title: sweden

company: shrimper records

chords: a few chords

latin: none

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note: the following liner notes to sweden were written by paul lucas...

Ask the typical American what he or she knows about Sweden and you'll probably be met with a confused, empty sort of look, a shrug of the shoulders, and a stammering response about Swedish meatballs; ask the typical music fan and you'll probably hear something about ABBA and Ace of Base; ask me and I'll start telling you bout the Swedish chef on The Muppet Show, who never seemed to get around to making the meatballs but sang better than all the members of ABBA and Ace of Base put together.welcome datacomp

While our inability to attach any definitive imagery to our conceptions of Sweden may have something to do with garden-variety American cultural know-nothingism, it probably owes just as much to the Swedes' oft-overlooked skill at cleverly obscuring their true nature. Everything about the Scandanavian country, from its understatedly simple flag design to its studious neutrality in both World Wars, has been carefully crafted to lull us into accepting the Swedes as a nation of cheery blue-eyed blondes with nothing better to do than sip aquavit and eat smorgasbord. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The fact of the matter is that Swedes are brilliantly cunning and ruthlessly ambitious. Not all of them are as obfuscatorily fiendish as IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, who grudgingly admitted in November of 1994 that he had "naively" belonged to a Nazi organization between 1945 and 1948 (and whose stores, to my knowledge, have never played ABBA or Ace of Base over their sound systems, although they do serve Swedish meatballs), but as a rule it is wise to treat Swedish claims and statements with a certain healthy skepticism. Official statistics on alcohol consumption, for example, rank Sweden among the lightest-drinking countries in the world, but this is characteristically deceptive -- high alcohol taxes make drinking in Sweden prohibitively expensive, so most Swedes simply hop over the border to either Finland or Norway and get soused to their hearts' considerable content. Similarly, the 1986 assssination of outwardly docile Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme was originally seen as an act of senseless terrorism but is now widely acknowledged to have been an ingenious and necessary sacrifice, carried out with Palme's full cooperation and approval, in order to draw attention to the high quality of Sweden's long-underrated firearms industry. Even the Swedish chef himself, long a staple on The Muppet Show, was not fully what he seemed: close inspection reveals that he was the only Muppet to have human hands rather than Muppet hands, an anomaly whose secret apparently went to the grave with honorary Swede Jim Henson in 1990.

Such inscrutability, coupled with a national history dotted with character-building ordeals like the Stockholm Bloodbath of 1520, the Thirty Years War of 1618-48, and the Linköping Cannibalism Outbreak of 1926, adds up to a juggernaut in the making. Americans would be wise to protect their collective flank and pay heed to the warning recently issued by the Swedish rock band Whale, whose 1994 "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe" single contained the following backwards-masked message: "We will bury you...bury you."

  • i'm a-going t'make all o' this hum my hum! they's one room hain't mine yet, but it's a-goin' t'be tonight. --eugene o'neill, desire under the elms, part two, scene two
  • songs:

    [] is translation of swedish under the song titles...

  • the recognition scene [we were going home before a rain.]
  • downtown seoul [he is younger than me.]
  • some swedish trees [those who escaped were innocent.]
  • i wonder where our love has gone [no green leaves.]
  • deianara crush [aren't you my friend?]
  • whole wide world [even though he'd changed so much, i recognized him immeidately.]
  • flashing lights [the coldest winter.]
  • sept 19 triple x love! love! [we do what we can.]
  • going to queens [we didn't know what would happen.]
  • tahitianambrosia maker [he's recognized you.]
  • going to bolivia [the house was beautifully situated, which made me very happy.]
  • tollund man [he was apparently sleeping.]
  • california song [the girl whose friend he was said goodbye.]
  • snow crush killing song [the house was burned down by the young man.]
  • send me an angel [he is as tired as i am.]
  • neon orange glimmer song [we'll meet on the street tommorow.]
  • fm [a white dress.]
  • prana ferox [they did it themselves.]
  • cold milk bottle [i'm speaking tonight.]
  • thanks to jordan ellenberg for the swedish translations above...

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