Friday, November 20, 2020

The Wolf Song. A Few Minutes of Bliss in a Difficult Time


A splendid song, splendidly sung by Jonna Jinton, Swedish singer. The images are haunting and beautiful, suggesting the beauty of the forest inhabited by wolves, humans, and other creatures that form a single system, holobionts within the greater holobiont that covers the land. A few minutes of bliss, welcome in the difficult times we are living. 

These are the words in Swedish ("vargen" means wolves) -- Here you can find a more traditional version. Note how gentle and compassionate is the song, with the mother understanding the hunger and the distress of the wolf and willing to give it a pig tail or a chicken shank.

Vargen ylar i natten skog
Han vill men kan inte sova
Hungern river i hans varga buk
O det är kallt i hans stova
Du varg du varg, kom inte hit
Ungen min får du aldrig
Vargen ylar i natten skog
Ylar av hunger o klagar
Men jag ska gen en grisa svans
Sånt passar i varga magar
Du varg du varg, kom inte hit
Ungen min får du aldrig
Sov mitt barn i bädden hos mor
Låt vargen yla i natten
Men jag ska gen en hönsa skank
Om ingen annan har tatt den
Du varg du varg kom inte hit
Ungen får du aldrig
Ooo
Ungen den får du aldrig

And here is a version in English (translated using Google, revised using common sense, as I don't speak Swedish. May not be perfect).

The wolf howls in the night forest 
He wants to but cannot sleep 
Hunger tears in his wolf belly 
Oh, it's cold in his den
You wolf you wolf, do not come here 
You'll never get my kid 
The wolf howls in the night forest 
Howls of hunger and complains 
But I'm gonna give it a pig tail 
That kind of thing fits in wolf stomachs 
You wolf you wolf, do not come here 
You'll never get my kid 
My child slept in her mother's bed 
Let the wolf howl at night 
But I'm gonna give it a chicken shank 
If no one else has taken it 
You wolf you wolf do not come here 
You never get the kid 
Ooo 
My kid, you'll never get it


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Ugo Bardi is a member of the Club of Rome, faculty member of the University of Florence, and the author of "Extracted" (Chelsea Green 2014), "The Seneca Effect" (Springer 2017), and Before the Collapse (Springer 2019)