This song of the famous Ukrainian band Skriabin is about the loneliness of each soul and desperate roams.

The front man of Skriabin Andriy Kuzmenko passed away in the car crash in 2015. After this accident this song is strongly associated with his personality. Moreover, it is one of the most popular and touching works in the Ukrainian popular music.

In the old music video below you can feel the spirit of the early 2000s in Ukraine. Listen to the song and study the lyrics with our translation.

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Часом буває так що хочеш почути

Речі, яких ніколи б не знати,

І тягне за руку тебе в то місце,

Де думаєш: краще б очей не мати.


Ти дивишся в кухні на кран і воду,

А правда нізвідки не виходить.

І дивляться в очі тобі знайомі,

А їхні очі твоїм говорять.


Спи собі сама, коли біля тебе мене нема (4)


Часом буває так шо в магазині

Ти хочеш крикнути: “Ну в чому я винна?”

Тебе окидають розуміючим оком,

Дуже болить хоча й ненароком.


І ти ростеш, старієш, вмираєш,

А тої правди так і не знаєш.

Боїшся її і від неї втікаєш,

і в стінах своїх ти одна засинаєш.


Спи собі сама, коли біля тебе мене нема (4)

Спи собі сама, коли біля тебе мене нема (4)

Sometimes it happens that you want to hear

The things you’d better never known.

And you feel drawn to that place,

Where you’d better have no eyes.


You look at the tap and the water in the kitchen,

But the truth comes from nowhere.

And your friends look into your eyes,

But their eyes speak to yours.


Sleep alone, when I’m not near you. (4)


Sometimes it happens that in the shop

You want to shout “What is my fault?”

People glance over you with understanding

It hurts so much, though it’s unintentional.


And you grow, become old and die

But you still don’t know that truth

You’re afraid of it, you run from it

And you fall asleep alone in the solitude of your own room.

Sleep alone, when I’m not near you. (4)

Sleep alone, when I’m not near you. (4)

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Olesia Pavlyshyn

Olesia is a student of the Master program in Literature at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Kyiv, Ukraine). She is a private Ukrainian language teacher, translator, and copywriter. Olesia is interested in traveling and handmade, but most of all she likes learning foreign languages.

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