First Aid Kit have covered Ted Gärdestad's "Come Give Me Love" in both English and Swedish to coincide with the launch of the Swedish Cancer Society's annual pink ribbon.
The Söderberg sisters recorded two versions of their Gärdestad cover, one in the original Swedish language and an English version featuring their own translated lyrics.
"Come Give Me Love" arrives today (25 September) to coincide with the launch of the Swedish Cancer Society's annual pink ribbon, which First Aid Kit designed.
The sisters say of their cover, "Ted Gärdestad is a Swedish national treasure. Just like us he started his music career when he was only a teenager and wrote songs with his older brother Kenneth. Ted did most of the melodies and Kenneth the lyrics. "Come Give Me Love" is a classic song about a relationship coming to an end. To us, it is the epitome of Swedish summer, holding both hope, longing, and a twinge of sadness."
First Aid Kit add, "The original track was produced by none other than Björn and Benny from ABBA, with ABBA on backing vocals. We are huge fans of the original production and wanted to stay close to that 70s folky sound. This is an homage to that time period and recording style. We recorded this with producer Daniel Bengtson at Studio Rymden in Stockholm earlier this spring. We think the added vocal harmonies brings that unique First Aid Kit touch to the song. We hope more people will discover this gem through our translated version and that it brings some feeling of hope to what has been a very dark year."
Discussing their collaboration with the Swedish Cancer Society, First Aid Kit say, "This year we designed the pink ribbon for the Swedish Cancer Society (Cancerfonden). When we found out that the Swedish Cancer Society used "Come Give Me Love" for their campaign movie last year, we figured this was a great opportunity to finally record our rendition of it. Once the Swedish Cancer Society reached out and asked if we wanted to design this year's pink ribbon, we of course accepted without hesitation. The pink ribbon is a very important campaign and the more we can contribute to cancer research, the better. With our design, we wanted to pay tribute to companionship and the bond that entwines us. It's about sisterhood, love, and hope. To have someone to hold your hand when you’re venturing into unchartered territory, that security means everything."