Little Birch Tree


Singable English Lyrics

1. See the lovely birch in the meadow,
Curly leaves all dancing when the wind blows.
Loo-lee-loo, when the wind blows,
Loo-lee-loo, when the wind blows.

2. Oh, my little tree, I need branches,
For the silver flutes I need branches.
Loo-lee-loo, three branches,
Loo-lee-loo, three branches.

3. From another birch I will make now,
I will make a tingling balalaika.
Loo-lee-loo, balalaika,
Loo-lee-loo, balalaika.

4. When I play my new balalaika,
I will think of you, my lovely birch tree.
Loo-lee-loo, lovely birch tree,
Loo-lee-loo, lovely birch tree.

Russian – transliteration

Vo pole bereza stoyala,
Vo pole kudryavaya stoyala,
Lyuly, lyuly, stoyala,
Lyuly, lyuly, stoyala.

Nyekomu byeryozu zalomati,
nyekomu kudryavu zashtshipati,
lyuli, lyuli, zalomati,
lyuli, lyuli, zashtshipati.

Paidu ya v lyes, pagulyayu,
byeluyu byeryozu zalomayu,
lyuli, lyuli, pagulyayu,
lyuli, lyuli, zalomayu.

Srezhu ya z byeryozyý tri prutotshka,
zdyelayu iz nyikh ya tri gudotshka,
lyuli, lyuli, tri prutotshka,
lyuli, lyuli, tri gudotshka.

Tshetvertuyu balalaiku,
staromu dyedu na zabavku,
lyuli, lyuli, balalaiku,
lyuli, lyuli, na zabavku.

Russian

Во поле береза стояла,
Во поле кудрявая стояла,
Люли, люли, стояла.

Некому березу заломати,
Некому кудряву заломати,
Люли, люли, заломати.

Как пойду я в лес, погуляю,
Белую березу заломаю,
Люли, люли, заломаю.

Срежу я с березы три пруточка,
Сделаю себе я три гудочка,
Люли, люли три гудочка.

Четвертую балалайку,
Пойду я на новые сени,
Люли, люли на сени.
(source)

Translation

On the field there stood a birch-tree,
on the field there stood the curly birch-tree,
Lyuli, Lyuli, there it stood.
Lyuli, Lyuli, there it stood.

Nobody shall break down the birch-tree,
nobody shall tear out the curly birch-tree,
Lyuli, Lyuli, break down,
Lyuli, Lyuli, tear out.

I will go into the forest,
I will go, I will fell a white birch-tree,
Lyuli, Lyuli, I will go,
Lyuli, Lyuli, I will fell.

I will cut off three little twigs
from the birch-tree and make three little pipes of them,
Lyuli, Lyuli, three little twigs,
Lyuli, Lyuli, three little pipes.

The fourth thing I make is a balalaika,
to make my old grandfather pleasure.
Lyuli, Lyuli, balalaika,
Lyuli, Lyuli, for pleasure.
(source)


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  • Song with chords – English & Russian versions, Lesson ideas for Dynamics & Harmony, Recorder part: Notes GACD’, Orff arrangement
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