So the song for Friday will be again quite exceptional. It is one of my favourite songs of a man whom I really admire for his poetic talents and generally for his artistic skills and who was my third musical crush. His name is Cornelis Vreeswijk, he comes from Netherlands, but lived and created in Sweden for most of his life, so spoke Swedish fluently. He was a singer, poet and actor and is beloved and famous in Sweden. He lived in 1937-1987. Was quite controversial, being an extreme left-winger, alcoholic etc. Honestly, being a rightist, I disagree with many of his views, but I love his sense of humour, intelligence and how he can describe the world, people, the life, feelings and stuff in an often very straight-away manner, but also with some melancholy at times. I have a whole file with all my favourite quotes of him. One of my big future dreams is to translate some of his works into Polish. Until now, I’ve translated a few of his poems, but the effects are rather miserable.
It’s hard to introduce Cornelis to people who don’t speak any Swedish, as the beauty of his music lies mainly in lyrics, his music is good too, but as he wasn’t a big composer it isn’t always as good as his lyrics, so people with no Swedish have it hard to understand what I actually see in him and his music. But I’ll try my best to show you. And besides his guitar skills were also very good and in this particular song you can hear it very well.
So as I said “Grimasch Om Morgonen” is my favourite song from Cornelis’ 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 in neither 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 or skirt on
With your lips close to my ear
Be serious, you firmly ask
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 (the Luck) happily lingers for a few days
but when you want to capture her
her eyes turn cold as ice
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 sound
Ann-Katarin, you should 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 rare 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.
Here’s the song: