I think that when we listened to that song, many of us had a strong impression that the lyrics talked about us and our situation.
Agnieszka [Osiecka] claimed that every human has a right to ‘beauty’.
To date, I regard this song as a song about injustice, about hurting the common man, about the constant violation of human rights. The most recognizable song of the STS generation – Okularnicy (Eggheads) was published on a compilation disc ‘Wszystko co nasze program minimum’ (Everything that belongs to us – programme minimum) in 1963.
I looked at her fair plait, at her beautiful face, like that of a top school student and I was wondering where did she find all this melancholy which emanated from her poem. Agnieszka Osiecka managed to form an original style of writing songs and then imposed it on the whole STS – said Andrzej Drawicz - Agnieszka was ‘hidden’ in the STS for a certain time.
(…) Yet, she always had good judgement for things and a brilliant intelligence; she was always able to find appropriate formulas for different situations (…) We wanted to be a theatrical–political journal. Marek Lusztig, Edward Pałłasz and Maciej Małecki composed music to her lyrics.
The effect would, however, be very mediocre if it wasn’t for her disputatious lyricism and warmth. Music for Kochankowie z ulicy Kamiennej (Lovers From Kamienna Street) was composed by Wojciech Solorz.
This song made a huge impression on Jacek Kuroń [democratic opposition leader].
After many years he wrote: I heard this song for the first time when our democratic movement literally died.
Or even worse, we gave up; we did nothing besides vain politicking throughout the month of October.
We assumed that Gomułka [the former communist party leader] had such solid support that we had no chance of success.
This is why a song just like Lovers From Kamienna Street, a song about boys and girls who desire a beautiful love but live on the poor and dirty Kamienna Street, became a sort of epitaph for our movement.
Table of Contents: | Debut at the STS (Student Satirical Theatre) | STS School | Okularnicy (Eggheads) | Working on the Film Set and at the Polish Radio| Private Life |Life After Life | Trivia | Works | ‘The poetess of broken colour’, as she was named by Jan Kott, wrote lyrics for songs which remain all time top hits in Polish popular music: Okularnicy (Eggheads), Kochankowie z Ulicy Kamiennej (Lovers From Kamienna Street), Nim wstanie dzień (Before Sunrise), Na całych jeziorach ty (On All The Lakes – Just You), Zielono mi (I Am Feeling Green), Małgośka, W żółtych płomieniach liści (In the Yellow Flames of Leaves), Diabeł i raj (Devil and Paradise), Nie spoczniemy (We Shall Never Rest), Polska Madonna (Polish Madonna), Niech żyje bal (Long Live the Ball), Nie żałuję (I Don’t Regret), Białe zeszyty (White Notebooks), Grajmy Panu (Let’s Play to The Lord).