B i o g r a p h y
 (by Jason Ankeny)

Bergen, Norway-based indie-pop duo Kings of Convenience teamed singer/guitarist Erik Glambek Bøe and guitarist Erlend Øye. After first earning notice thanks to a series of acclaimed European festival appearances during the summer of 1999, the twosome signed to American label Kindercore to issue their lovely eponymous debut the following spring. Quiet Is the New Loud was issued in early 2001on Astralwerks. The album used many of the same tracks from the Kindercore release but re-ordered them and replaced a few with newer songs. The remix album Versus followed later in the year and featured remixes by artists as diverse as Ladytron, avid Whitaker and Four Tet. After a three year layoff during which Øye recorded a solo album, 2003's Unrest, and gained some reknown as an electronica DJ while øe worked on finishing up his psychology degree, the pair teamed up again for the recording and release of 2004's excellent Riot on an Empty Street.




Kings of Convenience
- 2000-xx-xx -



Toxic Girl
I Don't Know What I Can Save You From
Failure
Leaning Against the Wall
Brave New World
An English House
Days I Had With You
Parallel Lines
Winning a Battle, Losing the War
Surprise Ice
 

Quiet is the New Loud
- 2001-03-06 -



Winning a Battle, Losing the War
Toxic Girl
Singing Softly To Me
I Don't Know What I Can Save You From
Failure
The Weight of My Words
The Girl From Back Then
Leaning Against the Wall
Little Kids
Summer on the Westhill
The Passenger
Parallel Lines

Riot on an Empty Street
- 2004-06-21 -



Homesick
Misread
Cayman Islands
Stay Out of Trouble
Know-How
Sorry or Please
Love is no Big Truth
I'd Rather Dance With You
Live Long
Surprise Ice
Gold in the Air of Summer
The Build-Up

Declaration of Dependence
- 2009-10-02 -



24-25
Mrs. Cold
Me In You
Boat Behind
Rule My World
My Ship Isn't Pretty
Renegade
Power Of Not Knowing
Peacetime Resistance
Freedom And Its Owner
Riot On An Empty Street
Second To Numb
Scars On Land

Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

A Most Peculiar Man
Boys don't cry
Corcovado
Deilig Er Jorden
Drop
Envoy
Free Fallin'
Garota de Ipanema
Gatekeeper
Glory Box
Gold for the price of silver
Into the Ring of Fire
Last Christmas
Manhattan Skyline
Me And My Arrow
No train to Stockholm
Once Around the Block
Parr-à-pluie
Sveve Over Byen
Tanta Til Beate
The Beat of a Drum
The Eternal
The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side
Until You Understand
When You Wish Upon A Star
You Made Me Forget My Dreams


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Kings of Convenience

Brave new world

Out in the dark,
Walking in the rain,
On a lonely street,
Looking for the fire.
Escaping the noise,
Can you ever escape?
You can hear your thoughts,
They're calling you a liar,
Out in the dark,
Walking in the rain,
On a lonely street,
Looking for the fire.
Escaping the noise,
Can you ever escape?
You can hear your thoughts,
They're calling you a coward.
A brave new world,
It's all around,
You're walking too fast,
To be able to see it.
Your wings are too small,
To get off the ground,
Truth is too close,
For you to believe it.
A brave new world,
It's all around,
You're walking too fast,
To be able to see it.
Your wings are too small,
To get off the ground,
Truth is too close,
For you to believe it.
Too high, too low, too small to see,
Too fast, too closed, too scared to meet,
The world outside your own mind.
The world outside.
Too high, too low, too small to see,
Too fast, too closed, too scared to meet,
The world outside your own mind.
The world outside.
Out in the dark...


An english house

An english house
Could never be warm,
When autumn has waned
And winter is born.
Single glazed windows,
Won't keep the draft
Away for long.
Watching birds and aeroplanes,
Crossing the sky
And out of my frame.
Evening sounds,
From hornsey lane,
To which i am drawn.
An english house
Could never be warm,
When autumn has waned
And winter is born.
Single glazed windows,
Won't keep the draft
Away for long.


Days i had with you

Standing on the top of a mountain,
Staring at the blue sky,
Dreaming of the ocean,
And the days i had with you,
The days i had with you.
Walking in a crowded street,
Looking for somebody,
Stare at all the faces,
Making up the crowd,
Making up the crowd.

