So the song for Friday will be again quite exceptional. It is one of my favourite songs of an artist whose lyricism I really admire and who has been one of my faza people. His name is Cornelis Vreeswijk, he comes from the Netherlands, but lived and created his music and poems mostly in Sweden, and spoke Swedish fluently. He was a singer, poet and actor and is beloved and famous in Sweden. He lived between 1937-1987. Was quite controversial, and was often quite controversial. Honestly, being a rightist, I disagree with many of his views, but I love his sense of humour, intelligence and perceptiveness in how he describes the world, people etc.
So as I said “Grimasch Om Morgonen” is my favourite song from Cornelis’ entire discography, I think it’s really beautiful, but also quite sad, bitter and even a bit cynical. Maybe that’s why I love it too.
So to lessen the language bareer at least a bit, I’ll do my best to translate it into English, however, keep in mind, that I am not a native speaker of either of these languages, so it may not be a masterpiece and probably won’t be.
Now the dew is falling and the sun is rising
But you can’t hear it
You’re lying without blouse and skirt
With your lips close to my ear
Be serious now, you ask firmly
You’re laughing out songs and singing jokes
You can, but don’t want to write
a song about the fragile happiness
Now the sun is rising and the dew is falling
for the poor people and for the rich.
But Luck has a poisoned thorn
that you need to carefully avoid.
She happily lingers for a few days
but when you want to capture her
her eyes turn ice cold
and you become as bitter as bile
Now the dew is falling without a sound
and grass and leaves become wet
And every morning, the sun is the bride
though no wedding hymns can be heard
Ann-Katarin, you need to know that
there is a certain happiness which dies from laughter.
But it wants to be held at night
And then it becomes as quiet as water.
Get up from bed now, Ann-Katarin
and listen to something important.
There is a special kind of precious wine
that you should enjoy cautiously.
For if you drink it carelessly
it loses its former shine
And all you have got left is an empty bottle
of bitter tears and ashes.
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