Djelem

Djelem, Djelem [Romani] song lyrics

Gelem Gelem lungone dromenca,

Maladilem chorore romenca.

Gelem Gelem lungone dromenca,

Maladilem baxtale romenca.

Ooo, romalen,

Ooo, chavralen.

Ala voliv lake kale jakha,

Kaj si gugle sar duj kale drakha.

Ala voliv lake kale jakha,

Kaj si gugle sar duj kale drakha.

Ooo, romalen,

Ooo, chavralen.

Kindem lake lolo dikhlo tursko,

Ni volil man achel latar pusto.

Kindem lake lolo dikhlo tursko,

Ni volil man achel latar pusto.

Ooo, romalen,

Ooo, chavralen.

 

Translation by Ron Lee

I have travelled over long roads

I have met fortunate Roma

I have travelled far and wide

I have met lucky Roma

Oh, Romani adults, Oh Romani youth

Oh, Romani adults, Oh Romani youth

Oh, Roma, from wherever you have come

With your tents along lucky roads

I too once had a large family

But the black legion murdered them

Come with me, Roma of the world

To where the Romani roads have been opened

Now is the time - stand up, Roma,

We shall succeed where we make the effort.

Oh, Roma adults, Oh, Roma youth

Oh, Roma adults, Oh, Roma youth