Quiet is the New Loud

Winning a Battle, Losing the War

Even though i'll never need her,
Even though she's only giving me pain,
I'll be on my knees to feed her,
Spend a day to make her smile again.
Even though i'll never need her,
Even though she's only giving me pain,
As the world is soft around her,
Leaving me with nothing to disdain.
Even though I'm not her minder,
Even though she doesn't want me around,
I am on my feet to find her,
To make sure that she is safe and sound.
Even though I'm not her minder,
Even though she doesn't want me around,
I am on my feet to find her,
To make sure that she is safe from harm.
The sun sets on the war,
The day breaks and everything is new.
The sun sets on the war,
The day breaks and everything is new.
Everything is new. (3 times)
The sun sets on the war,
The day breaks and everything is new.

Toxic Girl

In the sky the birds are pulling rain,
In your life a curse has got a name,
Makes you lie awake all through the night
That's why.
She's intoxicated by herself,
Everyday she's seen with someone else,
And every night she kisses someone new
Never you.
You're waiting in the shadows for a chance,
'Cause you believe at heart, that if you can,
Show to her what love is all about,
She'll change.
She'll talk to you with no one else around,
But only if you're able to entertain her,
The moment conversation stops she's gone,
Again.


Singing Softly To Me

Things seem so much better when
They're not part of your close surroundings.
Like words in a letter sent,
Amplified by the distance.
Possibilities and sweeter dreams,
Sights and sounds calling from far away,
Calling from far away.
I didn't know you then, now did I girl?
I couldn't hear you singing softly to me.
I didn't know you then, now did I girl?
I didn't see the brave girl so near me.
I didn't know you then, now did I girl?
I couldn't hear you singing softly to me,
Singing softly to me.
I wanted a mystery that couldn't be solved,
I wanted a puzzle with pieces missing.
I wanted a story that couldn't be told,
Only the fishing part of fishing.
I didn't know you then, now did I girl?
I couldn't hear you singing softly to me.
I didn't know you then, now did I girl?
I didn't see the brave girl so near me.
I didn't know you then, now did I girl?
I couldn't hear you singing softly to me,
Singing softly to me.
And now I find
It was you all the time.
I'm in love again,
It's too late now...


I Don't Know What I Can Save You From

You called me after midnight,
It must have been three years since we last spoke.
I slowly tried to bring back
The image of your face from the memories so old.
I tried so hard to follow,
But didn't catch a half of what had gone wrong,
Said "I don't know what I can save you from. "
I don't know what I can save you from.
I asked you to come over,
And within half an hour,
You were at my door.
I had never really known you,
But I realized that the one you were before,
Had changed into somebody for whom
I wouldn't mind to put the kettle on.
Still I don't know what I can save you from.
I don't know what I can save you from...


Failure

Using the Guardian as a shield,
To cover my thighs against the rain,
I didn't mind about my hair.
Your jacket may be waterproof,
But knowing the moment you get home
You're gonna get your trousers changed.
Failure is always the best way to learn,
Retracing your steps 'til you know,
Have no fear your wounds will heal.
I wish I could travel overground
To where all you hear is water sounds,
Lush as the wind upon a tree.
I wish I could travel overground
To where all you hear is water sounds,
To capture and keep inside of me.
Failure is always the best way to learn,
Retracing your steps 'til you know,
Have no fear your wounds will heal.
Failure is always the best way to learn,
Retracing your steps 'til you know,
Have no fear your wounds will heal.

The Weight of My Words

There are very many things
I would like to say to you,
But i've lost my way
And i've lost my words.
There are very many places
I would like to go,
But I can't find the key
To open my door.
The weight of my words
You can't feel it anymore.
The weight of my words
You can't feel it anymore.
There are very many ways
I would like to break the spell
You've cast upon me.
'Cause all the time
I sacrificed myself
To make you want me,
Has made you hant me.
The weight of my words
You can't feel it anymore.
The weight of my words
You can't feel it anymore.
The weight of my words
You can't feel it anymore.
There are very many things
I would like to say to you,
But i've lost my way
And i've lost my words.
There are very many places
I would like to go,
But I can't find the key
To open my door.


The Girl From Back Then

And I sat down and said
"I don't want to suffer."
But she told me
She had nothing to offer,
No more.
I sat down and said
"I don't want to suffer."
But she told me
She had nothing to offer,
No more.
Now that I know that
I did not know you then...


Leaning Against the Wall

Your eyes are cold,
I know you'll tell me all.
Not to fall,
I lean against the wall.
I'm on the floor,
Not listening anymore.
I should have known,
The things to which you're prone.
You cross your arms,
And tell no lies,
A thousand thoughts run through my mind,
A thousand words that I don't need,
I never thought you could do this.
I should have known,
The things to which you're prone.
You cross your arms,
And tell no lies,
A thousand thoughts run through my mind,
A thousand words that I don't need,
I never thought you could do this.
Your eyes are cold,
I know you'll tell me all.
Not to fall,
I lean against the wall.


