Now the sun is shining, on the highest hillsides
It is spring, I know it in my heart
The song is chiming in every valley
And the south wind draws near and makes my day
The text is however first and foremost a reflection of the time it was written; the 9th of April 1940, Norway had been invaded by German troops, an attack which initiated almost 5 years of German occupation. When peace finally at long last was within reach, it is only natural to assume that the approaching coming of spring emerged as a expression of the brighter days to come.
26 years later, the Norwegian composer Henning Sommerro, then 19 years of age, created a melody for this poem, which has grown to be a beloved part of the Norwegian musical canon. For many Norwegians, Vårsøg is not a song; it is a sound – the sound of the coming of spring. In my opinion, there needn’t be any contradiction between the musical expression and Hyldbakks’ original aim; listening closely, the melody appears quite solemn, and almost humble in a way. It is a reminder to never take these brighter days for granted, nor the privilege to draw our breath in peace.