B i o g r a p h y
 (by Kenyon Hopkin)

Hello Saferide's cheery pop/rock is primarily the work of Annika Norlin, a Swedish music journalist and radio DJ who launched her songwriting career in the early 2000s. Although Norlin had written songs in the past, she hadn't released any material until 2004, when the burgeoning songwriter uploaded her first recordings to the Internet. She quickly received label interest, and in September 2005, the Swedish label Razzia Records released Introducing... Hello Saferide. A live band was quickly assembled, and the newly expanded Hello Saferide toured throughout Asia, Brazil, and Europe in support of the debut album.

More Modern Short Stories from Hello Saferide
In addition to issuing a batch of EPs and singles, Norlin released a Swedish-language record under the name Säkert! in 2007. The album went gold and won two Grammis, Sweden's equivalent of the Grammy Award. Norlin followed such success by returning to the Hello Saferide project; this time, however, she replaced the winsome twee pop of her debut with an edgier sound, propelled in part by an emphasis on electric guitar. More Modern Short Stories from Hello Saferide appeared in 2008, featuring Norlin's new sound as well as numerous contributions by Popsicle's Andreas Mattsson.




Introducing Hello Saferide
- 2005-09-28 -



Nothing Like You
(when you're gone)
My Best Friend
If I don't write this song,someone I love will die
I thought you said summer is going to take the pain away
I Don't Sleep Well
Long Lost Penpal
Saturday Nights
San Francisco
Get Sick Soon
I Can't Believe It's Not Love
Loneliness Is Better When You're not alone
Highschool Stalker

 


More Modern Short Stories From Hello Saferide
- 2008-09-24 -



I Wonder Who Is Like This One
2008
Overall
Lund
X Telling Me About The Loss Of Something Dear, at Age 16
Middleclass
Parenting Never Ends
Anna
25 Days
Sancho Panza
Travelling With HS
Arjeplog

The Fox, The Hunter and Hello Saferide
- 2014-09-03 -



I Forgot About Songs
Dad Told Me
I Was Jesus
Parts Of Nature
Berlin
Raspberry Lips
The Crawler
Hey Ho
Last Night Bus
Rocky
This Body

CORRESPONDENCE
- 2019-04-12 - Jens Lekman & Annika Norlin



Who Really Needs Who
Showering In Public
Forever Young, Forever Beautiful
Hibernation
Not Because It's Easy, Because It's Hard
Joining A Cult
Revenge Of the Nerds
Failure
Cosmetics Store
Election Day
On The Edge Of Time
Silent Night

Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

2006
Ipod X-Mas
I Was Definitely Made For These Times
Last bitter song
Leaving you behind
Re: always on my mind
The best night of your life
The quiz
Valentine's Day

Add some NEW lyrics (B-sides, live tracks, Cover), want to CORRECT some of them or found a BUG ? Just send a little EMAIL or simply post a message on the FORUM. Thanx !

Introducing Hello Saferide

Nothing like you (when you're gone)

I swear, I felt it again
The tingling of the first night again
Us moving slowly, merle haggard, the fading sun
Well, there's nothing like you when you're gone

I wear your sweatshirt again
The one with the cast of falcon crest on
The one I forbade you to use time and again
Well it's sad, I keep putting it on

A friend stopped by and said as quoted:
“i can't believe that we're here again
Have you forgotten the women, the drinking, the blues of the eighties collection
Oh my God, you're wearing your Lorenzo Lamas again”

Yes, I am lonesome again
Yes, I am crying again
Yes, you are getting this letter again
Because there's nothing like you when you're gone

Never as tender and never as well dressed
Never as handsome and never as good in bed
Never had such good taste
Never as much like me
Well, there's nothing like you when you're gone

My best friend

You call me up in the mornings
We'll stay on the phone until dawning
You tell me secrets I actually keep
You call me up around noon and
And bring me all the good gossip
You hold my head when I throw up
I hold your hand when you weep

And we talk about friends
And we talk about records
And we talk about life
And we'll talk about death
And we dance in the living room
Dance on the sidewalks
Dance in the movies
Dance at the festivals, dance, dance
No men ever really dance like this

Damn! I wish I was a lesbian
Damn! I wish I was a lesbian
Damn! I wish I was, and that you were, too

Damn! I wish I was a lesbian
Damn! I wish I was a lesbian
Damn! I wish I was so I could fall in love with you

You call me up in the evenings
And tell me what they did this time
No matter what, I'm by your side
When it's raining, we'll go to the video store
We even like the same movies
No damn Jedis or hobbits this time

And you laugh at my jokes
And I laugh at your jokes
And I even like the birthday presents you get me
And we dance in the living room
Dance on the sidewalks
Dance in the movies
Dance at the festivals, let's dance, dance
No men ever really dance like this

Damn! I wish I was a lesbian
Damn! I wish I was a lesbian
Damn! I wish I was, and that you were, too

Damn! I wish I was a lesbian
Damn! I wish I was a lesbian
Damn! I wish I was so I could fall in love with you
So I could fall in love with you

Why don't, why don't I fall
Why don't, why don't I fall
Why don't I fall in love with you

Why don't, why don't I fall
Why don't, why don't I fall
Why don't I just fall in love with you

Why don't, why don't I fall
Why don't, why don't I fall
Why don't I just fall in love with you

If I don't write this song, someone I love will die

I check my bed for bugs and spiders
Though I don't really believe they're there
I check my head, it's getting tighter
I want to stop, but I don't dare

I will not sleep until I've counted to two hundred three times
I will not sleep until my pencils lie in a straight line

Goodnight, goodbye
It's late, and I'm too tired to cry
Goodnight, goodbye
Just let me close my weary eyes

I pray to god twice in the evenings
And check the stove four times each day
I spin around the door to make sure that it's locked
And wear these lucky socks until they fade away

The house might burn down
And it's all my fault if that puddle doesn't get me wet
If I get home before the rain you're mine, but I won't bet

Goodnight, goodbye
It's late, and I'm too tired to cry
Goodnight, goodbye
Just let me close my weary eyes

One day, I'll be stepping
On cracks and close my eyes
But I'm too tired to argue with myself
I'll just do this one more time

Goodnight, goodbye
It's late, and I'm too tired to cry
Goodnight, goodbye
Just let me close my weary eyes

I thought you said summer is going to take the pain away

Finally, the sky is blue
Last night, my friends dragged me to some lake
We drove there real late, we went too fast
Sipping cheap sangria in the backseat
Everybody are laughing and we are listening to our favourite songs
But I thought you said
Summer is going to take the pain away

January brought a headache
In February, it got even worse
And when you thought it couldn't get more awful
Say hello to march
April brought me to a funeral
Gained another ten pounds in may
But I thought you said
Summer is going to take the pain away

Have you ever had the feeling that
No one really knows what you're all about
And when you try to show them
They all have things to do tonight
Tonight

Up on a roof, looking over the city
All by myself thinking
There is nowhere I would rather be than here, so why am I not
Like the others, and why are you not here with me doing crossword puzzles
Saying, it's going to be okay
Summer's going to take the pain away
When I'm gone, I promise
It's gonna be okay
Summer is going to take the pain away

Have you ever had the feeling that
No one really knows what you're all about
And when you try to show them
They all have things to do tonight
Tonight

Finally, the sky is blue
Last night, my friends dragged me to some lake

I don't sleep well

And suddenly, I don't feel fat anymore
I don't count my blackheads as a hobby
I don't count the marks on the wall
And I don't sleep well at all

There is someone else right beside me
He kept every secret I told
He giggled his way straight through fall
And I don't sleep well at all

He knows when I'm happy and nods when I'm sad
And he puts out when I come home drunk
And suddenly I stand real tall
But I don't sleep well at all

I have seen too many movies
I have read too many books
I'm the kind that sees sun and brings an umbrella
I have been to fortune tellers

He knows when I'm happy and nods when I'm sad
And he puts out when I come home drunk
And suddenly I stand real tall
But I don't sleep well at all

And I know love will leave you all crooked
And I know he'll start sleeping around
Or start listening to symphony rock
Or throw out the key and change the lock
But I don't sleep well at all

Long lost penpal

Hello, do you remember me
I am your long lost pen pal
It must have been ten years ago we last wrote
I don't really know what happened
I guess life came in the way
Let me know if you're still alive
Let me know if you ever used that knife or not

Hello, yes I remember you
I've got a husband and two children now
I work as an accountant and make fairly good money
I still have your letters
You used a pink pen to write them
And you would comfort me
When my tears would stain the ink
And I would send you mix tapes with Kate Bush on

I have to admit I sometimes lied in those letters
Tried to make life better than it was
I still wasn't kissed at sixteen
And I still need a friend

There was this letter
I never told you this back then
But it would be fair to say it saved my life
I sat in the window
The only one left out from a party again
Pretty sure I didn't have a single friend
Then I checked the mailbox

