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Mnemosyne (feat. Inna Barmash & Frank London)

from Mnemosyne by Ljova and the Kontraband

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lyrics by Trumbull Stickney (c. 1902)

It's autumn in the country I remember.

How warm a wind blew here about the ways!
And shadows on the hillside lay to slumber
During the long sun-sweetened summer-days.

It's cold abroad the country I remember.

The swallows veering skimmed the golden grain
At 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 ember
To flames that show all starry thro' my tears.

It's dark about the country I remember.

There are the mountains where I lived. The path
Is 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 cumber
The earth, and I to people it alone.

It rains across the country I remember.


from Mnemosyne, released October 28, 2008
Music by Ljova
Lyrics by Trumbull Stickney

featuring: Inna Barmash, vocal
Frank London, trumpet

Ljova and the Kontraband:
Ljova, viola and famiola
Patrick Farrell, accordion
Mike Savino, bass
Mathias Kunzli, percussion

Mixed by Anibal Kerpel / Mastered by Steven Berson


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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. ... more

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