1944 lyrics – Jamala (Ukraine Eurovision 2016)

Jamala is a name that may be familiar to some Eurovision fans, after her attempt to represent Ukraine in 2011 with “Smile“. She’s back now in 2016, but “1944” could not be any more different from her previous effort if it tried. Playing on her Crimean-Tatar heritage, Jamala sings half in English and half in the region’s native language. The song has numerous references to the 1944 deportation of the Tatars from their homeland by the Russian army. Jamala claims that she “could not spend (her) youth there” because of these actions. It’s an incredibly powerful song – certainly, some would say it’s very political too, especially given the current issues in Crimea.

You can read the 1944 lyrics below, both in the original form and in a full English translation:

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1944 lyrics – Jamala

English/Crimean Tatar Lyrics

When strangers are coming
They come to your house
They kill you all
And say
We’re not guilty
Not guilty

Where is your mind?
Humanity cries
You think you are gods
But everyone dies
Don’t swallow my soul
Our souls

Yasligima toyalmadim
Men bu yerde yasalmadim
Yasligima toyalmadim
Men bu yerde yasalmadim

We could build a future
Where people are free
To live and love
The happiest time

Where is your heart?
Humanity rise
You think you are gods
But everyone dies
Don’t swallow my soul
Our souls

Yasligima toyalmadim
Men bu yerde yasalmadim
Yasligima toyalmadim
Men bu yerde yasalmadim

English Translation

When strangers are coming
They come to your house
They kill you all
And say
We’re not guilty
Not guilty

Where is your mind?
Humanity cries
You think you are gods
But everyone dies
Don’t swallow my soul
Our souls

I couldn’t spend my youth there
Because you took away my peace
I couldn’t spend my youth there
Because you took away my peace

We could build a future
Where people are free
To live and love
The happiest time

Where is your heart?
Humanity rise
You think you are gods
But everyone dies
Don’t swallow my soul
Our souls

I couldn’t spend my youth there
Because you took away my peace
I couldn’t spend my youth there
Because you took away my peace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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