Dear long lost penpal
I was lying the whole time
I'm really a forty six years old man named Luke
I have three children
And a wife, she doesn't care
And I hope you don't resent me
And I hope you do not hate me
For trying to find my way back to what it's like to be young

I have to admit I sometimes lied in those letters
Tried to make life better than it was
I still wasn't kissed at sixteen
And I still need a friend

Saturday nights

Somebody ordered too many drinks last night
Somebody reckoned dancing on the bar's all right
Somebody woke up next to someone else, thinking
Some people thought about killing off themselves

Oh, Lord! Forgive me them Saturday nights
They'll make you do things you'll regret for the rest of your life
And Lord! Forbid them glimmering Saturday lights
And tell me I am not me on Saturday nights

Who was that girl who shouted “this one's on me!”
Who was that girl who dropped her drink on a celebrity
Who was that girl who fell asleep under a tree, singing
Who was that girl, I know for sure it wasn't me

Oh, Lord! Forgive me them Saturday nights
They'll make you do things you'll regret for the rest of your life
And Lord! Forbid them glimmering Saturday lights
And tell me I am not me on Saturday nights
On Saturday nights, on Saturday nights, on Saturday nights

Somebody promised she would stay in the next week
Somebody dropped out of the house just to take a peak and
Somebody reckoned well just one drink that'll do
Somebody's evil twin said, well, let's make it two

Oh, Lord! Forgive me them Saturday nights
They'll make you do things you'll regret for the rest of your life
And Lord! Forbid them glimmering Saturday lights
And tell me I am not me on Saturday nights

San Francisco

Winter's been real long this year
I know, cause I've been there
Summer never seemed to come along
And when it did, it felt all wrong
You've been sitting on the sidewalks wondering what went wrong with your life
You've been walking to your bedside table and in the top drawer was a knife

Time to take your sweetheart by the hand and lead him to the promised land
The only place in North America not destroyed by the government

San Francisco! You're going
San Francisco! We're going
Don't you know you'll never ever want to turn back

I have news for you my friend
I'm sticking by you until the end
Doctor's ordering you the same prescription, see, that worked wonders for me
I sat by myself in bars, I was driven home in state-owned cars
I was filled with so much hate until I saw the golden gate

Until my sweetheart took me by the hand and led me to the promised land
The only place in North America not yet destroyed by the government

San Francisco! You're going
San Francisco! We're going
Don't you know you'll never ever want to turn back

San Francisco! You're going
San Francisco! We're going
Don't you know you'll never ever want to turn back...

And it's time to pack your bags and call in sick and bring the toothbrush
Withdraw from that savings account what's savings for, time doesn't wait and
Hold the door, I'm coming, all that jazz
Like I'm released from Alcatraz

San Francisco! You're going
San Francisco! We're going
Don't you know you'll never ever want to turn back
You'll never ever want to turn back
You'll never ever want to turn back
You'll never ever want to turn back

Get sick soon

Oh, I love you! I wish you got the flu
So I could take care of you
Like you take care of me

I'm such a Florence
A real Florence nightingale
I'll fluff your pillows
I'll buy you a Spiderman comic
And read you 'til you fall asleep

Sleep on my shoulder
I won't wake you even
If my back turns crooked
And I have to walk with a limp for a week

I'll make you soup
And none of that kind that you get in a jar
C'ause I know you don't like those
Oh, I love you! I wish you got the flu
You're the cutest thing I've ever seen
Like a teddy bear on heroin
Come, I'll tuck you in tight
And I'll sing for you all night
All night, all night

You can hold the remote
I won't try to steal it
And the best cushion is yours
And you can have your feet on me
Even though I'm scared of feet
And even though I had a hard day at work

Oh, I love you
I wish you got the flu
You can lay your weight on me
And I'll be your backbone
You won't have to worry
'Cause I'll be your backbone
Lay your weight on me
Lay your weight on me
You won't have to worry
'Cause I'll be your backbone
Lay your weight on me
Lay your weight on me
You won't have to worry
'Cause I'll be your backbone
Lay your weight on me
Lay your weight on me

I can't believe it's not love

Can I sleep on your shoulder
Whisper words in my ear
Can we go out together
Can we make out and pretend it's all there

'Cause you know, I've been waiting for
Something that hasn't come through
But it might come along soon
And until that, you will do

I can't believe it's not love
It's not love, it's not love, it's not love

I'll take you to the movies
Yell at you when you're late
You can sigh when I shower for too long
Hold up the bathroom so that you have to wait

Invite people over for dinner
Make up names for kids we could have had
And when we get drunk, we can get it together
Go home too early, everyone will say we're sad

I can't believe it's not love
It's not love, it's not love, it's not love
It's not love

Have white wine parties in the sun
And talk about what it's gonna be like to find someone
I can't believe it's not true
And I can't believe you didn't know this, too

I can't believe it's not love
It's not love, it's not love, it's not love

Loneliness is better when you're not alone

What would you say if I asked of you
Out of loneliness, out of loneliness
What would you say if I asked of you
Out of loneliness, out of loneliness
Could I be with you
Can I be with you

It's warm inside the night club
Your face is lit up by a disco light
I don't wanna go home alone, not tonight
I have a picture of a man
Who used to sit in that chair
I will go anywhere
Just as long as I'm with someone
You'll do, just take me home for tea

If I told you my stories and sang you my songs
Would you laugh at me
Would you pity me
What would you say if I asked of you
Not out of accident, out of loneliness
Would you shelter me
Will you shelter me

I will be gone when you wake up
No embarrassing breakfasts, I swear
And don't you look for me
Because I could be anywhere
In someone else's house
In someone else's arms
With someone else to warm the pain away

What can I ask of you
What would you want from me
What would you say if I just fell asleep

Highschool stalker

I've been looking for you, baby
Anywhere that I can find
And I was searching for your sweet name
'Cause you never leave my mind
I've been on the AltaVista
I went twice on the Yahoo
And everywhere I go
There is always a clue
Always something about you
That may help me get my hands on you

Like it's your birthday tomorrow
But you're not getting anything you know
It's your birthday tomorrow
But I'm not supposed to know
Not supposed to know
But I'm not supposed to know

Hacked into the school computer
Changed all of your d's to a's
Broke into the dentist's office
Know you never needed braces
Know you moved from another small town
Know you're never going away
'Cause soon, you'll fall in love
The fortune teller said
And I know who will be the one to make your bed

And it's your birthday tomorrow
But you're not getting anything you know
It's your birthday tomorrow
But I'm not supposed to know
Not supposed to know
But I'm not supposed to know

I've been talking to your best friend
I checked out your high school yearbook
And I was driving round your mum's house
She makes great coffee, you know
I spoke to your former girlfriend
So now, I know what I've got to expect
And yesterday, you passed me by
I swear, you nearly said Hi
I could have died
I swear to God I started crying

And it's your birthday tomorrow
But you're not getting anything you know
And it's your birthday tomorrow
But I'm not supposed to know
Not supposed to know
But I'm not supposed to know

More Modern Short Stories From Hello Saferide

I Wonder Who Is Like This One

People are like songs, it's true
Some seem dull at first but then they grow on you
Me, I'm like can't get you out of my head
Annoying at times but I make you wanna dance

And you are the only one I've met who's God only knows
I liked you the first time I met you, and it grows and grows and grows

People are like songs, I swear
Some found you as a child and still they're always there
A boy that i knew was anarchy in the UK
Burned out too quickly but in such a beautiful way

And you are the only one I've met who's God only knows
Such a well thought out-plan but with harmonies that flow

People are like songs, I've been told
Some claim your ears but never hear a story unfold
Old radio gaga or your high school friends
Remind you of things when you were someone else

And God only knows and you paired up as two
As the turns of the seasons, you come and go
I can never claim control of either of you,
You're too sweet to be just mine alone
And I try to stay humble over the fact
That sometimes, when the time is right
You will pass my door, the crescendo comes and

God only knows and you have the sad similarity
That every time it's over, I want to press play again
But the only difference appears to be
I can force it on one of you, and on the other I can't

2008

There is a war in all the heads and there's a war in mine as well
And if I could explain it any better, I'm sure I would
We're in a bus and it's night, you opened up and so will I
But though I'm good with words, I've never been good with words

But all I know is there's something new this year
All I know is there's something new real near

There is a town that I live in and it's a town that favors winners
And when I win I think about when I'll next lose
I took a train that took me north
And it's the place where trees speak louder than the people
But if I have to pick that's what I'll choose
I walked along the river Ume, it chilled me out of my bones too
But a cold wind is always better than a cold voice
I am not strong enough for win city, I'll stay in to play Sin
Witty people without hearts have always had a lead on me

But all I know is there's something new this year
All I know is there's something new real near
All I know is there's something new this year
I don't know much, but there's something new coming near

