Usually the strongest memory of every Nobel Prize winner from his visit in Stockholm besides the prize itself, is the early morning visit by Sweden's Lucia and her maidens.
The oldest folksy Lucia singers sang either Lusse or Lussebrud (Lucia Bride). But the song in a special class is the one we short and sweet call the Lucia Song. The melody is a Neapolitan tune, which was publicized - or perhaps even written - by Teodoro Cottraus in the middle of the 1800's. The Swedish text was written by journalist Sigrid Elmblad around the turn of the century. So from the Italian "Sul mare lucica, it became the Swedish "Night goes on heavy feet". The song became popular in Sweden as a direct result of the spreading of the Lucia custom in the 1920's.
Enjoy some of our recent films from Lucia celebrations in Swedish America: http://www.youtube.com/xoxosweden
or at www.vimeo.com/nordstjernan
and - if still available - the SVT Play version of the celebration in Göteborg, Sweden is at Lucia in Sweden