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Хованки (Khovanky) (English translation)

  • Artist: Tember Blanche
  • Song: Хованки (Khovanky) Album: Хованки
  • Translations: English, Transliteration

Хованки

Вранці змиє усе вода
Я стану напівжива
А що буде потім
Я забула дізнатись
 
Чи боротимусь до кінця
Не втрачу свого лиця
Чи потону в річці сильних людей
Чи буду з ними купатись
 
Вода дає життя нам але
Вона ж нас всіх зітре з сієї землі
 
Сонце над головою
Було моїм світилом поки я його просила
Нас завжди було двоє
Тільки я і моя сила але ось її впустила, і
 
Я не знаю, хто я є
Не знаю, як сховатися від болю, горя
Й сорому перед собою
Я не знаю, хто я є
Не знаю, як сховатися від болю
Й сорому перед собою
 
Коли в миті свого буття
Лишаюся тільки я
Вогняний демон в моїй голові
Воліє мене налякати
 
Каже то не моє ім'я
Й не моє справжнє чуття
І ніби все, що належить мені
Я не заслуговую мати
 
Сонце над головою
Було моїм світилом поки я його просила
Нас завжди було двоє
Тільки я і моя сила але ось її впустила, і
 
Я не знаю, хто я є
Не знаю, як сховатися від болю, горя
Й сорому перед собою
Я не знаю, хто я є
Не знаю, як сховатися від болю
Й сорому перед собою
 
Вранці змиє усе вода
Я стану напівжива
А що буде потім
Я забула дізнатись
 
Submitted by siriwithluvsiriwithluv on Wed, 01/06/2022 - 22:22
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Hide and Seek

In the morning, water will wash it all away
I will be half alive
And what will happen after that,
I forgot to find out
 
Will I fight to the end?
I won't lose face
Will I drown in the river of strong people?
 
Water is what gives us life
But she will wipe us all from this earth
 
The sun above my head
He was my light while I was asking him to
There were always two of us
Only me and my strength, but I let her go, and
 
I don't know who I am
I don't know how to hide from the pain, grief
And shame that's in front of me
I don't know who I am
I don't know how to hide from the pain
And shame that's in front of me
 
When in the moment of my existence
I am the only one left
The fiery demon inside my head
Prefers to scare me
 
It doesn't say my name
Or my true feelings
And it's as if everything that belongs to me
I don't deserve to have
 
The sun above my head
He was my light while I was asking him to
There were always two of us
Only me and my strength, but I let her go, and
 
I don't know who I am
I don't know how to hide from the pain, grief
And shame that's in front of me
I don't know who I am
I don't know how to hide from the pain
And shame that's in front of me
 
In the morning, water will wash it all away
I will be half alive
And what will happen after that,
I forgot to find out
 
Thanks!
thanked 1 time
Submitted by siriwithluvsiriwithluv on Mon, 04/07/2022 - 19:29
Last edited by siriwithluvsiriwithluv on Fri, 08/07/2022 - 23:45
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Comments
ohpannoinnoohpannoinno    Tue, 05/07/2022 - 12:46

Hi Siri! I think it'd be better to change the line "Will strong people drown in the river?" to "Will I drown in the river of strong people?", as that's what's said in the original, your translation gives it a different meaning. And the line "He was my light until I asked him to" seems a little off to me, I think "He was my light while I was asking him to" would better show that the sun stopped shining once the author quit asking it to.
Other than that, I think your translation is very nice, I especially like how you kept the nouns gendered and how you translated the whole sequence of "the fiery demon inside my head". Thank you for such a beautiful translation of such a beautiful song!

siriwithluvsiriwithluv    Fri, 08/07/2022 - 23:53

Thank you so much for the constructive feedback! I've changed the lyrics you suggested Regular smile I've only been studying ukrainian for some 2-3 months so I really appreciate getting the opinion of an actual native speaker.

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