03
Nov
07

Stockholm Tonight

Well, I’m back in Australia and back into the same old routines. Although I have been lucky enough to not suffer any jetlag, I have been feeling emotionally flat since getting back so I haven’t been able to think of anything to write about.

I thought I would share the song and the video that helped reignite my passion for Stockholm. The song is called Stockholm inatt which translates to Stockholm Tonight. I translated the lyrics into English. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to add subtitles to a video so below the video is the translation that I did for my Peter website, complete with links to explain the Stockholm references.

I hang up and run out without locking the door
I’m on Götgatan [a street on Södermalm]
The wind always seems to be blowing here by Skatteskrapan
It feels as if the whole sky is falling down

I hurry further northward through the night
I remember that it was here at Medborgarplatsen
That Anna Lindh gave her last speech
It was September 2003

The same year we met sometime at Gondolen
Then we saw each other again and I yearned so
There was something in the air that autumn
There was fog and light and the voices

I see the grime and the darkness in Gamla Stan
Sense the scent of fear from Stureplan
And I just want to cry
So beautiful is Stockholm tonight

And I walk along Skeppsbron and lean into the wind
It seems to rain now, I dry my cheek
And the boats lie in the water
I suppose that they long to get away from here

I am at Norrmalmstorg, I think about Clark Olofsson
So many chances, why didn’t he ever take any of them?
And the same thing with me, it is so easy to stay behind
So hard to go

And I remember that I saw you at Bern’s Terrace
And I thought about everything I could have had
And I thought about the life I had lived and I regret most of it
How did it get like this?

I see Strandvägen stretching ahead, satisfied and happy
I see the blue lights flicker atop Södermalm
I just want to cry
So beautiful is Stockholm tonight

I see the grime and the darkness in Gamla Stan
Sense the scent of fear from Stureplan
And I just want to cry
So beautiful is Stockholm tonight

And you finally rang and I rushed out
All the years, all the dreams about happy endings
Is it finally going to happen in Stockholm tonight?

In Riche, Lilla Baren is full and cosy
And I feel a hand take hold of my arm
And I just want to cry
So beautiful is life tonight

I see the grime and the darkness in Gamla Stan
Sense the scent of fear from Stureplan
And I just want to cry
So beautiful is Stockholm tonight

I see Strandvägen stretching ahead, satisfied and happy
I see the blue lights flicker atop Södermalm
I just want to cry
So beautiful is Stockholm tonight

Tonight

Tonight

 

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4 Responses to “Stockholm Tonight”


  1. 1 trashie
    November 4, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    i love it, tks for translating. have watched it about a dozen times.

    why didn’t he just do a video of him standing in the middle of Stockholm saying: “Where the bloody hell are ya?”
    😉

    and no, i don’t think u’re crazy for going over to see him perform. is he straight or gay? anyway, sounds like he has hetero-normative ideas – if u have the money and time, why not go over and enjoy what u like?

    being sane doesn’t mean living in the burbs and spending all money and time on family and career.

    xx

  2. 2 trashie
    November 8, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    was great to catch up with u last nite.
    good to hear Joback didn’t mean that u’re crazy.
    c u on friday!!
    xx


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