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anne-gee translated the lyrics for this song and gave some information on its background. The song is called “Prompa til du dør” (“Fart until you die”)

This act is a parody of the former Norwegian rock band Kaizers Orchestra which has some very strong characteristics:

  • Their songs mostly tell stories, often with strange personas in a somewhat dark and obscure environment. (I personally often draw a Twin Peaks parallel.)
  • They use a lot of outdated words that give that feeling of stepping into a bygone era.
  • The terminology is often linked to war, life struggle or crime.
  • The lyrics are playful and subtle and not very easy to interpret.
  • The pronunciation is sloppy and with a heavy Jæren-accent (close to Stavanger), that makes it hard even for Norwegians to understand.
  • They play these unorthodox old instruments for a rock band like contrabass, tuba and pump organ, as well as oil barrels. It’s supposed to sound noisy and a little off beat.
  • Their sound is often based on traditional eastern European music.
  • They used to perform in old suits and gas masks.

The title of the parody spins off the song “Ompa til du dør», which means “Oompah until you die.» This not the same song although the resemblance is striking. Kaizers Orchestra is considered one of the most remarkable and important music acts in Norwegian history with their original sound and an international fan base despite the Norwegian lyrics.

Check this out for reference:

About this parody:

There are a few parts of Vegard’s vocal here that are so difficult to interpret that I had to guess sometimes what he’s saying. I’m not even sure if he knows himself all the time… The Swedish translation is not spot on either, but is probably more useful as lyrics. Funny thing is; the song title is Prompa til du dør (Fart until you die) but Vegard consequently sings Prompa før du dør (Fart before you die) on the chorus. Not sure if that’s intended or if this is a case of the lyrical fuck ups he claims to do at times. Here’s the translation:

Fart until you die 

It was a absolute regular Friday in December,
I sat and fiddled with a board.
Outside people went round with rifles and hats
none of them knew where they had put.
Two strikes later 
night had become cold
and I felt the Eskimo inside me die.
It was Heaven’s signal
that the man had gone insane,
but I couldn’t just lie there and bleed.

I was alone,
I was alone
I asked the doctor what was wrong with my body.

You are alone
You are alone
He said: Funny you should ask;
You’re gonna fart until you die.

Then I took courage and told the confirmant:
You no longer have complete shoes.
He lay down to die, that tramp
Nine nail laces down to two.(?)

Then she came over and asked me for a dance,
but I couldn’t let her after all.
She couldn’t asks a soldier
to go down on his knees,
But then she came over anyway and said:

I am alone
You are alone
I couldn’t see from behind who did what.

I was alone
You were alone
And she said: Funny you should ask;
You’re gonna fart until you die.

My ship went down.
There’s always room for three,
but I don’t think you want to come along.

Someone has blown something.
Someone has blown something.
But if you want you can come along.

I was alone
I was alone
I was alone when my ship went down.

I was alone
I was alone
I was alone when my ship went down.

I was alone
I was alone
I was alone when my ship went down.


Thank you very much for something!
Thank you very much - for something!

(I think Vegard just enjoys the Stavanger twist on the word «noe» (something) which is pronounced «någe».)


Thanks so much for the translation and background, anne-gee! <3

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