Caroline sent a lovely Russian lullaby with a story about her childhood:
I like your site Russian songs for children.
I don’t have a Cyrillic keyboard so I’ll do my best to transliterate.
Seedjit kotjik na kriyou,
On nje bedjin nje bahat,
Oo njevo yestj m’noho rebjat
Vcje pah lallichkum seedjatj
Kashou smasljetsum yedjatj.
Sits a kitty on the edge,
He’s not poor nor is he rich,
He has many brothers,
They’re all sitting in a row (or on a shelf)
Eating porridge with butter.
Just to paint picture from my child’s mind’s eye… My Mom, Babushka and Prababushka sang this song to us.
We had a beautiful fluffy grey tabby cat with a white bib and mustache. His name was Bowchie. So his name was often inserted in place of “kotjik”. It is a winter night. The windows are swirled in frost.
Bowchie (and his imaginary brothers are sitting in a ring around a bowl of warm oatmeal kasha, smothered with melted butter and brown sugar). Bowchie is slightly to the side busy cleaning melted butter from his whiskers. The bowl is in the warmth near the wood stove.
My Prababushka is sitting in a rocking chair braiding a rug and crooning this Bayou-bayou. (Apparently that is an olden phrase for the soothing that comes over a baby from a gentle rocking of its cradle). The tune mimics that rocking.
My Mom and Babushka are sitting at the table discussing, in a low gentle voice, something terribly philosophical. They are sipping sweet “chai” and eating still warm homemade “Pishkji” (pieces of sweet yeast dough fried in butter and shaken with sugar inside a now greasy brown paper bag.)
Us kids are lying on the floor near the stove, watching Bowchie and licking sugared butter from around our own lips.
Very rich! I hope you like this and it reaches you.
Thanks Caroline for sharing such a wonderful song and story!
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