IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU (Allan Taylor)
I sang with Allan Taylor, who wrote this song at the Trowbridge and Norwich Festivals this year. One of Englands' leading singer/songwriters, he really captured the audiences with it. I felt it described my feelings about Denmark and the Danes to perfection and thus it was chosen as the title song.
Translated from Norwegian to Danish by my late friend Thøger Olesen. I first heard it sung by Fisker Thomas.
THE OLD SEACAPTAIN [Minder Ved Havnen] (Niels Hausgaard)
This is one of Niels' best songs and I have sung it with him many times. People everywhere love it.
THE BONNIE WEE LASSIE O' SKAGEN
This is one I set to the well known Irish air "Merrily Kissed the Quaker's Wife". It is for Inge.
ROSEVELL FAIR (Bill Staines)
This song by Bill Staines I learned from Wendy Grossman at the Skagen Vise Festival in 1978.
THE LITTLE RED ROSE
[En Yndig Og Frydefuld Sommertid]
When I first heard Niels sing this in concert I was surprised that the audience spontaneously joined in. It reminds me of Robert Burns' "My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose".
WHEN I PAINT MY MASTERPIECE (Bob Dylan)
By Bob Dylan, I learned this song from Jorgen Skanmoritz two years ago in the Folkers Rest in Skagen.
THE BLACK SCHOONER [Den Sorte Sejler]
Not to be confused with Brechts' song of the same name, this has more affinities to Wagner's "Fliegende Hollanders" I first heard it sung by Niels Wilhelm Hansen who put it on his "Med Kaerlig Hilsen" LP (still one of the best made in Scandinavia). I found I couldn't really make a workable translation and though I did want to sing it I stopped work on it. About two years ago my friends in Skagen sent me a cassette of their favourite songs which included Fisker Thomas singing this song. After that I worked on my translation again and finally came up with the version I have recorded here.
THE SAGA OF QUDTLIGSSAT
This is a poem by Les Mike on the Danish Greenland policy which Tom Buhman gave to me and which I set to the old Scottish Air "Tramps and Hawking Lads".
JEG KAN SE PÅ DINE ØJNE
Niels sang me this song in his home with his little daughter joining in. It is the first song I have ever sung in Danish.
THE MINGULAY BOAT SONG
From the great Marjorie Kennedy-Fraser collection "Songs of the Hebrides" 1909-1912. I first recorded this in 1962, but after singing it with Niels and Memphis on the 1978 "Super Folk" tour I decided I wanted to sing it again on record.
Written by Lady John Scott in the late 18th Century, this has some of the most beautiful imagery of love song I know apart from Burns' "My love is like a Red, Red Rose." I have known this song from childhood and dedicate it to Gerd.
This record is for Thomas Jensen.
My thanks are due to the following people for their help in the translations:
Carsten and Else Linde