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“Tvoje Boje” (Radio Luksemburg)


Part 1 and Chorus: D  G
Part 2: Bm   G


Gledam lica u prolazu od oka skrivena
sve je manje ljudi tu, sve više sjena

Ovaj svijet sive je, je nijanse
ja bez tvojih boja, nemam šanse

Jer tvoje boje su kao moje
tvoj potez čist je
mojem platnu budi kist

Tražim iskre u očima, izmorenih duša
gdje se boja sakrila spava li u nama?

“YOUR COLORS” (Original English Translation by ORS, 2011)

I watch faces in passing from a hidden eye
it’s all less people there, all more shadows

This world is gray, it’s shades
without your colors, I have no chances

Because your colors are like mine
your stroke is pure
on my canvas, be the brush

I search for sparks in eyes, weary soul
where does the hiding color sleep in us?

Vocabulary and Etymology 
tvoj – your
boja (feminine noun) – color, stain, tinge; plural nominative form is boje; Turkish boya
gledati (verb) – to look, watch, see ; Russian следи́ть
lice (neuter noun)- face; plural nominative form is lica ; Russian лицо́
u (preposition) – in, at, on, etc
prolaz (masculine noun) – passageway, corridor; singular locative form is prolazu
od (preposition) – from
oko (neuter noun) – eye; singular genitive form is oka; plural locative form is očima ; Russian о́ко
skriven (adjective) – hidden, clandestine; singular genitive form for neuter nouns is skrivena; Russian скрыть (to hide)
sve – all, everything;  Russian всё
manje – less, minus
ljudi (masculine noun, plural form) – people, men;  Russian лю́ди
tu – there
više – more; over
sjena (feminine noun) – shade, shadow
ovaj – this
svijet (masculine noun) – world;  Russian свет
sive – gray;  Russian се́рый
nijansa (feminine noun) – nuance, shade; plural nominative form is nijanse;  French la nuance from Latin nubes (cloud)
bez (preposition) – less, without; Russian без
šansa (feminine noun)- chance; plural accusative form is šanse;  French la chance
jer (conjunction)- because
kao (conjunction) – like, as; Russian как
moj – my, mine; plural nominative form for feminine nouns is moje; singular locative form is mojem
potez (masculine noun) – stroke, move
čist – clean, pure, clear ; Russian  чи́стый
platno (masculine noun) – canvas, linen; singular locative form is platnu
kist (masculine noun) – brush; Russian кисть
tražiti (verb) – to search, look for
iskra (feminine noun) –  spark; singular accusative form is iskre; Russian и́скра
izmorenih – weary
duša (feminine noun) – soul, spirit; Russian душа́
gdje – where; Russian где
se (reflexive pronoun)
sakrila – hidden; from verb sarkiti (to hide, conceal)
spavati (verb)  – to sleep; Russian спать
li (interrogative particle)
nama (dative plural pronoun) – to us

Grammar and Other Notes

1.  Serbo-Croatian Language (Srpskohrvatski)

Serbo-Croatian is a Yugoslavic (South Slavic) language which, although known by various ethnic names following the dissolution of the Yugoslav state in 1992, is the functional term for the spoken language of Serbian (including Kosovo), Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro.   The term BSC (Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian) has also appeared in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. The main differences between the languages that comprise Serbo-Croatian are found in spoken dialects, but more obviously in the writing system.  Often, the Latin alphabet is used in Croatia, Cyrillic in Serbia, and Arabic abjad in Bosnia. As a slavic language, Serbo-Croatian has a complex system of inflection, specifically in the declension of its seven noun and adjective cases.   There are three genders (masculine, feminine, neuter), two numbers (singular, plural), seven verb tenses, three moods (indicative, imperative, conditional), and two aspects (perfective, imperfective).

2.  Serbo-Croatian Noun Case System and Declensions

Declension is a type of linguistic inflection (in + flectare, to bend) where nouns “decline” into irregular forms.   Present in Latin and Sanskrit, declension remains a characteristic feature of many Indo-European languages, particularly those in the Germanic and Slavic sub-families. There are 7 Noun Cases in Serbo-Croatian which provide the ending patterns for nouns in various functions in a sentence:

*There are three noun genders in Serbo-Croatian, listed here by Class.
Class I : Masculine nouns, which usually end in consonants
Class I : Neuter nouns, which usually end in -o or -e
Class II : Feminine nouns ending in -a
Class III: Feminine nouns ending in a consonant

See the section on Vocabulary and Etymology for the classifications of the nouns in “Tvoje Boje”.

3.     Personal Pronouns

Examples of personal pronouns in “Tvoje Boje” include:

(ja) gledam lica u prolazu
(I) watch faces in passing

ja bez tvojih boja , (ja) nemam šanse
I without your colors, (I) have no chances

gdje se boja sakrila spava li u nama?
where (reflexive) color hidden sleep (interrogative) in us?
–> where does the hidden color sleep in us?

The verb “to be” (biti) is conjugated in the present tense as follows:

ja sam (I am)
ti si (you are)
on/ona/ono je (he/she/it is)
mi smo (we are)
vi ste (you all are)
oni/one/ona su (they are)

Examples from the “Tvoje boje” include:

sve je manje ljudi tu
all is less people there

ovaj svijet sive je, je nijanse
this world gray is, is shades/nuances

jer tvoje boje su kao moje
because your colors are like mine

tvoj potez čist je
your stroke pure is
–> your stroke is pure 

mojem platnu budi kist
on my canvas be the brush
*budi is the 2nd person singular imperative of biti (to be) as in “(you) be careful!”




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