This song is a part of the freely available online choral tutorial library with music from Slovak composers. It was created with the support of Slovak Arts Council (Fond na podporu umenia).
Basic information about Keď sa Slovák
Composer: Eugen Suchoň
Description: Folk song arrangement
English name: When the Slovak Man Went (translation of all lyrics can be found in the bottom part of the page)
Sheet music: Musica Slovaca, catalog no. 0073
Tutorial recordings for Keď sa Slovák
Common lyrics of Keď sa Slovák with an English translation
Keď sa Slovák preč do sveta ubieral,
When the Slovak man went to see the world
za dedinou na kopečku zavolal.
He called on the village people from a hill
Zavolal on na kopečku po dvakrát:
Twice did he call on them from that hill
zbohom otec, zbohom maci, sestra, brat.
“Godspeed, father, godspeed, mother, sister, brother,” were the words.
Povedz mi ty, môj kopečku vysoký,
Tell me, oh, you tall, green hill,
či ťa uzriem za dva lebo tri roky,
Will I see you in a couple of years?
či ja budem ešte vidieť moju mať,
Will I get to see my mother safe and sound?
či ma bude moja milá milovať.
Will my girl still love me when I come round?