Hem / The Anniversary Song
4 September 2020
Photo: Marie Ullnert
Katarina Hemlin recieves the award at The Brewhouse Award.

The Brewhouse Award

On September 1st, 2019, the competition began to find the song that will become the soundtrack to Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary. The anniversary song was one of the categories in the innovation competition The Brewhouse Award – Music Innovation.

Songwriters had until October 31st to submit their songs. A jury chose the finalist songs, which were presented on December 17th on The Brewhouse Award website.

All citizens had until January 2020 the opportunity to vote on which song that will win. The people’s votes has then been merged with the jury’s. On January 31st, 2020, The Brewhouse Award gala took place and the winner of the anniversary song was announced. The winner was “Vi vill leva, vi vill dö i Göteborg” (“We want to live, we want to die in Gothenburg”), written by Katarina Hemlin.

Katarina Hemlin was awarded with 20 000 SEK and got her song professionally produced and recorded in several different versions. She has also gotten business coaching, a mentor, a spot in Brewhouse Incubator and office space in Brewhouse coworking-office during six months.

At the Brewhouse Award gala a special prize was also rewarded to M-Rock & Wenky for their positive view on Gothenburg.

Competition period September 1st–October 31st 2019.
Jury evaluation process November 13th–December 4th 2019.
Finalists announcement December 17th 2019.
Pitch day January 13th 2020, Brewhouse Arena.
The Brewhouse Award gala January 31st 2020.

“Vi vill leva, vi vill dö i Göteborg”

Katarina Hemlin recorded her winning song “Vi vill leva, vi vill dö i Göteborg” in May 2020 at Nilento Studio. You can find the song on Spotify in two different versions: the original song in Swedish and a version in English. Listen here.

Music and lyrics are written by Katarina Hemlin and the songs are produced by Lars Nilsson at Nilento Studio. Martin Schaub is the arranger and plays acoustic guitar, mandolin, piano, harmonica, accordion, pump organ and choir. The choir also consists of Patrick Rydman, Jenny Schaub, Ester Hedlund, Jenny Nilsson and Lars Nilsson. Lars Nilsson plays the flugelhorn, Henning Sernhede, electric guitar and lap.

Lyrics

Vid Gullbergs Kaj blev  vi kvar igår kväll
Efter bad i Poseidon, och promenad längs får älv
Jag vilar i tystnaden efter allt skrål
Tänk att Håkan fyllde Ullevi igår

Vi ser dagen komma här uppe från bron
Hur hamnen är färgad av gryningens ton
Regnet faller men då är det väl så
att det känns mest som hemma just då

Stanna och känn en stund
Hur en gammal stad är ung
Låt ropen eka över gator och torg
Vi vill leva, vi vill dö i Göteborg

Vyn från Skansen Kronan värmer hjärtat allt jämnt
Bekymmer försvinner som om vinden har vänt
Tiden kan stanna och tiden kan gå
Så länge vårt hem här kan nås

Kvarter har förfallit och byggts upp på nytt
Men själen i staden har aldrig förbytts
Alla dagar har satt sina spår
I 400 år

Stanna och känn en stund
Hur en gammal stad är ung
Låt ropen eka över gator och torg
Vi vill leva, vi vill dö i Göteborg

Stanna och känn en stund
Hur en gammal stad är ung
Låt ropen eka över gator och torg
Vi vill leva, vi vill dö i Göteborg

Låt ropen eka över gator och torg
Vi ska leva, vi ska dö i Göteborg

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