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Sognafjorden ligge mørke og blanke
Møddlo viddle fjeddl
Braott so lyse so lyse fjorden opp
Frao himmedl høyre ein tordenskreddl
Eit dimt lys so bli klarare mot land
Lyset vise veg
Pao gravferdsdagen e da dar baoten vi sigla
Dao e da likferd

Feigdaklokkene kime, dao veit ein ke so venta
Dauden e komen, kem e da han ska henta?

Lagnadstundi e komen, dauden ha sendt bod
No ska livet enda, no e da tid for sorg

Uglao site å remje pao take
Dao veit ein da ekje noken veg tebake
Feigdi ha varsla at ho inkån skal henta
Eg veit kem, men lyte berre venta
Dinna dagen so addle frykta
Frao dinna dagen kan ingen flykta
Ao jord e ein komen te jord skal ein bli
Kroppen e daue, men sjeli e fri

Dagen dan e komenm da e dommedagen min
Livet mitt ha enda, eg ha visna inn
Eg kjempa ti eg daua, men kampen blei for hard
No e mi tid ute, eg ha faddle I dag

Feigdaklokkene kime, dao veit ein ke so venta
Dauden e komen, da e meg han ska henta

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    General CommentI may have slaughtered the lyrics, I had to copy and paste (obviously I don't speak Norwegian, much less this dialect of it). Ola Nordal's lovely translation, though:

    Dauden (”Death”)

    The word ”likferd” is a bit tricky to translate. In the dictionary the word translates to ”funeral”, but the ”likferd” was also the ritual when the body was moved from the farm to the church to be buried. In Sogn the farms are scattered around the fjord and the mountain-sides, and the body has to be sent to church by boat. Another possible translation is ”funeral procession” – but that’s also not the precise meaning of the word. I’ve therefore cowardly decided to let the word ”likferd” remain untranslated.

    The Sognefjord lies dark and clear
    under wild mountains
    Suddenly the fjord lights up
    From heaven sounds a crack of thunder
    A faint light then gets clearer by the shore
    The light shows the way
    On funeral day that is the boat that we sail
    Then it is likferd

    The bells by the ferry chimes, then I knows what lies in wait
    Death has come, who is it that he will take?

    The moment of fate has come, death has sent his greeting
    A life is going to end, it is time to grieve

    The owl sits on the roof screaming,
    Then someone knows that there's no way back
    An omen that someone will be taking
    I know who, but still I wait

    This day that everyone fears
    From this day no one will escape
    From earth you have come, and earth you will be
    The body is dead, but the soul is free

    The day has come, it is my day of doom
    My life has ended, I have faded
    I fought until I died, but the fight was to hard
    Now my time has come, I have fallen today

    The bells by the ferry chimes, then I knows what lies in wait
    Death has come, and it is me he has taken
    LaDiabloon July 22, 2006   Link

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