Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Zakuska Polka

Stompin' Tom Conners' ode to the Ukrainian Canadian community was featured on Nash Holos last Sunday, July 25. It was performed by the Kubasonics... and the song followed a rather accurate if brief re-enactment of an after-dinner scenario at a traditional Ukrainian hall gathering.

For the Ukrainian-impaired, here are some translations so you can know what you are saying as you sing along:

Samahonka = home brew
Kubasa = garlic sausage
Perogy = pierogi, pyrohy, stuffed dumpling, button
Borsch = beet soup
Polka = very energetic traditional dance
Zakuska = appetizer

Here are the lyrics to Zakuska Polka :

Upupupup, Papa, upupupup!
Come up and dance Mama,upupupup!
Samahonka! Put some in cup!
Upupupup,upupupup!
Upupupup,upupupup!

Come up and dance, and when you wish,
You could eat one, pickled fish!
Maybe cabbage roll, perogy, kubasa,
Maybe bowl of borsch, and polka!

Zakuska polka, she's very fine,
Sometime we dance, sometime we dine.
Sometime we drink, eep! Too much wine!
But, Zakuska's good anytime!

Upupupup, Papa, upupupup!
Come up and dance Mama,upupupup!
Samahonka! Put some in cup!
Upupupup,upupupup!
Upupupup,upupupup!

Come up and dance, and when you wish,
You could eat one, pickled fish!
Maybe cabbage roll, perogy, kubasa,
Maybe bowl of borsch, and polka!

Zakuska polka, she's very fine,
Sometime we dance, sometime we dine.
Sometime we drink, eep! Too much wine!
But, Zakuska's good anytime!

Upupupup, Papa, upupupup!
Come up and dance Mama,upupupup!
Samahonka! Put some in cup!
Upupupup,upupupup!
Upupupup,upupupup!

Zakuska!


2 comments:

Олег Шинкаренко said...

Pani Pawlyno, I am Ukrainian journalist. Now I want to write an article about Ukrainian-speaking Canadian journalists, podcasters and broadcasters. Could you answer on some questions of mine?

Pawlina said...

Certainly, Oleh ... it would be an honour and a privilege!

My language preference for the interview would be English. However if you prefer Ukrainian I can put you in touch with Canadian colleagues who speak Ukrainian fluently.

My contact details are at the Nash Holos website. Looking forward to hearing from you!