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« Reply #45 on: April 12, 2012, 10:02:44 pm »

I have just discovered this thread and have worked my way through the videos featured here and on You Tube. Also the recording 4efs did - you have a gorgeous voice! I adore the lovely photos presented with the videos that bakfot posted. Did you take all those pictures yourself? Such beautiful land. I also very much enjoyed reading the translations of the poems and lyrics and such. It is very lyrical, the way it translates from the one language to English, makes English sound much more poetic that way, for some reason. What a delightful find, this thread. Many thanks!


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"The spirit of the Earth in the notes of the flute
the song speaks for my soul, when my voice is mute." -- kap
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« Reply #46 on: April 13, 2012, 03:17:28 am »

Thanks, 4efs!
Yeha, seems one of my pupils have been playing truant for a while. Shame on him! Or perhaps he just didn't notice that next lesson was online  Cheesy

Your moms video recived a warning about "third party content", so I set it as private.  Now I've changed the access so you can reach it through this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjWfZS8mZfU

Aya!  Bakfot, I completely missed this post  Huh  thank you so much!  Smiley I'll give my Mom the link she will be very happy.

The Sailor's song is cool, and as ever the photos exquisite! Thank you!

Also the recording 4efs did - you have a gorgeous voice!

Thank you Prairie Wolf Grin


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« Reply #47 on: April 13, 2012, 05:33:37 am »

Greetings to your mum, 4efs!

Prarie Wolf, glad you enjoyed this thread  Smiley

I'll have a go at translating Flicka från Backafall soon.


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« Reply #48 on: April 13, 2012, 07:14:29 am »

Here goes:

Girl from Landfall*, the brig Three Brothers
cruises tonight in the Caribbean Sea
While a land wind from the coast in the south
flows like the southern back home on the isle
The air is spiced with a thousand salves
but I’d give them away each and every one
if I could walk among the mallows of Landfall
while the moon goes its watch over Ven

Don’t expect me this summer, Ellen,
I will still be on the line in the north
But when you stand next to the church in the evening
think of me as a dizzy may bug
that, without permisson, bumps into your temple
and, while you beat with your little hands,
searches its way down under the hem of your blouse
while the moon goes over the mallows

Know the intruder only wants to find out
if your breasts will become like the mallow’s flowers
Each time you feel my thought find its way
home from its watch by the mizzen sails spar
Feel that it’s only your lad who sends
the greeting that once, as captain of his ship,
he will land under the shores of Landfall
while the moon goes its watch over Ven



*) Backafall is the name of the steeply falling shoreline on the south side of the island ov Ven, in the sea between Sweden and Denmark. I translate it as Landfall. Malva (plural malvor) is a genus of plants of the family Malvaceae, I translate it as mallows. In the second verse there is a mention of a beetle of the species cockchafer. The omniscient Wikipedia tells me that it is colloquially called may bug, so I use that term :-) Ellen is the name of his girl. The language is oldfashioned. I am probably not be able to convey that in the translation.


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« Reply #49 on: April 15, 2012, 05:34:08 am »


Did you know that a dog can eat an entire mallow plant and have absolutely no ill effects whatsoever, I mean entire, roots, stems, leaves and flowers....Don't ask me how I know!..... Roll Eyes

Thanks you for the translation, and I'll send along the greeting to my Mom too Smiley


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« Reply #50 on: May 22, 2012, 07:05:23 pm »

I finally got around to recording a song I've been thinking of for a long time. It even has some MO in it  Smiley





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« Reply #51 on: May 22, 2012, 08:13:10 pm »

Delightful song. And the pictures allow me to travel to where you live and see what you see. What a beautiful land.


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« Reply #52 on: May 23, 2012, 05:39:53 am »

Thank you! I took the pictures when we were on a trip to Gothenburg last week. Our children go to the univeristy there.


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« Reply #53 on: May 24, 2012, 05:09:57 pm »


Cool song and slideshow Bakfot, they are always happy-making, thanks!



Hey! I may have enlisted myself a Sweedish language tutor or two- in my spinning group of all places! no less than 3 in there have language skills and or heritage! who'd a thunk it! So, I may manage to fit in an extra song or two yet... Grin


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« Reply #54 on: May 25, 2012, 04:59:51 am »

Lysande! Då kan jag skriva på svenska nu :-)


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« Reply #55 on: May 30, 2012, 07:18:23 pm »


UMMM... My tutors haven't shown in the last couple weeks... sigh...




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« Reply #56 on: May 31, 2012, 06:04:09 am »

Well, there is alway Google translate, ready to give you a more or less creative interpretation  Wink


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« Reply #57 on: May 31, 2012, 06:58:03 am »

Now I'm trying to make up my mind if my next project should be Björkens visa, a song I remember from when I was a kid, or a song I found in a song book from the ninteen forties

Björkens visa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul6g7bHNnWM
Slumrande toner http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgqVHVqkoeg


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« Reply #58 on: May 31, 2012, 08:25:50 pm »


I'm voting for the Bjorkens visa first Wink


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« Reply #59 on: June 01, 2012, 04:39:17 am »

I think you're right.


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