I came across these beer-specific drinking songs while doing research for another project, and they are just cracking me up. Beer in Sweden does not have the greatest reputation (they’re better at the strong stuff), so maybe they need the drinking songs just to muster the courage to bring lips to glass.
Apparently the Vikings drank ale and mead, and when I visited the Viking Village in Foteviken with my friend Steve, I tried a Viking beer from Ystad’s Brewery (Bryggeriet in Swedish). It was terrible, but probably not a good representation of Swedish beer standards. The three dominant brands in Sweden, in case you’re curious, are Spendrups, Falcon, and Pripps. I cannot speak for or against them.
My dad and Simon had a Swedish beer called St. Erik’s Pilsner when we were all in Stockholm, though, and the feedback was good. The menu described it as “a well-hopped brew from one of Sweden’s best brewers, Jessica Heidrich.” Tracking her down will clearly be a task for another day.
Without further ado, a few Swedish beer-specific drinking songs and my completely questionable unverified translations that may have to change once my in-house Swedish expert takes a look later today!
Ont i huvudet: “Headache”
This drinking song is sung to the melody of “I have an old aunt” (“Jag har en gammal moster). I tried to find the song on YouTube, but no luck. You’ll just have to imagine a new tune all of your own or ask the nearest Swede.
Om du har ont i huvet If you have a headache
när du vaknar någon da´. When you wake up one morning
Så häll en öl i håret Pour a beer over your hair
och låt den stå och dra´. And let it soak in
Och känns det inte bättre And if that doesn’t make your headache feel better
så skyll inte på oss. Don’t even think of blaming us
Att hälla öl i huvet Pouring a beer over your hair
är inte smart förståss. Isn’t smart at all, you know.
Var nöjd med ölen: “Be Satisfied with Beer”
Var nöjd med allt som ölen ger Be satisfied with all beer gives
och även om du dubbelt ser. Even if you’re seeing double
Glöm bort bekymmer sorger och besvär. You’ll soon forget your worries and your cares!
Var glad och nöjd för vet du vad Be happy and satisfied because, you know,
en folköl gör ju ingen glad. A low alcohol beer doesn’t make anyone happy!
Var nöjd med ölen som vi dricker här. Be satisfied with the beer that we drink here.
Öl av dig: “A Beer From You”
Öl av dig A beer from you…
jag vill ha öl av dig I would like a beer from you.
Skicka hit några kalla pilsner Send a few cold pilsners my way.
Kärlek nej, jag vill ej ha det Love? No. I don’t want that.
Gifta mej, det får nog va’ det Marry me? I’ve had enough of that.
Öl av dig Beer from you.
Jag vill ha öl av dig I would like a beer from you.
Kärlek nej, inga relationer Love? No. No relationships either.
vill du ha mig If you want me
så säg inte nej Then don’t refuse me
När jag ber om öl av dig. When I ask for a beer from you.