Little Kids

Little kids playing in the park downtown.
Someone's dad is watching
From the side of the ground.
I'm following my shadow so I cross the street.
Car passing stereo I like the beat.
Open up the door,
Turning on the fan.
Dropping down the keys that I held in my hand,
And then start waiting for her steps
To be heard in the staircase,
Enter the room and let down her bag.
Asking me all kinds of trivial questions,
Pretending an everyday life we don't have,
Pretending an everyday life we don't have,
Pretending an everyday life we don't have.
Little kids playing in the park downtown.
Soon they'll be all gone as the sun goes down.
Little kids playing in the park downtown.
Soon they'll be all gone as the sun goes down.
And rises over, Brooklyn Bridge tomorrow,
Hours later I will follow,
Wake up to a life that's hollow without love.
Without love...


Summer on the Westhill

From my seat I see the fields move by,
Coulours strong- it's been a long, long time.
It's the first time I see Summer on the Westhill.
I lean back and let my eyes just go
Floating now where they want to float.
They seem to take to the horizon.
Now I know there is a world beyond
The small place I was coming from.
I feel at home here
In the middle of nowhere.
I will never know the names
Of these places that I travel through
To reach the coastline.
I've been told I will be there in time.
Please oceancloud,
Let there be no storm on the crossing below.
Please oceancloud,
Let there be no storm on the crossing below.
Please oceancloud,
Let there be no storm on the crossing below.
Please oceancloud,
Let there be no storm on the crossing below.


The Passenger

I didn't know you were there
Until you said "hello."
You had been watching me
For I don't know how long.
I hit my head against the lamp,
As by surprise I stood up.
"Don't be afraid," you said,
"it's only me- The door wasn't locked."
The voice I'd heard in the hall
Was hard to recognise.
But now we know he's onboard,
Wearing our disguise.
If only you and I could trust
Each other through this,
Then together we could
Work out who
The enemy is.

Parallel Lines

What's the immaterial substance
That envelopes two,
That one perceives as hunger
And the other as food.
I wake in tangled covers,
To a sash of snow,
You dream in a cartoon garden,
I could never know.
Innocent imitation,
Of how it could be,
If when the music ended,
You did not retreat.
In my imagination,
You are cast in gold,
Your image a compensation for me to hold.
Parallel lines, move so fast,
Toward the same point,
Infinity is as near as it is far.
Parallel lines, move so fast,
Toward the same point,
Infinity is as near as it is far.

Riot on an Empty Street

Homesick

I'll lose some sales and my boss won't be happy,
But I can't stop listening to the sound
Of two soft voices
Blended in perfection
From the reels of this record that i've found.
Every day there's a boy in the mirror asking me:
What are you doing here?
Finding all my previous motives
Growing increasingly unclear.
I've traveled far and i've burned all the bridges
I believed as soon as I hit land
All the other options held before me,
Would wither in the light of my plan.
So i'll lose some sales and my boss won't be happy,
But there's only one thing on my mind
Searching boxes underneath the counter,
On a chance that on a tape I'd find:
A song for someone who needs somewhere to long for.
Homesick.
Because I no longer know where home is.

Misread

If you want to be my friend,
And you want us to get along
Please do not expect me to wrap it up
And keep it there.
The observation I am doing
Could easily be understood
As cynical demeanour,
But one of us misread
What do you know,
It happened again.
A friend is not a mean
You utilize to get somewhere,
Somehow didn't notice,
Friendship is an end
What do you know,
It happened again.
How come no one told me,
All throughout history,
The loneliest people were the ones
Who always spoke their truth
The ones who made a difference
Withstanding indifference.
I guess it's up to me now.
Should I take that risk, or just smile?
What do you know,
It happened again.

Cayman Islands

Through the alleyways
To cool off in the shadows,
Then into the street
Following the water.
There's a bearded man
Paddling in his canoe,
Looks as if he has
Come all the way from the Cayman Islands.
These canals, it seems,
They all go in circles,
Places look the same,
And we're the only difference.
The wind is in your hair,
It's covering my view.
I'm holding on to you,
On a bike we've hired until tomorrow.
If only they could see,
If only they had been here,
They would understand,
How someone could have chosen to go the length i've gone,
To spend just one day riding.
Holding on to you,
I never thought it would be this clear.

