Can You Identify This Song Sung at a Polish Vigil for Those Who Died in the Airline Crash?
April 14, 2010 9:34 AM   Subscribe

Please help me identify the song being sung at 5 minutes, 52 seconds into the BBC's Monday morning GlobalNews podcast. It's identified in the podcast as being sung by young Polish people in front of the Presidential Palace, presumably gathering in vigil, and it struck me as hauntingly beautiful.
posted by WCityMike to Grab Bag (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Religious. I think it's this one: O Boze Panie moj –
posted by monocultured at 9:56 AM on April 14, 2010

....which translates as "O Lord my God"
posted by Doohickie at 10:01 AM on April 14, 2010

Response by poster: Could be me, but the performance you linked to seems to be of a song that's mostly in the major key, while the music in the podcast seems to be of a song that's in the minor key ... so I'm not entirely sure it's the same song. Am I wrong? I'm certainly not an expert, considering I don't speak the language ... it just sounds a bit different.
posted by WCityMike at 10:19 AM on April 14, 2010

Wow, this is really frustrating… I agree that the tone is different, but I just ascribed that to the rendition. The lyrics — what little I hear of them — sorta match, and nothing else turns up in the Google.

Brb, gonna listen for the 17th time; 17 is a charm, right?
posted by monocultured at 10:51 AM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]

Ok, I've sent it off to cousins and mum, let's see what they make of it…
posted by monocultured at 11:59 AM on April 14, 2010

In Poland - will send it along to friends here. Should have an answer in a few days at the latest.
posted by mdonley at 1:06 PM on April 14, 2010

Response by poster: Sincere thanks to you both!

It was just such a hauntingly beautiful song ... wanted to see if I could locate it somewhere to preserve.

And while I appreciate the "O Boze Panie moj" links, it was the sadness and plaintiveness of the song we heard in the background – which seem to be part of its minor key – that really made it beautiful to me, and I don't pick up on those qualities in the more major-key sound of the links that were sent.
posted by WCityMike at 1:55 PM on April 14, 2010

Neither cousin nor mum recognize it beyond "something religious" so no help there I'm afraid. You know you have to write the BBC to ask for the original tape now, right?
posted by monocultured at 2:11 AM on April 16, 2010

Response by poster: Well, I hope mdonley will have the answer, but if he does not, I jotted a note to the BBC this morning; maybe they'll be kind enough to identify it. Unlike other sites I've seen, they say, "[I]f we can answer yours, we will reply as soon as we can."
posted by WCityMike at 8:18 AM on April 16, 2010

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