Leaves' Eyes Comments On "Krakevisa" From New Album "Meredead"
Leaves' Eyes will be releasing the new album "Meredead" on April 22nd, 2011. The band has now posted a preview of the song "Kråkevisa" online, which can be heard through the band's MySpace page. Vocalist Liv Kristine commented on the track:
"Kråkevisa (The Crow Song), also called Mannen og Kråka (The Farmer and the Crow), is a traditional folklore in the genre Scandinavian medieval ballads. I know it from primary school as we used to sing it in the school's choir. There are different versions in Norway, which also uses other melodies. It is one of the best known folk tunes in my home country, however, it is also well-known in Sweden, Denmark and across the Faeroe Island. It's interesting that Kråkevisa is said to be related to 'Hákun Ríður Í Timburskóg', the Faeroese children's rhyme. Let me translate Kråkevisa's first verse; first the Norwegian version, then the English one:
Og mannen han gjekk seg i vedaskog,
Hei fara, i vedaskog.
Då sat der ei kråka i lunden og gol.
Hei fara, faltu riltu raltura.
The man went into the firewood forest
Hei fara, to the firewood forest
There he heard crowing from the grove
Hei fara, faltu riltu raltura
"What happens to the crow in the following verses, I guess is not hard to imagine, for it's definitely not a romantic love story! However, the end is what makes real sense to me personally. The message is: A man is not worth a crow if he doesn't realize its value. In a modern sense, I see clearly a connotation to the unfair, insane, money-controlled meat-industry, versus those peoples, like the Aborigines and the Eskimos, who are able to survive only because they have inherited knowledge over generations about fair trade with and careful treatment of Nature.
"Thank you, Anette, for having this wonderful idea, and for singing along! I sang it this morning, walking through the forest!"
The band's latest trailer for the new album, and comments about another new song, can be found at this location.
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