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  1. There are some things about the lyrics I don’t understand — why he counts “one, two” when the rest of the sentence agrees with just one son, and what the connection between entertaining and grieving for the Roma is, but my best attempt at a translation is as follows:

    Oh God, may I die, may I tell the truth,
    may I tell the truth, may I die!
    I have — one, two — a little son whom I love dearly,
    whom I love dearly, may I die.

    So says my little son, “I bring joy to the Roma,”
    “I bring joy to the Roma,” may I die!
    For the Roma, little boy, it pains my heart greatly,
    it pains my heart greatly, may I die!

    (“Te merau” — “may I die” — is used as an exclamation of sincerity or emotion in all sorts of contexts of both joy and sorrow.)

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