Maria Mena: ‘Mitt Lille Land’

Norwegian singer Maria Mena this morning uploaded her version of Norwegian classic ‘Mitt Lille Land’, to her soundcloud page for streaming along with this message;

“a lot of u have asked me to release my version of “mitt lille land”. and thanks to the wonderful Ole Paus who wrote it i am able to post it here free of charge”

It’s a beautiful track under any circumstances, although the lyrics and sentiment are particularly touching on a day like today. Maria herself took to her twitter account last night to express her horror at yesterday’s tragic events in Norway, and to update followers on what was being reported in Norwegian news.

You can have a listen below, and under that we’ve included the Norwegian lyrics and English language translation.

EDIT: Maria Mena and Sony Music Norway are now offering the song as a free download. You can get it by following this link.

Norwegian lyrics….

Mitt lille land
Et lite sted, en håndfull fred
slengt ut blant vidder og fjord

Mitt lille land
Der høye fjell står plantet
mellom hus og mennesker og ord
Og der stillhet og drømmer gror
Som et ekko i karrig jord

Mitt lille land
Der havet stryker mildt og mykt
som kjærtegn fra kyst til kyst

Mitt lille land
Der stjerner glir forbi
og blir et landskap når det blir lyst
mens natten står blek og tyst

Mitt lille land
Et lite sted en håndfull fred
slengt ut blant vidder og fjord

Mitt lille land
Der høye fjell står plantet
mellom hus og mennesker og ord
Og der stillhet og drømmer gror
Som et ekko i karrig jord

English translation…

My little country
A little place, a handful of peace
thrown out among mountain plateau and fjords

My little country
Where high mountains are planted
among houses, people and words
Where silence and dreams grow
Like an echo in barren earth

My little country
Where the sea pats mild and soft
like it’s caressing from coast to coast

My little country
Where stars glide by
and becomes landscapes when it gets lighter
while the night stands there – bleak and silent

My little country
A little place, a handful of peace
thrown out among mountain plateau and fjords

My little country
Where high mountains are planted
among houses, people and words
Where silence and dreams grow
Like an echo in barren earth

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