It’s April and time for a new post for «The Changing Seasons».
There’s not much more to say, so here’s a playlist with my songs & cover songs. From acoustic singer/songwriter stuff, via children’s songs to punk. Give it a listen, or at least the first clip with the new material – it’s only one minute of your life that you’ll never get back.
I guess it creates some sort of anticipation for music…
I remember when I first went to school
They said, Don’t be a joker, don’t be a fool
Pledge your allegiance to the red, white and blue
Don’t expect your country to do nothin’ for you
They said your forefathers loved you
but I only had one
And I watched him die in the heat of the sun
Suckin’ up the bullets of a policeman’s gun
There was nothin’ I could do but stay away
In the U.S.A. you gotta take your chances
If you plan on stayin’ free
They call this the land of the living
But they’re trying to make a dead man out of me
I remember when I first hit the road
I was runnin’ from the lenders of the money I owed
Came to Austin, heard a knock at my door
Crossed another border and I’m runnin’ some more
They say they’re gonna get me but it ain’t happened yet
Burnin’ my fingers on my last cigarette
It’s time to remember time to forget
Nothin’ I could do but get away
I remember all the stories I heard
How a man’s supposed to be ’bout as free as a bird
My brother’s in prison, my father’s dead
Me, I’m tired of living with a price on my head
I wonder if there’s a place to be
In the whole wide country for a fella like me
Name’s in the paper, face on T.V.
Nothin’I can do but get away
Karius and Bactus (ISBN 0961539410) (original Norwegian title: Karius og Baktus) is a Norwegian children’s novel written and illustrated by Thorbjørn Egner. The book was first published in 1949 and produced as a 15-minute puppet animation film by Ivo Caprino in 1954. An English translation by Mike Sevig and Turi Olderheim was published in the United States in 1986.
The main characters are Karius (black haired) and Bactus (red haired). Their names are puns on Caries and Bacteria, and they are two small “tooth trolls” that live inside cavities in the teeth of a boy named Jens. They have a very good life, especially when Jens eats white bread with syrup and fails to brush his teeth afterwards. Eventually their homes are destroyed by the work of a dentist and they are rinsed out of Jens’ mouth through proper dental care.
The story of Karius and Bactus, with its humorous illustrations and important message, has become a classic of Norwegian children’s literature. Since its publication, the idea of “tooth trolls” has been used as a pedagogical device for generations of Scandinavian children.
This is my version of a Norwegian lullaby called Trollmor (the troll’s mom).
Thanks for listening.