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'Yar Qo Barak Boyin Mernem': Don't take the lyrics too literally

Vardan Badalyan

June 15, 2018

Music

By Lilly Torosyan

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'Yar Qo Barak Boyin Mernem': Don't take the lyrics too literally

"Yar Qo Barak Boyin Mernem" (“Love, I’ll Die for Your Slim Height”) doesn’t translate very well, and it’s probably not a song whose lyrics you should take literally...

Genre

Ethno folk; Armenian folk; pop

Released

2013

Location

Armenia

Duration

3:47

Link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_uDBKuMzcM

Just when it seemed like this love ballad had fallen out of fashion in Armenia, Armenian folk/pop singer, Vardan Badalyan, reminded us why we love it so much. His rendition—though true to the original—has some modern nuances. The video features many traditional elements of Armenian culture, such as silver beads and jewels, taraz (traditional dress), a traditional folk band, and is shot from what looks like a villa in the beautiful spa town of Dilijan.

Liked this? Listen to another version

Los Angeles-based musical group, Element Band, have been combining world and Armenian folk music with Mediterranean and Latin fusion for the past decade and a half. Their version (spelled "Yar Qo Barak Boyin Mernem") is as soothing and tender as music gets. Listen below.

Video

  • "Yar Qo Barak Boyin Mernem" by Vardan Badalyan

    Video: Vardan Badalyan YouTube page

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