubav kriti[1] Oh, Why Should We Hide Our Love
Ah, što ćemo ljubav kriti
kad ja moram tvoja biti
Srce više nije moje
tebi dragi pripalo je
Šta me tebi tako vuče
osjećaji mene muče
Il' me uzmi il' me ubi
nedaj drugom da me ljubi
Oh, why should we hide our love
When I have to be yours
My heart is no longer my own
It belongs to you, my dear
What draws me to you like this
The feelings torment me
Either take me or kill me
Do not allow another to kiss me

E[edit]

Emina[edit]

Emina was originally a poem written by Bosnian Serb poet Aleksa Šantić, first published in 1902.[2] It became a popular sevdalinka covered by many artists from the former Yugoslav republics over the course of the 20th century. The subject of the song is Šantić's teenage neighbor, a Bosniak girl named Emina Sefić. It is one of the most well-known sevdalinkas of all time.[3][4][5]

Aleksa Šantić, author of Emina
Emina Emina[6]
Sinoć kad se vraćah iz topla hamama,
prođoh pokraj bašče staroga imama.
Kad tamo u bašči, u hladu jasmina
s ibrikom u ruci stajaše Emina.
Ja kakva je pusta! Tako mi imana,
stid je ne bi bilo da je kod sultana.
Pa još kada šeće i plećima kreće,
ni hodžin mi zapis više pomoć' neće!
Ja joj nazvah selam. Al' moga mi dina,
ne šće ni da čuje lijepa Emina,
već u srebrn ibrik zahvatila vode,
pa niz bašču đule zaljevati ode.
S grana vjetar puhnu, pa niz pleći puste
rasplete joj njene pletenice guste.
Zamirisa kosa, k'o zumbuli plavi,
a meni se krenu bururet u glavi!
Malo ne posrnuh, mojega mi dina,
al' meni ne dođe lijepa Emina.
Samo me je jednom pogledala mrko,
niti haje, alčak, što za njome crko'!
Last night, returning from the warm hamam
I passed by the garden of the old Imam
And lo, in the garden, in the shade of a jasmine,
There with a pitcher in her hand stood Emina.
What beauty! By iman I could swear,
She would not be ashamed if she were at the sultan’s!
And the way she walks and her shoulders move...
-- Not even an Imam’s amulet could help me!
I offered her salaam, but by my dīn,
Beautiful Emina would not even hear it.
Instead, scooping water in her silver pitcher,
Around the garden she went to water the roses.
A wind blew from the branches down her lovely shoulders
Unraveling those thick braids of hers.
Her hair gave off a scent of blue hyacinths,
Making me giddy and confused!
I nearly stumbled, I swear by my faith,
But beautiful Emina did not come to me.
She only gave me a frowning look,
Not caring, the naughty one, that I am crazy for her!

Many artists have covered the song, but the version by fellow Mostar native, Bosnian singer Himzo Polovina, remains the most popular. Upon hearing of the death of Emina Sefić, Polovina went to poet Sevda Katica's home in the village of Donja Mahala. He found her in the yard of the family home, informed her of Emina's death and she shuddered with grief and spoke the verses:

New verses Translation
Umro stari pjesnik, umrla Emina
ostala je pusta bašća od jasmina
salomljen je ibrik
uvelo je cvijeće
pjesma o Emini, nikad umrijet neće.
The old poet has died, Emina has died
The empty garden of jasmine was left behind
The pitcher is broken
The flowers have withered
The song about Emina, will never die.

Polovina recorded the song and added Sevda's new verses.

K[edit]

Karanfil se na put sprema[edit]

A Bosnian traditional folk song.[7] Although the song is much older, the first known recording was in 1935[8] in Gacko to the voice of a Bosniak peasant singer in her 60s named Halima Hrvo (née Đemo) from the village of Tjentište near Foča.[9][10]

