Oh Lena, Helena

Serbisch

O, Jelo, Jelena

O Jelo, Jelo, Jeleno,
O Jelo, Jelo, Jeleno.
O Jelo, Jelo, Jeleno,
Ne gazi sjeno zeleno.

Mladi ga momci kosili,
I tebe, jelo, prosili.

Zbog tebe Jelo, Jeleno,
Svi piju vino rumeno.

Mala mi soba miriše
U kojoj jelo uzdiše.

A moj Jelo Jelice, dušo moje i srce,
Dušo moje i srce, Jelo Jelena.
A moj Jelo Jelena cijelo selo zna,
Moja mama i tvoja, da te ljubim ja.
A moj Jelo Jelena cijelo selo zna,
Moja mama i tvoja, da te ljubim ja

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Englisch

Oh Lena, Helena

Oh Lena, Lena, Helena,
Oh Lena, Lena, Helena,
Oh Lena, Lena, Helena,
Don't trample the green hay.

The young lads have mown it,
And you, Lena, they have begged.

Because of you, Lena, Helena,
All drink red wine.

My little room's fragrance,
Lena, is of your sighs.

And my Lena, little Lena, my soul and heart,
My soul and heart, Lena Helena.
And my Lena, Helena the whole village knows,
My mother and yours (know), that I kiss you.
And my Lena, Helena the whole village knows,
My mother and yours (know), that I kiss you.

Von fulicasenia am Fr, 23/03/2012 - 06:08 eingetragen
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Warning! I don't know Serbian. This translation is probably full of mistakes! I also think that the original text is full of puns, but I could be wrong. 'Jelo' means 'dish/eating'; what would cause young folk to trample down the green hay???; kdravia thinks 'uzdiše' is 'breath', but the dictionary also has 'sigh' and 'groan'.

Thanks, kdravia! I've revised the translation according to your suggestions. I'm still sticking with 'beg' instead of 'say' or 'ask' though. Also, 'smell' isn't very flattering, so I used 'fragrance' instead, but it doesn't have a verbal form, only an adjectival and nominal form.

Thanks, Seny93! I've revised the translation according to your suggestions. Unfortunately I can't really understand what you're saying about the meaning of the fourth verse-- sorry! It seems really hard to translate it exactly and still come up with something that makes sense and sounds good in English.
What about:
"The fragrance of my little room
Lena, and the sighs it's heard!" ???
Again, not a direct translation.

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kdravia     März 23rd, 2012

1. Mladi ga momci kosili, ---> Young lads has mown it,
2. I tebe, jelo, prosili. ---> And to you, Lena, they said (literally asked):
3. All drink the ruddy wine - article is not necessary and red wine sounds better.
4. Mala mi soba miriše U kojoj jelo uzdiše. ---> My little room smells of her breath (literally - in which she exhales)

fulicasenia     März 23rd, 2012

It's.... the Serbian Beatles!!!!

OK, maybe this is more like it:

Or maybe this, because in America even the Serbian folk music is better Wink

Seny93     März 23rd, 2012

Hi! I do not write very well in English but I will try to explain you the meaning of the song. "Jela" means, in Serbian, fir (the tree). It's also a single female name and/or it can be used as a shorter name of "Jelena" as in English "Sam-Samuel" or "Tim-Timothy". And if you notice, in the first verse is written Jel-O, Jel-O, Jelen-O. This happens because the Serbian grammar has 7 cases with their declinations. The cases are: nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, vocative, instrumental, locative. In this case we have a vocative case because the man who "sings" invokes Jelena: Jelo, Jeleno, don't trample the green hay. In Serbian many female names ending in "a" change in the accusative case "a" in "o" like Dara-Daro, Dunja-Dunjo, Jana-Jano, Dana-Dano, Lida-Lido, Tina-Tino,... In colloquial speech today many female names have lost this form of variation. Names like Kristina, Milena, Jovana, Katarina, Dragana,...this is because they sound a bit archaic. Nowadays Jelena or Helena are not declined in the vocative case with "Jeleno". It sounds archaic. In the fourth verse the subject is "his little room" that smells, in which (Jelo-vocative) the same room sighs. The whole village and the mothers know that he kisses Jelen-u(accusative case Smile) In Serbian "ljubiti" means "to kiss" and "voleti" means "to love" -My mother and yours (know), that I kiss you-

Lumosnight     Juni 4th, 2013

Helena and Jelena are two completely different names with different meanings.

Helena is of Greek origin, meaning 'torch'.

Jelena is of Serbian/Slavic origin, meaning 'deer' (which is a beautiful meaning).

You completely translated her name wrong, it's Jelo, Jelena, not Lena, Helena (it sounds western, when it's supposed to be a Serbian song with traditional Serbian names). The nickname Jela means 'fir tree', not 'food'!

olivia d.     Juni 4th, 2013

Actually, they don't have different meanings because name Jelena is just Serbian variant of name Helena, like Elena, Yelena, Alena in other variants. Meaning is the same.

barsiscev     Juni 4th, 2013

In Russian also Елена is derivated from Greek "Ἑλένη"
http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%95%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B0

olivia d.     Juni 4th, 2013

That is right, the meaning is the same, just another variant of it.