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Wszyscy Polacy - John Góra and Górale

C                   Am
Bo wszyscy Polacy to jedna rodzina 
F                                    G
Starszy czy młodszy chłopak czy dziewczyna 

[Maintain the 4 chord progression throughout.]

Hej, hej bawmy się 
Hej, hej śmiejmy się 

Wieczorem /4x kiedy gwiazdy mocno śpią 
Wieczorem /4x zaśpiewamy razem song 

Nocą /4x gdy po pracy w domu śpisz 
Nocą /4x każdy ma szczęśliwe sny 

A rano /4x kiedy słońce jeszcze śpi 
To wtedy / 4x zaśpiewamy ja i ty 

A kiedy / 4x z Polski wyjechałeś gdzieś 
To nawet /2x po latach /2x my rozpoznamy się 

We are all one family!

Wszyscy Polacy
John Góra and Górale
Key of C

English translation of "Wszyscy Polacy"

For all Poles are one family
Old or young, boy or girl.
Hey, hey, let's have fun,.
Hey, hey, let's keep on smiling.

In the evening, when the stars are asleep.
In the evening, we sing this song.
At night, when you are at home asleep
At night, everyone having pleasant dreams
And in the morning, when the sun still sleeps
Then you and I will sing together
And so many Poles have gone to who knows where
Even, years after, we recognize them.



"Wszyscy Polacy" does not really qualify as a heritage song - yet. However, it is very often sung by many performers and the sentiment is very positive and unifying. It's good song to learn.

Zakopane. Rodzina Jarząbków z ulicy Kasprusie, 1902 rok.

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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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