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Av längtan till dig (Longing For You)

Had a Winamp moment when you have it on shuffle and among those thousands of songs in the library it randomly picks one of my all time favourite Swedish songs which I haven’t heard in ages. I just got so homesick when hearing it, aaahhh need to go to IKEA now and cry with a herring and some clothes hangers. Crying face I hope you enjoy and an english translation is at the bottom for the lyrics.

Put up the sound (mixed quality), sorry this is the best one with the nyckelharpa included, most only has the singer alone but this was a song made for Asa Jinder on nyckelharpa

This blog poster said this better than me, from Multemusic:

“Av längtan till dig (Longing For You)” is a much beloved song in Sweden and is often sung at weddings.

I suppose some Swedes will look at the headline of this post and think, “Shouldn’t the name on the post be Cajsa-Stina Åkerström (the Swedish singer who made it a hit)?”

No, because that’s not what I want to emphasize about the song.

What some don’t know is that the text for the song was written by a well-known Swedish musician and nyckelharpa player,  Åsa Jinder. 

I was recently able to find the Swedish text with an English translation of “Av längtan till dig”:

Av längtan till dig
Lyrics by Åsa Jinder & music by Jan Krantz

I en evighet levde jag som om du inte fanns.
I alla drömmar var du ändå nära
så underbart nära,
Och jag trodde jag fann dig, men du var någon annanstans;
Varenda gång jag funnit nån så såg jag att drömmen inte var sann.

Tänk alla famnar jag lämnat av längtan till dig
För jag trodde att du fanns och väntade mig;
Alla dagar jag vandrat så sorgsen och trött
För att möta den vackraste människa jag någonsin mött.

Det var enkelt och vackert, du sa att du väntat mig.
Jag kunde ana att det fanns en himmel
på jorden jag såg den,
Och du bad mig att leva mitt liv alltid nära dig;
Jag följde dina steg och allt jag någonsin drömt om fanns där för mig.

Det finns ingen som lockat mitt hjärta så underbart.
Med all din ömhet får du sorg och smärta
att sakta försvinna.
Alla skuggor, allt mörker som förr var så uppenbart —
Det skingras, och tillsammans ser vi ljuset, som stiger med solens fart.

And the translation:

Longing for You
Lyrics by Richard Hacken

An eternity long I lived as if there were no you.
In all my dreams you were so close beside me,
So wonderfully by me,
When I thought I had found you, again off away you flew;
Each time I found somebody else and saw that the dream clearly was not true.

Think of the phantoms I chased out of longing for you
Till I learned you existed and hoped for me too;
All the days that I wandered with lonesome regret
Before meeting the loveliest person I’ve ever met.

You said simply that you had been waiting so long for me;
Now I could sense a heaven on earth before us,
In heavenly chorus.
And you asked if I’d live my life with you and endlessly;
I followed where you led, and all I ever had dreamt of was there for me.

No one ever has captured my heart as your love has done.
Your tenderness has caused all pain and worry
To melt away smoothly.
All the shadows and darkness with which my life had been stunned
Are gone forever, and we see together the light of a rising sun.

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