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'Svata' is based on an ancient Transylvanian gypsy folktale about the invention of music. In this story, the devil invents a musical instrument to woo a lost soul. He trades it for not only her soul, but those of her father, mother, and four sisters with which the instrument was constructed. Like a siren, the instrument enables the young girl to keep a lover under a spell. Greedy and shortsighted, the devil collects on both of their souls, and leaves the banjo behind. Years later, a wandering gypsy steps on a nail in the woods and uncovers the banjo under the leaves. As the home had long since rotted away, the banjo lay in remarkable condition because it had been made not of wood, but from the human bones of the young girl's family. Fascinated, the gypsy teaches himself to play it, and as the last line of the song goes, "Now he plays in the town and all laugh and cry at his command... yeah they laugh and cry at his command."
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