Karanfil se na put sprema[11] Karanfil Prepares for a Journey
Karanfil se na put sprema
i pjeva aman, aman
na put sprema i pjeva
a draga mu konja sedla i plače
Karanfile, cvijeće moje iz bašče,
aman, aman, cvijeće moje iz bašče
Ti odlaziš mene mladu ostavljaš
aman, aman, mene mladu ostavljaš
ostavljam te tvojoj majci i svojoj
aman, aman, tvojoj majci i svojoj
Šta će meni moja majka i tvoja
aman, aman, moja majka i tvoja
kad ja nemam svog
dilbera kraj sebe
Karanfil prepares for a journey
and sings aman, aman,
prepares for a journey and sings
while his bride saddles his horse and weeps
Karanfil, my flower from my garden
aman, aman, flower from my garden
-"You are departing and leaving me, so young
aman, aman, leaving me so young."
-"I am leaving you with your mother and mine
aman, aman, your mother and mine."
-"What do I care for my mother and yours
aman, aman, my mother and yours
if I don't have my
beloved next to me."
Halima Hrvo version; Bosnian Halima Hrvo version; English
Karanfil se na put sprema, ej sprema
E sprema, moj dilbere, moj
Karanfilka konja vada i plače
"Karanfile, ime moje, i tvoje,
S kim ti mene ludu mladu ostavljaš?"
"Ostavljam te s tvojom majkom i mojom."
"Kad mi nema tebe bega kraj mene
Kad ja pođem u ložnicu da spavam
Men’ se čini ta ložnica tamnica."
Karanfil se na put sprema, ej sprema
Karanfilka konja vada i plače
"Karanfile, ime moje i pleme!
S kim ti mene ludu mladu ostavljaš?"
"Ostavljam te s mojom majkom i tvojom."
"Što će meni tvoja majka i moja
Da m' ostavljaš jadnu mladu žalosnu?"
Kad mi nejma tebe bega kraj mene
Kad ja pođem u ložnicu da spavam
Men’ se čini ta ložnica tamnica."
Karanfil prepares for a journey, hey prepares,
Hey, prepares, my darling, mine
Karanfilka brings his horse and weeps:
"Karanfil, my name and yours,
With whom are you leaving me, your innocent young bride?
"I’m leaving you with your mother and mine."
"If I don’t have you, my lord, next to me
When I go into the bedchamber to sleep
That bedchamber seems a prison to me."
Karanfil prepares for a journey, hey prepares,
Karanfilka brings his horse and weeps:
"Karanfil, my name and family!
With whom are you leaving me, your innocent young bride?"
"I’m leaving you with my mother and with yours."
"What do I care for your mother and mine
If you leave me, a poor miserable bride?
If I don’t have you, my lord, next to me
When I go into the bedchamber to sleep,
That bedchamber becomes a prison to me."

Kraj potoka bistre vode[edit]

Kraj potoka bistre vode[12] By a Stream of Crystal Clear Water
Kraj potoka
Bistre vode
Šuma zelena
Nevesela, zabrinuta
Sjedi djevojka.
Potok teče i protiče,
Tiho žubori
A djevojka, uplakana,
Kroz plač govori:
Vrati mi se, mlad junače,
Dragi, mlađani,
Da na tvojim grud'ma umrem
Grud'ma vatrenim.
By the stream,
With its clear waters,
Where the forest is green,
Unhappy and worried
A girl is sitting.
The stream is flowing and flowing away,
Quietly gurgling
And the girl, crying,
Through her tears says:
Come back to me, young hero,
My dear sweet young hero,
So I can die on your chest,
Your fiery chest.

Kraj tanana šadrvana[edit]

Kraj tanana šadrvana was translated into Bosnian in 1923 by Aleksa Šantić from a poem called Der Asra (The Azra) by the German poet Heinrich Heine.[13][14]

Kraj tanana šadrvana Near a Little Fountain
Kraj tanahna šadrvana,
Gdje žubori voda živa,
Šetala se svakog dana,
Sultanova kćerka mila.
Svakog dana jedno ropce,
Stajalo kraj šadrvana,
Kako vr'jeme prolazilo,
Sve je blijeđe, blijeđe bilo.
Jednog dana zapita ga,
Sultanova kćerka draga:
"Kazuj, robe, odakle si,
iz plemena kojega si?"
"Ja se zovem El-Muhammed,
iz plemena starih Azra,
što za ljubav život gube,
i umiru kada ljube!"
Near a little fountain.
where water vividly gurgles.
The dear Sultan's daughter.
walked by every day.
Every day a lad
was standing near the fountain.
As time went on
the lad became paler and paler.
One day the Sultan's daughter asked him:
"Tell us, boy, where do you come from?
To which tribe do you belong?"
"My name is Al Muhammad
and I am from the Azra tribe
who lose their heads for love
and die when they love."

