World, Sister World

by The Richmanian Ramblers

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In the group's maiden album, they use their instruments to swoon and confess their love for Roma folk legend Maria Tanase and her gypsy-influenced songs.

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released 20 June 2012

Antonia Vassar - vocals & accordion
Clifton McDaniel - guitar
Nate Mathews - bass, vocals & percussion
Graham Dezarn - fiddle
Jessika Blanks- fiddle
Jason Scott - clarinet
Lauren Massey - percussion
Recorded by Aaron Reinhard
Mixed by Nate Mathews & Clifton McDaniel
Mastered by Lance Kohler/Minimum Wage
Artwork by aUNT mARY sAYS

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The Richmanian Ramblers Richmond, Virginia

After years of opression by the Romanese 95%, the Ramblers bought their way onto a cargo ship with homemade incenses and cured meats. After commandeering the ship and steering it toward Richmond, they played a benefit show so legendary, fans demanded they remain stateside.

The Ramblers are:
-Nate Mathews
-Antonia Vassar
-Jessika Blanks
-Graham DeZarn
-Jason Scott
-Clifton McDaniel
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Track Name: Butelcutsa Me
When my mother gave birth to me (my little bottle)
She tied the bottle to my neck (my little bottle)
And she swore me
Not to take it off my neck

Be cursed you, mayor,
You had poles raised in the street
When I come in the evening
They seem like people in the fog

I stop and I talk to them
I treat them with a sip
And it's not my sin, really
They invite me to drink as well

When my mother gave birth to me (my little bottle)
She tied the bottle to my neck (my little bottle)
And she swore me
Not to take it off my neck

Not to take it off my neck
Till it puts me into the grave
Track Name: Ma Dusei
I have left, and I have left to cross the Olt
I have left, and I have left to cross the Olt
With my, with my, with my sweetheart as well
With my, with my, with my sweetheart as well

And the bridge keeper, and the bridge keeper asks for a penny
And the bridge keeper, and the bridge keeper asks for a penny
And my, and my, and my sweetheart for good
And my, and my, and my sweetheart for good

But rather then, but rather then give him a penny
But rather then, but rather then give him a penny
Better, better, better to swim across it
Better, better, better to swim across the Olt

As where, as where Olt is deeper
As where, as where Olt is deeper
My sweetheart will carry me, will carry me, will carry me, on her back
My sweetheart will carry me, will carry me, will carry me, on her back

And where, and where, and where Olt is shallower
And where, and where, and where Olt is shallower
I'll go myself, I'll go myself, I'll go myself as I'm quite strong
I'll go myself, I'll go myself, I'll go myself as I'm quite strong
Track Name: Bun Ii Vinul Ghiurghuliu
Great is rose wine
Harvested in late autumn
Some on frost, some on snow
A lot I drink and I don't get drunk

I swore not drink again
But I cannot refrain
Great is wine, and well I like it
Don't know what I'm going to do to that vine

Beloved wine, of a rare fruit
Climbs to the head without a ladder
Beloved wine of green grapes
Makes the man so that you won't see him

Great is wine and tasteful as well
When you drink it with handsome people
But if you drink it with ugly people
The wine gets stuck in your throat
Track Name: Valeleu
My mama told me she would give me (văleleu, văleleu)
As dowry when I get married (văleleu, văleleu)
A score of big pillows
All of them filled with mosquitoes

A score of small pillows
All of them filled with ants
A score of soft pillows
All of them filled with junk

A score of barrels
Without bottom, without staves
Two bow-legged ducks
These to be the milkcows
Track Name: Lume, Lume
World, world, sister world
World, world, sister world
When will I have enough of you
When will I have enough of you
When I give up bread for Lent
And the glass will give up on me

Maybe then I'll have enough of you
Maybe then I'll have enough of you
When they hammer the nails on my coffin
When they hammer the nails on my coffin
World, sister world
When they put me in my grave
And I won't be on earth anymore
World, sister world

That's how the world is, transient
'Cause that's how the world is, transient
One is born, another dies
One is born, another dies
World, sister world
The born one suffers
The dead one rots

'Cause that's how the world is, transient
One is born, another dies
World, sister world
The born one suffers
The dead one rots
World, sister world
Track Name: Ciuleandra
Green leaf of 'siminoc',
Keep the circle in place,
One more time,boys,
Hop-and-so-and so.

Keep it like that, lads,
Until my darling catches up to me,
One more time,boys,
Hop-and-so-and so.

Strengthen it (fasten it) just a little,
She ('puica') is close to catch up with me,
One more time,boys,
Hop-and-so-and so.

Fasten it one more step,
she caught me up, but didn't stay,
One more time,boys,
Hop-and-so-and so.

Two straws, two grains,
Let's stomp* the Ciuleandra,
One more time,boys,
Hop-and-so-and so.

Keep it like that, don't let it down,
'Cause I'm on same step with my darling,
One more time,boys,
Hop-and-so-and so.

Two straws, two grains,
Stomp the Ciuleandra now,
One more time,boys,
Hop-and-so-and so.

* Notes:

siminoc = everlasting flower, xeranthemum. The name of the flower is not essential; 'foaie verde de..' is the usual starting verse of Romanian folk songs, the flower or tree varying from song to song for rhyming purposes.
puica, puico = my darling (fem.) -- means, in the initial sense, pullet, female chicken; it does not, however, have the negative connotations that its American exact translation has; it is also used in its masculine form 'puiule' = my darling.
a more exact translation than stomp would be beat up , in Romanian the same verbal form is used to describe the action against a person