TRAVEL WITH A SONG: A Croatian folk song in Austria

Lipo Ti Je Cuti is a beautiful folk song from Southern Burgenland, Austria, from the Croatian ethnic minority group living there, from Stinatz village.

In May 2013, I happened to walk by Rathausplatz in Vienna where they were having the rehearsals for next day’s opening concert of Wiener Festwochen. Vienna is one cultural metropol (and therefore one of my favorite cities so far) that can afford to hold a massive, high quality festival with open admission, lasting 5 or 6 weeks.

Despite of the rain and despite that it was not a full “performance” yet, it was already an exquisite concert experience in the beautiful surroundings.

Wiener Rathaus (Vienna City Hall) with the festival stage of Wiener Festwochen 2013
Wiener Rathaus (Vienna City Hall) with the festival stage of Wiener Festwochen 2013


Detail of Wien Rathaus (Vienna City Hall. Photo: Andrea Gerak

Behind us, on the other side of the boulevard, the Burgtheater (=Castle Theater) which is the second oldest theater in Europe, from 1741:

Burgtheater Wien by night. Photo: Andrea Gerak
Burgtheater Wien by night

Amongst all, this song captured my heart the strongest; an acapella rendition of a Croatian folk song, sung by a famous singer Willi Resetarits and his band.

And below is a recording from next evening, the opening concert where the singer explains that this song is from the woods of where is he from and he had been singing it already before his birth, in duo with his mother, in her belly.

This video was taken with a significantly better camera, put on your headphones, turn up the volume and enjoy:

This performance made such an impression on me that a few days later I contacted the band and got the original, Croatian lyrics from Filip Tyran (who has arranged this choir version of the song) and learned it.

Lipo Ti Je Cuti lyrics
(Traditional Croatian)

Lipo ti je cûti ote becke zvone.
Jos je lipse cuti staru majku javkat.

Jedng sinka j´mali toga su joj zieli
Sinak moj, sinak moj, kad ces domom dojti.

Kad va vasoj pravki roze cvale budu.
Roze su procvale, sinka jos nij bilo.

Sinak moj, sinak moj, kad ces domom dojti.
Kad va vasoj gnjoj’ci vino vrilo bude.
To je jur sve bilo, sinka jos nij bilo.

The story is about a woman who is crying because her son has gone to the war, she is asking him when would he return – but he will not…

Isn’t this a touching song?

And now a pitch: Not a long ago I was singing it at an event for tourists and one young man sad that this was the most remarkable and beautiful moment for him in his entire stay in Prague – if you would like a similar experience for your guests, you can book me for your event.

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Andrea Gerak Andrea Gerák (also spelled as Gerak) is a Hungarian artist, mostly known as a singer. She is also photographing, dancing, writing, sometimes acting or modeling, and forever learning through her journey in the world, living a happy nomad life. Her attention turned to health matters after a cancer surgery in 2008. Proud mom of a big boy.


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