Skovens Kælling

Danish to English Translation:

The Forest Hag

Music and lyrics: Frederiksen

As I went out one lonely night
Hey ho, in the wild forest
A foul hag, she came to me
Hey ho, she stank so foul
Her bared breast reached to the belt
Hey ho, in the wild forest
With a toothless smile and rotten mouth
The forest hag spoke to me

Hey ho

“You walk alone, you walk late
Hey ho, in the wild forest
And human flesh is good, methinks,”
Hey ho, she stank so foul
“But if you lie here with me
Hey ho, in the wild forest
Your life and body you may keep”
The forest hag spoke to me

Hey ho, in the wild forest
Caught in her arms
Pressed to her breast
Hey ho, in the wild forest

Hey!

I did my duty, but did it loathingly
Hey ho, in the wild forest
Her nauseating reek smothered me
Hey ho, she stank so foul
Her tangled hair like the thorn scrub
Hey ho, in the wild forest
The ugly face’s dark airs
The forest hag spoke to me

Hey ho!

“Come, suckle now from my white breast
Hey ho, in the wild forest
Yes, drink deep and drink your fill”
Hey ho, she stank so foul
“I thank you and gifts I give
Hey ho, in the wild forest
You receive the strength of twelve churls”
The forest hag spoke to me

Hey ho, in the wild forest
Caught in her arms…