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Guitar capo position: 3rd fret

D   A7
Jak szybko mijają chwile, 
Jak szybko płynie czas. (2x) 
      G                      A7   G
Za rok, za dzień, za chwilę
A7                         D              
Razem nie będzie nas. (2x) 

C         G7                                  C
I nasze młode lata, Popłyną szybko w dal, (2x) 
       F                G7       F              G7        C
A w sercu pozostanie, Tęsknota, smutek, żal. (2x) 

D         A7                                       D
Minęły blogie chwile, Daremnych marzeń sny, (2x)
      G                        A7  G  A7                        D
Niechaj przynajmniej teraz, Nie plyną z oczu łzy. (2x) 

C                     G7                               C
Choć po nas pamięć zginie, Już za niedługi czas, (2x)
             F                    G7    F   G7                   C
Niech piosnka w dal popłynie Póki jesteśmy wraz. (2x) 

D        A7                             D
A jeśli losów koło, Złączy zerwaną nić. (2x) 
      G                    A7  G  A7                           D
Będziemy znów pospołu, Śpiewać, marzyć i śnić. (2x) 
Polish Folk Music *** Nursery Rhymes *** Folk Music Ensembles *** Muzyka Ludowa *** Biesiadne 

Na Pożegnanie
(Jak Szybko Mijają Chwile) 
Key of F
Hoc, hoc, hoc, hoc.
Karol Józef Wojtyła
Blessed Pope John Paul II

Statue of Pope John Paul II 
Orchard Lake, Michigan


"Na Pożegnanie" ("Jak Szybko Mijają Chwile") is an old favorite. It is especially meaningful on the eve of St. Sylvester (New Year's Eve) and when sung by students at the conclusion of the school year. 

The years fly by and ultimately all friends must part, but if the fates allow, we will someday meet again and to share our dreams and join our voices in song.
to view the evergrowing master list of Polish folk songs on PoloniaMusic.com.

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Folk & World Music Store via the back door.

Traditional Polish Music
Polish folk music was collected in the 19th century by Oskar Kolberg, as part of a wave of Polish national revival. With the coming of the world wars and then the Communist state, folk traditions were oppressed or subsumed into state-approved folk ensembles. The most famous of the state ensembles are Mazowsze and Śląsk, both of which still perform. Though these bands had a regional touch to their output, the overall sound was a homogenized mixture of Polish styles. There were more authentic state-supported groups, such as Słowianki, but the Communist sanitized image of folk music made the whole field seem unhip to young audiences, and many traditions dwindled rapidly.

Polish dance music, especially the mazurka and polonaise, were popularized by Frederick Chopin, and they soon spread across Europe and elsewhere. These are triple time dances, while five-beat forms are more common in the northeast and duple-time dances like the krakowiak come from the south. The polonaise comes from the French word for Polish to identify its origin among the Polish aristocracy, who had adapted the dance from a slower walking dance called chodzony. The polonaise then re-entered the scene and became an integral part of Polish music.

Poland's five national dances
 (Mazur, Polonez, Kujawiak, Krakowiak, Oberek), as well as modern dance, contemporary dance and ballet are all widely performed today throughout the Polonia community.

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