Христина Соловій is a young Ukrainian pop star with a beautiful voice. She has shown her flair with the help of Святослав Вакарчук, the frontman of Океан Ельзи (we have their songs translated too).

Христина comes from Western Ukraine, and she is proud of her origin. She often gives the second wind to the old songs of Ukrainian ethnical group лемки, whose cultural heritage is incredibly interesting.

Today, we suggest you listen to her popular song Тримай – Hold, which tells about a person in love. Don’t miss this fantastically talented girl!

Як тобі сказати, без тебе не можу спати

І місяць по кімнаті розкинув сатин.

Очі тобі зав’яжу і серце своє покажу.

Тобі про все розкажу з настінних картин.

 

Приспiв:

Тримай мене міцно одною рукою, –

Так сильно і ніжно вбивай мене.

Віддай мені муку своїми руками.

Моїми губами лікуй, лікуй себе.

 

Посеред моєї хати на мене будеш кричати,

Бо як же тобі порвати, – і в серці сліди.

Чи чуєш, як страшно мені у полоні;

Як в твоїх долонях, – нема так ніде.

І крила так важко розправити пташці,

Коли бідолашку погубить любов.

 

Приспiв:

Тримай мене міцно одною рукою, –

Так сильно і ніжно вбивай мене!

Віддай мені муку своїми руками.

Моїми губами лікуй, лікуй себе.

How can I tell you that I can’t sleep without you.

And the moon scattered the satin by the room.

I will blindfold you and will show you my heart,

I will tell you everything from the pictures on the wall.

 

Chorus:

Hold me tight with one hand,

So strongly and gently, kill me.

Give me back the torment by your hands.

With my lips, heal, heal yourself.

 

In the middle of my house, you will be shouting at me,

For how can you tear – and the marks on your heart.

Do you hear how I’m scared in thrall?

There is no place like your hands.

And it is so hard for a birdie to spread its wings,

When the love will ruin the poor birdie.

 

Chorus:

Hold me tight with one hand,

So strongly and tenderly, kill me.

Give me back the torment with your hands.

Heal yourself, heal by my lips.

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Olesia Pavlyshyn

Olesia is a student of the Master program in Literature at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Kyiv, Ukraine). She is a private Ukrainian language teacher, translator, and copywriter. Olesia is interested in traveling and handmade, but most of all she likes learning foreign languages.

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