Swedish Folk Songs

According to Google Trends, a higher proportion of searches in Sweden are for ukulele than any other country in the world (strange, since the climate of Sweden couldn’t be much more different from that of Hawaii). So when Jeff told me he was searching for a Swedish tune to play I went on the hunt for a couple to tab out for the uke.

Mitt hjerte alltid vanker (Tab)


This is a little Christmas tune. It has made it’s way all across Scandinavia. The tune is Swedish, it was used for a Danish hymn before the lyrics were translated into Norwegian. you can listen to, A-Ha frontman, Morten Harket’s version here.

Nar jag blev sjutton Ar (Tab)


This version is based on the one I found on this page of folk tunes. The description there mentions that it is a Swedish tune but heavily influenced by German/Danish music. That is particularly evident when the tune slips in to waltz time (3/4).

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  1. Patch September 9th, 2007 6:45 pm

    very interesting and relatively simple. were you able to find lyric sheets? (not too interesting for you i suppose.

  2. Woodshed September 9th, 2007 9:26 pm

    Hi, Patch. There are lyrics for Mitt Hjerte… here. But I’ve no idea on the other one, I’m afraid.

  3. Jeff September 10th, 2007 2:42 pm

    Mitt hjerte appears to be a religious song in Norwegian due to the “o” with the line / thru it. I think the other song is “When I become 17 years”. I am amazed at the majority of Swedish hits on google trends. I wonder how the whole state of California or New York or entirety of England compares to Sweden.

    Thanks for the postings and tab. I have posted a few more Lars Larsson (themed) Ukulele Video Showcases on the Berkeley Ukulele Club site.

    Seems like there’s not enough p-rn-gr-ph- on the web but people continue to post it on our BB. Have you heard of others experiencing this problem?

  4. Woodshed September 12th, 2007 8:58 am

    I know that Alli Bee at Ukulele Cosmos has had a few problems with spam posts. I think it’s a general problem with forums. Probably the first thing to do is only allow people who have registered to post.

  5. tannaz January 4th, 2011 5:06 pm

    i just want to say´that mitt hjerte alltid vanker isn’t a swedish song it’s a norwegian song ;)

  6. Taylor wheatley June 27th, 2011 8:56 am

    woodshed, shut up

  7. joy December 16th, 2011 12:06 am

    Hej like to sad to you my song is swedish to and can you to tying me so I will to the

    cd from me and when is the cd

  8. Jeff (Humble Bari) April 5th, 2017 4:46 am

    Wow 2007. I had forgotten all about this. Do you know anything about the old Ukulizer Site that had French, Swedish and English songs?

  9. Woodshed April 11th, 2017 9:18 pm

    Jeff: I’d forgotten too! Sorry, no idea on that one.

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