An autumn song

Did you know that when you sing something, it can be easier to memorize the words?

“Høstsang,”or “Autumn Song,” is a cozy little song that is perfect for the fall season. You can sing it by yourself or with your friends at school, in Norwegian or English. It is unknown to most parents, but it is used in some nurseries.

This is a nice song to sing after a brisk autumn walk outside with your family, after you have looked at the colors of the trees and played with the leaves on the ground. Out on your walk, you can take a break to sing it, or you may want to sing it when you come home to a cup of hot chocolate.

The melody to “Høstsang” is well known to many from the famous drinking song “Gubben Noak” or the children’s song “Bjørnen sover.”

Høsten kommer,
adjø da sommer
takk for sol og lys.
Hør nå tuter vinden
stryker deg om kinnen.
Det er høst nå
det er høst nå
høsten den er fin.

Autumn’s coming,
Goodbye summer
thanks for sun and light.
Hear the hooting wind now
stroking you on the cheek.
It’s autumn now
It’s autumn now
Autumn, it is nice.

This article originally appeared in the September 2, 2022, issue of The Norwegian American.

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Lori Ann Reinhall

Lori Ann Reinhall, editor-in-chief of The Norwegian American, is a multilingual journalist and cultural ambassador based in Seattle. She is the president of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association, and she serves on the boards of several Nordic organizations.