Recent poll showed that the two Czech songs which have become the greatest hits also abroad are polka dance “Skoda Lasky” by Jaromir Vejvoda and “Lady Carneval” written by Karel Svoboda. These two hits are followed by other folk songs such as Jetelicek, Cikanka and Slavnic polka, as well as Svoboda’s other hits such as “Kdepak ty ptacku hnizdo mas”, “Stin Katedral”, “Hej baby hey” and “Cau lasko”. Vejvoda’s polka Skoda lasky had become so famous – especially among sailors – that it received its own name: the Beer Barrel Polka. Can you guess how much did its creator get payed back in 1930’s?? He received only 150Kc!! That is not very much for the fact that it later became the everyday wake-up song to the Discovery cosmonaut crew!!!
To listen to the Beer Barrel Polka melody, go to http://www.discoverynet.com/~ajsnead/allsongs_1/barrel.html
For Czech lyrics go to http://www.kovandasczechband.org/songsutf8/41_Skoda_lasky.shtml
CZ: Nejcasteji slysene pisnicky v zahranici jsou pry polka Skoda Lasky od Jaromira Vejvody a Svobodova Lady Carneval. Hned pod nimi se radi dalsi hity ceske dechovky (Jetelicek, Cikanka a Slavovnicka polka) a Svobodovy hitovky jako je Kdepak ty ptacku hnizdo mas, Stin katedral, Hej baby hey a Cau lasko. V Americe se modranska polka Skoda lasky stala tak slavnou a to zejmena mezi namorniky, ze je znama pod jmenem Beer Barrel Polka (Pivni hymna). Hadejte, kolik za ni Vejvoda ve 30. letech dostal zaplaceno?? pouchych 150 Kc!! A to se stala tak slavnou, ze se pry jeji nahravkou budili kosmonauti v raketoplanu Discovery!!!