I'll walk into the shop where you work, it is a shop that kills you slowly
There'll be no blood but another shirt on a hanger will still behead you
I'll lift your arm and you'll lift mine, and in a Communist state of mind
We're not worth more than anyone else but surely not worth less

And all I know is there's something new this year
All I know is there's something new real near
All I know is there's something new this year
I don't know much, but there's something new coming near
All I know is there's something new this year
All I know is there's something new real near
All I know is there's something new this year
All I know is there's something new real near

Overall

Overall, I think we did a good job
We did the best we could
I think we did the best we could
Overall, we couldn't have done much else
I think we pulled it off
I always thought we pulled it off
I always thought we pulled if off

Days and nights
We were a shoulder to cry on
Weren't we, weren't we
Smiling eyes that screamed “Confide in me!”
That was you and me
Weren't we, weren't we

It couldn't be our fault we never said anything political
Sure you worked late some nights
I always thought you could have breast-fed him longer than you did
but we let him in
Not enough but I let him in

Overall, I think we did a good job
We did the best we could
I think we did the best we could
Overall, we couldn't have done much else
I think we pulled it off
I always thought we pulled it off
I always thought we pulled if off

I've got my calendar here he was sick back in Ninety-Two
Maybe it was the week when they had history on World War II
You never should have got him that video game for Christmas
They shoot people in that game, pixeled people without names

Overall, we've always done as they say we should have
Haven't we, haven't we
We always smiled, we hid all issues away
Didn't we, didn't we

You know the new receptionist at work, she's a Jew
She could visit, he could see she could be me or you
And bring the gay guy downstairs, he doesn't look gay at all
We broke something without knowing, but we did a good job overall
Didn't we, didn't we, didn't we

We always smiled, we hid all troubles away
Didn't we, didn't we
What will the neighbours say
Maybe that shaved hair will grown back
Or grandma will have a heart attack

Lund

Two brothers from the south of Sweden came to stay with me
One of them would have gotten my virginity
But he didn't know that back then, did he!
He didn't know that back then.

He went a bit rough on my poetry,
Said: there's no chance in hell this will ever grow to be anything.
He said: I mostly like Dylan myself
I said: Shocking! Well
Then he said something else, I didn't understand
‘Cause he came from the south of Sweden
He spoke just like a Dane

You should have seen these brothers
Freckles all over their pale bodies.
And when they spoke
They made you feel like summer just broke through though it was fall
They made it obvious I was too young, not interesting at all

I always wanted to go to their hometown and knock on their door
And say something interesting and revolting that they'd never heard before
To make them change their minds, after all this time
Look! There was some cool in me, you know
They probably still won't think so

And I'm in Lund again, and nothing's fixed that ever was broken
And I'm in Lund again, and I still don't get things right
And I'm in Lund again, and maybe they have grown up
And maybe they are here
‘Cause there's a glow of spring in the hall tonight
There's a glow of spring in the hall tonight
There's a glow of spring in the hall tonight
There's a glow of spring in the hall tonight

X Telling Me About the Loss of Something Dear, at Age 16

I looked up at the ceiling the entire time
Well it didn't last for long
Like fifteen minutes or so. They had said it would hurt, but it didn't

His face all grumped up, veins were showing on his forehead
Closed my eyes and thought of dancers,
Closed my eyes and thought of dancers

I thought of what my friends would say
I thought of how my life would change
I just laid real still there on the bed.

Afterwards I said, like I hear you're supposed to:
“Was it good for you as well”
He was proud, said: “Ok we can do it again
But maybe this time, you can do it better than this
You can do it better than this.”

I faked to come, because I hear you're supposed to
There was obviously something wrong with me and I didn't want him to know

I was afraid he'd have a heart attack and die
I went to work at the shoe store and waved him goodbye
I felt sad, but I didn't know why

Do you want those in red, I said
250 with laces, I said
Years later, I can still vision that forehead

Middleclass

You and me, let's steal a car
Let's rob a bank, let's travel far
Let's wear these shirts
My grandpa used to wear
And then I'll be happy, I swear

I'll point the gun
You'll keep the engine running
I'll be running to you
You'll be saying
Darling our haircuts aside
We are just like Bonnie and Clyde

I'll probably feel bad for not taking the train
But you'll say it's in the country and it's raining

We'll kick open a cabin in the forest
I'll be scared like I am
You'll put a flashlight under your
And say you're Son of Sam

And I'll slowly pull you out of your Fred Segal
And high on the fact that we're illegal
We'll make sweet loving sweeter, like we do
I'll say baby you're a criminal, and you'll say so are you

You and me, let's steal a car
But first, before we go that far
What's your name, don't look so scared
Don't tell me you weren't thinking exactly the same

Parenting Never Ends

Mother, give me back my old room
I won't make a mess like I used to
I won't play my records

Loud at nights
I'll keep it quiet
Mother, let me have my old bed back
And lay out clothes for me

People give me work and money
They depend on me now
If they only knew how thin the ice they walk on is
If they only knew how thin the ice they walk on is

Mother, please make my decisions
Like you once did this time I won't pester you about it

I'll surrender
Mother, these streets
Are too cold for me
I'm standing by your door
A plant under each arm
Let me move back in

Father, the last time you offered to teach me
All about the Baltic Sea, it was wasted on me
Now I'm ready, throw me once again
The footballs you tried to throw
And this time I will catch and know

Mother, if that's not enough
Bring me all the way back to my original address
To your womb

I have trouble sleeping
But I don't recall I had while in your womb
I have trouble sleeping
But I don't recall I had while in your womb

I have trouble sleeping
But I don't recall I had while in your womb
I have trouble sleeping
But I don't recall I had while in your womb

Anna

You know we could have had a daughter
And we could have named her Anna
And she would have been a sweetheart
But with punk rock manners

She could have supported us when we retire
Bought us a cottage near the countryside

You could have taught her to play hockey
I could have taught her the guitar
And her granddad could have shown her the way to the bar

She could have supported us when we retire
Bought us a cottage near the countryside

We would have made the neighbours jealous
We could have barbecues at nights
With our collected brain resources
She would have an IQ of a hundred and fifty five

She could have supported us when we retire
Bought us a cottage near the countryside

She would have won the Nobel Prize
And thanked her mama for all the good advice
And we could have gone swimming near that cottage by the lake
And she'd never have to know what it's like when your heart breaks

When your heart breaks
When your heart breaks

When your heart breaks
When your heart breaks

She could have supported us when we retire
Bought us a cottage near the countryside
She could have supported us when we retire
Bought us a cottage near the countryside

She would have married a Kennedy
She would have found the cure for HIV
Well I'm real sorry Anna, you never got to be
'Cause your daddy moved on and left me

She could have supported us when we retire
Bought us a cottage near the countryside

25 Days

Twenty five, twenty five days
That's too much, that's too much
Twenty five, twenty five days
That's too much, that's too much

Twenty five, until I get to see you
Twenty five, until I get to know
If what we just started will have conquered backpacker girls
With newly braided hair and Mano Chao records
It will soon be twenty four
You're so worth waiting for

Twenty four, twenty four days
Still too much, much too much.
Twenty four, twenty four days
Half an hour done just writing this song

Twenty four, I can hear mouths moving
Twenty four, and I nod at what might be the right time to nod
You and I hadn't even met twenty four days ago
I must have been so low
And I didn't even know

Twenty three, Twenty two, twenty one, twenty
Nineteen, eighteen, seventeen, sixteen
Fifteen, fourteen, thirteen, twelve, ten
Because I slept for so long those days
Nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one
One, one, one, one, one…

I get a text from you
Saying you're off to Havanna airport as we speak.
I start brushing my teeth
Ten minutes later
“Sorry I mixed up the dates”
You stupid fuck, you stupid fuck
You stupid fuck, you need to come back

I'm at Arlanda airport with a famous flower in my hand waiting for you
I see the doors opening, I see the passengers pouring out fresh like gingerbread cookies and wearing
What appears to be new, funky hats, I see from a distance
It's someone I know well You're approaching, I can see it, I take a step forward

Sancho Panza

Sancho Panza, this is me
I'm your Sancho Panza
I get along, I know my ground
With me around
There's room for you to be amazing

I'm the one they don't remember
Were you in our school, they say
I get asked about my name again
Panza, Panza, Panza

Around the boulevards we walk
The sun is always on your face
And I am always in your shade
And I am always the funny one

How I hate being the funny one
I never chose to be her
It strikes me as unfair

And people at our feet to be with us
Such a small comfort
I'm so used to this it turned me creative

Travelling With HS

I'm not stupid, I understand
That it would be convenient
If I was better at conversation

I've learned to master the skill throughout the years
Small talking, but after an hour or so
I mentally die, I mentally die

