La şalul cel negru

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This tune quite typical of the repertoire of Gypsy professional musicians in Romania (the lăutari). It was recorded famously by Dona Dumitru Siminică. Our voice and guitar version is (by far) more minimalist, but tries to capture nevertheless a similar ambiance of nostalgia.

The lyrics (in Romanian) portray a male narrator remembering how he used to love a young and beautiful woman, without noticing that she was in love with another... The last line is : "Because in those times / I easily believed in love / And didn't even know / What suffering really meant" (Căci atuncea lesne / În amor credeam / Și nenorocirea / Nici n-o cunoșteam).

Musical project
Songs against the Evil Eye