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Day Twenty-Nine: A Song From Your Childhood

This is really difficult, as music was a very important part of my childhood, but in many ways this song picks up several of the musical things I loved as a child. First, it was written for a comedy called The Apple-War from 1971. It was written, directed and acted by one of Sweden’s most popular comedy duo’s; Hasse Alfredson and Tage Danielsson, who, combined and apart made a lot of music, books, movies and shows I loved as a child- and still love. The Apple-War took a firm stand against globalization and pollution before it became a trend, and it was very much part of my childhood.

It’s a bit of an odd movie, really, the plot a mix of the aforementioned criticism and fairy tale. The idyllic village Änglamark (Angel’s Ground) are being threatened by a multinational industry which will destroy the beautiful nature. The grocer’s errand boy becomes a somewhat unlikely hero when he seeks the help of the family Lindberg. They are all supernatural in some way; witches, giants or elves, and are recognized by a mole on their cheek. In the end the errand boy has both slayed the dragon , defeated the multinational company and also won the love of the prettiest witch.

Throughout the movie, the songs of Vert Taube was used. He was a Swedish songwriter, whose lyrics often had a strong nautical theme, but also wrote a lot of beautiful songs about the Swedish summers and it's beautiful nature. He was very old when this movie was made, but he wrote a song especially for it; this song I share here. I was also performed by his son Sven-Bertil, who made a lot of records my father, and by default also I, listened to in the seventies.

Also, the pretty witch was played by Monica Zetterlund, who probably is my favourite Swedish singer of all time.



Call it Angel’s Ground, or Heaven on Earth/If you want/The soil we inherited and the beautiful groves/Wild roses, pennyworth, linden flowers and chamomile/Let them live/They are so wonderful

Let the children dance like angels around maple and elm/lay hide-and-seek among flowering branches/Let birds live and sing their hymns for us/Let fishes swim among bridges and stone/Stop the slaughter of the animals in the forests´/Let the eagles fly and deers run free/Let the last river roar in our terrain/Continue to roar among fells, spruce and pine
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