And I try, I try, I try, I try
But I can't help but loving more
When being on my own and watching everyday lives
And I try, I try, I wish I wanted to go see local churches with you
Or to go clubbing where the young ones do
But all I really want to is watch the everyday lives

My friend, nothing is ever the matter with you
I'm glad to see it, but I don't believe it
You won't have to worry, I'll soon have figured you out
I won't tell you when I have, but I'll find your weak spot
Your weakest spot, oh I'll find it

And here is mine, I try to pretend
That I like to be part of it all
And that I enjoy going out with you
And you and you and you

And I try, I try, I try, I try
But I can't help but dreaming of
Sitting by myself and watching everyday lives
And I try, I try
But I just want to spend more time with my mind
It always surprises me every time
And none of you ever do
It doesn't mean that I don't love you
It doesn't mean that I don't love you
It doesn't mean that I don't

And I try, I try, I try, I try
But I can't help but loving more
When being on my own and watching everyday lives

And I try, I try
But I just want to spend more time with myself
I always surprises me every time
And none of you ever do
It doesn't mean that I don't love you

Arjeplog

The obstacles we build for ourselves, my love
Creating decisions to make, my love
When really, it could be this easy
You and me, and house, and food

Your roots are stuck in the dirt of this land
My questions all answered in the firmness of your hand
I buried some hatred in the snow on the porch
And when it comes undone, I will understand

And the wind in the trees are like
Sch-uuung, sch-uuung
And the trains that pass by are like
Sch-du-dung, sch-du-dung
And you and me are like
Let's go out for a walk

And our feet in the snow are like
Tsch-ooo, tsch-ooo
And the choir in my chest is like
Ooooh, ooooh
And the Stockholm insecurity is like
I don't exist

Night dawns on us now, my love
We finally found a way to lie, my love
Without an arm getting numb
In the middle of us, my love

Don't you get scared of those people now
Who look you in the eye and smile at you now
Yes, they condemn you, but they won't tell
And that's how it goes, my love

And the wind in the trees are like
Sch-ooo, sch-ooo
And the trains that pass by are like
Sch-du-dung, sch-du-dung
And you and me are like
Take your coat on, let's go out for a walk

And the tears in our eyes when we ski fast in the forest
But the choir in my chest is always stuck on the chorus
And I know it's in me to get away from all of this
Though I like this the best, I always liked this the best

The obstacles we build for ourselves, my love
The time we spend making decisions, my love
There's a longing in me for things that yet haven't occurred
So I'll return to you, city, again and again

The Fox, The Hunter and Hello Saferide

I Forgot About Songs

To hear a song like that
To have it spoon your sad little heart
It didn't give me a better outlook on life but it told me
"I've been there too, and I turned it to art"
And that made all the difference to me
That made all the difference to me

And I forgot about songs
I forgot about what they are to me
I forgot how they hold me
How they sooth me and carry me
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
I forgot about violins
I forgot how they see me
Try me and taunt me
And how they finally breathe me

I forgot about chord changes
Where the base tone stays intact
I forgot about drums and
Voices with a tendency to crack
When they make all the difference to me
They make all the difference to me

There was this September
When all broke through
Turned out all my truths had worn thin
I dangled by a thread from within
But I heard a violin

"I'll hold you my child"
The song said, and it did
It stroke my forehead with pale hands
And slowly carried me to the bridge
And as the chorus arrived
I let go

You're so young
You're so young and you come up to me
And you tell me it helped you through something bad
You say and you hang your head
But this song it helped you through

I get home and I kick my books
Fuck you knowledge
I was never on your team
Never one of your fighters

I was born a romantic for a reason
Not to be loved
To be a songwriter

Dad Told Me

There is sadness in the family, Dad told me
Let's not speak of it, it only brings us down
And there's sadness in the DNA, I've known it
I've felt it in the pavements of this town

I've lived my life
With a backpack that was never mine to carry
Heard its constant whine
Saw its body that was never mine to bury

There's trouble in the genes, Dad told me
Don't ask again, best we don't bring it up
Dad, it seems you can't clear away the smoke of fires you can't find
I've lived my life with a longing that I can't identify
I've been kept from, held from knowing
Daddy, that's why it keeps on growing
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
But I found the dead animal the smell stems from
I found the story from which the shadow was cast
I searched and searched and now that I found it
I wanna give it back
I searched and searched and now that I found it
I wanna give it back

There's trouble in the family, I tell you
I know and now that I do
Kid, I'm passing it on to you

But let's not speak of it, son
It only brings us down
But let's not speak of it, son
It only brings us down

I Was Jesus

It was the second day of spring
And sunbeams made love to windows in all the houses
And I was Jesus
And I decided to come down to earth in the shape of a woman this time

And I was Jesus
And I went into the sea
And I took two fishes
And I turned them into millions
And I took five loaves of bread
And fed a country with them
And I said: "Do you believe me now"
"Sorry", they said
"We focused on your wet white cloth as you bent over to pick up the fishes"
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
And I was bitter for a while
But then I decided to go at it again

And I was Gandhi
And I came back to earth
In the shape of a woman this time
And the river Ganges
It cleared my vision and I
Well, I guess I was a woman again

And I started my quiet, friendly revolution
And they said: "Oh, a quiet, friendly woman, super rare"
And I tried to convince them it's not a personality
It's a choice and a belief
And: "Would you give me credit for it and can you please follow me"
And they said: "Speak louder, we can't hear you when we're screaming
You look nice now that you don't eat"

And I was Martin Luther King
And I came back to earth
In the shape of a woman this time
And I was both black and a woman
I had two fights to fight so I was burned out
And well, that was it

And I was Jesus
And I went up to heaven Easter Sunday
And I said "I'm never going back to earth"

And the Mother said: "Oh Jesus up til now, you've been paying for Adam's sins
Soon is when the fun begins"
Oh and then, she gave me a date for when this would occur

Parts Of Nature

I stared at a walnut for hours, had time off from work
I was so glad it resembled a brain
"I must be a part of something", I said to myself
If pieces of nature looks the same

I climbed a mountain, just to be sure it was a mountain
I stood at the top and I said: "Man, this surely is a mountain"
I felt a slight comfort as I climbed down
That nature was constant when you fail to be around
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Volcanos, the water I'm boiling, keep on erupting
There is a storm coming in tonight
They're tying their shoes now they're raising their fists
Now they're smacking their lips and they're starting a fight

There's a mathematical model that emulates
How birds fly in flocks, I've heard
There must be a reason I must be a part of
If you can calculate a bird

But I grew up next to a sea
I know all about the surface laying still
When something's building up from underneath
I'm lying still, I'm lying still, always will
I'm lying still, I'm lying still, always will
I'm lying still, I'm lying still, always will
I'm lying still, I'm lying still, always will
I'm lying still, I'm lying still, always will

There's a mathematical model that emulates
There must be a reason I must be a part of

There's a mathematical model that emulates
How birds fly in flocks, I've heard
There must be a reason I must be a part of
If you can calculate a bird

Berlin

Do you miss the sea, though you've never been there
I imagine you would you never went anywhere
Still everyone came to you, if you could meet the sea
Would you like to, would you like to
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Do you miss the sea, though you've never been there
I imagine you would you never went anywhere
Still everyone came to you, if you could meet the sea
Would you like to, would you like to

Berlin
Do you remember when my lover and I
We walked along your river on a cold summer's night
As the sun laid to rest
The drunks came rolling in
And I heard laughter from across the street
And laughter from within

My heart jumped every step we took
My lover wore all white
Berlin, you wore your greenest dress
And we stayed up all night

I whispered to my lover then
"Oh, how blessed we are to walk here"
And I forgot all sorrows
And he forgot to talk

Oh no, I was never there
Oh no, I was never there
Oh no, I was never there
Oh no, I was never, never, never

But that was many years ago
Berlin, I went too far
I hear you're growing colder
Well, many of us are

Some of us bury our roots deep
We like our seasons to be four
We don't do well with carefree sunshine
And we are not young anymore

Do you recall the greatest lie you told
You made me feel like I could be
Just anything, just everything
Like you could see things hidden in me

Oh no, I was never there
Oh no, I was never there
Oh no, I was never there
Oh no, I was never, never, never

They say that rain is coming in again
I got us tickets to an early flight
I'll show you how to swim

Raspberry Lips

"Big bang sure knew its way around estetics"
You say as we lay down in the grass
Sun moves closely over the city
Downing on us way too fast

While we argue about your comment
I'll always know we are on the same mission

You are
You're a Darwinist while I
I am religious but lacking a religion
You would build
You'd build science a church
Form a gospel choir with mathematicians
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Anyhow, we are humble tonight
You are a sight and I'm begging I might
Get to kiss your raspberry lips
Humble that all is calm
That the breeze in the air still is warm
That my hand is on your arm

Let's not speak of sorrows waiting
Let's not speak of tomorrow or next year
I have weights of mine to carry
But just for tonight, they have somehow disappeared

