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Friday, 12 April 2013 02:27

Elaine Paulionis Phelen: "A song I sing all the time"

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Do you have one Lithuanian song that got stuck in your head and you can’t get rid of it?

For Elaine Paulionis Phelen, it’s a song that she first heard at Camp Dainava.

Here is the letter that she sent to us:

“When I was young, I went to a Lithuanian Heritage Camp in Michigan, Camp Dainava, for non-Lithuanian speakers.  In 1990 or 1991, the counselors at Camp Dainava taught us this song.  I love this little song, and I sing it to my son all the time. My cousin translated it for me last year, and I wanted to pass it along to you for the sake of posterity.”

Mūsų šūkis - Lietuva,
Jį dainuiojam visada.

 

Vėl ateis mūsų diena,
Kai Tėvynė bus laisva.

 

Lietuva, Lietuva

Tegyvuoja visada.

Our cheer is Lithuania,
We sing it all the time.

 

There will come a day,
When our homeland will be free.

 

Lithuania! Lithuania!
Live on forever!

Elaine also asked us to provide a link to Camp Dainava so that it could get a credit for all the excellent work.

Find out more about Camp Dainava at http://www.dainava.org/.

Elaine’s father, Vytautas Paulionis, and his family came to the U.S. after spending four years in a British Displaced Persons' Camp in Germany. Their family's farm was just outside the Lithuanian town of Druskininkai. Elaine and her husband visited Druskininkai (along with many other areas of Lithuania) on their honeymoon in 2007.

Elaine and her husband Elaine and her husband A wedding photo of Elaine's grandparents, Augustinas and Veronika Paulionis, taken in Lithuanian in 1939.A wedding photo of Elaine's grandparents, Augustinas and Veronika Paulionis, taken in Lithuanian in 1939.

 

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