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Ja, vi elsker dette landet
Last updated: 04.09.21
As described elsewhere in this domain, I was tasked by Frau Lynch, the landlady of The Irish Pub, Schnoor, Bremen to give a vocal greeting to a Norwegian football team, who were to play a friendly against the pub's own footbal squad, on their arrival. "Gesagt, getan" as they say in Germany, I put my heart into it and over many days learned Ja, vi elsker dette landet, Norway's National Anthem. At Bremen Airport the foot-balling Vikings duly arrived and on coming through the gate were "treated" to my very loud attempt at their national hymn. There was a Monty Pythonish reception. Perhaps bemusement is an understatement. At any rate, I switched to The Wild Rover which they knew.
Now, the anthem is a very beautiful piece extolling the nation's rich history and it is more like a choral work for trained musicians that something to be sung by the man-in-the-street. A work to be listened to rather than to sing, all of which probably explains those football players reactions..
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cd15.gif Various Artists Ja, Vi Elsker Dette Landet flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif
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youtube15.jpg Ja, vi elsker dette landet (3:14) Den norske Studentersangforening
youtube15.jpg Ja, vi elsker dette landet (4:31) Sissel Kyrkjebø