Helena Josefsson – “Bara en Dröm (Just a dream).

   Hey people! 🙂 

   Today I want to share with you a song from Swedish singer and songwriter, which she has released this year. I believe Helena Josefsson is someone whom many people might have heard somewhere, but not be aware that it’s her. I personally mostly associate her with the Iranian-Swedish singer and music producer Arash, who was pretty popular here in Poland in like mid-2000’s, and apparently Poland was one of the countries where he was more successful. It was before I became “very different” and started to listen to Polish Radio BIS (short for Bardzo Inna Stacja =Very Different Station) and so back then I still listened to a lot of popular music that was topping the charts at the time. I quite liked Arash, but mostly because he often sung together with a Helena, and you regulars on here know I’ve always been in love with the name Helena, plus she sounded really good. It seemed though that no one knew who that Helena was, and I’d heard many people assume that she must be in relationship with Arash, even though he also collaborated with several other female artists (funny how people are so ready to assume that if a man and a woman work together, they must be a couple 😀 ). It was actually only last year that I discovered that there’s a singer in Sweden called Helena Josefsson and that she’s the same as that Helena who sang with Arash. 

   Then other people might know her because of her collabing with Per Gessle, and Roxette too I guess. Or as a backing vocalist for lots of artists. Other than that, she is also part of a band called Sandy Mouche together with her husband Martin/Martinique Josefsson, and has released several solo albums. She seems to glide effortlessly between many different genres, and while I may not always like the style of her music, I still really like her light vocals just like I did when I was a kid. 

   One fun fact about her that I find very intriguing as someone who has had a faza on Cornelis Vreeswijk, as well as as a name nerd, is that her younger son’s name is Cornelis. Now that seems like quite a clear statement to me because Cornelis is not a typical Swedish name, and most people (if not everyone there) will pretty automatically associate it with Cornelis Vreeswijk, who is usually referred to only by his first name in Sweden, because I guess his surname is kind of difficult for Swedes and he’s the only famous Cornelis there. I’ve heard of several other Swedish mums naming their sons Cornelis which was always in honour of him, so it seems very likely this must be the case with Helena as well. Given that, it’s kind of a bummer that, to my knowledge, she hasn’t covered any of Cornelis’ songs yet. It could be interesting to hear her do something lyrical like Grimasch om Morgonen for example. 

   Anyway, I really like this song, because it portrays so well what it’s like to be a vivid dreamer. To have amazing, beautiful dreams, dreams in which your brain even creates non-existing people, and then you wake up and it’s all just gone, and how it feels so sweet, sad and infuriatingly frustrating all at once. Here’s my translation. 

  Here, where the rainbow is bending down
The waves are rising
Im breathing deeper
Come
Sit here on the beach and be for a while
In my secret space
The time has stopped
I wanted to feel your hair
I wanted to kiss your thighs
I wanted to be pressed against your chest
I wanted to hear your voice
But it was just a dream
Just A dream
I wanted to be more than your friend
I wanted to come home to you
I wanted to be like Amélie from Montmartre
Mon Chéri
But it was just a dream
Just a dream
Now the tears have dried out
The crystals on my skin
Is this just me who sees
You know
I Will always be here
Who knows what a man carries
Deep within the heart
I wanted to feel your hair
I wanted to kiss your thighs
I wanted to be pressed against your chest
I wanted to hear your voice
But it was just a dream
Just A dream
A dream
I feel the warmth in my body
As if a sun lived in my chest
Is it ever going to go away?
Because it’s pointless anyway
I wanted to be more than your friend
I wanted to come home to you
I wanted to be like Amélie from Montmartre
Mon Chéri
But
You are just a dream
Just a dream

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