Friday, 20 February 2009

Great songs: Ole Paus - Mitt Lille Land

"Mitt lille land" by Ole Paus is one of the most beautiful songs about Norway I know. It's something quintessential Norwegian about it. The music through the use of the Hadingfele (fiddle), but most of all the amazing lyrics. It says something about the small, strange, great and beautiful little things in life and how it is to come from this "Mitt lille land"- "My little country". For the news on Norwegian TV2 the singer Kurt Nielsen has also made a very good cover that is accompanied by very Norwegian images.

(Intense response to this post after the 22th of July 2011. I am glad I can help and humble.)

Here is the original version and this is the Kurt Nielsen version.





Mitt lille land
Et lite sted, en håndfull fred
slengt ut blant vidder og fjord

Mitt lille land
Der høye fjell står plantet
mellom hus og mennesker og ord
Og der stillhet og drømmer gror
Som et ekko i karrig jord

Mitt lille land
Der havet stryker mildt og mykt
som kjærtegn fra kyst til kyst

Mitt lille land
Der stjerner glir forbi
og blir et landskap når det blir lyst
mens natten står blek og tyst

Mitt lille land
Et lite sted en håndfull fred
slengt ut blant vidder og fjord

Mitt lille land
Der høye fjell står plantet
mellom hus og mennesker og ord
Og der stillhet og drømmer gror
Som et ekko i karrig jord

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My little country
A little place, a handful of peace
thrown out among mountain plateau and fjords

My little country
Where high mountains are planted
among houses, people and words
Where silence and dreams grow
Like an echo in barren earth

My little country
Where the sea pats mild and soft
like it's caressing from coast to coast

My little country
Where stars glide by
and becomes landscapes when it gets lighter
while the night stands there - bleak and silent

My little country
A little place, a handful of peace
thrown out among mountain plateau and fjords

My little country
Where high mountains are planted
among houses, people and words
Where silence and dreams grow
Like an echo in barren earth

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Absolutely great song!

Especially right now...after a great tragedy of Norway and us all...
Listening with tears and pain...and love...

Thank you!

Will try to translate this song to Russian.

take care!

Leonid Levin said...

Thanks for the translation of this absolutely beautiful song...

I spent 2 year in Oslo in the mid 1990s. It is heart breaking what happened in Oslo and on Utoeya.

Holder paa haapet, kjaere Norge.

Varme hilsener og medfoelelse fra Holland.

Helene said...

Thank you so much for the great comments, both of you. Yes, this is an amazing song and has so much essence of Norway. Strangely enough Leonid, I was in Holland when all this happened, that added to the absurdity. We will make it. We are slowly finding our feet and getting back to normal.

Best,
Helene.

Leonid Levin said...

Helene, the reaction of the Norwegian people to this tragedy is unbelievable. People are united, there is no hate, but determination to carry on, to remain open and democratic.

Yesterday, I went to lay flowers and sign a condolences book at the Norwegina Embassy in The Hague. I talked to the Embassy representative. I had difficulty finding the right words. But sometimes silence and nonverbal communication says more.

Franklin said...

Gud, vilken kraftig låt det är! Jag måste dock säga att Maria Menas version rör mig mycket mer.

Min djupa medkänslan till alla som drabbats av den här tragedin, och hela Norge! Jag kollar nu på minnesstunden i Oslo i Domkyrkan, och det syns att ni håller huvudet högt! Inspirerande!

(Jag skrev på svenska trots att jag kommer från Holland, som Leonid. Ibland känns det bättre och lämplig att uttrycka sig på ett annat språk som man kan.)

Helene said...

Takk for fantastiske og rørende kommentarer! :) Jeg hadde nok aldri ventet riktig så mye oppmerksomhet da jeg postet om denne i 2009. Fantastisk låt, og den er så fryktelig norsk på et vis. We are getting slowly back to normal.:)

Roxanne said...

Is there any way to obtain an SATB version of the song or permission to make our own arrangement for a memorial service we are frantica
ly trying to put together here in Wisconsin?

Helene said...

Hi Roxanne! I don't have the SATB, but I think I know where you can order it.

It seams like they have the SATB sheet music here: http://www.notebutikken.no/search.asp?search=search&searchBoxField=mitt+lille+land

I would contact them directly if you find it hard to order it from the site all in Norwegian. Looks like you have to buy at least 20 copies.

Good luck! It's fantastic to know that you think of us all over the world!

Best,
Helene.

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