Dear Friends

Saami translation
Translated by Irja Seurujärvi-Kari and Jousto

All translations have been edited by the webmistress to correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and paragraphs added to break up blocks of text.

This is a translation of the song "As You Feel, I Feel." Jousto tells me that he had to first translate the words from Saami to Finnish, then Finnish to English, so he cautions that there is most likely something lost in the translation. Irja Seurujärvi-Kari translated it from Saami to Finnish. Thanks, both of you! ^_^

NOTE: This was a straight copy-and-paste from the emails Jousto sent me, and the diacritical marks appear correctly when viewed on my PC.

Gii boađašii ja vuolgašii
Loktešii dŕn dovddu,
Deavdašii dan unna doaivvu
Eana mojoda
Nu jaskađit, nu leggađit

Who would come and go
Raise this emotion,
Fulfill this small wish
Earth smiles
So quietly, so warmly
Leago dat roahkatvuohta,
Jos bargan dan
Dahje, jos in bargga haidige
Dolla buoldaša mu muođuit
Almni iudne ruoksadin...
Is it courage,
If I do it
Or, if I do nothing
Fire flushes my cheeks
I paint the sky red...
Mun muitan savgaldusadit,
Ivnnit leat mu mielas.
Dovdduit maid donddan,
Dat leat go cŕhci...
Gos dat bohte?
Gosa bahtaredje?
I remember whispers,
The colors are in my mind
I feel emotions, too
They are like father's
Where do they come from?
Where did they vanish?
Mii lea duoddariigguin,
Mii lea mieras?
Dan hŕlivccen diehtit
Bissŕnan jurdagiidda,
Divdan biegga muitalit,
Muitalit eadalagan mŕilbmis
What is on the fells,
What is in the sea?
I would like to know
I reminisce,
I stop to think,
I let the wind talk,
Talk about a different (kind of) world
Gidda mu calbmii, lihkŕ oaidan couvgga
Govca mu beljiit, lihkŕ gulan sŕniit
Attach me to the sky, I see the light, however
Block my ears, yet I hear the words
Duoivvu guoikŕnasat rŕbket eatnama,
Roahkatvuođas dola cuovga,
Ustitvuohta, ohccŕ eallima cŕzi
Nu allin gos biegga.
Drops of hope awaken the earth,
In courage fire burns,
Friendship, searching the water of life
Man's wisdom
As high as the wind.

Translated by Irja Seurujärvi-Kari and Jousto

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