Ég Er Kominn Heim (English: I'm Coming Home) is an Icelandic song based on a text by Jón Sigurðsson (1925-1992).
The melody of this song is a melancholy variation of the aria composed by the Hungarian composer Emmerich Kálmán in tango rhythm in 1930 "Today I've Dreamed of You" from the operetta "The Violet of Montmartre".
Ég Er Kominn Heim, arranged by Jón Sigurðsson, sung in 1960 on an Icelandic radio by the then popular Icelandic pop singer Óðinn Valdimarsson and it had been immediately recorded as a single in the same year.
The single had been recorded together with the K.K. Sextettinn and the Söngkvartett, including Elly Vilhjálms, Jón Páll Bjarnason, Jón Sigurðsson and Þórarinn Ólafsson. Jón Páll Bjarnason played the guitar, Jón Sigurðsson played the double bass, Þórarinn Ólafsson the piano and Guðmundur Steingrímsson the drums.
In addition to Ég Er Kominn Heim as B-side, the record on the A-side contained the song 14 Ára with a text written by Jón Sigurðsson. Jimmie Rodgers made 14 Ára famous a few years ago called it Ring-A-Ling-A-Lario. This record was mono recorded as a single with 45 rpm.
Outside Iceland, the song became famous when it had been sung during the 2016 European Football Championship in France by the Icelandic fans before the football matches of the Icelandic national football team.
The song is a popular oldie in Iceland and has been widely covered, for example by Bubbi Morthens and Björundur, Valur Heiðar and Lísa Einars, Helgi Björnsson and Sverrir Bergmann.
While the original lyrics of the operetta sing about the yearning love of a woman, the text of Sigurðsson speaks about many powerful feelings: the joy of the awakening of the warming sun and the nature after winter, homesickness and the yearning for the beloved, the happiness of coming home, the love of the land and country life and the happiness of being with the loved one.
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