Thursday, 24 November 2011

Ólöf Arnalds - Swansea Town

Tomorrow I'm going to see Ólöf Arnalds, a performer I know very little about apart she is from Iceland and has been a touring member of Múm since 2003. I heard her sing a cover of Bruce Springsteen's 'I'm On Fire' on Marc Riley's BBC6 Music show a few weeks back and booked a ticket to see her on a bit of a whim. The show is at the St. Pancras Old Church which is another unknown to me even though I work just around the corner from there.

ANYWAY, I found this video of Ólöf Arnalds singing an old song called 'Swansea town'. I'm not a 100% sure who sang the original but the thought of an Icelander singing about Swansea did make me smile. Part of my family is from Swansea which as the song would suggest is by the sea and used to be a major shipping port back in the day. If you ever go there, make sure you try a Joe's ice cream, I grew up on the stuff and my mum even more so. It's the best.

"Oh! Farewell to you, my Nancy, ten thousand times adieu,
I'm bound to cross the ocean, girl, once more to part with you;
Once more to part from you, fine girl, you're the girl that I adore,
But still I live in hopes to see old Swansea Town once more.

Oh! It's now that I am out to sea, and you are far behind,
Kind letters I will write to you of the secrets of my mind;
The secrets of my mind, fine, girl, you're the girl that I adore,
But still I live in hopes to see old Swansea Town once more."

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