Winners of the #LetMyPeopleGo rhyme for freedom contest announced

 

Archive, Political prisoners

Euromaidan Press and Euromaidan SOS are pleased to announce that the winner of the #LetMyPeopleGo contest to remake the lyrics of the famous spiritual into a song of freedom for Ukrainian political prisoners jailed in Russia. There were many talented works, and it was a difficult decision, but based on the results of an expert and online vote, the winner in the category “English” is Lidia Wolanskyj for the song:

When Russia was in Ukraine’s land, Let our country go

When Russia was in Ukraine’s land,
Let our country go!
Pressed so hard, we lost our land,
Let Crimea go!

Refrain:
Go down, go down,
Way down in Moscow’s land;
Tell old Putin
To let our country be!

No more shall we Russian speak,
Let Ukrainians be!
Let us live, be strong, not weak,
Let our people be!

Oh, let us all from bondage flee,
Let our country be!
And let us live like kozaks free,
Let our people be!

We need not ever starve and mourn,
Let our people be!
And sing such songs like slaves forlorn,
Let Ukrainians be!

For Ukrainian, the winner is Tetiana Vlasova for the song:

Пташко, лети, прямо в бік Москви!

Приспів:

Пташко, лети
Прямо в бік Москви.
Вибий ґрати,
Заспівай живим.

Давно настав розплати час – Дай же їм піти!
Ледь-ледь горить твоя свіча – Дай же їм піти!

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Приспів:

Ми попросим: пташко, лети
Прямо у бік Москви.
Вибий ґрати,
Заспівай живим.

(Дай же їм піти!)

І долетіла всім на зло – Дай же їм піти!
І затремтів Господар Зло – Дай же їм піти.

Приспів:

Ми просили: пташко, лети
Прямо у бік Москви.
Вибий ґрати,
Заспівай живим!

(Дай же їм піти!)

Аж раптом тисячі птахів – Дай же їм піти!
Накрили площу і дахи – Дай же їм піти!

Приспів:

Ми сказали: будем жити,
Вільно дихати.
Правда нам щитом –
Дай же нам піти!

(Дай же нам піти!)

Вільно будем жити –
Дай же нам піти!

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all the participants!

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