Var Det Du?

  Var det du? –  Was it you?

This waltz is found all over Scandinavia in different variations.   Perhaps both the simplest and best-known is this variation from the island province of Öland.

It comes from the repertoire ofAnders Johan Eriksson, a fiddler from Ryd, in Glömminge parish.  He was born in 1848 and died in 1927.  Along with many other tunes, this one was published in the Öland section of Svenska Låtar, numbered #245.  It is believed that the tune goes back at least to the 18th century.

There are words with this version, similar to words that are found with the tune in other places.

“Var det du, eller var det jag, som gick i valsen så bra?  Vi super och vi rumler, vi danser å vi tumler;  O kom, sköna flicka, gå i valsen med mej!”

“Was it you, or was it I, who did the waltz so well?  We drink and we stagger, we dance and we tumble;  O come, pretty girl, go in the waltz with me!”

  Here is a YouTube video of  a Stockholm fiddle group playing it, and singing the words as well.  And here is a recording of a fiddle group from Leksand playing my favorite more complicated variation.

To the left is a picture of some of the iconic windmills found on Öland.