Jolakotturinn is an Icelandic song about a Christmas cat.

       

Icelandic lyrics:

i kannizt vi jlakttinn 
- s kttur var griarstr 
Flk vissi'ekki hvaan hann kom 
ea hvert hann fr 

Hann glennti upp glyrnurnar sinar 
glandi bar tvr 
a var ekki heiglum hent 
a horfa r 

Kamparnir beittir sem broddar 
upp r bakinu kryppna h 
og klrnar loinni lpp 
var ljtt a sj 

v var a, a konurnar kepptust 
vi kamba og vefstl og rokk 
og prjnuu litfagran lepp 
ea ltin sokk 

vi ktturinn mtti' ekki koma 
og krkja brnin sm 
au uru a fsna flk 
eim fullornu hj 

Og er kveikt var jlakvldi 
og ktturin ggist inn 
stu brnin bsperrt og rj 
me bggulinn sinn 

Hann veifai stlinu sterka 
hann stkk og hann klrai' og bls 
og var mist uppi dal 
ea ti' um nes 

Hann sveimai, soltinn og grimmur 
srkldum jlasn 
og vakti hjrtunum hroll 
hverjum b 

Ef mjlma var aumlega ti 
var lukkan samstundis vs 
Allir vissu' a hann veiddi menn 
en vildi ekki ms 

Hann lagist ftka flki 
sem fkk enga nja spjr 
fyrir jlin - og baslai og bj 
vi bgust kjr 

Fr v tk hann ti einu 
allan ess jlamat 
og t a svo oftast nr sjlft 
ef hann gat 

v var a, a konurnar kepptust 
vi kamba og vefstl og rokk 
og prjnuu litfagran lepp 
ea ltin sokk 

Sum hfe fengi svuntu 
og sum hfu fengi sk 
ea eitthva, sem tti arft 
en ad var ng 

vi kisa mti' engan eta 
sem einhverja flkina hlaut 
Hn hvsti heldur ljt 
og hljp braut 

Hvort enn er hn til, veit g ekki 
en aum yri hennar fr 
ef allir eignuust nst 
einhverja spjr 

i hafi n kannske huga 
a hjlpa, ef rf verur  
mske enn finnist einhver brn 
sem ekkert f 

Mske, a leitin a eim sem la 
af ljsskorti heims um bl 
gefi ykkur gan dag 
og gleileg jl

lyrics from Bjork.com lyrics special. 

The Christmas Cat

     

Jolakurtinn was released on the compilation album Hvt Er Borg Og Br in December 1987. Bjork was in the band, the Sugarcubes at the time.

        
 Track list:

     

1. Jlabros Jlas (Egill lafsson & Barnakr Krsnesskla) 
2. Jlaula (Halla Margrt) 
3. Hin Fyrstu Jl (Hljmeyki) 
4. Jlin Eru A Koma (Hlmfrur Karlsdttir & Barnakr Krsnesskla) 
5. Grlukvi (Megas) 
6. Hvt Er Borg Og Br (Ragnhildur Gsladttir & Barnakr Krsnesskla) 
7. Vetur Koma Jl (Hljmeyki) 
8. Jlaktturinn (Bjrk Gumundsdttir) 
9. Barnagla Fr Nja slandi (Ingibjrg orbergs) 
10. rettndasngur (Kristinn Sigmundsson) 

    
Comment:

     

"Bjrk did quite a few 'guest appearances' on other projects during her punk-band and Sugarcube era's (Mid to late 80's) back in Iceland... Jlaktturinn is one of many of these appearances. But possibly the only one of these rare side-projects at the time to not be a duet or collaboration. 


"It always has been just credited to JUST 'Bjrk'. Which is strange... as most of her side-projects around this time were with other Icelandic musicians such as Bless (Yonder, Worlds Collapse), Thorhallur (Takk) or the KK band (O Borg Min Borg) and many more etc. 


"It would seem, until any further evidence shows up, that Jlaktturinn is one of the earliest examples of Bjrk, for want of a better term, flexing her "solo" muscles for the first time!"

 

~pagan poet

       
Hvt Er Borg Og Br
Poorly translated it means "white is the town and island." 
          
Links
*Jolakotturinn on bjork.com's 77 island discography

*order Hvt Er Borg Og Br from Smekkleysa.

English Lyrics:

You know the christmas cat
- that cat is very large
We dont know where he came from
nor where he has gone

He opened his eyes widely
glowing both of them
it was not for cowards
to look into them

His hair sharp as needles
his back was high and bulgy
and claws on his hairy paw
were not a pretty sight

Therefore the women competed
to rock and sow and spin
and knitted colorful clothes
or one little sock

For the cat could not come
and get the little children
they had to get new clothes
from the grownups

When christmas eve was lighted
and the cat looked inside
the children stood straight and red-cheeked
with their presents

He waved his strong tail
he jumped, scratched and blew
and was either in the valley
or out on the headland

He walked about, hungry and mean
in hurtfully cold christmas snow
and kindled the hearts with fear
in every town

If outside one heard a weak "meaow"
then unluck was sure to happen
all knew he hunted men
and didnt want mice

He followed the poorer people
who didnt get any new clothing
near christmas - and tried and lived
in poorest conditions

From them he took at the same time
all their christmas food
and ate them also themselves
if he could

Therefore the women competed
to rock and sow and spin
and knitted colorful clothes
or one little sock

Some had gotten an apron
and some had got a new shoe
or anything that was needful
but that was enough

For pussy should not eat no-one
who got some new piece of clothes
She hissed with her ugly voice
and ran away

If she still exists I dont know
but for nothing would be his trip
if everybody would get next christmas
some new rag

You may want to keep it in mind
to help if there is need
for somewhere there might be children
who get nothing at all

Mayhaps that looking for those who suffer
from lack of plentiful lights
will give you a happy season
and merry christmas