Are you looking for an authentic Ukrainian band with magnificent songs? Then you should probably listen to Один в каное. As soon as you hear at least one of their songs, you won’t misrecognize the voice of their frontwoman Ірина Швайдак. She has a unique manner of singing, which takes your breath away.

Один в каное is quite a young band from Lviv, which started performing in 2010. Its name is translated as “One person in a canoe” and refers to the Native American name “Wickaninnish.” However, their music is totally Ukrainian!

Listen to one of the most famous Ukrainian songs of Один в каное – «Небо» (“The Sky”) and enjoy its philosophical sense along with the wonderful music!

Один в каное — Небо (Odyn V Kanoe — Nebo) — Video

Один в каное — Небо (Odyn V Kanoe — Nebo) — Lyrics with translations 

Сьогодні небо таке раптове,Today, the sky is so sudden
Трохи готичне і ледь барокове.A little gothic and slightly baroque,
На білі плечі чиєїсь втомиTo the white shoulders of somebody’s tiredness,
Складає у стопи небесні тони.It piles up celestial tones to the feet
Небо шукає, небо знаходить.The sky is searching, the sky is finding,
Спустилося з даху і знову ходить,It went down the roof and walks again,
Ходить грозою, лягає в квіти,It walks as rainstorm, lies down to the flowers,
Трохи полежить і мусить ітиLies for a bit and has to go.
Та я не піду, трохи постою,But I will not go, I will stay a bit,
Поки гроза не мине, буду з тобою.Until the rainstorm stops, I will be with you.
Небо так і не прийняло теорій буття, як і я,The sky never accepted the theories of being
Бо ціль життя, бо ціль життя – віднайти життя.Cause the aim of life, cause the aim of life is to find out life.
Небо – солоне, таке спонтанне,The sky is salty, so spontaneous,
Дивиться в когось і в когось тане.Looks into someone and melts into someone,
Дихає громом, знаходить цілі –Breathes the thunder, finds the aims –
Напитись моря і стати сіллю.To drink the sea and become the salt.
Небо міліє, останнє губить.The sky shallows, loses the last one.
Шукає вічність – знаходить… губи.It is searching for the eternity, finds… the lips.
Впивається знову і знову креснеIt indulges again and strikes again
Її земним в своє небесне.By her terrestrial to its celestial.

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