*a Living dance is a 1st Generation dance that is still performed in the country of origin (or immigrant communities) as part of a social event like a wedding where others can participate (not for an audience) by people who learned the dance informally (from friends and relatives by observation and imitation, not in a classroom situation). For more information, click here and here.
One of the most popular Dajčovo songs songs these days is Ruma Moma. There are many versions of this Macedonian folk song – Dean Brown has kindly supplied me with lyrics to one version.
Dean says “Here are the words of the version of the song Ruma Moma that we learned from Tatiana Sarbinska. They do not exactly match the video on your site. Note – it’s Ruma Moma, not Rume Mome.
/ Trâgnala e Ruma moma niz gora zelena
a po neja Stojan ovchar, s meden kaval sviri. /
/ Rume mome, Rume mome
malkaj mome, izgoreh za tebe/
/ Ke ti kupam sârmen kolan, dali bi me zelo, ne kupuvaj ne archi se,
mama me ne dava. /
/ Ke ti kupam zhâlti chehli, dali bi me zelo,
ne kupuvaj ne archi se mama me ne dava. /
/ Ke ti kupam rudo jagne dali bi me zelo,
ne kupuvaj ne archi se, jaz sama ke dojda.
Ruma was running down the green mountain
followed by Stojan playing his honey kaval.
Ruma, I’m burning for you.
He offers to buy her a belt (2nd verse) and slippers (3rd verse), she
says don’t buy, my mother won’t give me away. He offers to buy her a
lamb (4th verse), she says don’t buy, I’ll come to you alone.
More to the story – there’s another song we learned from Tatiana
Sarbinska called Moma Ruma. Different tune, different rhythm (7/8
Lesno), but the same exact story except at the very end she says “forget
it, I’m not interested”.
NOTE: Across the Danube, Romanians have similar dances called either CADANEASCA or ŞCHIOAPA.