The Finnish polka

Also known as Finska, The Oi Song.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Finnish has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Finnish
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: a2 aa | a2 aa | a2 ga | b2 a2 | f2 ff | f2 ff | f2 ^ef | g2 f2 |
e2 ee | d2 dd | c2 cc | B2 A2 | a2 g2 | f2 e2 | d4 | d4 :|
| AB AF | A2 D2 | f4 | f4 | f2 ef | g2 f2 | e4 |
e2 ee | d2 dd | c2 cc | b2 a2 | a2 g2 | f2 e2 | d4 | d4 :|
X: 2
T: The Finnish
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: aa/a/ aa/a/ | ag/a ba | ff/f/ ff/f | f^e/f/ gf |
ee/e/ dd/d/ | cc/c/ BA | ag fe | d4 | d4 :|
| A/B/A/F/ AD | f2 f2 | fe/f/ gf | e2 z2 |
ee/e/ dd/d/| cc/c/ ba | ag fe | d2 d2 :|
X: 3
T: The Finnish
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: aa/a/ aa/a/ | ag/a ba | ff/f/ ff/f | f^e/f/ gf |
ee/e/ dd/d/ | cc/c/ BA | ag fe | d2 d2 :|
| A/B/A/F/ AD | f2 f2 | fe/f/ gf | e2 z2 |
ee/e/ dd/d/| cc/c/ ba | ag fe | d2 d2 :|
X: 4
T: The Finnish
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: aa aa | a^g/a ba | ff ff | fe/f/ gf |
ee cA/c/ | ee cA/c/ | ee f>e | ed d2 :|
|: A/B/A/G/ FA | d2 d>e | fg/f/ ef | g2 f2 |
ee cA/c/ | ee cA/c/ | ee f>e | ed d2 :|
|: aa/a/ aa/a/ | a^g/a ba | ff/f/ ff/f | fe/f/ gf |
eA/A/ c/B/A/c/ | eA/A/ c/B/A/c/ | e/A/c/e/ f>e | ed d2 :|
|: A/B/A/G/ FA | d2 d>e | fg/f/ ef | g2 f2 |
eA/A/ c/B/A/c/ | eA/A/ c/B/A/c/ | e/A/c/e/ f>e | ed d2 :|
|: D/F/A/F/ D/F/A/F/ | G/B/d/B/ G/B/d/B/ | A/c/e/c/ A/B/c/d/ | e/d/c/B/ A/G/F/E/ | D/F/A/F/ D/F/A/F/ | G/B/d/B/ G/B/d/B/ | A/c/e/c/ A/B/c/d/ | e/f/e/c/ d2 :|

Five comments

Notated more conventionally:

M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Amaj
|: aa/a/ aa/a/ | ag/a ba | ff/f/ ff/f | f^e/f/ gf |
ee/e/ dd/d/ | cc/c/ BA | ag fe | d4 | d4 :|
| A/B/A/F/ AD | f2 f2 | fe/f/ gf | e2 z2 |
ee/e/ dd/d/| cc/c/ ba | ag fe | d2 d2 :|

I have taken the liberty of altering the timing in bar 12, following discussion with the submitter - there appears to be something a little fishy about the sheet music. I also have a suspicion that the ‘ba’ in bar 14, should be ‘BA’, identical with bar 6.

…I should practise what I preach. Here it is again:

M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Amaj
|: aa/a/ aa/a/ | ag/a ba | ff/f/ ff/f | f^e/f/ gf |
ee/e/ dd/d/ | cc/c/ BA | ag fe | d2 d2 :|
| A/B/A/F/ AD | f2 f2 | fe/f/ gf | e2 z2 |
ee/e/ dd/d/| cc/c/ ba | ag fe | d2 d2 :|

All the bar numbers in the above post refer to this version, not the first one, in which I forgot to merge the two final bars of the B-part.

I picked up the following version of the tune (or a very closely tune, at least) in Rääkkylä and Kaustinen, Finland, in 1997. I have it on a tape, with words sung to it.

M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
|: aa aa | a^g/a ba | ff ff | fe/f/ gf |
ee cA/c/ | ee cA/c/ | ee f>e | ed d2 :|
|: A/B/A/G/ FA | d2 d>e | fg/f/ ef | g2 f2 |
ee cA/c/ | ee cA/c/ | ee f>e | ed d2 :|

The following 3-part version (approximately) was recorded by NE English band, 422, under the Swedish name of ‘Finska Polka’.

tune, at least) in Rääkkylä and Kaustinen, Finland, in 1997. I have it on a tape, with words sung to it.

M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
|: aa/a/ aa/a/ | a^g/a ba | ff/f/ ff/f | fe/f/ gf |
eA/A/ c/B/A/c/ | eA/A/ c/B/A/c/ | e/A/c/e/ f>e | ed d2 :|
|: A/B/A/G/ FA | d2 d>e | fg/f/ ef | g2 f2 |
eA/A/ c/B/A/c/ | eA/A/ c/B/A/c/ | e/A/c/e/ f>e | ed d2 :|
|: D/F/A/F/ D/F/A/F/ | G/B/d/B/ G/B/d/B/ | A/c/e/c/ A/B/c/d/ | e/d/c/B/ A/G/F/E/ | D/F/A/F/ D/F/A/F/ | G/B/d/B/ G/B/d/B/ | A/c/e/c/ A/B/c/d/ | e/f/e/c/ d2 :|

Allright, it’s not Irish. But what if Seamus Begley got hold of it and decided he liked it?

It still wouldn’t be Irish… :-D