Ruskie Neitsyt – Black Bird/ Musta lindu, 1989

Translation by Jevgenija Sorokina

(Värttinä – Ruskie neitsyt)

1: Redhaired maiden, blondie maiden,
Will you tell me, will you tell me,
When we’re gonna have guests coming by?
The blackhaired boy is coming upon a Friday,
My dear brother, on a Saturday,
And on Sunday expect the sweet love of mine.
2: Redhaired maiden, blondie maiden,
Will you tell me, will you tell me,
How’d we feed our guests a-coming by?
The blackhaired boy, he would sure love some bread,
My brother would prefer some pastries instead,
And we would need some pies for sweet love of mine.
3: Redhaired maiden, blondie maiden,
Will you tell me, will you tell me,
What are drinks we’d serve for guests coming by?
The blackhaired boy, he would like some tea in a cup,
My brother would have coffee and drink it all up,
And don’t forget some beer for sweet love of mine.
4: Redhaired maiden, blondie maiden,
Will you tell me, will you tell me,
Where’d we put the guests who are coming by?
The blackhaired boy, he’d lie in the cabin all night,
My brother would prefer a good chamber alright,
And go prepare the attic for sweet love of mine.
5: Redhaired maiden, blondie maiden,
Will you tell me, will you tell me,
Where’d we lay the guests who are coming by?
The blackhaired boy, he’d lie on a nice and warm bed,
My brother would prefer featherbeds instead,
And yes, put down some hays for sweet love of mine.
6. Redhaired maiden, blondie maiden,
Will you tell me, will you tell me,
What we’d cover guests who are coming by?
The blackhaired boy, he would need some hides for the night,
My brother, he would rest under blankets alright,
And don’t forget some velvet for sweet love of mine.
7: Redhaired maiden, blondie maiden,
Will you tell me, will you tell me,
Who will be with guests who are coming by?
Well, Marya she would join the blackhaired boy,
And Darya with my brother will have lots of joy,
And I myself will be with sweet love of mine.
Well, Marya she would join the blackhaired boy,
And Darya with my brother will have lots of joy,
And I myself will be with sweet love of mine.