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A fine song performed in 2008 on Ulvön, the pearl of the Bothnian Sea, in Ångermanland by the folk group Ranarim.

The other day I stumbled across a live performance from 2008 at Ulvön, my own beautiful homeland! The song Home again was as beautiful as the place where it was performed, so I wanted to share it with you.

So it's the folk music group Ranarim with Ulrika Bodén and Sofia Sandén who had a gig at the top of Lotsberget, probably on the last of April 2008. The place was once used as a lookout point by the pilots when they were piloting ships past Ulvön, and at the top of the mountain is Lotsstugan, which was built in 1850 and today is run as a museum by Ulvö Kapellag.

An old man is mending nets, Ulvön in Västernorrland. Photo: Viktor Lundgren / Nordic Museum (CC BY-NC-ND)

Here is a part of the text, written by Niklas Roswall:

At some point, memory must
become words and notes in a song
The song of a way there again
home to you, who probably forgives
all the time you were forgotten
you who are the one left behind

Let's go home
then we want to go there again
To the place that
we from once came

For longing there is
of people who remember
The time that was
is in the dream left

A longing for what? Many of us probably have a longing. I do too. Right now I'm longing for spring. It seems that nature doesn't really want to let go of her white winter coat this year.

But I also feel a longing that goes much deeper. I can't put my finger on what it consists of. But it's there inside me. It gnaws. It calls. Other call.

It calls me to go out into the woods and listen to the murmur of our endless forests. It calls me to sit and quietly gaze out over our sparkling lakes and rippling streams. It calls me to disconnect, to break away, from the noise that surrounds us - modern man.

It calls me not to take lightly old words like Freedom, or characteristics such as being honest and honest. These are words and qualities that have become very cheap in our world of bickering, lies and power games.

It whispers in my ear that the best path is not always forward. If you've lost your way, it may even be necessary to look back from where you came, before you can go forward again - on the right path.

It also called me to start this project, Allmogens, in 2015. The time that was is still in the dream. That's the dream I, and others like me, are trying to bring to life through this project. Here we turn home.

Home again
Children picking berries on a summer's day (1905), painted by Gerda Wallander (1860-1926). Text from the song "Hem igen" by Niklas Roswall.

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