Anyhow, we are humble tonight
You are a sight and I beg that I might
Get to kiss your raspberry lips
Humble that all is calm
That the breeze in the air still is warm
That my hand is on your arm

Sing for me, all the voices of this town
Sing for me, sing a chorus of your own

Far beneath the ground we walk on
There's a darkness
There's a darkness
There's a darkness
And it's dying to get out

If we're happy
It will find us
Search with torches
Until it finds us
So I'll close my eyes
I won't think about raspberry lips

The Crawler

Andrea and me, we went swimming last Monday
Swimming last Monday in a community pool
I refused to remove my suit in the shower
Scared that someone might see the scars on my soul
That this autumn left on me

A community swimming pool, it's like a society
Twenty people swimming in a line
Making room for everyone
We work hard to get along
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Then he comes along, the crawler
He doesn't see anyone else, the crawler
He jumps in the middle lane and waves his crawling arms
Visibly damaging the swimming quality for everyone else
The crawler believes because he knows crawling
He gets to crawl over everyone else
"People who breaststroke and can't keep up
They should start crawling themselves"
So says the crawler

Andrea and me, we swam after each other
After each other in the community pool
I'm not good at talking while exercising
If you say something funny, Andrea, I'll drown

My arms in the water get number and number
For every second here I grow stronger
We're in a line, twenty people, we try to get along
I love how we get along

But the crawler keeps crawling, forcing the water
Building forts of waves that hit our faces
Us twenty, we gather around the crawler
We push his face under water
And we wait

We wait for the waves to slow down
We wait for the waves to slow down
We wait for the waves to slow down
We wait for the waves to slow down
We wait for the waves to slow down
And we wait for the waves to slow down

Hey Ho

I knew it first thing I met you
There's something special in us
Our lives will be different
We will stay young forever

We'll know when we get there
And we looked for entrance doors
But somehow we never
And there was no

And when the streets wake up at nights, we'll go there
Singing "Hey, Ho"
Hey hey ho, to the plans that slip away before we have them
Catching soup with forks without lamplight
And everyone else seemed to end up places
While we just sang "Hey, ho"
Hey hey ho, to the sailors that never passes by
To take us along to Brazilian sea ports
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
But there is something about him
Like he has never seen the world
Something so pure and decent
I have to destroy it

Or tap it on bottles
And drink it all night
And put a ring on it
To keep it forever

And in a suddent flash of light I'll stand there
Singing "Hey, ho"
Hey hey ho, to the hope I carry with me in my hands
Fragile as newly-born birds or as egg shell

I have something, I know I do
I just need someone else to see it too
To pinpoint it and let me know
What to do

You, my friend, you are no help
You have just as little clue as I ever had
We ask each other for directions
It's as entertaining as it is sad

No, I didn't ask much of him
Only that he'd be all I need
That he'd fill the void in me
Make me stay young forever

And now we roam the streets like tourists
There is panic in our eyes
We pick up every paving stone
Look underneath them for anything

Your head is nowhere safe tonight
I have no idea what to say tonight
We'll take off our boots and run out
Curse and scream at the moon tonight

In a dream I'm on my death bed
Being asked what it's all about
And in my dream I know it
Roaming the streets with your best friends singing "Hey, ho"
But when I woke up
I forgot it

Last Night Bus

I was fifteen, had the shape of a capital L
I still read books about ponies
This girl I got to know said she was throwing a party

A party where boys would occur
Something this cool was unheard of
In my life this far

There were four boys at the party
They weren't special or anything
Apart from the fact they were boys

They were real nice to me
They put on some neo Nazi music
Said it's pretty good, this neo Nazi music

And I hummed along
Tapped my foot along
To the neo Nazi music
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Now, at fifteen, some people are grown up
Have minds of their own
But me, I was a child

I was a piece of clay those days
I could have been molded by anyone
I was a good kid
Just that I could have been molded by anyone

The neo Nazi boys, they were nice to me
They smiled at me and they noticed me
But the best thing that ever happened to me
Is that none of these boys hit on me

I could have demonstrated
Played the bass guitar in a neo Nazi band
Would have been the same in some ways
And someone else in other ways

It's my scariest sliding doors memory
I want it sliced in a shredder thrown out of me

The last night bus was departing
So I had to leave

I see you on the subway
You're thirty and you're into hate
Now, at thirty, some people are grown up
Have minds of their own

And I get a letter from you man
You're fifty and you're into hate
Now, at fifty, some people are grown up
Have minds of their own

But, you got the wrong attention
At exactly the right time
You got the wrong attention

I'm not gonna hate at you because you hate women
I'm not gonna hate at you because you hate colour
I'm gonna wish so hard for someone to give you
The right attention, the right love
To turn this around

That someone's gonna be your last night bus
This night out on the town
That someone's gonna be your last night bus
This night out on the town

Rocky

They spoke to you in terms of "don't"
They used five words or less
They never asked you how you felt
Where we come form, we drink or we suppress

When you cried at two, they smiled at you
Said "Measure up now, little one"
And in school, you bit your lip
When you were hit behind the buildings

Kids tried real hard to make you cave but you didn't
You hit back
It was your reputation's birthday
When they yelled Rocky at you
Because of the punches you threw
Rocky, Rocky
They wanted to be like you

There was discomfort
When emotion started sipping out at inappropriate times
It felt safer to keep it locked up inside
Felt safer to sleep with teeth grinding at nights
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Grinding your teeth, la la la la la la la
Grinding, la la la la la la le
Grinding, you were just like me

And now it's happened, something bad
Made something grow inside of you like a volcano
And it was too big to control
You tried to run away but it ran after you

You're scared as shit as you're letting go
But as you do I love, I love, I love
I love you more

Rocky, you're a human now
Society tried to smother you
But never could
Caged up men everywhere
Led to believe that weakness is not a strength
You must lead them now, you must lead them

I loved you before
But now when you lay your head on my lap
And you say it's too much
I love you more
I loved you before but now
When you're arming up to fight your own head
I love you more
I loved you before but now
When you're speaking like you're not sure
I love you more
I loved you before I love you Rocky
I love you more

When you put down your gloves
Let us share the pants
You can carry my load
And I'll carry yours
I love you more
When you're speaking like you're not sure
I love you more
I loved you before but now
When you're arming up to fight your own head
I love you more
I loved you before I love you Rocky
I love you more

When you put down your gloves
Let us share the pants
You can carry my load
And I'll carry yours
I love you more
When you're speaking like you're not sure
I love you more
I loved you before I love you Rocky
I loved you before I love you Rocky
I loved you before I love you Rocky

This Body

This body
That's only done me wrong
That always proved weak when I needed it strong

That lays down to rest
When I need to run
That refuses to go just on
This body whose neck and shoulders are steady as thread

This body
That's only let me down
Whose head was always turned up to ten

That wasn't chosen
To be on anyone's team
Was picked last and never fought hard enough

It finally spoke out
Said "We need to see what this is about"

Oh, body
How I have wished of you
That would look different than you do
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
I'm sorry
I feel apologetic
You had better things to do

You had an agenda
And I never saw that
You're growing a kid now, it's sprouting like hell now
I'm suddenly dirt

It's like finding a hidden door
In the house you always lived in
With a secret room, and it holds diamonds and pearls

You're a rock and you're the sea
You're the fox and you're the hunter
You're not less and you're not more than anything

You're your mother and your father
You're their mothers and their fathers
Let your shoulders down, you're not going to war

CORRESPONDENCE

Who Really Needs Who

Jens Lekman:

January 1st, 2018
I'm writing you now, Annika Norlin
From the remnants of a New Year's Eve
The fog that slithers through the streets
I am trying to remember how
you made friends when you were young
What were those friendships based on
And what made them so strong

Francisco was my first friend
He lived round the bend in my neighborhood
He came up one day and asked, "Are you a turd?"
I said I was not, he said, "Then you're good"
He had post-traumatic memories
I didn't have any friends
We based our friendship on our non-turdness
At the time, it just made sense

Remember the first time that we met
That fall in New York that I want to forget
You asked if someone had a show for your band
I surprised myself when I reached out a hand
I was feeling so alone back then
Vulnerable and heartbroken
Despite that people used to call my name
As I stepped off the Q train
As I stepped off the Q train

I joined a program where you meet refugees
To feel a bit better bout myself honestly
I met Nazir, once a week
And we ended up good friends eventually
He said, "Thanks for taking the time to meet, it's really nice of you"
And I wondered who should be thankful to who
And who really needed who
Who really needed who

It's a miserable, sad and lonely life
You're a slave to your fears and then you die
But once in a while the skin becomes thin
You stand there by the door saying, "Can I come in?"
I just want someone to talk to
Well, maybe not just anyone
I've always liked what goes on in your brain
So would you like to correspond
Would you like to correspond

