"Baro Foro" as written by Eliot Ferguson, Eugene Hutz, Oren Kaplan, Yuri Lemeshev and Sergey Ryabstev....
Aj so keres my baro foro
Aj baro foro sheura
Chavora chordena o graj(e)nde
Chavora chordena cheja

Chavora pasho (da romano?)
Muro ilo dukxala ma
For they could never never measure
Oj, romen, so te kerav

Po shveto me parno prodzhava
Muro ilo dukxala ma
And I will never hasavava
Aj yeah, so te kerav

The silver plane now will be landing
Only one day, only one time
Call your best friend let's take him with us
Ox, so te kerav

Aj so keres tu baro foro
Aj baro foro (jo?) roma
Po shveto me parno prodzhava
Ilo muro dukxala ma

Aj pasho mange (mande?) da romengro
Aj muro ilo na [?]
Po shveto me parno prodzhava
Muro ilo dukxala ma

Call your best friend let's take him with us
Pashe dale te na cheja
The silver plane now will be leaving
Onto new space, onto new time

Po shveto me parno prodzhava
Muro ilo dukxala ma
For they could never never measure
So te kerav

Aj so keres tu baro foro
Bax, sastype, chevora
Our silver plane now will be leaving
Onto new space onto new time


Lyrics submitted by Ed Jones

"Baro Foro" as written by Eugene Hutz Eliot Ferguson

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    General CommentStraight from the Hutz's mouth:

    gogolbordello.com/us/hutzovina/…


    To answer all questions about the 'SONG OF ALL TIMES AND ALL NATIONS BARO FORO' (from Multi Kontra Culti album)...
    So let's get down into the creative lab once again and settle all confusion.
    Baro Foro is written in a very broken Rromanes, the gypsy language; the reason is, that's all I could afford at the time of writing it in 1999. Now my knowledge of it has increased, but at the beginning of GB, when I was actively researching my family history and Romany culture, it was more on the level of abstract expression of my longing and love for Romany culture.
    Even though I managed to actually write sensible verses in Rromanes, some of it is basically sung in some bird-like language, if you wish - that's why any translations of it you find in chatrooms are total bullshit, except for a few lines correctly translated by Romany kids. Since I didn't go into rock n' roll to ask anyone how to do my shit, I just did it in the most immediate way. And anyway, the idea was to write not a national anthem, but a song of all times and all nations, the kind of shit they put into Vijager for other civilizations to check out.
    Another inspirational key is the song 'Mercy Seat' by Nick Cave... it's an extremely long and obsessive song and it was my anthem through teenage years. I always thought that when I grow up I will write a song that's even better and even longer than that.
    Well, Baro Foro is definitely fucking longer!


    Translation to English by Professor Ian Hancock

    Oh how are you, big town
    Oh big town, lads
    The boys will steal the horses
    The boys will steal the girl

    The boys near Romani
    My heart pains me
    For they could never, never measure
    Oh Roma, what am I to do?

    Around the white world I will travel
    My heart pains me
    And I will never lose
    Ay yeah, what am I to do?

    The silver plane now will be leaving
    Only one day, only one time
    Call your best friend, let's take him with us
    Oh, what am I to do!
    -
    (Translation by Hütz)

    Only that family lives well
    Where brothers love one another
    godpositeon February 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone speak Ukrainian?
    Ed Joneson December 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOMG, this is amazing when they play it live! In four years I've never been able to find the meaning of the lyrics, but it doesn't take away from how great the music is. With GB, louder is always better, and this is a great example. I can get lost in this song... maybe the foreign lyrics help to create the effect. Hm. Maybe I shouldn't get it translated.
    Our silver plane now will be leaving......
    FijiGirlon December 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTotally agree. I saw them play the Academy in Glasgow and they were awesome. The blew the roof of the place with this song
    Ed Joneson December 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics aren't in Ukrainian, they're in the Romani language. The title literally means big town or big city.

    Baro Foro is absolutely one of my favourite GB songs live.
    absinthefaeryon February 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is epic
    jjjonatronon December 23, 2007   Link

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