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Loituma - Ievan Polkka (Ieva's Polka)

Story

Loituma is a Finnish folk quartet. One of their songs, Ieva's Polka, became quite popular in Finland, so somebody made a small Flash movie, looping part of the song with a scene from an Anime cartoon (Bleach, I'm told it's the middle of episode 2):
 
 
This Flash movie was eventually discovered in the Russian segment of the Internet, and was quickly popularized through the grapevine. The live performance of the song was found on TVfolk.net, and the site was promptly overwhelmed. (It came back up quickly though.)
 
The success of Ieva's Polka and the Flash movie owes to the hypnotic quality of the acapella vocal in very rhythmic and flowing Finnish. The lyrics are in Savo, a minor dialect of Finnish whose most distinctive attribute is the redundant vowels that give Ieva's Polkka its charm. However, the middle part, which was used in the Flash movie, is just phonetically inspired gibberish. People have transcribed it in Russian, and I've attempted to transfer that into English below. If you have a better version, or have any comments at all, let me know.
 
This page is meant for people who are fascinated by the Ieva's Polka phenomenon, but do not speak much or any Russian.

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Texts

Flash text:

Yuk zup zop parvi karidola tyk parivila titz tandula
Dibi dabi dala rup-parirupirum kurikun gubkaya kili kan ko
Rah zai zai aribi dabi dila bariz dan dila landen lando
Abarib fakta pari pari beri beri beri standen lando
Ja bari lasden lando yalo ara vara vara vara vara vadi viyavu
Baris dan len lasden lando badaka daga daga du du de yalo!

Original text:

Nuapurista kuulu se polokan tahti
jalakani pohjii kutkutti.
Ievan äiti se tyttöösä vahti
vaan kyllähän Ieva sen jutkutti,
sillä ei meitä silloin kiellot haittaa
kun myö tanssimme laiasta laitaan.
Salivili hipput tupput täppyt
äppyt tipput hilijalleen.
 
Ievan suu oli vehnäsellä
ko immeiset onnee toevotti.
Peä oli märkänä jokaisella
ja viulu se vinku ja voevotti.
Ei tätä poikoo märkyys haittaa
sillon ko laskoo laiasta laitaan.
Salivili hipput tupput täppyt
äppyt tipput hilijalleen.
 
Ievan äiti se kammarissa
virsiä veisata huijjuutti,
kun tämä poika naapurissa
ämmän tyttöä nuijjuutti.
Eikä tätä poikoo ämmät haittaa
sillon ko laskoo laiasta laitaan.
Salivili hipput tupput täppyt
äppyt tipput hilijalleen.
 
Siellä oli lystiä soiton jäläkeen
sain minä kerran sytkyyttee.
Kottiin ko mäntii ni ämmä se riitelj
ja Ieva jo alako nyyhkyytteek.
Minä sanon Ievalle mitäpä se haittaa
laskemma vielähi laiasta laitaa.
Salivili hipput tupput täppyt
äppyt tipput hilijalleen.
 
Muorille sanon jotta tukkee suusi
en ruppee sun terveyttäs takkoomaa.
Terveenä peäset ku korjoot luusi
ja määt siitä murjuus makkoomaa.
Ei tätä poikoo hellyys haittaa
ko akkoja huhkii laiasta laitaan.
Salivili hipput tupput täppyt
äppyt tipput hilijalleen.

Sen minä sanon jotta purra pittää
ei mua niin voan nielasta.
Suat männä ite vaikka lännestä ittään
vaan minä en luovu Ievasta,
sillä ei tätä poikoo kainous haittaa
sillon ko tanssii laiasta laitaan.
Salivili hipput tupput täppyt
äppyt tipput hilijalleen.

English translation:

The sound of a polka drifted from my neighbor's
and set my feet a-tapping oh!
Ieva's mother had her eye on her daughter but
Ieva she managed to fool her, you know.
'Cause who's going to listen to mother saying no
when we're all busy dancing to and fro!
 
Ieva was smiling, the fiddle it was wailing
as people crowded round to wish her luck.
Everyone was hot but it didn't seem to bother
the handsome young man, the dashing buck.
'Cause who's going to mind a drop of sweat
when he's all busy dancing to and fro!
 
Ieva's mother she shut herself away
in her own quiet room to hum a hymn.
Leaving our hero to have a spot of fun
in a neighbor's house when the lights are dim.
'Cause what does it matter what the old folks say
when you're all busy dancing to and fro!
 
When the music stopped then the real fun began
and that's when the laddie fooled around.
When he took her home, when the dancing was over
her mother angrily waiting they found.
But I said to her, Ieva, now don't you weep
and we'll soon be dancing to and fro!
 
I said to her mother now stop that noise
or I won't be responsible for what I do.
If you go quietly and stay in your room
you won't get hurt while your daughter I woo.
'Cause this fine laddie is a wild sort of guy
when he's all busy dancing to and fro!
 
One thing I tell you is you won't trap me,
no, you won't find me an easy catch.
Travel to the east and travel to the west but
Ieva and I are going to make a match.
'Cause this fine laddie ain't the bashful sort
when he's all busy dancing to and fro.

About Loituma:

See the article about the band at NorthSide.

Sources and acknowledgements:

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