La Serena

from by Aviva Chernick

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about

I first heard this song played by Marcelo Moguilevsky of Klezmer Buenos Aires at the 2006 Ashkenaz Festival. I fell deeply in love — first with the melody, then with the story. After the show, Marcelo wrote the melody and lyrics on a cocktail napkin for me, launching over a decade-long exploration of this story and its music.

lyrics

En la mar ay una torre
En la torre una ventana
En la ventana (ay) una ija
Ke a los m arineros yama

Dame tu mano paloma
Para suvir al tu nido
Maldicha ke durmes sola
Vengo a durmir kontigo

(original chorus)
Si fuera la mar palavrikas de amor
Si la mar fuera de leche
Me ariya pishkadora
Pishkaria mis dolores
Kon palavrikas de amor

(translation):

In the sea there is a tower
In the tower a window
In the window there is a girl
Who calls out to the sailors

Give me your hand, Dove
So that I may climb up to your nest
It is rumoured that you sleep alone
I am coming to sleep with you

(original chorus)
If the sea were made of little words of love
If the sea were made of milk
I would make myself a fisherwoman
I would fish my all my woes
With little words of love

credits

from La Serena, released September 16, 2019
Traditional Sephardic folk melody and lyrics
Original Chorus Music Joel Schwartz
Original Chorus Lyrics arrangement and translation by Aviva Chernick and David Navarro

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