Sunday Pick: Some Hollow Songs

1. Sari Gelin

Sari Gelin is the name for a number of folk songs popular among the people of the southern Caucasus and eastern Anatolia. All versions of the song use the same melody and are written in Bayati genre but sing different lyrics. Despite Turkish and Armenian claims, there is no consensus about its country of origin.

“Sari gelin” is a blonde tall girl from the mountains. depending on the lyric language “Sarı” means “Blonde, fair [skinned], yellow [garment] or mountain” And “Gelin” means “bride, maiden or girl”.

What the versions have in common, is a boy complaining to/about a girl he loves but cannot achieve. The combination of Armenian, Turkish and Azerbaijani version parallels is the laments of a Muslim Turk (language of both Azerbaijan and Turkey) boy, about a Christian Armenian blond maiden from a mountain or valley, that he loves, although they are kept apart, and the “unkind” girl is taken away, causing the boy to lament and curse frequently.

There are many different lyrical interpretations of Sari Gelin among Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Georgians, Persians, and Turks. The song is a subject of contention and accusations of plagiarism among the countries where it is popular.


I found this sad folk song for about a month ago, from Danilla’s Youtube account. It’s a lil bit weird that she liked the video 5 month ago. So, Danilla listen to this kind of music…It’s cool, right? The video above is Sami Yusuf version, the single released on 2014.

2. Gloomy Sunday

Gloomy Sunday“, also known as the “Hungarian Suicide Song“, is a song composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress and published in 1933 (

This is legend and popular. My favorite is Bjork and Jaurim (South Korean Band) version. I don’t really take the story seriously so that i’ll listen the song whenever i want to listen. But if you feel a lil bit curious, just found the story here:

3. John Barleycorn Must Die

John Barleycorn is a British folksong. The character of John Barleycorn in the song is a personification of the important cereal crop barley and of the alcoholic beverages made from it, beer and whisky. In the song, John Barleycorn is represented as suffering attacks, death and indignities that correspond to the various stages of barley cultivation, such as reaping and malting (

Many version of this song have been recorded, and the video above is the most notably by Traffic (1970). Its such a creepy song whenever i read the lyrics. I found the complete story here:


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