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Discussion in 'Borknagar' started by Black Swan, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. Black Swan

    Black Swan Member

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    I wound up ordering Norrøn Livskunst and have had it for a little over a month now (and it came signed, which I hadn't realized). I think it's an incredible album and one of my favorites from 2010. It was really like a little musical journey, discovering it song by song since all of the songs were so different. I bought it on the strength of Vitets Vidd I Verdi and as I listened to it, each track was a bit of a surprise. I certainly wasn't prepared for something like Eukalyptustreet, which is so beautiful, and intense, and unexpected.

    It will probably take a bit longer for me to connect with it more fully, because my usual method of absorbing a cd - sitting down and reading the lyrics while listening - doesn't exactly work here. I do not wish the lyrics were in English; I actually think something would have been lost if they were. But I'd love to get it translated at some point, and not by Google, which can't seem to translate a good portion of the words. Here is the first verse of Song Til Stormen:
    "Come, strong storm from æverømd,
    and steel my will, solve my string!
    Åndå lift on my ørneveng
    and hired me sight and day in kjømd."

    OK... :) Anyway, I'll try to work at it and see if I can't eventually get a better feel for the lyrics, if not a word by word translation.

    In the meantime I've been listening to some of their albums and will definitely need to give those more time. Briefly, Black for Death is the easiest to absorb (though I don't think as captivating as Norrøn Livskunst), Neonism is musically great but will require a lot of getting past the vocals, and In Harmonia Universali is weird, but I think it's a weird that I'm going to like.
     
  2. Agah

    Agah Abide

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    Translating Norrøn Livskunst is tricky because it is written in høgnorsk which deviates a bit from the Norwegian most people use.
     
  3. Drummer Dave Kinkade

    Drummer Dave Kinkade I'm in the band

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    FYI- When I met Cornelius for the 1st time in Hamburg, he mentioned that Norrøn Livskunst means "The Norse art of living".
     
  4. Stromcrowfleet

    Stromcrowfleet New Metal Member

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    Alright. I'm aware that this is an old thread, but i stumpled upon it when i was googling for translations of the Norrøn Livskunst lyrics, notalby from Blackabilly.

    There must be some Norwegians present on this forum. How's this translation (I haven't taken rhyme, rythm or poetic aesthetics into account, of course - it is just a simple and probalby faulty translations of the worlds):

    "One two three
    Blackabilly me
    Four five six
    Burning kicks
    Seven eight nine
    I want mine
    Ten to one
    Let's get it on

    Rockabilly mockabilly
    Blackabilly burnin'
    Fuckabilly muckabilly
    Whackabilly churnin'
    Cockabilly kickabilly
    Trickabilly streamin'
    Ticabilly tocabilly
    Clockabilly screamin'

    I made way for the strife
    To see what peace was
    Now the fight has spread
    the noise became true (??)

    One two three
    It is time
    Four five six
    Take me witch
    Seven eight nine
    In pigsty
    Ten eleven twelve
    But without violence

    Blackabilly blackabully
    Blackabuddy loomin'
    Blackabody blackaboarding
    Blackaballing boomin'
    Blackafuzzing blackabuzzing
    Blackajazzing freezin'
    Blackamunchy blackacrunchy
    Blackawhacky wheezin'

    I play black metal
    But no one tastes the steel
    I gave all power to the sound
    But don't spill blood

    So i look once again
    towards the innocence of the past
    when warlust controlled all
    but no-one died i battle

    Chilihead chilihead
    Hey chilihead
    Why choose autumn
    When spring is an option?

