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Slovak and Carpatho-Rusyn Genealogical Research

The Folk Songs of Slovakia

Tancuj, Tancuj
Dance It

Tancuj, tancuj, vykrucaj, vykrucaj,
len mi piecku nezrucaj, nezrucaj!
Lepsia piecka na zimu, na zimu,
nema kazdy perinu, perinu.
Trala la-la, trala la-la,
la la la la la-la-la-la.

Stoji vojak na varte, na varte,
v roztrhanom kabete, kabete,
od vecera do rano, do rano,
rosa nanho padala, padala.
Trala la-la, trala la-la,
la la la la la-la-la-la.

Mala som ja rukavce, rukavce,
dala som ich cigance, cigance,
ciganecka malicka, malicka
pricaruj mi synecka, synecka.
Trala la-la, trala la-la,
la la la la la-la-la-la.

The begining lines of the first verse of this song is translated "Dance it, dance, spin around, spin around, just don't knock my stovepipe down." Words to live by even today.

This is considered a classic of Slovak folk music, guaranteed to be played at any real slovak wedding or party.

We will be presenting the best of classic Slovak folk music at Eastern Slovakia Slovak and Carpatho-Rusyn Genealogical Research. Randall Kopchak is doing midi arrangements of turn of the century Slovak and Carpatho-Rusyn folk music, kolyady, and hymns. We were most fortunate to find several books of music published at the turn of the century with 19th century arrangements of Slovak folk songs.

The Slovak Music Shop has several versions of the song in the Folk section.

You can hear a 1921 version at the Library of Congress American Memory site.

If you enjoyed the music, drop in at Randall's SlovakShop.com and let him know what you think of the music.

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