(Swedish) Hälsa Dem Därhemma (Greet the Folks at Home)

(Words by Charles Bengtsson, music by Elith Worsing.)

Printed songbook, p. 46.

Recording by Ross Sutter:

Swedish:
I den stora tysta natt,
Står jag här vid skeppets ratt,
Under himlens stjärnehär,
Man på post mig satt.
Efter läng och strävsam dag,
Hör jag fjärran vingeslag,
Svalors flock, som åter går,
Mot nord, mot ljus, mot vår.

Chorus:
Hälsa dem därhemma, hälsa far och mor,
Hälsa gröna hagen, hälsa lille bror,
Om jag hade vingar, flöge jag med dig,
Svala, flyg mot hemmet, hälsa ifrån mig.

Lilla svala, fastän svag,
Dag och natt, och natt och dag,
Förer dig til målet fram
Snabba vingeslag.
Svala, tänk också på mig,
Gärna flöge jag med dig,
Hemma står vål ången grön,
O, svala, hör min bön.

English:
Stars above are shining bright,
Gleaming on the waves tonight,
While on the ship I sail from home;
I remember, though I roam!
High above I see them fly,
Swallows flitting through the sky,
Heading for the land I love —
The land from which I rove.

Chorus:
Greet my family at home;
Greet my father there,
And my dear old mother,
My love with golden hair.
If I had wings of a swallow,
I’d fly across the sea;
Go home, little swallow,
Greet them all for me.

Hard times forced me from my land;
All I own is in my hand;
The thoughts of those I’ve left behind
Come ever to my mind.
Little swallow, fly for me,
Fly back home across the sea,
Take my message back to them
I had to leave at home.

One thought on “(Swedish) Hälsa Dem Därhemma (Greet the Folks at Home)

  1. Patti Beyer

    Thank you so much for your recordings. I have been looking for Greet the Folks Back Home to give to the education coordinator of the Swedish-American Museum in Chicago. They have a beautiful piano there in the museum and I think it would be such a perfect activity to play and teach this song to help children understand immigration. The coordinator’s name is Stacey Nyman and if you have any other suggestions, I know she would so appreciate them! As a second grade teacher, I use music to help children connect emotionally to big topics. What a beautiful song! They will never look at a swallow again as anything other than a messenger of greeting and hope and love.

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