This is a Ukrainian folk song and dance. It's also known as Гречаники (Hrechanyky) "Buckwheat Panakes" (Blinis). "Hrechanyky" were traditionally made with buckwheat flour, yeast and eggs and baked in a Russian oven.

You can find the pronunciation in the notes.

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Notes

*Literally "ears"

Pronunciation
(By Google)

Pishla maty na selo
Grechnu muku dobuvaty,
Hrechanyky uchynyaty,
Svoyikh ditok hoduvaty.

Pryspiv:
Hop, moyi hrechanyky,
Hop, moyi bili,
Chohos' moyi hrechanyky
Na skoryni sily.
Hop, moyi hrechanyky,
Hop, moyi smachni,
Chohos' moyi hrechanyky
Ne vdalysya vdachni.

Molov bat'ko, ne viyavshy,
Pekla maty, ne siyavshy,
Z pomyynytsi vodu brala,
Hrechanyky uchynyala.

"Idy, staryy, do krynytsi,
Idy za vodoyu,
A my zvarym obidaty
Udvokh iz kumoyu".

Zaraz kashu bez pshona,
Bez soli zvaryla,
I bez khliba tatusen'ka
Yisty posadyla.

Sydyt' tato v kintsi stola,
Opustyvshy vukha,–
Usyakomu tak buvaye,
A khto zhinok slukha.

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Comments

There are several versions of this song.

The tune to this song was used for the Yiddish song called, "Hop! Mayne homentashn".

According to Wikipedia, "Blinis were considered by early Slavic people in pre-Christian times to be a symbol of the sun, due to their round form. They were traditionally prepared at the end of winter to honor the rebirth of the new sun (Butter Week, or Maslenitsa, also called "butter week" or "pancake week"). This tradition was adopted by the Orthodox church and is carried on to the present day. Drochena, a kind of blini, was also served at wakes to commemorate the recently deceased."

In the illustration on this page you can see a Russian Oven. They were used traditionally for heating houses in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. People also sleep on them for heat. The oven is also used for cooking, to bake food like pancakes or pies. They give the food a distinctive flavor.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translated by Lisa. Many thanks to Slavik Kitaigorodski for his French translation.

Illustration by Джон Огастес Аткинсон (John Augustus Atkinson; 1775 - 1830), etched by the artist, published 1803.

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