Culture of Moldova: Music

by Wesley Viera and Jonathan Gray

Dan Spataru - Drumurile noastre

Folk Music: Drumurile Noastre

Drumurile Noastre - Dan Sparatu

Our roads


I shall forget

Whatever happened in my life before

Years and months and nights in turn, pains,

The moment of separation.


I'll not ask from you what you can never give me,

I'll not ask your love.

I'll not knock the closed doors anymore,

Don't turn your eyes away from me !


(Chorus)

Maybe our roads

Will meet someday,

The roads and the love,

The thoughts and the happiness. (rpt)


Always in the mind I'll keep

The pure love,

Always I'll hope a new love to be

How it was not before.


The thought that will refuse me again

The thought shivers me of fear,

Leaves to me just the friendship

Which my voice is calling for.


(Chorus)



Analysis

Dan Spataru grew up while Moldova was still known a part of the Soviet Union. When Moldova gained its independence in 1991, Dan Spataru released his most popular hit, Drumurile Noastre. It is the first song that the Moldavians recognize as one of their own. It is an example of Contagious Diffusion, as it spread rapidly from person to person. The song is in Romanian, and has also become popular in Romania. It is now played in many cultural meetings and festivals, and will hold a place in their folk culture. The lyrics identify the new independent Moldova and it's hopefulness. It talks about two lovers separated by the soviets.


Pop Music: Run Away

Pop lyrics

Ohhh, I forget--let me breathe, let me live

Just run away from my mind

Ohhh, I forgive--I don’t need, I won’t breathe

Just get away from my life


You lost one-and-all, so fly away

Over the clouds, under the sky

Never come back, no, run away

With all your might, give up, you


I don’t believe anymore your shallow heart

I know that it’s you who chose to play this trick

I'll never forgive you, not for anything

And now you are left with nothing


Ohhh, forget--let me breathe, let me live

Just run away from my mind

Ohhh, forgive--I don’t need, I won’t breathe

Just get away from my life


Ohhh, forget--let me breathe, let me live

Just run away from my mind

Ohhh, forgive--I don’t need, I won’t breathe

Just get away from my life


There’s no other time to make

In happiness you have mistaken

We have no progressive future

I know your lying nature


There’s no other time to make

In happiness you have mistaken

We have no progressive future

I know your lying nature


Ohhh, forget--let me breathe, let me live

Just run away from my mind

Ohhh, forgive--I don’t need, I won’t breathe

Just get away from my life


Ohhh, forget--let me breathe, let me live

Just run away from my mind

Ohhh, forgive--I don’t need, I won’t breathe

Just get away from my life


Analysis

Sunstroke Project is a very popular band in Moldova. They copy the traits of American and UK pop bands. This song won the Eurovision Song Contest with this song. It is perhaps Moldova's most globally recognized song. The song became very popular on the internet. Many people have tried to imitate it and highlighted "Epic Sax Guy". It has diffused contagiously in MDCs by spreading from person to person. In LDCs, it diffused hierarchically, because not everyone has internet access to listen to the song.


SunStroke Project & Olia Tira - Run Away (Moldova)