Raca Plava translated literally means "blue duck." The lyrics are peculiar when translated from Croatian. The song is about a man who is in love with a woman who steps off a boat. He recognizes her by her distinctive walk and wants to marry her. The refrain is "this year the roses will bloom."
The link to the song provides Croatian lyrics with a German translation.
Raca Plava is very popular in folk dance circles. I know of two variations: Video #1 is the version taught by Yves Moreau and the one that our dance group uses.
Video#2 is a simplified variation performed by the Tanzgruppe Baeckerstrasse, from Vienna, Austria. Like the Israeli Dunav group, they have many folk dance videos posted on YouTube. Most of them were posted in the early 2000's. The group used to have a web site; but they may have disbanded since I can no longer find it.
Video #3 is a funky version of Raca Plava. The kids in the foreground dance it freestyle, along with the singers.
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