Lussinotte lange

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The 13th of December is the day of St. Lucia. Up here in the cold north, the Lussi tradition goes back most likely over a thousand years. Starting as a Pagan tradition to appease and pray to the Gods to protect them on the darkest night of the year, it was later adapted to Christianity by way of the Italian saint Lucia. Lussi is an adaptation of that, and is the same word as the Latin "lux", meaning light. Lussinotte lange means "The Long Night of Light", and traditionally, people (in modern times children but in the olden days just one young girl known as the "lusse brud", or "Light Bride") walk from door to door, carrying candles and food, singing songs. This is one such song, a medieval prayer to God to keep the farm safe in the darkness. I have arranged it for 3 female voices.

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Lussinotte lange
Intet være bange
Gud beskytte gård og grunn
Fisk i vann og fugl i lund
Intet være bange
Lussinotte lange

Lussinotte lange
Intet være bange
Ku og gris og sau og geit
Blive kraftig, trinn og feit
Intet være bange
Lussinotte lange

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from Winter Rose, released December 16, 2011
Traditional Norwegian. Vocal arrangement by Maia Jern.

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Maia Jern Oslo, Norway

26-year-old rock and folk singer from Norway. I've got a green ukulele, a piano and a microphone. I use them to make music, and some of it ends up here.

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