Can Anyone Help with a Russian Rhyme?

Brenna Aunalee wrote asking for help with a Russian rhyme…


My name is Brenna and my great grandmother was a Russian immigrant. We have this little diddy that she used to sing to the family, and so now we all know it, but we don’t know what it means. I sent an audio file and was hoping you could help me out?

Thank you!


You can hear Brenda’s Recording of the Russian Rhyme here.

If anyone can help with the Russian lyrics and/or with a translation, please comment below.

Thanks in advance!

Mama Lisa

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2 Responses to “Can Anyone Help with a Russian Rhyme?”

  1. Monique Says:

    Maya wrote she knows this rhyme but hers goes “tra tra tra” instead of “opa opa”. Here is the long version of it:

    Тра-та-та, Тра-та-та,
    Вышла кошка за кота.
    За Кота-Котовича, за Петра-Петровича.
    Ходит кот по лавочке, водит кошку за лапочки.
    Топы-топы по лавочке,
    Цапы-цапы за лапочки

    transliterated as…
    Tra-ta-ta, tra-ta-ta,
    Vychla kochka za kata,
    Za kata katovitcha, za Pitra Pitrovitcha.
    Khodit kot po lavotchke, vodit kochkou za lapotchki,
    Topy-topy pa lavatchki,
    Tsapy-tsapy za lapatchki !

    and it means…
    Tra-ta-ta, tra-ta-ta,
    The she-cat married the tomcat,
    With Kotovitch* tomcat, with Piotr Piotrovitch.
    The tomcat is strolling on the bench, he holds the she-cat by the paw
    Top-top** on the bench.
    Tsapy-tsapy*** by/from the paws.

    *name based on “Kot” (cat)
    ** noise of the paws on the bench
    *** imitation of the cat movements as he scratches.

    Maya recited it for us, find the recording here.

    Thank you Maya!

  2. Dominic Phillips Says:

    There stands a forest,
    in the forest – a house,
    in the house – a stove,
    in the stove – a pot,
    in the pot – dough.
    What did I say before?

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