Showering in Public

Annika Norlin:

It's early morning
I'm packing my backpack
Computer and headphones and swimwear but no towel
I don't like showering at gyms, never thought of why
Maybe it's cause I'm semi-known
I don't want anyone listening to my albums
While telling their mums what my ass looks like
Showering in public
Showering in public
This is me recapping my life when it comes to showering in public

Six years old, some guy at the pool kept his office
Next to the girls' locker room, drinking his coffee
While watching us shower, I don't know his story
Someone said he was a pervert
I'm like: well maybe he just liked coffee
But the rumour alone gave us a sense that you
Have to watch yourself
While showering in public
Showering in public
You have to use your towel strategically
Shower one body part at a time

Two times a week we had gym class
In grades four to nine, so that was two times a week
That the boys could sneak into our locker rooms to try to catch us naked
It became a tradition, I still remember their bored faces
Like they thought we would get upset if they didn't show up
To watch us shower in public
Shower in public
You couldn't shower and then you would get accused of being sweaty in public

At seventeen
In the locker room, one of the bathrooms was broken
It had a sign that said BROKEN
But some of the girls from the arts programme opened the door anyway
Found a guy who'd drilled a hole through the wall
To watch us all come in after gym and then
Magically shower in public
Shower in public
They chased him down the hall
The paper published the news with a fun caricature

It's fun come to think of it
I know no less erotic places than locker rooms
Sweaty women drinking protein drinks with sweaters but no pants on
Talking about kids and work and training
Blowing noses and laughing and complaining
Jens, I must go now, I'm heading home
On the yard, a small amount of snow has laid to rest
I hope you bought yourself a quilted jacket down in Gothenburg
Jens, I wish you all the best

Forever Young, Forever Beautiful

Jens Lekman:

In Milwaukee I met a mountaineer
He told me how he'd taken an old lady from there
To one of those famous mountaintops
Where her husband once had perished and dropped

Being a gymnast she was in very good shape
But once in a while they had to stop for a break
To warm their hands on a cup of java
As he helped her put on her balaclava

It'd been forty-two years he had heard
But the man's body was quite well preserved
From the permanent cold he was

Forever young
Forever beautiful
Forever young
Forever beautiful
Forever young

On the way down her cheeks were redder
Redder than the reddest apple
They set up their tent at basecamp
Crawled into their sleeping bags and she lit a candle

She said: You should've seen him in his summer clothes
The short pants that gently exposed
His calves that spoke of hidden treasures
Golden ratios, unknown pleasures

She told him how their bodies had together bloomed
That first time they did it in her student room
How she had got on top of him
So she could see everything
Reflect in the light of the moon

Forever young
Forever beautiful
Forever young
Forever beautiful
Forever young

Hibernation

Annika Norlin:

Remember I took on too much last Spring
After a while, my nerves went to war for anything
Overfeeling everything
Sad looking sock and I'd be down for the whole weekend

And I couldn't sleep at nights because my
Rabbit heart kept me awake
Du-du-du-dunk all night
And all the news
And the opinions
And the strip lights

So that was when I seriously started
Considering hibernation
Felt like the natural thing to do, just
Going into sleep mode
I just said I love you to my family
Went over to the station
Took a train and jumped right out in the woods
Lied there until my summer fat wore off

Halfway into the forest
Met some kids there with a bright red spade
Offered them a twenty for it
Said I need to get myself some sort of cave

And I said to the kids
"Take that spade out and dig
Dig-dig-dig-dig, I need a hole this big
So it fits me arms out
I need it for the coming six months

See, lately I have seriously been
Considering hibernation
Feels like the natural thing to do, just
Going into sleep mode
I'm just gonna pack my bags, go over to the station
Gonna take a train and jump right out in the woods
Lie here until my summer fat wears off"

I wouldn't have to worry about the world
I'm a bear in hibernation
I don't worry about the world
I wouldn't have to worry about the world
I'm a bear in hibernation
I don't worry about the world
I wouldn't have to worry about the world
I'm a bear in hibernation
I don't worry about the world
I wouldn't have to worry about the world
I'm a bear in hibernation
I don't worry about the world


Not Because It's Easy, But Because It's Hard

Jens Lekman:

Knock-knock, are you there
Sorry to wake you, my fellow bear
I'll slip this song under a rock somewhere
So you can hear it when it's summer

It hurts to hear you've been exhausted
I've seen too many people round me haunted
By the cruelest to-do lists
Longer than the end credits of movies

It shocked me to hear about Avicii
Did you see that documentary
I read Avicii means hell in buddhism
And hell is what his dream had become

That scene when he tried to cancel those shows
Made me think back on some years ago
So scared of letting anyone down
I worked myself slowly into the ground

Felt the cortisol pumping through my sleep
When an ad flashed by in my Facebook feed
A cheap DNA cloning kit
Didn't know technology had made it there yet

Connected it to a USB hub
Dabbed saliva on a cotton bud
Gave my passwords to all my email accounts
And slowly a body rose from the ground

With more clones of me we would have more time
One could write the tune and the other the rhymes
A third could focus on the business
And a fourth would send greeting cards for Christmas

But soon our focus fell apart
I said, "Guys, if all of us do our part
We could make it to the moon with our art
Not because it's easy, but because it's hard"
But because it's hard

I heard the clones bragging
About all the sleep they'd been missing
They posted vids of them sipping
On a smoothie while their eyes were twitching

Coffee for lunch, email for dinner
In those press photos we've never looked thinner
Exhaustion only happens to a winner
Wear it like a badge of honour

It was not until clone number one
Was hospitalized with palpitations
That they asked themselves what we'd done
And were horrified by what they had become

And the slaves turned on their master
Filmed me while they kicked my ass there
And posted it with the caption
"Smash the capitalist system"

So I hope you slept well in your bears den
I hope you're back on your feet again
But if you should need the time to
Take the next month off and I'll cover for you

Joining A Cult

Annika Norlin:

Thanks for your letter
Please, send a clone over
I'll use him for garden work
And harmonies

Speaking of pretty new documentaries
Have you seen the one about the Rajneespuram society

Everyone seem to think
They were lunatics
But I sort of thought
Hey I get this

Inside this rational brain of mine
I long to be contradicted
I wait for a sign
Doesn't matter what cult
What sign
Just give me any culty sign

I'll tell you all the advantages
Though I'm guessing maybe you are an atheist
You'd get a reason
And you'd get a goal
You'd know how to dress
And how to cleanse your soul
I'd be up for that
I'd be totally up for cleansing my soul

Would I have to split from my family
They wouldn't know what got into me
I'd change my name into something cool
Like Warlord Springgrass
And the leader would use me as a songwriter tool
I'd spread her message to the world

Send in the choir
Send in the choir

Each day I'm waiting eagerly
When I cross this corner
Will there be a sign there just for me
A special light or a person with a glow
That says something new I didn't already know
But there's never anything
Just the same old cats and fences

My leader would know what to do about everything
About the wars and the climate and all the hurting
She would say, "Sh! I know just what to do
You just relax, and you stay low
I'll punish the bad guys, set the good ones free
Then we'll have a fiesta"

Send in the choir
Send in the choir
Send in the choir
Send in the choir

Last month when you came to visit
You played a set in the church in the city
For Shirin you set your voice up high and you let go
It made me cry, so when you answer in July
Can you, please, do so in falsetto

Revenge Of The Nerds

Jens Lekman:

Annika, I long for that too
A parental figure to serve
Someone who could recognize the pain in me
And validate my hurt
Who could point me in a direction
And say walk this way and you'll be free
That I'd have a home there among them
In their little community

I think back on a teenage friend
who introduced me to Marilyn Manson
In the darkest moments of high school
It channeled our frustration
He'd set up a poster of Britney
She was the face of all that was wrong
The hierarchy we'd never be part of
and then he brought out his airgun

At a concert I met a punk girl
She just walked up and asked my name
Asked if I played any instruments
She had a band that could barely play
The band was mostly an excuse
To wear leather jackets and hang
And go vandalize the swimsuit ads from H&M
While I carried their spray cans

The best song they ever wrote
Was called "Can't Get Laid 'Cause We're Too Ugly"
But they never blamed anyone for that
Except Baywatch and Tutti Frutti

I had kind of a crush on the punk girl
But she had a crush on my friend
And despite my heart being punctured
I delivered the message to him
But it only made him offended
He slammed the door to his room
Her interest became an insult
And confirmed what he thought he knew

And he was furious, so furious
At all the Britney's that he couldn't get
I distanced myself when I saw what
He'd written on the internet

I re-watched Revenge of the Nerds
Do you remember the speech 'bout being different
How I cried when I saw that at thirteen
But do you remember the rape-scene, 'cause I didn't
Or how generally creepy the nerds are
The plot could be re-summarized this way:
Some athletes try to stop some sex criminals
From assaulting their partners, but fail

I thought about this culture
That gave me strength when I felt like a freak
But also gave me an ulcer
From an anger that I couldn't speak
That I had somehow been robbed of a right
To love and sex that I deserved
A feeling that the game was rigged
Between alpha males and beta nerds

And then Isla Vista happened
And the Toronto attack this spring
And I read these incel threads
They reminded me of something
I checked my old friend on Facebook
Scared of what I would see
But he just posted pics of his family
In his profile pic he looked happy

He had a photo album called "good times"
With a photo where we try to look evil
In shirts that said, "How does it feel
To be one of the beautiful people?"

