This song (and the music of Värttinä in general) is Finnish and is an adaptation of a musical genre that is very old, going back many centuries, called “runosong.” This is one of my all-time favorite songs and I cry every time I hear it. I’ve been listening to it for years. It is sung in a very old form of the Finnish language and always gets me longing for my womenfolk, my women ancestors on my mother’s side, who come from Finland and Norway. I recognize these women singers somehow– not just their appearances, but their souls and spirits. A review I came across recently made reference to the music of Värttinä as originating in ancient matrilineal/matriarchal cultures. I cried listening to it long before I ever knew about that. I guess I did know, before I knew.
This is what I’m feeling today, so I thought I would share it with you.