Helan Gar Lyrics

Helan gar

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Our Version:

verse 1
Midsommar’s here and we feel all right
longest day and the longest night
fill our glasses with Aquavit
drink ourselves right off our feet!

chorus:
Helan gar, sing hop faller aller all an ay
Helan gar, sing hop faller aller ay
Helan gar, sing hop faller aller all an ay
Helan gar, sing hop faller aller ay

For if you do not drink this one,
you may not get another one!
Helan gar, sing hop faller aller all an ay.

verse 2
This is the day to celebrate:
life is now but death is fate.
Pick up your spirits and toast the blaze
of sun, of bonfire, of summer days.

original Swedish version:

Helan går, sjung hopp,
fa-de-ral-lan-lal-lan lej!
Helan går, sjung hopp,
fa-de-ral-lan lej!
Och den som inte helan tar,
han heller inte halvan får.
Helan går!
Sjung hopp, fa-de-ral-lan-lej!
Skål!

Translation:

Whole thing down! – sing hop faller allan lallan lay
Whole thing down! – sing hop faller allan lay
And if you do not drink it all
you will not get to drink at all.
Whole thing down
Sing hop faller allan lay!
Skål!

Here’s a common sound-alike version for English-speakers to sing-along with Swedes:

Hell and gore,
shun hope, Father Allan, and lay.
Hell and gore,
shun hope, Father Allan, lay.
Oh, handsome in the hill and tar
and hell are in the half and four.
Hell and gore –
Shun hope, Father Allan lay! Skål!

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