John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey
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Surprise!

My O-Zone CD came today! I didn't get it until just a few minutes ago when we got home, but still. :)

Anyway, one of the bonus tracks is an English version of "Dragostea Tin Dei," given the imaginative title of "Ma Ya Hi." It's not quite as cool as the Romanian version, but it's still kind of neat to hear them singing in English. The lyrics are rather different from the translations I've seen of the Romanian one, however:

ROMANIAN (assuming it's correct)                                AMERICAN VERSION
Hello, Salutations, it’s me, a haiduc (outlaw)                  Hello, Salute, it’s me your Duke
And I pray, my love                                             And I made something that’s real
embrace the happiness                                           To show you how I feel

Hello, Hello, it’s me Picasso,                                  Hello, Hello, it’s me Picasso
I send you a beep, and I’m neat                                 I will paint my words of love 
But know that I’m not asking you anything                       With your name on every wall

You want to go, but you don’t take me, no                       When you leave my colors fade to gray
You don’t take me, no, you don’t take me no                     Little lover stay, all my colors fade away                 
Your face and the love under the linden tree                    Every word of love I used to say
Remind me of your eyes                                          Now I paint it everyday

I’m calling you, to say, what I’m feeling now                   I sold my strings, my songs, and dreams
Hello, my love, it’s me happiness                               And I bought some paints to match the
                                                                   colors of my love

Hello, hello, it’s me again, Picasso                            Hello, Hello, it’s me Picasso
I gave you a beep, and I’m neat                                 I will spray my words of my love
But know that I’m not asking you anything                       With your name on every wall

You want to go, but you don’t take me, no                       When you leave my colors fade to gray
You don’t take me, no, you don’t take me no                     Little lover stay, all my colors fade away                 
Your face and the love under the linden tree                    Every word of love I used to say
Remind me of your eyes                                          Now I paint it everyday


And of course, "Ma ya hi, ma ya hoo, ma ya ho, ma ya ha-ha!" is the same in every language. ;)

It seems like a neat little album; some tracks are in Spanish, as well, and a lot of the love songs remind me of Marc Anthony. I can see why "Dragostea Tin Dei" is their headliner, tho, it's by far the best track (as opposed to the Venga Boys album, which had several strong contenders).

I'm diggin' it. ^.^

-The Gneech
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