    Heavy head heavy head
    Hey heavy head
    Here's a chili bomb
    For your blackabilly self

    Rockabilly mockabilly
    Blackabilly King
    Fuckabilly muckabilly
    Whackabilly King

    Chilihead chilihead
    Hey chilihead
    Cheer up with colours
    Red hot fur

    Beerhead beerhead
    Blackabilly King
    But if you pray
    Winter will come

    Rockabilly mockabilly
    Blackabilly Voguesville
    Fuckabilly muckabilly
    Whackabilly Voguesville

    Up he must rise
    who will conquer wealth
    to fight for his opinions
    so must the bard stand

    To you who want a (sound?)war
    Leave your mercy at home
    Go berserk (på valen?? on the valence?)
    So every step is a victory

    I play to win
    In battle with solarljod(??)
    I play black metal
    But spill no blood"


    These are the official lyrics:

    One two three
    Blackabilly me
    Four five six
    Burning kicks
    Seven eight nine
    I want mine
    Ten to one
    Let's get it on

    Rockabilly mockabilly
    Blackabilly burnin'
    Fuckabilly muckabilly
    Whackabilly churnin'
    Cockabilly kickabilly
    Trickabilly streamin'
    Ticabilly tocabilly
    Clockabilly screamin'

    Me gav ljod til striden
    for å syne kva fred var
    No hev kampen breidt seg
    støyen vorte sann

    Ein tvo tri
    Det er tidi
    Fire fem seks
    Ta meg heks
    Sju åtte ni
    I Svinesti
    Ti elleve tolv
    men utan vold

    Blackabilly blackabully
    Blackabuddy loomin'
    Blackabody blackaboarding
    Blackaballing boomin'
    Blackafuzzing blackabuzzing
    Blackajazzing freezin'
    Blackamunchy blackacrunchy
    Blackawhacky wheezin'

    Me spelar svart metall
    men lèt ingen smaka stål
    Me gjev all makt til klangen
    men spiller ikkje blod

    Difor ser me attende
    mot uskulds fornalder
    då stridslyst styrde alt
    men ingen døydde i kamp

    Chilihead chilihead
    Hey chilihead
    Why choose autumn
    When spring is an option?

    Heavy head heavy head
    Hey heavy head
    Here's a chili bomb
    For your blackabilly self

    Rockabilly mockabilly
    Blackabilly King
    Fuckabilly muckabilly
    Whackabilly King

    Chilihead chilihead
    Hey chilihead
    Cheer up with colours
    Red hot fur

    Beerhead beerhead
    Blackabilly King
    But if you pray
    Winter will come

    Rockabilly mockabilly
    Blackabilly Voguesville
    Fuckabilly muckabilly
    Whackabilly Voguesville

    Upp i otta må han rise
    som rikdom vil taka
    Upp for sine meiningar
    slik må skalden stande

    Til deg som vil i ljodkrig
    Lat nåden liggje heime
    Gakk berserk på valen
    so kvart steg vert ein siger

    Me spelar for å vinne
    i strid med solarljod
    Me spelar svart metall
    men spiller ikkje blod
     
  5. Agah

    Agah Abide

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    I'm not very good with nynorsk, and especially not høgnorsk, but I'll give it a try:

    I made way for the strife - "Me" means "we"
    To see what peace was
    Now the fight has spread - I would rather use "battle" but fight works fine.
    the noise became true (??) - Yeah, this is ok.

    I play black metal - Again "we"
    But no one tastes the steel - "But let no one taste steel"
    I gave all power to the sound - "We". "Reverb" would be a more correct translation of "klang" I guess, but in the context "sound" is probably fine.
    But don't spill blood - "Doesn't" (?)

    Up he must rise - Your guess is as good as mine
    who will conquer wealth
    to fight for his opinions
    so must the bard stand

    To you who want a (sound?)war - Yep.
    Leave your mercy at home
    Go berserk (på valen?? on the valence?) - No idea.
    So every step is a victory

    I play to win - "We"
    In battle with solarljod(??) - Maybe something about the sound of the sun? Light music as opposed to the stridsljod/battesound?
    I play black metal - "We"
    But spill no blood"
     
  6. Black Swan

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    Wow this is great! Thanks for sharing it! :)
     
  7. Stromcrowfleet

    Stromcrowfleet New Metal Member

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    Thanks for your help, Agah. I would have never suspected "me" to be plural.
     

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