The Spirit Of The Hawk

Album: Farm Out (2000)
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  • With tribal rhythms and a sincere lyric that hits on spiritual themes, "The Spirit Of The Hawk" was a change of direction for Rednex, whose previous single, "The Way I Mate," is a very repetitive techno number about fornication.

    Rednex is a Swedish production team that based their look and sound on their first hit, "Cotton Eye Joe," in 1994. "The Spirit Of The Hawk," though, was written by a German: Axel Breitung, and was produced by the British team F.A.F. (David Cameron-Pryde, Mark Compton and Mark Stagg), who also played all the instruments. It was a wild departure for the band, but it worked; the song charted in many European territories and was a huge hit in Germany.
  • Rednex typically pokes fun at Americans by portraying themselves as uneducated backwoods hillbillies, but this song is a tribute to Native American culture. As such, Rednex doesn't appear in the video, which was shot in Arizona and directed by Patric Ullaeus. In the video, a native girl leaps from a cliff and transforms into a hawk.
  • The bridge of this song is a spoken section ("My people, some of them have run away to the hills...") where Geoff Oldham recites part of a famous speech attributed to Chief Joseph, leader of the Nez Perce tribe in the American northwest, when he surrendered to the United States Army after a battle in 1877.
  • "The Spirit Of The Hawk" was used as the title song to the German version of the game show Fort Boyard.
  • Unusually for Rednex, there is no male singer on this track. The singing is done by Mia Löfgren, who left the band soon after the album was released.


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