Sigur Ros and The Haystack

A GrapevineRhea favorite, Sigur Ros, released a glorious DVD/CD set that L’s parents gifted to me for my 33rd birthday. Just kidding. 28th. But, it has actually begun to happen where I have to think about how old I am.

I remember my dad doing this when I was a kid. I remember him saying, "Ohhh, what am I, 32…33?" And I’d think he had to be joking around. How can you not know how old you are?! I know the exact number of days between now and my next birthday and the countdown calendar is under my bed ready to be posted for all to see when the time comes!

But it has come to pass.

Back to Sigur Ros. They’re from Iceland, and you’d think that not being able to understand their lyrics would get in the way of appreciating their music. Not the case. Along with her Rockabye Baby Radiohead CD, this Sigur Ros CD is in heavy rotation in Clara’s nursery and she loves them. One track always makes her smile, "Heysatan". Don’t freak out. That does not mean, "Howdy, Lucifer." It is "The Haystack" in Icelandic. Video and english translation below…

The stack of hay
Had them all calm
But I mowed
I mowed fields
I have mowed enough
But I moved
The stack of hay
Then begins to blow out the door
Out into the field (I dragged)
A wagon of hay on a Massey Ferguson
‘Cause he gave in
And I slipped…
I was first
And now rest here
With a folded cap
And now loll my head here,

Beautiful words…and I often think of this Van Gogh painting when I hear this song:


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