The Spirit Of The Hawk

Album: Farm Out (2000)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • 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.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Subversive Songs Used To Sell

Subversive Songs Used To SellSong Writing

Songs about drugs, revolution and greed that have been used in commercials for sneakers, jeans, fast food, cruises and cars.

Edwin McCain

Edwin McCainSongwriter Interviews

"I'll Be" was what Edwin called his "Hail Mary" song. He says it proves "intention of the songwriter is 180 degrees from potential interpretation by an audience."

Steve Morse of Deep Purple

Steve Morse of Deep PurpleSongwriter Interviews

Deep Purple's guitarist since 1994, Steve talks about writing songs with the band and how he puts his own spin on "Smoke On The Water."

Church Lyrics

Church LyricsMusic Quiz

Here is the church, here is the steeple - see if you can identify these lyrics that reference church.

Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright IIISongwriter Interviews

"Dead Skunk" became a stinker for Loudon when he felt pressure to make another hit - his latest songs deal with mortality, his son Rufus, and picking up poop.

Gary Brooker of Procol Harum

Gary Brooker of Procol HarumSongwriter Interviews

The lead singer and pianist for Procol Harum, Gary talks about finding the musical ideas to match the words.