Stay Out of Trouble

I walked around for hours,
Two ten pence pieces in my hand.
I was alone and freezing,
Still trying hard to understand you.
I left the others knowing
I had to work this by myself.
But now the feeling's growing,
I would be better off with their help.
So baby, what we've got has lately,
Not been enough.
I wish I had your scarf still,
That once embraced,
And kept me warm.
I wish you could be with me,
In these last days when I am still hopelessly poor.
Stay out of trouble,
Stay in touch.
Try not to think about me too much.

Know-How

Riding on this know-how.
Never been here before.
Peculiarly entrusted,
Possibly that's all.
Is history recorded,
Does someone have a tape?
Surely, I'm no pioneer,
Constellations stay the same.
Just a little bit of danger,
When intriguingly, our little secret,
Trusts that you trust me.
'Cause no one will ever know,
That this was happening,
So tell me why you listen,
When nobody's talking.
What is there to know?
All this is what it is.
You and me alone,
Sheer simplicity.

Sorry or Please

Five weeks in a prison,
I made no friends.
There's more time to be done,
But i've got a week to spend.
I didn't pay much attention first time around,
But now you're hard not to notice,
Right here in my town.
Where the stage of my old life
Meets the cast of the new.
Tonights actors: me and you.
Each day is taking us closer,
While drawing the curtains to close.
This far, or further, I need to know.
Your increasingly long embraces,
Are they saying sorry or please?
I don't know what's happening,
Help me.
Through the streets,
On the corners,
There's a scent in the air.
I ask you out and I lead you.
I know my way around here.
There's a bench I remember,
And on the way there I find that the movements you're making,
Are mirrored in mine.
And your hand is held open,
Intentionally, or just what I want to see?
Your increasingly long embraces,
Are they saying sorry or please?
I don't know what's happening, help me.
I don't normally beg for assistance,
I rely on my own eyes to see,
But right now they make no sense to me,
Right now you make no sense to me.

Love is no Big Truth

All I do is sleep all day,
And think of you.
A memory of the cushion life
I'm clinging to.
The image of a mutual one, our haven.
The sombre chords of our song,
The fading.
Love is no big truth,
Driven by our genes,
We are simple selfish beings.
A symphony that's you,
Joyously awaking the ignorant and sleeping.
Passion and its brother hate,
They come and go.
Could easily be made
To stay for longer though.
Many people play this game
So willingly,
Do I have to be like them,
Or be lonely?
Love is no big truth,
Driven by our genes,
We are simple selfish beings.
A symphony that's you,
Joyously awaking the ignorant and sleeping.
I'll never need it again.

I'd Rather Dance With You

I'd rather dance with you
Than talk with you,
So why don't we just move into the other room.
There's space for us to shake,
And 'hey, I like this tune'.
Even if I could hear what you said,
I doubt my reply would be interesting
For you to hear.
Because I haven't read a single book all year,
And the only film I saw,
I didn't like it at all.
I'd rather dance than talk with you.
The music's too loud
And the noise from the crowd
Increases the chance of misinterpretation.
So let your hips do the talking.
I'll make you laugh by acting like the guy who sings,
And you'll make me smile by really getting into the swing.
I'd rather dance than talk with you.

Live Long

Summerchild that sits by the water,
Weaving sunlight threads in his hands.
The golden river that day a shelter,
A stream where he could make pebbles dance.
You looked around you,
Nobody had taken,
Any notice of what you saw:
Against the evening sky a formation,
A million black birds looking like one.
Live long, save ten years to remember,
Live long, hold it in front of your eyes once more.

Surprise Ice

When past sometimes takes you with soft hands,
Forcelessly pulls you to your chair.
Hides you away from these half days,
Sunless at the end of the year.
The air is like a knife cutting through you.
A room in the house is always warm.
Stretched out on the bathroomfloor, thinking,
Of fair days your future may hold.
Love comes like surprise ice on the water,
Love comes like surprise ice at dawn.
Deprived of the light and of colours,
The world ends at your windowtree.
Darkness creates these illusions,
But pale days can teach you to see.
Rain falls, but no life is given,
Weeks pass, no progress is made.
Past sometimes takes you with soft hands,
And all that surrounds you will fade.
Love comes like surprise ice on the water,
Love comes like surprise ice at dawn.

Gold in the Air of Summer

Without giving anything away,
I can say it's by the sea.
It's a house that used to be the home of a friend of mine.
Without giving anything away,
You'll find ships inside of bottles,
And the garden's overgrown,
The house is white but the paint is coming of.
I didn't know if you wanted to,
When I came to pick you up.
But you didn't even hesitate,
And now you and me are on our way.
I think i've brought everything we need,
So don't look back,
Don't think of the other places you should have been
It's a good thing that you came along with me.
Gold in the air of summer,
You'll shine like gold in the air of summer.

