12/25/08 Så solder vi, så yoller vi – We need a tradition for singing at the table.

Good Evening Blog
Merry Christmas or whatever

Clearly I’m slowing down – slowly, or not so slowly –
two thoughts a day, one thought a day, one thought every two days. And so on.

Tonight at a Goose dinner for 10 I was able to
proove that most Americans have NO singing
tradition for dinner parties or drinking parties.
Nobody knows any appropriate songs.

While the Danes of course, put them around a table and they will sing
Skålsange til festligt samvær
Skålsange for happy or feast-like or
party or holiday get togethers.

To get a bit of the spirit there ie –

Så solder vi, så yoller vi
den hele lange nat.
Så stjernerne gå raslen
og englene får spat.

So we party so we yell
the whole long night
until the stars wil rattle
and the angels get tired,
(that’s my possibly erroneous translations)

Så solder vi, så joller vi
den hele lange nat.
Og dem som ikke solde vil
må ______ og ____ a helvede til

And those who won’t party
can go to hell. (basically)
(my soirce has a softer:
må ryge og rejse fra dette glade sted)

Now why can’t we take a stand like that.

actually the word I am translating
will rattle is a bit confused
The only real definition I found is
Raslen ( a form of holiday begging)
Raslen, det at gå udklædt rundt og tigge (typisk om slik eller kager), er en tradition, der følger med forskellige højtider. Raslen ledsages ofte af sang.I den engelsksprogede verden rasles der i forbindelse med Halloween, det kaldes trick or treat.Julesangen We Wish You a Merry Christmas hentyder også til raslen: “Oh, bring us a figgy pudding” i andet vers og “We won’t go until we get some” i tredje vers.
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