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GUEST,silver Blue bird of hull (16) RE: Blue bird of hull 06 Feb 17


As for Swedish pronunciation, Evert Taube himself reads the lyrics on Youtube: look for "Evert Taube - Balladen om 'Blue Bird' Av Hull".

"Båt i lä" - Boat to leeward! Karl's father and brothers didn't wait on the shore, they set out in a small boat to meet the Blue Bird, a remarkable act of courage under the circumstances. "Jump overboard, all hands, you will be saved!"

Verse 1: "sviktande stumpar" - I'm not a sailor so I don't know what part of the rigging "stumpar" refers to, but it was covered with ice ("nedisad rigg") and about to break.

"Brännvin" - Swedish vodka. A drink for solemn occasions as well as times of despair, and also medicine for any illness in those days.


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