Does Anyone Know an Old Serbian Rhyme that Sounds Like, “Studda Bubba rumpa tee”?

Connie wrote:

I was hoping you could help me with an old Serbian rhyme. My mother-in-law grew up in a Serbian neighborhood. She always remembered one old rhyme. Now that she has Alzheimer’s that poem is the only thing she connects too. Problem being we only know the beginning of it, don’t know how to spell the words correctly and don’t know what it means.

It goes something like this… (forgive the spelling)

Studda Bubba rumpa tee
Polenta cookin poperdy
Hoy hoy mommy say…

That is all she can remember anymore, but it makes her smile and when we say it to her she joins in. I wish we could know how to finish it and what it means. If you have ever heard it and can help I would really appreciate it so much. Thanks for any help you could give me.


If anyone can help Connie, please let us know in the comments below.


Mama Lisa

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4 Responses to “Does Anyone Know an Old Serbian Rhyme that Sounds Like, “Studda Bubba rumpa tee”?”

  1. carol Says:

    This might be it.

  2. Lisa Says:

    FYI Stara baba means crone, hag, old lady or granny in Serbian.

    Is this the song…

    Stara baba stara je,
    kad se ljubi mlada je!
    Tebi baba volecu,
    od ljubavi umrecu!

    An old Hag is old
    But when she kisses you, she’s young
    Old woman, I’ll love you
    I’ll die of love for you!

  3. Lauren Says:

    I know what rhyme you’re talking about! I only remember the the first two lines but it does go Studda Bubba rumpa tee… something something poperdy. There’s a lady in the nursing home I work at that always calls herself a “studda bubba” (old lady) and will say that rhyme. She giggles when I say it because she says it means, “The old lady dances, and then lifts up her leg and farts!”

  4. Tim Says:

    What nusing home, where? That sounds like my grandmother!

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