Sunday, August 2, 2015

Shiner Polka, aka Praha Polka, aka Farewell to Prague

Shiner Polka was a popular western swing tune with the Texan Czech community before Adolph Hofner recorded it in the 40s. He changed his version back to the original Czech "Praha Polka", avoiding the beer brand connection that Shiner polka had, and he sang the old country lyrics:

It's the theme song of the Czech Area Concertina Club:
It also goes by the name, "Farewell to Prague", or "Kdyz Jsme Opustili Prahu" in Czech.

It still remains popular under the name "Shiner Polka". Here's a version by a band called Cracker, apparently not the San Francisco band Cracker that I know - -

Here's the sheet music, courtesy of --

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