There’s lots of cool performances and recordings of this song on YouTube, but here is one of my favourites:
It’s just a very basic fan video, but the performance really struck me.
Incidentally, one of my favourite lines from the original goes – “you have a black-browed wife.” It’s congratulating the guy that the swallow is singing to the man of the house (yes, the song is about a swallow flying in to a house and predicting a good new year for the family – the words that they’ve made up in the West do not correspond to the original, though they’re still pretty good). A “black-browed” woman is a beautiful woman. Lots of people are surprised by that, they tend to assume that Ukrainians value blondness and very light features above all.
It’s a very happy song, set to an extremely haunting tune. The original was a folk song that was then arranged by composer Nikolai Leontovich.
I also like these two little girls singing it (when I was little, I also worse a similar costume, and also sang a little, and there may still be incriminating videos that will one day show up to ruin my life):
There’s also this video of a choir from Kemerovo (Siberia). The camera really shakes, so don’t watch the video. Just listen. It’s beautiful:
Finally, here’s an instrumental from the Claymation Special. Good times.