Can Anyone Help with an Old Czech Song?

Laura wrote asking for help with a Czech song.  Here’s her question:

Dear Mama Lisa,

I am trying to find out about an old Czech Song that our Uncle Bob would sing at the end of every visit as he would leave. He would put his finger on the top of his head and turn in a circle while singing. The words phonetically sounded like, "Shando Linka Dossalie!"

If you can be of any help I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you

Laura Thomas

If anyone can help Laura, please comment below.

Thanks!

Mama Lisa

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13 Responses to “Can Anyone Help with an Old Czech Song?”

  1. Hana Says:

    I think that Laura can find the song here:

    http://www.mamalisa.com/blog/looking-for-an-old-czech-rhyme/

    The Czech words are:

    Šla Nanynka do zelí,
    do zelí, do zelí,
    natrhala lupení, lupeníčka.
    Přišel za ní Pepíček,
    rozšlapal* jí košíček.
    Ty, ty, ty, ty, ty, ty,
    ty to budeš platiti.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b61Y6XysiA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3Z-lruJqeA

  2. Vicki Says:

    Oh my!! My grandmother taught me this song. I decided to look for it on the web but only knew how to sing it but not how to spell the words. Thank you !!!!

  3. JoAnn Says:

    Hello!

    I am trying to track down an old song my grandmother used to sing. It’s probably Czech or Bohemian. Phonetically, the beginning line sounded like “Day-nah shay ah lay ee “. I believe the lyrics had something to do with an orchard by a stream but I’m not sure. Any help or direction would be appreciated. Thanks!

  4. Paul Says:

    JoAnn,

    The song your looking for is commonly known as the “Prune Song.”

    https://www.czechpolka.com/lyrics/prunesong2.jpg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQGh_Ma-RFk

  5. Viki Says:

    My grandmother used to sing a song….prala pinka
    I think it was about washing diapers at the stream….any body know this one? I wish there was a CD that had these old folksongs. When I was in Czech Republic many years ago, I went to many music stores, but they didn’t have any….this is such an important cultural aspect of Czech culture….

  6. Hana Says:

    Hi Viki
    I do not know your song. I have found only two different lyrics:

    1. Prala plínky u studýnky, nebála se vlka.
    A ten vlk, ten ju trk, až se přeškobrtla.

    2. Prala plínky u studýnky, plakala: ach kýž jsem tě byla raděj neznala!

    Hana

  7. Hana Says:

    Hi Viki

    You can hear the song “Aničko mlynářova” and then the song “Prala plínky” here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yirDI2wnCAk

    But I do not know if this is what are you looking for.
    Hana

  8. Viki Says:

    Thank you, I’ll check it out……

    also remember song from Grandmother about Mislivecek, bohemian composer, contemporary of Mozart, I think

  9. Viki Says:

    a child’s bedtime prayer……I don’t know how it began, but it ended “abi hodnya byl and maminka ne zlobyl” (my best guess at spelling), but the words were “so I would always be good, and not anger my mother”

  10. Hana Says:

    Hi Viki,

    there are a lot of versions beginning with the words “Andělíčku, můj strážníčku”

    Andělíčku můj strážníčku,
    opatruj mi mou dušičku,
    aby vždycky hodná byla,
    Pánu Bohu se líbila.
    Zlý pryč,
    Dobrý k nám,
    opatruj nás Pán Bůh sám !

    (Something like: Angels east, angels west north and south, just do your best to guard her and watch her while she rests.)

    Hana

  11. Lisa Says:

    This seems to be a version of the prayer “Angel of God”. In English it goes like this…

    Angel of God, My guardian Dear,
    To whom God’s love commits me here,
    Ever this “day” (or “night” if you say it at bedtime),
    Be at my Side,
    To light and guard,
    To rule and guide,
    Amen

    From Wikipedia

    Other Czech versions and in other languages on Wikipedia here.

  12. Viki Says:

    I remember from my grandmother, thank you so much……brings back such good memories

  13. radka Says:

    bless you all

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