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Posted By: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
20-Mar-02 - 04:47 PM
Thread Name: Politically incorrect national anthems
Subject: Lyr Add: OI, SUOMI, KATSO
Lloyd Stonee's 'Finlandia' appears in the Folk Tradition column of the current Singout! I love the song, but some history may be in order. Sibelius authorized the only official libretto to his song in 1942, (which follows) and it is rather bellicose, but remember, Finland was occupied by the Nazis at the time.

OI, SUOMI, KATSO
by Veikko Antero Koskenniemi, 1940

Oi, Suomi, katso, sinun päiväs' koittaa,
Yön uhka karkoitettu on jo pois,
Ja aamun kiuru kirkkaudessa soittaa,
Kuin itse taivahan kansi sois'.
Yön vallat aamun valkeus jo voittaa,
Sun päiväs' koittaa, oi synnyinmaa.
Oi, nouse, Suomi, nosta korkealle,
Pääs' seppelöimä suurten muistojen.
Oi, nouse, Suomi, näytit maailmalle,
Sa että karkoitit orjuuden,
Ja ettet taipunut sa sorron alle,
On aamus' alkanut, synnyinmaa.

Tr. J. Mark Sugars and Frank, 1998

Finland, behold, your day has now come dawning;
Banished is night, its menace gone with light,
Larks' song again in morning-brightness ringing,
Filling the air to heaven's great height,
And morning's glow, night's darkness overcoming;
Your day is come, o my native land.
O Finland, rise, stand proud, the future facing,
Your valiant deeds recalling, once again;
O Finland rise, in the world's sight erasing
From your fair brows vile slavery's stain.
You were not broken by oppressors ruling;
Your morn has come, o my native land.

There have been hundreds of other verses set to this music, including a piece in the Lutheran Hymnal called Be Still My Soul. Lloyd Stone, a hymn writer hymnself :-), born 1912, first wrote these lines 'This is my song' in 1934, published in 1981, and recorded by the Indigo Girls on their first album, as well as by Susan Osborne, Dar Williams and others. It is sometimes now referred to as traditionally those that have lost the connection to the author. I think it only appropriate that Lloyd Stone be remembered for writing what I, on my radio show, (using the Indigo Girls version as my theme song), referred to as 'The Rational Anthem', and hope everyone learns to sing it on any occasion that seems appropriate, or daily, whichever comes first!

Bill Kennedy