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International Music & Culture
Kid Songs and Rhymes of
Sweden
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Apple, Papple, Pirum, Parum (Counting-out Rhyme)  
Brother Jacob   MP3 Midi
It Was a Little Mouse (Nursery Rhyme)  
Dinkeli dunkeli doja (Nursery Rhyme)
I Walk Alone and Wander Here (Traditional Song)  Midi
Fly, Ugly Fly (Tongue Twister)
Good Evening (Christmas Song)  Midi
Gold-hen, Gold-cow! (Nursery Rhyme)
Our Lady Ladybug! (Nursery Rhyme)
Little Light (Riddle)
Little Snail   Midi  
Little Tumble (Nursery Rhyme)
Little Roll (Nursery Rhyme)
Amble On   Midi
Grandma's Little Crow (Lap Rhyme & Circle Game)  
Ole Dole Doff (Counting-out Rhyme)
Santa Lucia (Santa Lucia Song)  MP3 Midi  
Silent Night, Holy Night (A Carol) Midi
The Gnomes' Christmas Night (A Carol)  Midi
 
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Here are some of Mama Lisa's recent posts about the music, culture and traditions of Sweden:
  • Bonnie wrote asking for help with a Swedish lullaby.  Here’s her email: Hello!  I just discovered your lovely site when looking for more words to a Swedish lullaby my father (85) tried to remember all his adult life.  We only have this little bit: Ro, ro sharen Placka biben baren Do you know any more?  We would love to... Read more »
  • Elizabeth wrote asking for help with a Swedish song.  Here's her note: My Swedish mother would sing a Swedish song to me as she bounced me on her knee. In Swedish it started out, "Mormor’s lilla lassa". Her English translation was: "Once there was a little boy and he wanted to go for a ride, but he... Read more »
  • Florence wrote asking for help finding a childhood story.  Here's her letter: Hello Lisa, My Grandpa was Swedish and when I was growing up he and my Dad would tell us a story about Uncle Bobby and his two monkeys; Jim & Jockle (sp?). They were naughty little monkeys. That’s about all I can recall. I’ve have... Read more »
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    Rhiannon Daymond-King sent me a counting-out rhyme called "Zinty Tinty" with this note: "I was taught a counting rhyme by my father, who said it came from his mother. Her mother was Swedish, so he thought it was in Swedish (or possibly Norwegian given that the part of the country she was from used to be... Read more »
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    Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Maori, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swahili,... Read more »
  • Kendall Bergstrom wrote to me asking for help with a Swedish Christmas song about Santa having a cold.  Here’s what he wrote: Hello, Do you have the song about Santa and his cold during Christmas time?  My father used to sing it every Christmas eve, and it ended with Santa sneezing saying, "Achee Achee Achee pruuzee!"…  Or... Read more »
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    Santa Lucia's Day is celebrated on December 13th in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. It commemorates the life of Santa Lucia, who is also known as Saint Lucy.  It’s the beginning of the Christmas season in those countries and is a celebration of light - at the time of year when the world is darker. ... Read more »
  • Dejah Leger (a singer) sent us this recording of a Swedish Lullaby.  Here’s what Dejah wrote about it: "…the Swedish Lullaby, which is actually a Swedish tune sung to ‘nonsense’ syllables.  I can’t find the name of the tune right now, but I could with a little digging... Read more »
  • Here are some requests for help we got about some Swedish songs and rhymes.  Sometimes the Swedish parts are given phonetically… 1.  Maria Nyckelpiga  Mama Lisa,  I'm looking for the lyrics of a song my Mama used to sing. It starts:  "Maria Nyckelpiga sat å grät på et logg.  inte kan jag, inte kan jag nånsin... Read more »
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    Lindsey wrote asking for help with a Swedish song called "The Herdsman Song": I saw your website and thought you might be able to help me.  I am a teacher writing lesson plans for an old novel entitled, "They Came From Sweden: Sod House Winter."  It is by Clara Ingram Judson.  It is about a Swedish... Read more »

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