gold can turn to sand

“Take care of your life for now it’s your moment on earth.”
Vilhelm Moberg

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In 2015 Josh Groban released this song as a bonus track on his album “Stages”, but I can’t use Josh version as a cloud over this post … because of copyrights. Unfortunate isn’t there any track with the English lyrics – but this Swedish version … is real ear candy. An unknown singer.

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Kristina från Duvemåla (“Kristina from Duvemåla”) is a Swedish musical written by former ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus (lyrics) and Benny Andersson (music), based on a series of four novels by Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg detailing a family’s poverty-driven migration from Sweden to America in the mid-19th century: The Emigrants, Unto a Good Land, The Settlers, and The Last Letter Home.

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The show premiered at the Malmö Opera and Music Theatre in Malmö, Sweden, on 7 October 1995 and received a rapturous welcome. And in the audience was the real life Kristina who Willhem Moberg based his books around. Kristina died in 2005

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Image provided by and thanks to; sv.opera.se

By the mid-2000s, the show had been translated into English by Björn Ulvaeus and the famed Les Misérables English lyricist Herbert Kretzmer. English translations of individual songs have been presented at various concert performances throughout the last two or three years.

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Image provided by and thanks to; jp.se

In the UK Kerry Ellis premiered the song “You Have to Be There” in its English language version, later also recorded by Susan Boyle.

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Image provided by and thanks to; gp.se

On 12 October 1996, the 90-minute (of a nearly four-hour score) concert version with the original cast was presented, in Swedish, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as an opening event of the Plymouth Music Series 1996–1997 season in Orchestra Hall; and next day at Chisago Lakes High School in Lindstrom, Minnesota – the area where much of the events in Moberg’s books took place and where the statue of the books’ two main characters stand on the Main Street of the town.

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Image provided by and thanks to, kristina.fi

“Gold Can Turn To Sand”
(from “Kristina från Duvemåla” musical)

“When I left I was leaving with a brother
Him and me, all we had was one and other
We were young, it was springtime
And our dreams of gold were grand
Oh, Kristina, gold can turn to sand
Down that long, blazing trail
I walked beside him
He grew weak, and he leaned on me to guide him
Though I doubted our future in that godforsaken land
Oh, Kristina, gold can turn to sand
Still he shared in my dream
No matter how mad
He believed in me
I was all that he had
And I was glad of his company
In the desert, beyond the burning prairie
We got lost, we were foolish and unwary
Just how thirsty how desperate
you would never understand
Oh, Kristina, gold can turn to sand
Still I willed him along
I taught him the Song of the Ocean Wave
He, who shared in my quest,
Now laid to rest
in a lonely grave
From a well that was poisoned he drank water
And he died where he fell – a beast to slaughter
As his eyes slowly faded
The old watch fell from his hand
Oh, Kristina, gold can turn to sand
Oh, Kristina, gold can turn to sand”

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2 thoughts on “gold can turn to sand

  1. Beautiful! Oh Viveka, I have been really lazy with blogging so sorry. Thank you so much for the beautiful postcards which I showed Anthony. You are such a gem xxxx

    • Jo, so glad that my cards reaches you. Only want to let you know that I’m thinking of you. Take good care of yourself for me. And my love to your boys.

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