"Kalinka Malinka"

"Kalinka Malinka" is probably the most known Russian folk song ever. I doubt anything we ever created can compare to "Kalinka" in popularity!

"Kalina" means "Viburnum". Yep, just like that. I guess it could be an official anthem of "Greenpeace" - the song is totally about nature!

Flowers of kalinka - guelder rose. By Moscow Russia Insider's Guide.

Kalina has a very nice flowers at spring time.

By the way, it's not folk. Some historians claim the song was written by Russian composer Ivan Petrovich Larionov in 1860 for a theater performance. A pity he didn't live to see his creation becoming an international hit!

So, you want to know the lyrics? Here they are, enjoy!

(And here you can see the translation!)

Kalinka malinka guelder rose berries. By Moscow Russia Insider's Guide.

My mother-in-law makes great "kalina" wine!



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 myenya! Ay-lyuli, lyuli, ay-lyuli, Polyubi zhe ty myenya!

Kalinka, kalinka, kalinka moya! V sadu yagoda malinka, malinka moya!



Want to see it live? Be my guest!

Need translation? Here you go! I didn't translate "kalinka" on purpose - it would look too lame in the text. As I said, "kalina" is a Snowball Tree, or Viburnum, while "-ka" means "small". You do the math ;)


Chorus:

Kalinka, kalinka, kalinka of mine
in the garden, raspberry, little raspberry of mine
Ah, Under the pine, the green one,
Lay me down to sleep,

Ah, lully lully, ah lully lully,
Lay me down to sleep

Chorus

Ah, Little pine, little green one,
Don't rustle above me,
Ah, lully lully, ah lully lully,
Don't rustle above me

Chorus

Ah, you beauty, pretty maiden,
Fall in love with me,
Ah, lully lully, ah lully lully,
Fall in love with me

Chorus

"Kalinka Malinka" doesn't make much sense if you listen to the words, but the song is about nature, not meaning. It always brings the pictures of quiet Russian summer somewhere far, far away from Moscow.

The birds are singing, the sun is shining and the trees are rustling quietly under the wind. Such a bliss! No wonder our ancestors worshipped nature.

...although he does ask a girl to love him at the end!




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