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for SSA chorus with percussion, violin & upright bass


Duration: 3:10

Note: It is a breach of copyright law to make more copies than the amount purchased. Please order the number of copies needed for every member of the ensemble, including the conductor and the accompanist.

"Hej Sokoły" is a traditional Polish song that was popular among soldiers during the Polish-Soviet War. The title translates roughly as "hey falcons." The lyrics exist in several versions about a Ukrainian girl to whom her betrothed, either a cossack or an ulan says goodbye for the last time. I have written an arrangement for woman chorus with violin, tambourine & upright bass. Fast paced and high energy "Hey Sokoly" is one of my personal favorite traditional Polish songs. I grew up singing it around the campfire and it will always have a special place in my heart! 

Translation of Polish Text:

Hey Falcons


Somewhere from beneath that black water

A young Cossack mounts his horse

He tenderly bids farewell to his girl,

Even more tenderly to the Ukraine.


Many girls are in the world,

but the most in the Ukraine

There my heart shall remain,

with my beloved girl.


Hey, hey, hey Falcons

Skirting mountains, forests and valleys.

Ring, ring, ring the little bell,

My steeped little skylark.


Wine, wine, wine, pour it,

And when I die bury me

In the green Ukraine

Next to my beloved girl.


Hey, hey, hey Falcons.

Skirting mountains, forests (rivers) and valleys

Ring, ring, ring little bell.

My steeped little skylark.

Ring, ring, ring!

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