Thursday, September 19, 2013

Autumn Song - Karolina Johnér Bodesand

Although it has been a sunny day today, it was also the first day that I really felt that autumn was on its way. The darkness comes earlier every day and there is a edge of coldness in the air which makes me feel a bit melancholy and wanting to cover myself with a warm and wooly blanket.

Well, actually, a warm and long lasting embrace in the arms of a man I love would be even better, but we cannot wish for everything.



Autumn Song (English translation by Bock McMillan)

The road home was very long
and I have met no one
Now, the evenings are getting cool and late.
Please comfort me a little,
for now I'm pretty tired,
and at once so terribly alone.
I never noticed before,
that the darkness is so great,
thinking of all that one should.
There are so many things
I should have said and done,
and there is so very little I did do.

Hurry my love, hurry to love,
days getting darker by the minute.
Light our candles, it's close to night,
soon the flowering summer is over.

Hurry my love, hurry to love,
days getting darker by the minute.
Light our candles, it's close to night,
soon the flowering summer is over.

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Tove Jansson was a Finland Swedish novelist, painter, illustrator, and comic strip author. She was the author of, among other works, the Moomin books. She was also a poet, and wrote the lyrics to this wonderful song "Höstvisa" ("Autumn Song") set to music by Erna Tauro.

This beautiful video where Karolina Johnér Bodesand gives her interpretation is a shortened version of the original song. I posted the full length version on October 30, 2010, Autumn Song.

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