Scots Sangs An Tunes Fur Schools

Traditional and new Scots songs and tunes
for use in Scottish schools - and everywhere else

An Old Viking Song - Starka Varna


Starka varna vesta lee

Obediah, obediah

Starka varna vesta lee

Obediah munye


Stolla stoyta stonga rerr

Oh what says du? Bunshca berr 

Stolla stoyta stonga rerr

Littera mevee drenyee 


Senna poppa waarra

Obediah, obediah

Senna poppa waarra

Obediah munye


This song, a Viking rowing song in the old Norn language of Shetland, was found in the 1940s on the Shetland island of Unst. It is still sung in Iceland.

I have tried to get some translation, with no success.

It has to do with learning to manage a boat I think, and may be asking for the help and guidance of a father or God [poppa can mean both I have been told].


Hear a new Viking song to the same tune HERE.