Some examples of the traditional folk songs Maria sings at our workshops.
Originally a Ukrainian song (there is a lot of cross-over between our two cultures) this song is about a Cossack leaving his home to go fight. He’s singing to the falcons (sokoly) about how much he misses home - the mountains, the rivers in Ukraine and about his girl who he knows will never see again.
It was popular among Polish soldiers during the 1939 Polish-Soviet War and was also sung by the Polish Home Army Guerrillas during WWII.
"Góralu czy ci nie żal tekst?"
("Highlander, don't you regret?")
This is a folk song from the the Tatry mountains of southern Poland. A góral (mountaineer, or more colloquially, a "hillbilly"!) longs for his native land after being forced to emigrate in order to feed himself and his family.
You can find awkwardly jolly versions of this song on YouTube, but for me those completely miss the point, the heart of this song - the góral is homesick, desperately so, and this song is but an echo of that sadness.
"Szła Dzieweczka Do Laseczka"
("A girl walked to the forest")
This is a true 19th century classic, romanticism pouring out of every note! An extremely famous wedding song, it tells of a hunter and a young lady meeting and falling for each other. The hunter is amazed at what he has discovered - true love!