Tuesday, September 27, 2011

K: Kalinka, ABC Wednesday, Thursday Theme Song

Kalinka, kalinka, kalinka moya!
V sadu yagoda malinka, malinka moya!
Akh, pod sosnoyu, pod zelenoyu,
Spat' polozhite vy menya!
Ay-lyuli, lyuli, ay-lyuli,
Spat' polozhite vy menya.
Kalinka, kalinka, kalinka moya!
V sadu yagoda malinka, malinka moya!
Akh, sosyenushka ty zyelyenaya,
Nye shumi zhe nado mnoy!
Ay-lyuli, lyuli, ay-lyuli,
Nye shumi zhe nado mnoy!
Kalinka, kalinka, kalinka moya!
V sadu yagoda malinka, malinka moya!
Akh, krasavitsa, dusha-dyevitsa,
Polyubi zhe ty menya!
Ay-lyuli, lyuli, ay-lyuli,
Polyubi zhe ty menya!
Kalinka, kalinka, kalinka moya!
V sadu yagoda malinka, malinka moya! 

© Photos by Richard Schear
and Kay Davies

Sasha, one of the guides on the Viking Surkov tried to teach this song to my husband and other passengers as part of the onboard Russian lessons. I don't know how successful Sasha was with the others, but Dick, who is only fractionally more musical than I am (and I am not at all), didn't get past the first line. He is partial to the song, however, and will sing that one line over and over and over.
It would be untrue to say the rest of our holiday with Viking River Cruises became unbearable, however, because I often stayed on the ship while Dick, humming happily, went on shore excursions without me.
Ah, peace and quiet!
This song seems to be very popular at Russian weddings.
The following English translation of this song has been edited to avoid excessive repetition, of which there is much. In the video (link above), the chorus is repeated repeatedly, to the delight of the wedding guests. The singer has a wonderful voice. Do listen to him, and watch the bride's face. She's so happy!

Little snowberry, snowberry, snowberry of mine!
Little raspberry in the garden, my little raspberry!
Ah, little pine, little green one,
Don't rustle above me,
Ah, rock-a-baby,
Don't rustle above me.
Ah, you beauty, pretty maiden,
Take a fancy to me,
Ah, rock-a-baby,
Take a fancy to me.
Little snowberry, snowberry, snowberry of mine!
Little raspberry in the garden, my little raspberry!

Posted for ABC Wednesday
and also for


mrsnesbitt said...

I loved the drama of this song! I remember hearing it as a child. We sang it in music at school - never the same! lol! Great stuff!
Denise ABC Team

Roger Owen Green said...

I love music, but that does seem a mouthful, and I'm not great with unfamiliar languages. (Latin, French, maybe Spanish, OK the rest, not so much.)

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Nanka said...

Nice tinkling bells sound to the words, clink-clink-clink and a ting!! :) Very hypnotic if repeated over and over again!! :)

Carver said...

What a great take on the letter K. My daughter has studied Russian and next time she visits, if I want to make her hysterical I'll print the song lyrics you've given us and will try to sing what I think the words would sound like. I joke about how my daughter speaks so many languages that looking at books she's left here, I can't always figure out what language it's in. It's not even a joke but it's true. I know which of her books are German and French but since she's studied more languages than I can even remember some of them aren't recognizable to me.

EG Wow said...

Kool post, Kay!

Reader Wil said...

My husband and I loved that song. We have it on a record, but until now I didn't know what it meant. Thanks for the translation. It
slovely! Kind regards to your husband and Mara.Have a great time together.

photowannabe said...

Very hypnotic is a good way of putting it.
Interesting traditions from other lands.
Your cruise must have been wonderful.

VioletSky said...

I would love to have Helmut Lotti sing this at my wedding. Or anywhere, actually!

Dianne said...

The wedding is so very beautiful and now you've got me singing the song - Kalinka Kalinka Kalinka Moya! just beautiful!

Mara said...

And here I was expecting a very deep meaning in that song! To say I am dissapointed is an understatement :)

Jo Bryant said...

what a great experience

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

OK! If it makes everybody happy that's what it's all about!

A Scattering said...

I never would have known about this if I hadn't participated this week - life's full of surprises. Great, fun facts Kay!

Dhemz said...

wow! pretty interesting...great choice!

Beverley Baird said...

Great photos and post for K!
Hope all is well with you - have had a bit of a break.

kaykuala said...

Wonderful take Kay! You must have thoroughly enjoyed your Russian sojourn, what with all the sing-song.


Hildred and Charles said...

Thanks for that great video, Kay, - haven't heard Helmut Lotti for a long time and really enjoyed hearing him sing again.

Kay said...

I just love weddings. I can just imagine Dick singing that line over and over. I drive Art crazy that way too sometimes. I'd love to listen to the song, but the whole house is asleep right now. I'll save it for next time. Good night.

Carola Bartz said...

I've always loved this song, it's one of my favorites.

Paula Scott said...

Utterly fascinating!!! Interesting words to be singing at weddings.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful song for a very sweet occasion.

Kids at Heart is one of my ABC this week.

jane said...

What lovely music and singing - what a joyus occasion - it is a every catchy tune - your pictures are tremendous - look forward to reading more about your adventures- Jnae UK

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Gotta LOVE this post!!! You always make such fun and interesting posts. And may I ask, is this a new profile photo of yourself? I know I've been away from blog hoppin' a long time...

I like it!!

And I must stop to send along my thanks for being such a loyal visitor while I was absent in blog hopping. Much appreciated.

My link: Baltimore Orioles

This is an open invitation to stop by and view, if you can find time.

Happy Wednesday.

Cezar and Léia said...

This post is so romantic, wonderful pictures!

Ms. Burrito said...

Beautiful celebration.

Kids e-Connection for ABC.

Gattina said...

I have heard Kalinka in German, but the text was different. Didn't know that it was so popular for weddings !

Ebie said...

I would love to witness a Russian wedding, though I have only witnessed a few ethnic ones.

ChrisJ said...

LOVE the video and especially love Helmut Lotti! What a great voice. Glad to have the words too. They invoke such sweet images.

Tumblewords: said...

Oh, what a celebration! Must have been a great cruise...

SquirrelQueen said...

What a wonderful song, I really enjoyed the video. While I was on You Tube I noticed another version in the sidebar. A few months ago I ran across a video by The Russian Red Army Choir and I have become a fan of their videos, they also do this song.

jabblog said...

The video clip is wonderful - I could watch it over and over.