Anki, Bosse

”Saanko ruusut sulle jättää” (”May I Leave You My Roses”) is a Finnish version of the Swedish song ”Får jag lämna några blommor”, composed by Lille Bror Söderlundh. The song is based on a poem by Nils Ferlin. The Finnish lyrics were adapted from Ferlin's poem by Sauvo Puhtila under the pen-name Saukki. Anki, Bosse and Robert’s version was recorded in 1967.

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”Saanko ruusut sulle jättää” on ruotsalaisen säveltäjän Lille Bror Söderlundhin säveltämä laulu, joka perustuu Nils Ferlinin runoon. Saukki eli Sauvo Puhtila teki Ferlinin runoa mukaillen lauluun suomalaiset sanat. Ankin, Bossen ja Robertin versio on vuodelta 1967.

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Saanko ruusut sulle jättää (May I Leave You My Roses) [Får jag lämna några blommor]
Performed by Anki, Bosse & Robert
Lyrics by Saukki (pen-name of Sauvo Puhtila)
Arranged by Jörgen Petersen
Recorded in 1967, PSO Record Company, Helsinki Finland

Composed by Lille Bror Söderlundh
Original lyrics by Nils Ferlin

Photograph by iStock

The Finnish trio ANKI, BOSSE & ROBERT was founded in 1965. The members of the trio were Anki Lindqvist, Lars (”Bosse”) Österberg and Robert Österberg. The trio released four albums and recorded many fine songs between 1965–69.

SAUVO PUHTILA (b. 1928) is one of the most eminent post-war lyricists today, both in terms of original lyrics and adaptations. His life’s work as a lyricist has been singularly complex and broad-ranging. Although he has produced a huge number of original lyrics, Puhtila is even better known and more esteemed for his adaptations, which his knowledge of languages has allowed him to produce from the originals written in various languages. He has adapted lyrics for operas, operettas, musicals, choir songs, solos, various hits, pop and rock songs and ditties, as well as gospel, Christmas, children’s and folk songs. Puhtila’s extensive production of original lyrics includes, for example, hits, ditties, songs for various representatives of Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest and songs for musicals, films, choirs, children and church services. His career extends from the 1950s to the 80s, and we can safely assume that Puhtila is the most productive lyricist in Finland, with the largest body of work and the broadest spectrum of genres. More than 2,500 of his lyrics have been released on disc, while the number of his individual lyrics is roughly double that. [He himself reported that he had written the lyrics to over 6,000 songs.] Puhtila did not work specifically with any one composer, but instead made lyrics for several song writers and companies using many pen-names. As well as his own name, he has used about a dozen pseudonyms, of which his nickname Saukki is the best known. Sauvo Puhtila has always been – and continues to be today – highly regarded and respected among both experts and colleagues due to his superior technique and rich expression, as well as his unique style, which permeates his work throughout.

(This article about Sauvo Puhtila is part of a wider article titled ”Sauvo Puhtila receives Honorary Award for a life’s work”, and was published in issue 3/2002 of the Selvis magazine. – English translation of the article: Taina Pemberton, 2017)


Saanko ruusut sulle jättää

Saanko ruusut sulle jättää paluutani oottamaan,
en niillä tahtoisi murheita tuottaa.
Nämä ruusut ovat kaukaa kartanosta kuninkaan,
ja ne voi löytää ken miekkaansa luottaa.

On ruusu valkoinen
ja on toinen punainen;
kolmas, vailla kukkaa, rakkain on antaa.
Kun peittää musta maa
tämän ruusun antajaa,
silloin loistavinta kukkaa se kantaa.

Sanat: Saukki

May I Leave You My Roses

May I leave you my roses to wait for my return,
though I hate to trouble you with them.
These roses come from the king’s mansion far away
and can be found by one who trusts his sword.

One rose is white
and the other is red;
the third, not yet blooming, is dearest to give.
When the black earth
covers the giver of this rose,
then it will bear the most brilliant flower.

Lyrics: Saukki
English translation: Taina Pemberton © 2017

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