Songs for mothers (on Mother’s Day). Part 2: Romanian and English

The previous Mother’s Day post featured songs in Portuguese that paid homage mostly to absent (deceased or otherwise) mothers. Here is one in Romanian, Mama, that’s more cheerful and the mothers are definitely present. I love the accordion in this and the little bit that I can only describe as the “twirly whirly snake charmer woodwind sound” (!). You’ll also a snatch of a famous classical tune, though I can’t for the life of me think what it is, help!. The singers involved are F.Charm and Elena Gheorghe (the latter has featured regularly on this blog). This song was released earlier this year, in time for Mother’s Day in Romania which is in early March.

Here is a live studio performance of the song. It’s good too but unfortunately the accordionist and the snake charmer bits are missing! At the beginning the radio announcer basically says, “Ladies and gentlemen, good morning, F. Charm and Elena Gheorghe are here …”

Here are the lyrics from the http://www.versuri.ro/ website. Paste them into a translator and you’ll get the drift…

Elena Gheorghe:
Mama inca nu ti-am spus,
Ca nimic nu-i mai presus,
Decat insemni tu pentru mine,
Ma cuprinde teama!
Teama c-ai sa pleci, pe meleaguri gri si reci
De langa mine

F. Charm:
Cei mai sinceri ochi si-o fata prea blanda
Palmele ridate, batute de-atata munca
Nu ti-am spus-o mama, dar in inima ta stii
Esti cel mai bun exemplu cand voi avea copii
Prea multi oameni au batut la usa sufletului meu
Dar numai mama a ramas atunci cand mi-a fost mai greu
Am vazut barbati, femei, ce se mananca-ntre ei
Vocea ta imi repeta: mama tu nu fi ca ei!

F. Charm:
Nu-i deloc usor,
Mi-e frica de gandul c-odata tu nu vei mai fi!
Anii trec in zbor,
O viata n-ajunge-i prea scurta sa-ti pot multumi!

F. Charm & Elena Gheorghe:
Si se-ntreaba ce-o mai fi cu mine,
N-am sunat-o de cateva zile,
Nu-ti fa griji inca sunt bine,
Am sa ma intorc acasa si-o sa fii mandra de mine mama!

Elena Gheorghe:
Mama inca nu ti-am spus,
Ca nimic nu-i mai presus,
Decat insemni tu pentru mine,
Ma cuprinde teama!
Teama c-ai sa pleci, pe meleaguri gri si reci
De langa mine

Elena Gheorghe:
Mama!
Esti un magic tablou,
Un cuvant cu ecou,
Cel mai mare cadou,
Te port in sufletul meu!

F. Charm:
Trec si saptamani cand uit sa sun,
Grijile pe primul loc le pun
Dar ai o inima atat de mare
Si ma-ntelegi fara suparare
Dar cand bat la usa casei tale,
Imi deschizi, pe fata ta e soare,
Imi pui tot ce ai mai bun pe masa,
Copilul tau e din nou acasa

F. Charm:
Nu-i deloc usor,
Mi-e frica de gandul c-odata tu nu vei mai fi!
Anii trec in zbor,
O viata n-ajunge-i prea scurta sa-ti pot multumi!

Elena Gheorghe:
Mama inca nu ti-am spus,
Ca nimic nu-i mai presus,
Decat insemni tu pentru mine,
Ma cuprinde teama!
Teama c-ai sa pleci, pe meleaguri gri si reci
De langa mïne.

The earliest memory I have of a tribute song to mothers was 12-year old Neil Reid‘s Mother of Mine, released in 1972, which was round about the time I first started paying attention to the music charts. There is an interesting background story to it, here. The top clip is of a TV performance, but for better sound quality go to the clip underneath.

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