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Ha, I know this song. Actually I have it on my phone. Last year I sent it to a friend to prove I had an eclectic taste in music. (My friend's response: it's like Finnish 龚琳娜....)

Most Chinese people don't know the Finnish original, but I'm sure many are familiar with the Hatsune Miku cover, commonly known in China as "甩葱歌".

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If you look at the segment of YouTube following this original, you will find covers from Russia, Korea, Turkey, and a host of other places. My hearing is bad, so I don't know if they're singing in their native language or in Finnish. The Korean version seems to feature a live-action version of Hatsune Miku. There's also a couple of versions  of the original singers of fifteen or twenty years ago singing as they look now.

 

The yakitori shop was staffed by two young Chinese waitresses who were egging me on to post this. They made me promise that I would come back and tell them what kind of reaction the post got (as if I needed an excuse to go back).

 

TBZ

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@TheBigZaboon, me? 😂😂

 

That is so funny because this is one of my favorites due to it's catchy tune and the many versions.

 

That video is the Finnish group performing it who got famous bringing it back in the 80's but the song is actually almost a hundred years old and was forgotten for a while. The Hatsune miku version on the other hand actually doesn't have any Finnish in it, but is just gibberish.

 

It is sung in a Finnish eastern dialect from the point of view of a boy courting a girl, whose mom doesn't want them to date. The boy takes the girl to a dance (presumably polka dance) and afterwards has an argument with the mother, telling her "you can go from the west to the east, but I won't give up on Eve". The girls name is "Eeva", which in English is usually "Eve" and in the dialect written as "Ieava", hence "Ievan polkka" is "Eve's polka dance". Though the chorus ”salivili hipput tupput tapput, äppyt tipput hilijalleen” is gibberish. By the way, the stereotype is that the people from the eastern Finland are witful and fast talkers, and the song really plays into that with all the fast wordplay.

 

The below versions are all the original sung by different artists.

Always happy to promote Finnish culture! 😊

 


This is the oldest version I've found on Youtube from 1952
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHSiWCqknTs&t=0s

 

Another one from 1966

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQrBt1rqPDM

 

A folk metal version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaTISifHaeg

 

This one is really impressive! A Japanese girl singing it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJzbZfHnW60

 

 

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