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.