Tycker du att graven är för djup? Nå välan, så tag dig då en sup.
(Do you think your grave is too deep? Very well, then take a drink.Carl Michael Bellman was an 18th century Swedish songwriter, and is still considered by many to be Sweden's greatest poet... EVER. His main works are the Songs of Fredman (Fredmans sånger) and the Epistles of Fredman (Fredmans epistlar), each including some 70 songs, many of which are about four major forces that ruled 18th century Stockholm; angst, lust, booze and death.One interesting thing about Bellman's songs is that they are mostly narrative stories, revolving around a group of characters living in 18th century Stockholm. Also the songs are often quite humorous, so they are kind of like episodes of a sitcom.Bellman's songs are still very much a living part of Swedish culture. Many contemporary musicians (including Candlemass and Marduk) have recorded versions of one or more of his songs, and you can still hear some of his songs sung by rowdy partyers if you stroll through Stockholm's Old Town late at night.These are the most common characters that are being used in Bellman's works (mainly the Epistles of Fredman)Fredman is a watchmaker "without workshop or clocks".Movitz is an Army bugler by day and virtuoso of many instruments by night. Fredman's constant companion and old drinking buddy.Ulla Winblad is a "seamstress" and the target of Fredman's mostly unwanted affections.
->— Fredmans epistel n:o 21
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