Sad to Say Goodbye

COUNTRY: Kyrgyzstan

A bittersweet Kyrgyz song about longing for joys of the past.

Found on the Smithsonian Folkways “Music of Central Asia Vol. 1: Tengir-Too: Mountain Music from Kyrgyzstan.” Tengir-Too is “a new ensemble that plays old music,” a collection of contemporary Kyrgyz musicians who play Central Asian classics. Watch this lyrically beautiful short documentary video about Tengir-Too, the first line of which is, “I think that through music you can understand the soul of a nation.”

Those days of mine grow more distant and distant. I’m sad to say goodbye to my dear childhood. Life tries to steal from me my insatiable youth

Lyrics of the All Around This World version:

Oshentip jurchu kundorum,
bulbuldop uzap baratat,
Kyiylyp turam kosh debei
Oh these days of mine, even though they’re in the past I am sad to say goodbye.

We go ’round and ’round and ’round, we go ’round and ’round and ’round.

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