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Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine performing "Stefania"

Eurovision performance

“She rocked me; gave me rhythm” – Kalush Orchestra bring an ode to mothers in “Stefania” lyrics



They are mixing the modern and the classic. Kalush Orchestra are one of the eight finalists in Vidbir, Ukraine’s selection for Eurovision 2022.

Ukraine Vidbir 2022 information:


With their song “Stefania”, the group reflects on a hard-working and strong, yet sensitive, mother.

Scroll down to read the “Stefania” lyrics

Vidbir 2022: Kalush Orchestra “Stefania”
Hip hop group Kalush took their name from the city where they formed in 2019, in the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, western Ukraine. The three-piece of rapper Oleh Psiuk, multi-instrumentalist Ihor Didenchuk and MC Kylymen attained commercial success quickly in their home country, creating rap pieces from the slang of Psiuk’s home town. Ihor Didenchuk already has some Eurovision experience under his belt as he stood on the stage with Go_A in Rotterdam last year as their flautist.

Kalush released their first album HOTIN in 2021, which followed the great success of their single “Zori”. This song received notable airplay on Ukrainian radio and has been streamed over two million times since its release on Spotify. Meanwhile, the group collaborated heavily with other big Ukrainian acts, such as Okean Elzy and alyona alyona.

Recently, the group decided to create their own orchestra, which focused on the combination of hip hop and ancient folklore. For this effort, Kalush teamed up with three other musicians: backing vocalist and rapper Dzhonni Dyvniy, plus multi-instrumentalists Tymofii Muzychuk and Vitalii Duzhyk.

The orchestra’s first large release came with “Shtomber Womber” in December 2021. The song discussed social issues and came with a music video featuring ancient instruments and a typical Ivano-Frankivsk coat.

Kalush Orchestra bring an ode to the mother in “Stefania”. Lyric-wise, the song mixes two styles. In the chorus, the song uses typical folk song lyrics – short sentences with long vowels. The verses, on the other hand, contain much longer lines, which are performed much quicker compared to the slower chorus, creating the typical rap flow that fans are used to from Kalush.

One of the key words of the song is “колискова”, which means “lullaby”. The lullaby is a symbol in the song for the good memories that the narrator has of their mother. The sound of the lullaby brings them back to a moment when they were still under the safe guard of their mother. It comes back in both the chorus and the verse, as each rap verse ends with the sentence “Lyuli lyuli lyuli??, which is a classic Slavic folk lullaby.

The song starts off with a child looking at how their mother has aged. Several lines awake a nostalgic feeling to the past and towards the image of a mother: “The field blooms, but she is turning grey / Sing me a lullaby mum / I want to hear your native word”. Like typical folk rhymes, this part seems more romantic and idealises a tragic situation.

In the verse, where a more contemporary rap is used, there is a much more realistic depiction of the events. It discusses the hardship of being a mother. There seems to be an absence of support for the mother, who tries her best to raise her child. The narrator realises their mother has done a lot for them and that they will always return to her: “She rocked me; gave me rhythm and probably the power of will; did not take, but she gave”.

While the mother is portrayed as a sweet and soft woman in the folk-style chorus, in the verses, she is a much more rounded character. There, she is portrayed as a strong but sensitive person: “She will not awaken, won’t wake, me in strong storms / She will take two fig signs from grandma, as if they were bullets / She knew me very well she was not deceived, like she was very tired she rocked me in time”.

“Stefania” lyrics – Kalush Orchestra (Vidbir 2022)
Music and lyrics by: Ihor Didenchuk, Ivan Klimenko, Oleh Psiuk, Tymofii Muzychuk and Vitalii Duzhyk

Original lyrics
Стефанія мамо мамо Стефанія
Розквітає поле, а вона сивіє
Заспівай мені мамо колискову
Хочу ще почути твоє рідне слово

Вона мене колисала дала мені ритм і напевне силу волі не забрати в мене, бо дала вона
Напевне знала може більше і від Соломона
Ламаними дорогами прийду я завжди до тебе
Вона не розбудить, не будить, мене в сильні бурі
Забере в бабулі дві дулі, ніби вони кулі
Дуже добре знала мене не була обманута, як була дуже втомлена, гойдала мене в такт
Люлі люлі люлі…

Стефанія мамо мамо Стефанія
Розквітає поле, а вона сивіє
Заспівай мені мамо колискову
Хочу ще почути твоє рідне слово

Я не в пеленах но ма но ма, хватить, як би я не виріс на виріст за речі платить
Я не мала дитина, вона далі нерви тратить, я гуляв, шляк би тебе трафив
Ти все молода о мамо на піку, якщо не ціню опіку на піку слави мені в тупику
Забивайте піку цю піку, я би попік спік, своєю любов’ю
Люлі люлі люлі…

