In my last blog post, I talked about the tomtar – little elf-like creatures in Sweden. The tomtar are nice to people who are nice to them, but they can act mischievously towards people who don’t treat them well.
The song below ends with the tomtar showing up at the door. The question is, are they there to help or hinder?
Here’s the song Tomtevalsen (The Elf Waltz) in Swedish, followed by an English translation and the midi tune.
Lilla lisa i sitt kök
Rustar till et värre stök.
Suckar bittida och sent
Aldrig får man rent.
Från sitt allra sista golv
Trött honn somnar då
Men när klockan den slår tolv
Knackar tomten på
The Elf Waltz
Little Lisa sits in the kitchen,
Preparing for a difficult clean-up.
Sighing, early and late,
Never will she clean.
From the back of the room where she sits,
Tired, she dozes off.
But when the clock strikes twelve,
The elves come knocking.
Ed Gawlinski sent me this song. He was the director of a Santa Lucia festival for over 20 years. He told me that this song was sung by the 4 year olds who dressed up as tomtar (elves) for the performance.
Many thanks to Ed for sending me this song and the midi, and to Jason Pomerantz for helping with the translation.
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