An incredibly beautiful song and an excellent ear worm! I am listening to it over and over, so I just have to take a small revenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmRVQzuVWZU. (The sound is poor, and the actors' play is a bit too dramatic, but the video has English subs. I prefere the later version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXsptdINflM)
Meanwhile, I have one question. There is a line in this song: Vi gick vilse och började se spöken. Does it mean that they really saw ghosts? Or maybe it is an idiom and they just had hallucinations?
The previous line reads "Över prärien kom vi till en öken" (öken = desert), and the English translation on Youtube for "spöke" is "mirage", so I strongly assume that the song refers to a Fata Morgana: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fata_Morgana_(mirage)
Kristina från Duvemåla.
Music by Benny Andersson (one of the ABBA B.s) and lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus (the other ABBA B).
The libretto is based on Vilhelm Moberg's novels about some Swedes who emigrated to Minnesota around 1850.
I thought the music must be based on Moberg's novels as the names and the implied story fits the music, especially as the YouTube performances (Du Måste Finnas is on there too) were recorded in a concert in Minnesota, my home state. I wish I could have been there for it.
it's from a swedish musical called 'Kristina från Duvemåla' (1995)
Yes, bli till either means "be conceived" or "become", but the latter is in the sense of "turn into", which I guess explains the preposition. :)