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Lesnoto

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BACKGROUND

Information: A dance and song.

This Lesnoto (or Lesno) is done to three measures: three steps right and one step left. It is the single most widespread dance in Macedonia.

Translation: Light, easy

Pronunciation: LEHS-noh-toh

Region: Macedonia

Meter: 2/4

Formation: Open circle or line with hands joined at shoulder height in W position; in former times M and W dance in separate lines or in a single line with M together at the right end ans W together at the left end – W joined hands at shoulder hiitht while M placed arms on or around shoulders, or grasped armholes of neighbor's vests, etc. The leader usually flourishes a handkerchief or (in villages) an ornamental cord which he uses to signal special figures.


LYRICS TO ONE LESNOTO

Što Mi e Milo (Lesnoto)
        How I would like to (have a shop)

 
/ Što me e milo, milo i drago
Vo Struga grada, mamo, duḱan da imam.
 
        Chorus:
        / Lele varaj, mamo, mome Kalino,
        Vo Struga grada, mamo, duḱan da imam. /
 
/ Na ḱepencite, mamo, da sedam
Stružkite momi, mamo, momi da gledam. /
 
        Chorus:
        / Lele varaj, mamo, mome Kalino,
        Stružkite momi, mamo, momi da gledam. /
 
/ Koga na voda, voda mi odat
So tia stomni, mamo, stomni šareni. /
 
        Chorus:
        / Lele varaj, mamo, mome Kalino,
        So tia stomni, mamo, stomni šareni. /
 
/ Na ovoj izvor, izvor studeni
Tam da se s družki, mamo, s družki soberat. /
 
        Chorus:
        / Lele varaj, mamo, mome Kalino,
        Tam da se s družki, mamo, s družki soberat. /
 
  How pleased and happy I would be
To have a shop in the town of Struga.
 
        Chorus:
        Hey, Kalina.
        To have a shop in the town of Struga.
 
To sit in front of my shop
And watch the girls of Struga.
 
        Chorus:
        / Hey, Kalina,
        / And watch the girls of Struga.
 
When they go for water
With their bright-colored jugs.
 
        Chorus:
        / Hey, Kalina,
        / With their bright-colored jugs.
 
To that cold well
To meet there with their friends.
 
        Chorus:
        / Hey, Kalina,
        / To meet there with their friends.
 

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