• Artist: Ljova and the Kontraband
  • Title: Mnemosyne
  • Genre: World - Eastern European
  • Mood: Down/Dark/Melancholic, Dramatic
  • Speed: Medium Slow (63-78)
  • Instruments: Real Drums/Drum Kit, Acoustic Guitar (Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin), Ethnic, Strings, Horns/Woodwinds/Brass, All Other, Bass
  • Track type: Lyric - Full Length
  • Date added: 1/5/2012
  • Lyric themes: Weather, Mourning, Reminiscing, Sentimental, Loneliness
  • Lyrics: It's autumn in the country I remember.How warm a wind blew here about the ways!And shadows on the hillside lay to slumberDuring the long sun-sweetened summer-days.It's cold abroad the country I remember.The swallows veering skimmed the golden grainAt midday with a wing aslant and limber;And yellow cattle browsed upon the plain.It 's empty down the country I remember.I had a sister lovely in my sight:Her hair was dark, her eyes were very sombre;We sang together in the woods at night.It 's lonely in the country I remember.The babble of our children fills my ears,And on our hearth I stare the perished emberTo flames that show all starry thro' my tears.It 's dark about the country I remember.There are the mountains where I lived. The pathIs slushed with cattle-tracks and fallen timber,The stumps are twisted by the tempests' wrath.But that I knew these places are my own,I 'd ask how came such wretchedness to cumberThe earth, and I to people it alone.It rains across the country I remember.
  • Keywords: world, Bass, Brass, Gypsy

About Ljova and the Kontraband

Ljova's photo ©Bill Wadman

Lev "Ljova' Zhurbin was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1978. He divides his time between composing music for film, concert, and dance; performing with his own ensemble LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND, and arranging music for the Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, Alondra de la Parra, Brooklyn Philharmonic and many others.

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