European folk songs: each nation has songs that sometimes date back centuries. Here, we looked at an ancient Latvian hymn “The Sun, the Thunder, and the River,” performed not for, but by a thousands-strong stadium crowd.
“Hej Sokoły” or “Hey Falcons” is a Polish/Ukrainian song written the early 19th century. The video below features the Winged Hussars of the Siege of Vienna fame in dramatized battle scenes. Mild NSFW for brief nudity.
The song varies in tempo in this arrangement. Another thing I find common in folk songs is a contrast between sorrowful lyrics and a spirited melody, or vice-versa. The lyrics:
Longing, longing for my girl,
Back in my green Ukraine,
Sorrow, grief, the heart is crying,
I will never see her again.
Hey, hey, hey falcons!
Fly past the mountains, forests, rivers, valleys
Ring, ring, ring, the bell
Across the steppes, ring, ring, ring.
She stayed back alone
And here I am in foreign fields
Days and nights I miss her
Wine, wine, give me wine
And when I die bury me
In the fields of green Ukraine
Next to my beloved girl.