The First Time

Romanian

Prima oară

Mă gândesc la tine, la mine, la noi doi
Și fără să vreau zâmbesc...
Mă gândesc la tine,
La prima oară când mi-ai spus primul „Te iubesc”.

Raze de soare, aer de mare, buzele tale... e...
Iubirea noastră, marea albastră, iubire de catifea...

Prima oară, e prima oară
Când mă simt atât de fain lângă cineva,
Lângă cineva, lângă cineva... yaya [x2]

Mă gândesc la tine, la mine, la noi doi
Și fără să vreau zâmbesc.
Mă gândesc la tine,
La prima oară când mi-ai spus primul „Te iubesc”.

Raze de soare, aer de mare, buzele tale... e...
Iubirea noastră, iubire de catifea... ai grijă de ea.

Prima oară, e prima oară
Când mă simt atât de fain lângă cineva,
Lângă cineva, lângă cineva... yaya

Prima oară, e prima oară
Când iubesc atât de mult pe cineva...
Pe cineva, pe cineva...

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English

The First Time

I think about you, about me, about the two of us,
And without meaning to, I smile...
I think about you,
About the first time you told me "I love you."

The sun's rays, the sea air, your lips... eyeah¹...
Our love, the blue sea, love like² velvet...

The first time, it's the first time
That I've felt this fine³ next to someone,
Next to someone, next to someone... yaya... [2x]

I think about you, about me, about the two of us,
And without meaning to, I smile...
I think about you,
About the first time you told me "I love you."

The sun's rays, the sea air, your lips... eyeah...
Our love, love like velvet... take good care of it⁴.

The first time, it's the first time
That I've felt this fine next to someone,
Next to someone, next to someone... yaya...

The first time, it's the first time
That I've felt⁵ this much love for someone,
for someone, for someone...

Submitted by fulicasenia on Wed, 14/03/2012 - 03:55
Author's comments:

Interesting accent! Is she a native speaker of Portuguese or Spanish? Or is it a fake accent like Mick Jagger's?

What a beautiful song! So beautifully sung! Usually I go for the more dancey stuff, but I prefer the unplugged version to the fully-produced version here:

Warning! I don't actually know Romanian, so don't count on this to be right. Please let me know any mistakes you find!

¹OK, I just don't think you can sing "...e..." as part of a song in English. The other letters are pronounced quite subtly, I admit, but I believe they're there Smile

²Literally 'love of velvet', but that sounds too much like she has a kink involving velvet.

³My dictionary has 'nobby' and 'hunky-dory', so I'm going with something a little more contemporary sounding; sorry if it sounds just like the word I'm supposed to be translating Smile

⁴My Romanian isn't really good enough for this line. I'm assuming the feminine pronoun is referring to the feminine noun 'love' (like velvet) just before it.

⁵I'm putting in the 'felt' because the grammar parallels the previous verse with 'felt' in it, but the grammar doesn't work in English ('loved that much towards someone'), so I'm using slightly different grammar but keeping the parallel by using 'felt.'

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Calusarul     March 14th, 2012

Your intuition is right again. You're killing me. Can't find any suggestion.
The girl is Romanian, of course, and Romanian language is a cousin of Portuguese and Spanish.
The E in this sentence "Prima oară, e prima oară" is the verb to be (este < a fi): "The first time, it's the first time". The other E's are just for the sake of music.

Calusarul     March 14th, 2012

Mick Jagger has a fake accent? What's his real accent like?

fulicasenia     March 15th, 2012

Thanks! I revised according to your suggestion.
Yes, Mick Jagger sings in a fake accent meant to sound African American. His real accent is what he sounds like when he's talking.
Seriously, Kamelia sounds to me like she pronounces Romanian differently than the Romanian singers I usually listen to. It sounds more like Portuguese to me.

Commonwealth     January 8th, 2013
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