Failure

Annika Norlin:

Licking my lips I lean
In for the first kiss
He says I am mistaken
Leaves me eyes closed, mouth open

Big people fly in
To see me rise to the occasion
I know this is it
But occasions make me sink like a stone
They fly home

Opening the paper
I see my big idea
Punctured like a balloon
Deflating for the whole country to see
Blood pumping through my veins
As I fall

Here's to the feeling of failure
Ah the rush when you made a fool of yourself
Ah the liberating fresh scent of failure
You are finally free from yourself

Reading your letter
It made me remember
When I was a teenager
I had a band that no one knew of

If I express my love for no one
I won't be rejected
If I play my songs to no one
They won't be made fun of
If I point out my own flaws
Put them on a shirt

Here's to the feeling of failure
Ah the rush when you tried and you fell
Ah the liberating fresh scent of failure
It's a big fuck-off sign to yourself

Free falling
Free falling into thin air
Who will be left when I come down
What parts will be there

Free falling
Free falling into thin air
If it fit didn't please them
I must have done it to please me
It must mean
I am finally free

In this song alone I worry:
Am I too straight, am I
Saying things that belong to
Refrigerator magnets

But oh no I am liberated now
I will do no such thing
As to hide what I'm saying
Hear the strings play it

Here's to the feeling of failure
Ah the rush when you made a fool of yourself
Ah the liberating fresh scent of failure
It's a big fuck-off sign to yourself

Cosmetics Store

Jens Lekman:

I went to a cosmetics store
To buy some lotion
Tried to describe my type of skin
To the store clerk, a kind woman

She led me over to a sink
And held my hand in it
And washed it so carefully
For what felt like a minute

And I felt a tear running down my cheek
There in the store
I hid it quick
I didn't expect
To react like that

It's just that there's been a grief
I've tried to carry with grace
A heart that broke
While I kept a straight face
A hand that forgot
What it's like to be held
What it's like to be grazed

Election Day

Annika Norlin:

I wake up early on Election Day
I've already voted so I'm timewise OK
Göteborg feels like my head
Slow, gloomy and grey

My train departs soon
We meet up at the station
You just came in from Bergen
How are you, Jens Lekman
I eye everyone, try to guess
What they're voting for

And this is what we speak of:
That when you know someone likes you
As a friend or a lover or a listener
But you still don't know
Why they like you, so you take a guess
Based on their appearance
But people are always so much more complicated
Than you think, than you think that they are

A woman comes up, she says she's a clairvoyant
She says thanks for this Friday, I went to your concert
I like you 'cause I can tell you were a warrior
In a past life

On the train I buy an apple
It's so huge, it's astounding
And I get so upset
I'm by myself, can't show no one
I fight an urge to show the girl sitting next to me
But she looks like a model, probably doesn't want to see it
It's amazingly large, this apple, and I gram it
But it gets very few likes

And outside the window, the trees flaunt their shit
And the fields, and the flowers, and the lakes that are glittering
Behind me, two people in suits
Say climate change is fake news

And I take my huge apple
And I shove it down their throats
I say that's not a topic you can argue about
It is what it is, it's not up for debate
Do you really think I would be stuck on this train
Twelve hours today if it was optional

That last part was I lie, I'm a pacifist
But I enjoyed making that up, I have to admit
Let's not forget I was a warrior
In a past life

The results are like life on Election Day news
No one really won, and all are confused
It's quiet, but it feels like a bomb with a really long fuse

And I like you 'cause you talk about the same things that I do
Telling stories and TV, and being on tour
It makes me feel like an extrovert
And that is nice for a change

And I like me because I always crash
I wallow and complain, and then I bounce back
If a clairvoyant came up in a hundred years
I think she would have said to me:
In your past life, you were lame but at least you tried
Now those fumes will choke you, so get inside
Now it's time to sleep on Election Day

On the Edge of Time

Jens Lekman:

October 27th, 2018
I'm writing you one last time Annika Norlin
It was nice to see you that morning at the station
I'm sure you were a warrior in a previous incarnation

Me, I must've been a rabbit or an ostrich
Or a pile of trembling leaves sown together with cross stitch
My anxiety has been holding me hostage
I've developed this problem with a really tough itch

I went to the clinic to get a prescription
Cried a little in front of the physician
Ointments and sedatives and antibiotics
Went home with a bag full of legal narcotics

The best is the sedatives, they work well but softly
I don't scratch myself in sleep, I pass out like a baby
When I wake up I'm rested, I'm calm and happy
The only bad thing is the strange dreams that haunt me

I'm deep in the woods, in a village with tipi's
The branches from old oak trees hang heavy
A woman carrying a baby greets me
Says she's glad that I came, she's been trying to reach me

She shows me around, the villagers are happy
They give me some wine and flowers to greet me
Their society's based on a loose form of anarchy
They've dealt with the climate, injustice and patriarchy

'Cause this is the future I can tell from their technology
But they use it for good and they use it so sparsely
They are not but slaves under their own machinery
The cogwheels turn only when they think it's necessary

And the woman grabs my arm and she looks me in the eye
She's contacted me 'cause she's worried bout our time
This future is only one of many lines
That we can potentially walk down, you and I

When I wake up I giggle 'cause it seems kinda cringey
I think about their village, what a bunch of fucking hippies
This must be because I read that book by Marge Piercy
Where some people from the future make contact with Connie

A woman in a mental institution in the seventies
And show her their world that's one of many possibilities
And instill in her the hope to fight for humanity
I loved that book, but as a document of history

'Cause now it seems strange to hope for anything at all
When every step forward seems infinitely small
Save the polar caps from melting by recycling milkbottles
While the CEO's are flying their pets to skilodges

How vulnerable it is when someone says what they want (says what they want)
Instead of just saying what they don't want (what they don't want)
How easy it is to laugh at someone's utopia
After decades of being spoonfed dystopia

I rub my cortison ointment on my eczema
I take my sedatives and crawl up to the heater
Keep treating the outside, ignoring the inside
Keep treating the symptoms, not the root of the problems

And in my next dream the woman's back again
This time she's shouting 'cause her signal is fading
I wake up sweating, my skin is itching
I put some ice on it and sit down in the kitchen

And outside the leaves are slowly falling (slowly falling)
Over pigeons, buildings, CEO's and children
I'm gripped by a love for this world that we live in
And I think about a quote from Ursula Le Guin:

"We live in capitalism
It's power seems inescapable
So did the divine right of kings
Any human power can be resisted
And changed by human beings"

There's a dying light in the distance that beckons
As the clocks are rapidly running out of seconds
This is where I get off, I reckon
Take care of yourself, your friend Jens Lekman

Silent Night

Annika Norlin:

There was a kid called Joseph
He'd been dealt a bad hand
Was born poor and a bastard
But grew up to be a preacher
Made a new friend called Franz
Joe went over to Franz house
Said, "See this poem I once wrote
I feel like it's got something
Can you, please, put some music
To my words"

Looking down at the paper
And the title read
Silent Night

The first time they performed it
It was Christmas Eve
They sang it together
Franz played the guitar
I can see them before me

And this big shot organ builder
Fell in love with the song
Brought it back to his hometown
Where some folk singers heard it
And they spread it around

Slightly changed
Each time it was sung, was
Silent Night

When I'm down I just think about it
How they must have felt when they performed it
If the choir cried when they sang it
If anyone in the church that day said
Well, I like the older stuff better
They should do more upbeat tunes

It could have been a day like any other day
Where Joseph would be preaching and Franz would be playing
Nine out of ten days are slightly disappointing
But on the tenth, you see that light beckoning
They had no idea that Silent Night would be
Silent Night

Sing it with me
Let your voice carry from all those miles away
If you sing loud enough, my microphone might record you
It might record you

Silent Night
Holy Night
Silent Night
Holy Night
Silent Night
Holy Night
Silent Night
Holy Night

In World War One, 1914
Because it was Christmas
There was a short truce on the battle field
Both sides laid down their weapons
Sang carols in the night
And the day after
Like nothing had happened
They continued the fight
There was only one song
Known to soldiers on both sides
And for a second
All was calm, and all was bright

