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AKS Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish) (106* d) RE: Scandinavian music (was: mostly Finnish) 17 Jan 01

Here you are:

Juokse sinä humma
(Tapio Rautavaara)

Juokse sinä humma kun tuo taivas on niin tumma
ja taival on pitkänlainen
eihän se tyttö minun kyytihini tullut
kun olen poika hurjanlainen
hummani hei hummani hei
huputiti hummani hei

Juokse sinä humma kun tuo taivas on niin tumma
ja kahden tässä hiljaa mennään
humma on pojalla ainoa aarre
ja sellaista ei ole kellään
hummani hei...

Juokse sinä humma kun tuo taivas on niin tumma
ja varjot ne tietäni peittää
maantieltä hiljaa mun lauluni kuuluu
ja liinukka harjaa heittää

Juokse sinä humma kun tuo taivas on niin tumma
ja tiuku on aisan alla
voi kuinka pieninä palasina onkaan
mun leipäni maailmalla

Juokse sinä humma kun tuo taivas on niin tumma
ja metsässä huokaa tuuli
maantien mutkassa pieni on tölli
ja siellä on kirsikkahuuli
hummani hei hummani hei
seisahda hummani hei

In English it goes like:

Run, thou horsey

Run my hoss because that sky's so dark
and the journey is longish
alas, the lass did not come onto my carriage
since I am a lad quite rash
hey my horsey hey my hoss
giddiyup my horsey

Run ...
together we here quitly go along
the horse(y) is the lad's only treasure
and nobody else has such

Run ...
and the shadows cover up my road
from on the country road my singing's to be heard
and the light-maned tosses the mane
hey ...

Run ...
and the sleighbell's under the shaft
oh how tiny are the slices
of my bread on along the world
hey ...

Run ...
and in the forest sighs the wind
at the bend of the country road there's a small cot
and therein lives (is) the 'cherry-lips'
hey ...
halt now my hoss hey

I'm not absolutely certain about the sequence of the verses, but it does not make much difference and the last one's on the correct spot, anyway.

The author of the song, Tapio Rautavaara was a famous sportsman (Olympic Gold in London -48, javelin, eg), and well-loved singer-entertainer and film actor in post war Finland until his death in the seventies (cerebral hemorrhage after falling on the floor in a swimming pool - and not diagnosed nor treated correctly!).

He admitted that "the small slices of bread" refer to the years after the wars when he and a his accompanist(s) were travelling around the country and making their living as performing artists, in circumstances when there was a shortage of everything - except audience.


ps I think someone mentioned earlier us Finns being typically red-haired! I'd like to correct that: a stereotype Finn would be rather a fair one, not especially blond nor very dark;-)

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