My name is Lena Philipsson

If you can imagine two Australian Gay men walking around Stockholm – separately and together – randomly saying “Mitt namn är Lena Philipsson”….well, you have James and myself  in Sweden two weeks ago.

We’d been at GoldenHits bar/club the night before for their mega-schlager night and someone requested this song – “Lena Anthem”. James immediately got into it and danced. I thought “ooh, this is good, don’t I own this?” Well, um, yes…I bought Lena Philipsson’s 20 Years Greatest Hits album a couple of years ago. I do have a habit of buying CDs and not listening to them properly! Anyway, the crowd was going off and I just instantly fell in love/re-fell in love with this amazing track.

Lena is a winner of Melodifestivalen, the Swedish final of Eurovision Song Contest and represented Sweden in 2004 with “It Hurts” (known as Det Gör Ont” in Sweden). She is a true schlager and pop queen in Sweden and followed up Eurovision with a killer album called “Det gör ont en stund på natten men inget på dan” (It hurts for a while at night but not during the day). The album went #1 immediately and sold double-platinum in Sweden. The first track on the album was the sensational “Lena Anthem.”

So….by Friday morning, the song had burnt itself well and truly into James’ and my head. Thus the random “Mitt namn är Lena Philipsson” coming out of our mouths. James even got caught by a Swede doing it in public. Luckily they just smiled at him rather than having him taken away by the men in white coats.

Since I returned to Australia, I searched Youtube and found this absolutely ball-busting live version of the song. Lena (also known as Lena Ph) looks and sounds amazing and the crowd are going wild for it…check it out…

Since my Swedish is almost non-existent, I had my trusty translator and flatmate, Grant, work on an English translation of the somewhat bizarre lyrics…

At the platform

Twenty past five

The train is coming

And I’m already longing for home

I sit in the corner

Just want to have time to myself

The doors, they are opening

And our eyes meet

I keep hold of the rail

So hard that it hurts

I get up slowly

And I sit there next to him

My name is Lena and I am not going to be quiet

I am not going to just sit here and wait to be kissed

If you want to have a little snow bunny, you can go somewhere else

It sounds obvious but always annoys someone

The one you’re talking with isn’t the average Söderberg or Eriksson

My name is Lena Philipsson

At the club

The dancefloor is hot

All my friends

Are the best looking I have seen

I see right through the smoke

Yet I have full control

Then like a shadow

He reveals himself

He dances with someone else

But it doesn’t bother me

I dance a little closer

I look the other way

My name is Lena and I am not going to be quiet

I am not going to just sit here and wait to be kissed

If you want to have a little snow bunny, you can go somewhere else

It sounds obvious but always annoys someone

The one you’re talking with isn’t the average Söderberg or Eriksson

My name is Lena Philipsson

And not Lisa Nilsson

And not Grete Philipsson – aha-ha

And not Regina Lund or anyone else

My name is Lena Philipsson

My name is Lena…

Her name is Lena Philipsson

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4 Comments

  1. Mitt namn är Lena Philipsson!

  2. Hmmmm…sounds like a speeded up version of Aggie’s TDBYC. Maybe not in text but in a small way the same theme. She’s a bit more active isn’t she! 😉

    • Oh she makes Aggie look like a flabby armed tragic has-been. Actually, that’s exactly correct! Anyway, Lena is a total girl-power rock-chick in this video.

      • Yoda says even when Aggie was young you couldn’t imagine her with that much energy…or being in tune like Lena. Fred, you’ll be slapping us non-ABBA fans soon 😉


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