Tune of the Day: Mads Doss
The modern lyrics to this old Danish song were written by poet Steen Steensen Blicher in 1842, but the tune is probably much older. It has notably been recorded by recorder virtuoso Michala Petri, along with a set of variations.
Mads Doss he was but a half-grown boy
who herded sheep in the heather.
Sometimes he cut up the brush for fuel
or bound willow branches together
and fashioned a broom while he sang for a spell,
and when he would call out his voice carried well:
La la la loo, la la la lay — come and I will wait!
Thanks to Phil for suggesting this tune!