Била мене мати

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Contains Corporal Punishment

This song mentions hitting a minor as a punishment. We don't think the depiction is so egregious that it shouldn't be sung, but consider having a conversation about the historical context when teaching the song.

Corporal punishment of children was traditionally acceptable in Ukrainian culture and its depiction in this song is not egregious, so we do not think singing this song should be banned. However, there is an abundance of research showing that beating results in numerous negative effects in children. Beating minors is never acceptable and should not be normalized.

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Била мене мати
Била мене мати
Березовим прутом,
Березовим прутом,
Щоби я не стояла
Щоби я не стояла
З молодим рекрутом. (2)
З молодим рекрутом. (2)
 
А я собі стояла,
Аж кури запіли.
На двері воду ляла,
Щоби не рипіли. (2)
 
На двері воду ляла,
На пальцях ходила,
Щоб мати не почула,
Щоби не сварила. (2)
 
А мати не спала,
І все чисто чула,
Та й мене не сварила,
Сама такая була. (2)

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