Monday, July 13, 2009

I'm Gonna Be a Country Girl Again - Mä meidän maalle tahdon takaisin

Next few days Finnpicks Goes Country! Although country music has not been so popular in Finland as in other Scandinavian countries (especially Norway), there are quite a few of Finnish country covers to choose from. Here's one of them - "Mä meidän maalle tahdon takaisin" (I want to go back to our countryside). It was recorded by Eija Merilä (see previous entry) in 1971. It was the last big hit for Eija, who in the mid-70's found religion and stopped recording pop songs. In addition to Eija's singing, the lyrics (by Pertti Reponen) and the arrangement (by Jaakkko Salo) have contributed in making this song into one of the rare Finnish country classics. The original song "I'm Gonna Be a Country Girl Again" was written and sung by an artist who is known primarily for her folk songs - Buffy Sainte-Marie. The album of the same name was the 5th album (released in 1968) by this native American singer/songwriter. As the title suggested, it saw her, following Joan Baez, adopting Nashville country music with the help of session veterans such as the Jordanaires and Floyd Cramer. The album was not as well received critically or even commercially as her previous albums. The title track, however, became a minor UK hit.

Here's the pair:

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