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Loituma – Ievan Polka (English) lyrics

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

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  • u
    This songs meaning can be interpreted in many ways but here is my interpretation. A young child who loves music and to dance hears a song out in the street and goes to dance.
    She watches as another person (I don't know an exact age or part of life but I'll say young child) and starts taking a liking to him. As I said the song has many ways to interpret it. Have a good morning day or night.
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  • u
    It's actually about a man going to the neighbour's house where people are dancing polka. Most of the song is from this man's perspective. While the mistress of the house is praying in another room, the man takes her daughter, named Ieva (Eve), dancing. The mistress of the house does not want them to dance together, and when the mistress returns from praying in another room, she tells the man to leave, and Ieva starts crying, indicating that she is in love with the man. Then the man tells Ieva that they should just continue dancing, and says to the mistress that it would be best if she left the room, unless she wants to get a beating. In the end the man says that he does not want to give Ieva away, presumably meaning the he is in love with Ieva.
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