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The song is based on a poem by Taras Shevchenko.
Taras Shevchenko is regarded as the foremost Ukrainian poet, writer and artist of the 19th century and a major figure of the Ukrainian national revival.
Born a serf (a peasant bound to his lord's land), Shevchenko was freed after moving to St Petersburg with his master, with the help of some notable writers and artists that noticed Taras's work.
His poetry moved from the historicism and the folkloristic interests of the Ukrainian Romantics (nostalgia for Cossack life) to a more sombre portrayal of Ukrainian history. Shevchenko was punished by exile and compulsory military service for writing poetry that satirized the oppression of Ukraine by Russia and prophesied a revolution.
Though forbidden to write or paint, Shevchenko kept producing poetry and art in secret while in exile.
Of special note is Shevchenko’s early ballad ‘Kateryna’, in which he tells the tale of a Ukrainian girl seduced by a Russian soldier and abandoned with child—a symbol of the tsarist imposition of serfdom in Ukraine. ‘Yest’ Na Sviti’ is a poem taken from this piece of work.
The music was composed by Stacey Yerofeyeva and arranged by the rest of the members of DoVira. While writing the music, Stacey was heavily inspired by the music of Avishai Cohen, an Israeli jazz bassist and composer, known for his genre-breaking fusion of various world & Middle Eastern folk elements with jazz.
There is freedom in the world, but who knows it?
There is fortune out there, but who owns it?
There are people out there, who shine in gold and silver
They seem to rule, yet freedom they don't have
No freedom, no fortune, just misery and boredom
They wear the fur coat, but are ashamed to cry
You take your gold and silver, and may you be wealthy
I will choose my tears, to pour out the sorrow
I will drown all captivity in my little tears,
I will stomp on misfortune with my naked feet
For I am happy, For I am wealthy
As my heart walks in freedom