sunnudagur, desember 06, 2009

Learn Icelandic with Icelandic music - Lesson 1: The Sugarcubes "Taktu bensín elskan/Take some petrol darling"

How to learn Icelandic with Icelandic music - Lesson 1
The last (extra) song of the first Sugarcubes Album "Life's too good" was "Taktu bensín elskan". This was song nr. 11, not mentioned in the track list by the way. Same Album on Elektra Label had some more extra tracks, all mentioned on the back.
It is a poem written by Thor Eldon, guitarist of The Sugarcubes, and ex-husband of Björk, published in 1986.
Icelandic lyrics translated, so now you know what Björk sings about.

TAKTU BENSíN ELSKAN

Taktu bensín elskan
það er allt bannað hvort sem er
taktu bensín elskan

Taktu bensín elskan
allt bannað hvort sem er
taktu bensín

Loftvogin fellur
í gulan sandinn
og borgir þarna stop
borgir þarna stoppa' en það skiptir engu máli
það er allt bannað hvort sem er

Taktu bensín elskan
allt bannað hvort sem er
taktu bensín elskan

TAKE SOME PETROL DARLING

Take some petrol darling
everything's forbidden anyway
take some petrol darling

Take some petrol darling
all forbidden anyway
take some petrol

The barometer falls
into the yellow sand
and cities over there stop
cities over there stop but it doesn't matter
everything's forbidden anyway

Take some petrol, darling
everything's forbidden anyway
take some petrol, darling


You"ll find all lyrics of The Sugarcubes Debut Album here @ Björk's site.
www.youtube.com/v/2KpdHZKUc1o&hl&fmt=18

4 ummæli:

heida sagði...

Loftvogin fellur
í gulan sandinn
og borgir hrannast upp...

Wim Van Hooste sagði...

Heida, is this an extra line?

heida sagði...

No, I think it is the real lines of the lyrics. At least I always thought they said:
Loftvogin fellur
í gulan sandinn
og borgir hrannast upp...
borgir hrannast upp,
en það skiptir engu,
það er allt bannað hvort sem er.

Borgir hrannast upp means cities pile up...
I could be wrong, but somehow your version sounds a bit weird.

Wim Van Hooste sagði...

Heida,
this is what Björk's site and another site with lyrics put as the text.
I don't have Thor Eldon's book with poems (1986) to check it.