It was the end of the school term in Sweden this week and parents and children were gathered in schoolyards all over the country . Floral garlands, white dresses, Swedish flags were in abundance and a lot of music was performed by the pupils.
One of the highlights will have been Ida’s Summer Song. The lyrics are by Astrid Lindgren and the music by jazz bassist and composer Georg Riedel.
Previously a hymn was sung, but as Sweden became more secular in the 1970s this became the favourite song to say;
Farewell schoolbooks! Hallo summertime!
Parents can get a bit sentimental at this moment. It is a song so redolent with memories of ends-of-term from before. Several of my female pals confessed they had a bit of a blubber. Did I cry into my hanky? I did not! I retained a stiff upper lip throughout.
So do you have any favourite songs or poems that bid summer a warm welcome? Or perhaps express anxiety about the months that lay ahead?
I am going to kick off with Dodgy’s exuberant guitar pop: Staying out for the summer.
Throw your homework onto the fire (or feed it to the dog!) and let’s go down to the lake for some skinny dipping!