M[edit]

Moj dilbere[edit]

Moj dilbere has been in Bosnia since Ottoman times. The exact authors are unknown and Moj dilbere is considered to be a traditional song.

The song is sung from the perspective of a female slave in the Ottoman Empire.

Moj dilbere[15] My Darling[16]
Moj dilbere, kud’ se šećeš?
Aj, što i mene ne povedeš?
Povedi me u čaršiju,
Aj, pa me prodaj bazardžiji
Uzmi za me oku zlata
Aj, pa pozlati dvoru vrata
My darling, where do you betake yourself?
Oh, why don't you lead me there too?
Lead me to the čaršija
Oh, then sell me to the bazaar merchant.
Take for me an oka of gold!
Oh, then gild the door for the palace!

O[edit]

  • Oj Užice, Mali Carigrade

Omer-beže na kuli sjeđaše[edit]

Omer-beže na kuli sjeđaše[17][18][19][20][21][22][23] Bey Omer Sits on the Tower
Omer-beže na kuli sjeđaše.
Čuj, Omere, dilbere,
haj, željo moja,
aman, na kuli sjeđaše!
Vjernu ljubu na krilu držaše.
Čuj, Omere, dilbere,
haj, srećo moja,
aman, na krilu držaše!
"Vjerna ljubo, ženiću se drugom!"
Čuj, Omere, dilbere,
haj, željo moja,
aman, ženiću se drugom!
Žen' se ago, i meni je drago.
Čuj, Omere, dilbere,
haj, željo moja,
aman, i ja se udajem.
Bey Omer sits on the tower.
Hear, Omer, my darling,
my desire,
aman, on the tower he sits!
His faithful love he kept on his lap.
Hear, Omer, my darling,
my happiness,
aman, on his lap he kept!
"My faithful love, I will marry another!"
Hear, Omer, my darling,
my desire,
aman, I will marry another!
Get married my Agha, I'm glad too.
Hear, Omer, my darling,
my desire,
aman, I too, am getting married.

R[edit]

  • Razbolje se lijepa Hajrija (Beautiful Hajrija Became Ill)
  • Razbolje se Sultan Sulejman (The Sultan Suleiman Became Ill)

S[edit]

Sejdefu majka buđaše[edit]

Sejdefu majka buđaše is a folk song that is believed to have originated in Sarajevo centuries ago, while the region of Bosnia was a part of the Ottoman Empire.[24] The exact author is unknown.

Over the centuries, the song spread amongst the Muslim populations in Podgorica and the Sandžak regions of Montenegro and Serbia.

Sejdefu majka buđaše[25] Seydefa's Mother Wakes Her
Sejdefu majka buđaše
ustani kćeri moja, Sejdefo
Zar misliš majko
da ja s'pim
ja ti se mlada s dušom dijelim
zovi mi majko komšije
i prvo moje gledanje
što smo se majko gledali
u šajku lađu na more
Seydefa's mother wakes her
Rise, my daughter Seydefa!
Do you think, mother
that I'm asleep?
At this young age, I'm parting with my soul.
Call the neighbors, mother
And my first love.
The one whose eyes met mine
On a boat out at sea.

T[edit]

  • Tekla rijeka potokom i jazom (The River Flowed Through the Stream and Divide)
  • Teško meni jadnoj u Saraj'vu samoj (It's Difficult for Me, a Poor Girl Alone in Sarajevo)

Z[edit]

  • Zapjevala sojka ptica (The Blue Jay Bird Sang)
  • Zaplakala šećer Đula (The Sweet Rose Wept)
  • Zaplakala stara majka (The Elderly Mother Wept)
  • Zmaj od Bosne (Dragon of Bosnia)
  • Zvijezda tjera mjeseca (The Star Chases the Moon)

See also[edit]

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