Recordings from the Estonian Folklore Archives 3

Off to the Forest to Cut Wood

Maria Koert Mustjala (1961)

Pisi iiri, kus sa lähed?
Ma lähe metsa palki raiuma.
Mis sa selle palgiga teed?
Ma teen omale uie tua.
Mis sa uie toaga teed?
Ma vötan omale noore naise.
Mis sa noore naisega teed?
Kivipuusa kiikuma,
adravanna vaakuma,
levalöime löötsuma.

Wee mousie, where are you off to?
I'm off to the forest to cut down a log.
What are you going to do with that log?
I'm going to build myself a new house.
What will you do with that new house?
I'm going to marry a young wife.
What will you do with that young wife?
I'll set her a-grinding on the hand-mill,
place her a-swaying behind the plough,
put her a-bobbing over the bread trough.

RKM, Mgn. II 465 e < Kingissepa raj., Mustjala kn., Ninase k. (Mustjala khk.) – H. ja E. Tampere Kirjandusmuuseumi ekspeditsioonil 1961. a. < Maria Koert, s. 1880. a.
[LP III c 5; CD1-40]. VK V, 406 (nr. 796).