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610 posts
Dec 27, 2019
3:06 PM
We cover one song by the Swedish troubadour Cornelis Vreeswijk (1937-1987). The translation below I found on the internet is ok to get the meaning of the song.


Round 1: Guitar intro

Round 2-4: Harmonica solo, Hohner Rocket Amp in Bb, 3rd pos.

Round 5-8:

Some walk with broken shoes,
tell (me) why is it so
God father witch in heaven lives
Maybe wants it that way

God father witch in heaven lives,
closes his eyes and sleeps good.
Who cares about a pair of broken shoes,
when you're old and tired

Who cares about how the days passes,
they continue freely.
Citizens, within hundred years,
you'll no longer exist

Then someone else has taken you're chair,
of that you know nothing
You feel neither rain or sun,
down in your dark grave

Round 9-10: Harmonica solo, Hohner Rocket in Low F, 2rd pos.

Round 11-13:

Who cares about how the nights passes,
i don't give damn.
As long as I have my appearance left,
hidden in my darlings hair.

I am an doubtful character
Who's not good for nothing.
Behind a corner Death is lurking.
He grabs me when he wants

Some walk with broken shoes,
until they have stopped walking.
The Devil that lives in Hell,
gets a good laugh then.

Round 14: Harmonica solo, Hohner Rocket Amp in Bb, 3rd pos.

Last Edited by Hakan on Dec 27, 2019 3:14 PM
ted burke
795 posts
Dec 27, 2019
10:03 PM
stunning in all regards
611 posts
Dec 28, 2019
1:39 AM
Thanks Ted!
ted burke
796 posts
Dec 29, 2019
12:59 PM
I find it very odd that no one is showing love for Hakan's video. C'cmon,folks. This rocks
318 posts
Dec 29, 2019
8:09 PM
It does rock. And the Viking lyrics are beyond cool. Good on ya Hakan!
103 posts
Dec 30, 2019
6:34 AM
That sure beats the crap out of "greensleeves", I don't like English folk music, but if it sounded like that I would be a massive fan. I might even take up Morris dancing,well maybe that would be a step too far.
Keep them coming Hakan your videos are always worth listening to.

Last Edited by knight66 on Dec 30, 2019 6:35 AM
15 posts
Dec 31, 2019
3:54 AM
Very nice. :)
Happy New Year everyone!
327 posts
Dec 31, 2019
8:03 AM
Nice! I like the use of the 2 harps and the vocals in your own language.
MBH member since 2009-03-24
6411 posts
Dec 31, 2019
12:06 PM
I was waiting until I worked out what this reminded me of, but I can’t do any better than ‘house of the rising sun’, so maybe that’s all it is and any similarities are probably only my imagination ie the differences are far greater than the similarities. Something in the cadence perhaps.
It’s interesting to hear folk from Northern Europe.
Good work as ever, Hawk!
612 posts
Dec 31, 2019
2:36 PM

The swedish troubadour who wrote this song, Cornelis Vreeswijk, was born in Netherlands and took bits and pieces from their song tradition and also from french songs and poetry. He liked Josh White and Leadbelly and also borrowed from south american samba music.

Happy New Year!

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