"A traditional Finnish lullaby in more or less Kalevala metre. Kalevala poems originated in the Finnish iron age. The poems survived as a singing tradition until they were collected and published in written form in the 19th century. Just like Kalevala poems, this little traditional song about a ladybird is still today transferred from parents to their children as a lullaby." -Moorvis2

Lennä, lennä, leppäkerttu - Finnish Children's Songs - Finland - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


*Ladybird is the British word for ladybug.
**This is the prunus padus tree which is a species of cherry tree. It's native to northern Europe and northern Asia and is known as bird cherry, hackberry, hagberry, or Mayday tree.

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Lennä, lennä, leppäkerttu

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translated by Lisa Yannucci and Marja-Leena Lounasmaa. Thanks to Christopher Wirtanen for correcting the translation.

Photo by Leo Michels.