Стефанія мамо мамо Стефанія
Розквітає поле, а вона сивіє
Заспівай мені мамо колискову
Хочу ще почути твоє рідне слово

Стефанія мамо мамо Стефанія
Розквітає поле, а вона сивіє
Заспівай мені мамо колискову
Хочу ще почути твоє рідне слово

English translation
Stefania mum mum Stefania
The field blooms, but she is turning grey
Sing me a lullaby mum
I want to hear your native word

She rocked me; gave me rhythm and probably the power of will; did not take, but she gave
Probably knew even more and from Solomon
I will always walk to you by broken roads
She will not awaken, won’t wake, me in strong storms
She will take two fig signs from grandma, as if they were bullets
She knew me very well; she was not deceived, like she was very tired; she rocked me in time
Lyuli lyuli lyuli…

Stefania mum mum Stefania
The field blooms, but she is turning gray
Sing me a lullaby mum
I want to hear your native word

I’m not in diapers but ma but ma, enough, like if I did not grow up to grow to pay for things
I’m not a small child, she still loses her temper, I walked, “like the slag would hit you” [Ukrainian curse]You are all young oh mother at the peak, if I do not value the guardianship at the peak of glory I’m in the dead end
Kill the peak that peak, I would sing with my love
Lyuli lyuli lyuli…

Stefania mum mum Stefania
The field blooms, but she is turning gray
Sing me a lullaby mum
I want to hear your native word

Stefania mum mum Stefania
The field blooms, but she is turning gray
Sing me a lullaby mum
I want to hear your native word


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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu May 12, 2022, 08:46 PM (0 replies)

Here's the link to the DU archived post on the same topic.

It's titled The Long list of Republican sex offenders...


Here's a sample...

Subject: Long list of Republican sex offenders

Republican County Constable Larry Dale Floyd was arrested on suspicion of soliciting sex with an 8-year old girl. Floyd has repeatedly won elections for Denton County, Texas, constable.
Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.
Republican Party leader Bobby Stumbo was arrested for having sex with a 5-year old boy.
Republican teacher and former city councilman John Collins pleaded guilty to sexually molesting 13 and 14 year old girls.
Republican campaign worker Mark Seidensticker is a convicted child molester.
Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls.
Republican Mayor John Gosek was arrested on charges of soliciting sex from two 15-year old girls.
Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
Republican legislator Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.
Republican Committeeman John R. Curtain was charged with molesting a teenage boy and unlawful sexual contact with a minor.
Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted child rapist in Florida.
Republican zoning supervisor, Boy Scout leader and Lutheran church president Dennis L. Rader pleaded guilty to performing a sexual act on an 11-year old girl he murdered.
Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor.
Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.
Republican racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.
Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.
Republican legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.
Republican advertising consultant Carey Lee Cramer was charged with molesting his 9-year old step-daughter after including her in an anti-Gore television commercial.

I hope you don't mind me elaborating on your post. This might be 1/10th of the entire post which was created by DUer Joanne98. The date of the OP is unclear but I think it is sometime in 2013 but much likely earlier. Republican depravity doesn't appear to have an end date.

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue May 10, 2022, 03:08 AM (0 replies)

It's especially maddening that they feel qualified

to use religion, like they're ordained, to regulate health care, like they went to medical school.

It's remarkable that their egos are so big as to support them being so eminently qualified with such a broad range of expertise.

In truth they are regressive, evil minded people with little, if any regard, for the rights and well-being of anyone but themselves.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri May 6, 2022, 09:48 PM (0 replies)

This is how #Azovstal sounds...

This is how #Azovstal sounds.

Video posted tonight by Nik Mark on his Facebook page.

Let the heroes be known and seen by the whole world 🇺🇦 #SaveMariupol #Mariupol



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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu May 5, 2022, 11:42 PM (8 replies)

Meet the enemy...

At least one of them and her husband too. They are both, unsurprisingly, Conservative Catholics and have six children.


Carrie Campbell Severino (née Campbell) an American lawyer and conservative political activist. She is the head of the Judicial Crisis Network (JCN)*, where she has played a leading role in the campaigns to support the Supreme Court nominations of Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh. She is the coauthor (with Mollie Hemingway) of Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court.


While attending Harvard Law School**, she met her future husband Roger Severino, two years ahead of her there. Both were active with the law school's Society for Law, Life and Religion, a conservative anti-abortion group.


In 2016, Mother Jones described Severino as "a leader of the current conservative campaign to block any Obama Supreme Court nominee."[13] Under her leadership, the Judicial Crisis Network spent more than $5 million on the campaign to oppose Obama's 2016 nomination of Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court.


