The Solveig's Song

Somewhere in the 70s during a vacation on Mallorca we visit subterranean caves. Mom, dad, and 5 year old son. We enter a big vault with an amphitheatre and the guide invites the visitors to sit on the benches. The stage in front of us are two caverns and a little river where the water ripples softly from the left to the right. The lights dim, finaly complete darkness and the show starts. A little rowing-boat lighted by a Chinese lantern appears and the oars make no sound at all. On the boat a harmonium- and a celloplayer as well.  They start to play softly the Solveig's song from Edvard Grieg. Among the spectators respectfully silence, untill very impressed my son wispers: "are we in heaven now?"

The Solveig's song knows a version with lirics and has been performed  during his funeral .  Searching music for the funeral I choose this song also and I saw for the first time in my life the (german) lirics. These lirics and the link to the words of my son in the caves break my heart every time when I listen to the Solveig's song.  

Read the lirics in the English version of the song.

     The winter may pass and the spring disappear
The spring disappear
The summer too will vanish and then the year
And then the year
But this I know for certain: you'll come back again
You'll come back again
And even as I promised you'll find me waiting then
You'll find me waiting then
Oh-oh-oh ....

God help you when wand'ring your way all alone
Your way all alone
God grant to you his strength as you'll kneel at his throne
As you'll kneel at his throne
If you are in heaven now waiting for me
In heaven for me
And we shall meet again love and never parted be
And never parted be!
Oh-oh-oh ....

I made this page on Friday 13 December 2002 (Friday the 13th) My son died as only child on Friday the thirteenth of December 1985. And you know what? From that time the number 13 and also Friday the 13th have always been good to me in many ways. Hopefully my dear son once will explain to me why! 

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