Kankkuspäivästä Karjala (English translation)

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Kankkuspäivästä Karjala

Oli ennen ristakontra
Ristakontrasta kopukka
Kopukasta polkupyörä
Polkupyörästä polokka
Polokasta possanova
Possanovasta napua
Napuasta Ruhankylä
Ruhankylästä Lapua
Lapuasta lasinainen
Lasinaisesta rakkaus
 
Rakkauesta raianhaara
Raianhaarasta meiän herra
Meiän herrasta heinäkelkka
Heinäkelkasta kenkiraja
Kenkirajasta kisanurmi
Kisanurmesta rillumarei
 
CHORUS:
Sakkorahasta kankkuspäivä,
Kankkuspäivästa Karjala
Karjalasta kotiryssä
Ja kotiryssästä ripaska
 
Semeikasta Äimäjärveen
Äimäjärvestä määränpäähän
Määränpäästä päämäärä
Päämäärästä hyryheikki
Hyryheikistä hepuli
Hepulista harminpaikka
Harminpaikasta humala
Humalasta lavahumppa
Lavahumpasta hupia
Hupipaikasta pirunpeli
 
Pirunpelistä perkele
Perkeleestä paskasota
Talvisodasta tulitus
Tulituksesta turvaanlähtö
Turvaanlähdöstä pakitus
Pakituksesta pakopaikka
Pakopaikasta seteli
 
(CHORUS x2)
 
Pottumaasta maitotili
Maitotilistä tyhjimö
Tyhjimöstä tappotili
Tappotilistä tanakka
Tanakasta turha toivo
Turha toivosta tilitys
Tilityksestä linnareissu
Linnareissusta ahdistus
Ahdistuksesta omatunto
Omatunnosta tuomio
Tuomiosta lopun alku
Lopun alusta allakka
Allakasta aikapyörä
Aikapyörä
 
(CHORUS x3)
 
Ripaskasta ryssänrupla
 
Submitted by HistoriaHistoria on Fri, 08/03/2019 - 14:16
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From Hangover-day to Karelia

There once was the cross-clap game1
From cross-clap to crappy horse
From crappy horse to bicycle
From bicycle to polka
From polka to bossanova
From bossanova to napua
From napua to Ruha village
From Ruha village to Lapua2
From Lapua to glass-woman
From glass-woman to love
 
From love to Willow Fork
From Willow Fork to Our Lord
From Our Lord to hay sled
From hay sled to old shoe
From old shoe to game grass
From game grass to rillumarei3
 
CHORUS:
From penalty cash to hangover day
From hangover day to Karelia4
From Karelia to house russkie 5
And from house russkie to squat dance
 
From Shemeikka6 to Äimäjärvi7
From Äimäjärvi to destination
From destination to goal
From goal to Mad Heikki
From Mad Heikki to sad situation
From sad situation to drunkenness
From drunkenness to dance hall humppa8
From dance hall humppa to fun
From fun place to devil's game
 
From devil's game to Satan9
From Satan to shit war
From Winter War10 to shooting
From shooting to fleeing
From fleeing to retreating
From retreating to refuge
From refuge to banknote
 
(CHORUS x2)
 
From potato plot to milk tab
From milk tab to emptiness
From emptiness to killing tab
From killing tab to fatness
From fatness to futile hope
From futile hope to accounting
From accounting to prison stint
From prison sting to angst
From angst to conscience
From conscience to judgement
From judgement to beginning of the end
From beginning of the end to calendar
From calendar to wheel of time
Wheel of time
 
(CHORUS x3)
 
From squat dance to russki ruble
 
  • 1. Ristikontra is a Finnish card game.
  • 2. Lapua is a town in Western Finland where a famous fascist movement was founded in 1929.
  • 3. Rillumarei was a genre of humorous songs in post-war Finland.
  • 4. Karelia was a Finnish region most of which was lost in the war.
  • 5. Kotiryssä (house russkie) was a nickname for Russian diplomats who exerted control over Finnish politicians.
  • 6. Shemeikka is a very Karelian family name.
  • 7. Äimäjärvi as a village in Karelia.
  • 8. Humppa is a type of Finnish music related to jazz and and very fast foxtrot.
  • 9. Perkele is the name of an old pagan god which later became a synonym for Satan
  • 10. The Winter War was fought between Finland and the Soviet Union in 1939-1940. As a result of this the Soviet Union annexed most of Karelia.
Thanks!
Submitted by HistoriaHistoria on Thu, 08/04/2021 - 08:39
Author's comments:

This song is based on an old children's rhyme called Oli kerran Onnimanni. It is mostly nonsense that sounds funny. You can find one version of it here:

http://runosto.net/kanteletar/lasten-lauluja/oli-ennen-onnimanni/

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