Here she is on May the third, on Amanpour and Company...

Her husband was a Trump appointee. Quoi un surprise. S/


Roger Thomas Severino is an American attorney who served as the director of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services from 2017 to 2021.


From 2008 to 2015, Severino was a trial attorney in the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Severino was also previously CEO and counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a nonprofit law firm taking on cases related to freedom of religion. In 2015, Severino joined The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank geared towards public policy. There, he served as the Director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation.[3] Severino has written several opinion columns for The Daily Signal. Severino has also written for Public Discourse: Ethics, Law, and the Common Good, a journal published by Witherspoon Institute, a conservative think-tank.[4]


A social conservative and devout Catholic, Severino has often been criticized for being anti-LGBT.[5][6] The Human Rights Campaign has described Severino as a "radical anti-LGBTQ activist."[9] In 2018, Severino called the Obama administration's expansion of sex to include gender identity "radical gender ideology."[10][11] In an op-ed co-written by former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, Severino said that "transgender rights supporters see sex as 'merely a placeholder’ assigned at birth."[12]

As director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, Severino was instrumental in the removal of nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people established in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The removal of the provision will allow healthcare providers to deny care based on a patient's sexuality or gender identity.[13][14]

In July 2020, President Trump nominated Severino a three-year Council position on the Administrative Conference of the United States.[15] Severino was commissioned in January 2021, in the final days of Trump's presidency, and in February, filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming the Biden administration offered him an ultimatum to resign or be terminated.[16][17]

Ring any bells?

* The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) (formally known as the Concord Fund and formerly known as the Judicial Confirmation Network), is an American conservative advocacy organization based in the United States. Its president is Carrie Severino, a former law clerk for Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas.[1] In 2020, OpenSecrets described JCN as having "unmatched influence in recent years in shaping the federal judiciary."[2]


** Harvard Law class of 2004 and quoted in the Harvard Law Bulletin commenting on the so called "silencing" of Conservatives.


Often, students say, conservative “silencing” is a sign of simple resignation–after a few volleys of booing and hissing, many students don’t feel like bothering to make their points. “I think it’s a de facto silencing, where you want to choose your battles or get tired of sounding like the ‘crazy conservative freak,'” said Carrie Campbell ’04, vice president of HLS’s 10-year-old Society for Law, Life and Religion, a group that opposes abortion rights. “It’s the underlying assumptions going on that are not worth making a topic of discussion.”

She and her husband have made it their life's work to kill Roe v. Wade, among other things. They're not going to stop with Roe v. Wade. They're going after LGBTQ+ rights next. We should be very concerned about them getting a "win" now and at all costs.

This is war.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed May 4, 2022, 12:03 AM (6 replies)

I'm ready and willing to support an army of individuals, most likely females...

Of child bearing age or not, who can serve as proxies for those needing these medications. Who's to say whether I need them or not when the decision to administer these treatments is between me and the physician? I can easily transfer them to the necessary hands as a private, personal transaction.

Yes, that means that if we have to break the law well... so be it. I'm willing to put my body in the way as a commitment to protesting the abolition of what is and should only ever be considered, healthcare.

Women have been getting things done, by whatever means necessary, for eternity. That's never going to change. Anyone who is not on board needs to gtf out of the way. This is war.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue May 3, 2022, 09:08 PM (1 replies)

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue May 3, 2022, 08:45 PM (1 replies)

I saw this on Twitter yesterday. Seems appropriate to share...

Agnus by Konstantin Korobov


"Dogs surround me; a pack of evildoers closes in on me. They have pierced my hands and my feet"

- Psalm 22:17

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Apr 18, 2022, 02:07 PM (2 replies)

Fund raiser raffle for a lovely Pysanky egg by So Jeo LeBlond for Ukraine and World Central Kitchen

There's another raffle for a chance to win via donation to World Central Kitchen for this egg with other gifts, by So Jeo LeBlond...

You can donate here...


The winner of this raffle will receive a Love In A Mist art egg made by me on a double yolk turkey egg. The egg features soft pale blue flowers in between lacey bands of stars and crosses with a navy blue background. Your egg will come in collectible metal gift tin, includes a wooden egg stand and it has a value of $200 USD, plus you will receive a $100 USD coupon to use in my shop, total value of $300 USD. I will personally cover the shipping with tracking directly to the winner wherever you are located worldwide!

You can earn one ticket for $20 or three tickets for $50 one of two ways:

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Apr 17, 2022, 11:39 AM (0 replies)

Make a donation to support Ukraine and get a chance to win these two eggs...


Pysanky By So Jeo Egg Raffle #2 for Ukraine
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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Apr 11, 2022, 03:51 AM (2 replies)
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