Non Albums Tracks

2006

Party favours on the floor
And a half drunk bottle with a popcorn in it
Yesterday's dress in a complete mess
And a bruise on my arm, I don't know how I got it
January 1st and it's already clear
It's gonna be another shitty year

This years resolutions
I will exercise more
Call my grandma
Tell my family that I love them
Learn about the world wars, and forget
I will learn a new word each day
Today's word is dejected

And on the top of the list there's you
I'm gonna be with you
I haven't told you yet
But I'm gonna be with you

Doorbell's ringing, I ordered pizza
Came half through it, wish I hadn't eaten so much, had some more
Watching Ivanhoe on TV
Picturing me as slacker Marion
Wished for a life this year, it's brand new
But the only thing that's true
I'm gonna be with you
I haven't told you yet
But I'm gonna be with you
I haven't told you yet
I'm gonna be with you

Ipod X-Mas

( Oh No... It's Christmas! - 2006 )

They say It's coming on to christmas
Hello Saferide, lot of candle in the christmas tree
They say It's gonna be all parties and carols
Well I disagree
Well I disagree

You left on the 10th of december
Guess there'll be no nobel award from me
Far as standing outside by your window, shouting
"I disagree"
"I disagree"
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
And as for present, you fuck, I had an Ipod nano
With your name written on it
It's gonna fit well into my new life listening
To Gloria Gaynor, singing
"I will survive"

They say there's suppose to be three wise men
I've been searching but I haven't found a single one
Angels brought a baby to a virgin me
I'll just settle for some good old fun
Settle for some good old fun

And as for present, you fuck, I had an Ipod nano
With your name written on it
It's gonna fit well into my new life listening
To Gloria Gaynor, singing
"I will survive"

And as you're on your way
Merry christmas, you just ruined my favourite holiday

I Was Definitely Made For These Times

( There's A Razzia Going On, Volume 1 - 2008 )

Looking at old photos of Grandma's Grandma,
Making a quilt, looking after the kids.
Hating school, I made my teacher in shop cry
I am far too restless
Kids are cute as long as they're not mine
Wait up

I was definitely made for these times
I can make the meanest daiquiri
I can quote all of high fidelity
I was definitely made for these times
Would have gotten stoned or ridiculed
Maimed or trampled
Or died from poor nutrition
Wait up
Up-up-up-up-up

There have been times I thought it might be good though
If Mum and Dad could have chosen a man for me
Someone from the neighborhood with well-bred charms
Guess I'd still have thrown myself in the arms of you
Wait up-up
Up-up-up-up-up

I was definitely made for these times
A woman should obey her man
Sure - when he can do the things I can
I was definitely made for these times
Going in to Church on Sundays, ruining my TV fun day-ay

Wait up-up
Wait up-up
Wait up-up

I'll be holding you when you cry
I'll be holding you when you cry
I won't commit to you but I'll hold you when you cry (I'll be holding you when you cry)
I won't commit to you but I'll hold you when you cry (I'll be holding you when you cry)
I won't commit to you but I'll hold you when you cry (I'll be holding you when you cry)
I won't commit to you but I'll hold you when you cry (I'll be holding you when you cry)
I won't commit to you but I'll hold you when you cry (I'll be holding you when you cry)
I won't commit to you but I'll hold you, hold you, hold you when you cry (I'll be holding you when you cry)
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
I was definitely made for these times
I can make the meanest daiquiri
I can quote all of high fidelity
I was definitely made for these times
Would have gotten stoned or ridiculed
Maimed or trampled
Or died from poor nutrition
Wait up-up
Wait up-up
Wait up-up

Last bitter song

Now, this will be the last bitter song
It will be my last, real bitter song about you

From now on, I'll write about flowers and butterflies
Chickens and kittens and shit
From now on, I'll try to look myself straight in the face
From now on, I'll try to find someone who knows I exist

Not to feel like I do
When I write my bitter songs
This is my last real bitter song
About you

I won't have to mention she was blonde and thin
With a peanut for a brain and volleyballs for chest
I won't have to mention that's always what happens
When you leave him your key
Ends up having sex in your apartment with miss non-bitterness

Now this will be the last bitter song
I'm feeling cheerful already
I'd like to break his neck, if I may, if I may

But most, I'd like to cut off that head
And cut off that hair
And cut off those volleyballs

And I hope he gets her heart broken
And I hope she turns bitter, really really bitter
Really really bitter, really really bitter
Like me

Leaving you behind

How I wish you'd lied, or had been untrue
That you hadn't said: “it's always you.”
Baby how I wish you hadn't held me all those lonely, lonely nights
But you did, makes me wonder why
Makes me wonder why, I'm leaving you behind

And I know I'm gonna see you down town
with a pretty girl, and you'll be holding hands
You'll both be laughing
And she will be wondering the same as me
Was I crazy
You know I've got to be crazy for leaving you behind
I'm leaving you behind

Oh I'm such a worthless being
Ruining all we've got for
Some kind of feeling that there's more than this
How I wish there was more than there is

Re: always on my mind

If you say that you're the one
How come you always bring me down
How come you always bring me down
If you say that you're the one

And if I'm always on your mind
How come you've been so hard to find
How come you've been so hard to find
If I'm always on your mind

You left me looking like a fool, boy
You left me yearning for your love
Thought about leaving just to
Let you know that I am not for granted
Guess I am for granted

And when night has turned to day
I'll never leave you anyway
I'll never leave you anyway
When the night has turned to day

You left me looking like a fool, boy
You left me yearning for your love
Thought about leaving just to
Let you know that I am not for granted
Guess I am for granted
Guess I am for granted

If I'm always on your mind
How come you've been so hard to find
How come you've been so hard to find
If I'm always on your mind

The best night of your life

I saw you as soon as you entered the door
I knew I was right not to leave before
From this stupid masquerade party we're at
Yeah yeah yeah

I came here dressed like Audrey Horne
You came here dressed like Salieri
Well Amadeus is making out with Joey Ramone

Don't think we've met
Only in my dreams every night
Well nice to meet you
I won't let you out of my sight
Oh no that's wrong
Then how could it feel so right
You don't know it yet but it's the best night of your life

Boy, you've got the dark voice as the devil's
Why are you standing there chating to pebbles
And I've got a penguin checking me out
Yeah, yeah yeah

Boy, you've got the soft eyes of a poet
I know that all of that is bullshit
I've seen that you've got a carpenters hands

I've got to go
Don't act older than you are
But I've got work
Get working and go to the bar
I've got a girlfriend
She doesn't have to know where you are
You don't know it yet
But it's the best night of your life

The quiz

You look nice alright
And I like the way you nod after everything I say
Like it actually means something to you

And I like your record collection
Townes and Jens with a hint of Ricky Lee
And you've cleaned up the bathroom
Made a really nice soup
But a bit too much sci-fi in your shelf with DVD's

There are things you need to know about me
I'm weak right now, so weak right now
I need proof before I dare to open this heart
So I prepared a quiz for you

Would you freak out if I said I liked you
Do you walk the line
Is your IQ higher than your neighbour's
And is it very much higher than mine

Can you sleep when I grind my teeth
Do you look away if I slob when I eat
Will you let me be myself
Can you at all times wear socks
Because I'm still scared of feet

And if I'd fall
Would you pick me up
And if I'd fall
Would you pick me up

Do you talk in the middle of Seinfeld
Do you read more than two books a month
Do you get racist or sexist when you've had a few
Is it fine if I make more money than you

Have you slept with any people I work with
Is there anyone you'd rather wish I'd be
Do you still keep pictures of old girlfriends
Are they prettier than me

And if I'd fall
Would you pick me up
If I'd fall
Would you pick me up

And if I'd fall
Would you pick me up
If I'd fall
Would you pick me up

Valentine's Day

I won't tell you, baby, you drink too much
This year, on Valentine's Day
And I won't see you looking at that girl's butt
This year, on Valentine's Day
I won't remind you I'm not for granted
Won't have to beg you to take a shower
I won't even cry cause you don't love me enough
This year, on Valentine's Day

Got my bags packed and I'm bringing the dog
Going too fast on the highway
Lost my love for me when I loved you
Gonna reclaim it all on Valentine's Day
True love at last, on Valentine's Day

Gonna have dinner with the coolest girl
Although she's been broken down during this stay
Just me, myself and my biggest laughter
Candle light dinner on Valentine's Day

And then, I'll go dancing at the finest club
Find a kid who's ready to play
Gonna get all the pleasure you never could give me
This year on Valentine 's Day
True love at last, on Valentine's Day

So I hope you are sorry and I wish you the worst
And that's all I had to say
I think we have fish sticks if you need dinner
This year, on Valentine's Day
Got a feeling this is gonna be valentine's year

Roses are red and violets are blue
And sugar is sweet and I'm leaving you
Roses are red and violets are blue
And sugar is sweet and I'm leaving you
Roses are red and violets are blue
And sugar is sweet and

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