Kjærringa mæ staven
TRANSLATION AND COMMENTS BY DR. ALF LUNDER KNUDSEN
High up in Hakadalen,
Kari churned four marks (1 kg) of butter
from the eight pots of cream
that Ola had brought earlier.
Alfred Paulsen (1849-1936), Norwegian-born organist and choral director who immigrated to the USA and settled in Chicago, IL, arranged this folksong — a “one-sided tragic love story” — for male chorus (TTBB). A Norwegian children’s song about the old lady (Kari) with her cane in the mountains of Hakadalen (a Township in the county of Nittedal in southern Norway).