The Build-Up

The build up lasted for days,
Lasted for weeks,
Lasted too long.
Our hero withdrew,
When there was two,
He could not choose one,
So there was none.
Worn into the vaguely announced.
The spinning top made a sound
Like a train across the valley,
Fading, oh so quiet but constant til it passed,
Over the ridge
Into the distances
Written on your ticket to remind you where to stop,
And when to get off.


Declaration of Dependence

24-25

She'll be gone soon
You can have me for yourself
She'll be gone soon
You can have me for yourself

But do give
Just give me today
Or you will just scare me away

What we build is bigger
Than the sum of two
What we build is bigger
Than the sum of two

But somewhere I lost count on my own
And somehow I must find it alone

Twenty four
And blooming like the fields of May
Twenty five
And yearning for a ticket out

Dreams burn but in ashes are gold
Dreams burn but in ashes are gold

Mrs Cold

Hey baby, Mrs. Cold
Acting so tough
Didn't know you had it in you so be hurt at all
You waited too long
You should've hook me
Before I put my raincoat on

Ok I get it
Ok I see
You were fronting because
You knew you'd find yourself vulnerable around me
Ok I get it
Ok I see
You feel vulnerable around me

Hey, baby
What’s going on
You lost control and you lost your tongue
You lost me
Deaf in my ear
Nothing you can say is gonna change the way I feel

Ok I get it
Ok I see
You were fronting because
You knew you find yourself vulnerable around me

Ok I get it
Ok I see
I step too close to your boundaries

You wanted nobody around to see
You feel vulnerable around me

Hey baby
What is love
It was just a game
We're both playing and we can’t get enough of
We're both playing and we can’t get enough of
We're both playing and we can’t get enough of

Me in you

Crossroads and given the option
To pass and look back at goals I’ve missed
Rainbows or burning bridges
If you squint a little more it looks the same

But oh, there’s a little bit of me inside you
Gathering what you’ve lost
But oh, there’s a little bit of you in everyone
Can never keep a secret

Problem, lines on your face
You smooth them out so no one can tell
Put a straight back upon a stage
Could dance dance hide the tremor in your hand

But oh, there’s a little bit of me inside you
Gathering what you’ve lost
But oh, there’s a little bit of you in everyone

And I’m watching you now
I see you building the castle with one hand
While tearing down another with the other...

Boat Behind

So we meet again
After several years
Several years of separation
Moving on
Moving around
Did we spend this time chasing the other's tail

Singing
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
I could never belong to you
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
I could never belong to you

Winter and spring
Winter and spring
Summer and fall
Summer and fall

You're the wind surfer crossing the ocean
And the boat behind

Skiffle and rag
Skiffle and rag
Shuffle and waltz
Shuffle and waltz

You're the up tip toe ballerina
In the chorus line

Singing
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
I could never belong to you
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
I could never belong to you

River and sea, picking up salt
Through the air there's a fluffly cloud
Falling down as rain

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
I could never belong to you
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
I could never belong to you

I could never belong to you
I could never belong to you

Rule my world

You set yourself above
That all forgiving God
You claim that you believe in

Your kind is gonna fall
Your ship is sinking fast
And all your able men are leaving

Only someone who’s morally
Superior can possibly
And honestly deserve
To rule my world

I talk before I think
You shoot before you know
Who’s in your line of fire
So somehow we’re the same
We’re causing people pain
But I stand and take the blame
You scramble to deny it

Only someone who’s morally
Superior can possibly
And honestly deserve

Only someone who’s morally
Superior can possibly
And honestly deserve

To rule my world
To rule my world
To rule my world...

Explain me one more time
When they kill it’s a crime
When you kill it is justice

My Ship Isn't Pretty

The telegraph gave us hope
Before was the silence and the panic it brought
The sky was the blankest sheet
We drew lines upon it so our thoughts could meet
Through cables black and cold
We carried our intentions to bridge and bring home
Would it all be so clear if the lines were erased
And the silence restored

Boys of today write lines on walls
In the streets at night in suburbs of cities with no name
Is this destruction or just quiet protests
Against loneliness

A cargo lies in our laps
The weight is so heavy and this is all we know
Our message will need a ship
To travel across oceans
That can't otherwise be crossed

It undulates on the waves
And crushes the water so we can be safe
It undulates on the waves
And crushes the water so we can be safe

Renegade

I'm letting go
To see if you'll hold on to me
I'm in doubt
Of what is thought and what is real

In our room
Between the shapes I thought I knew
A guillotine
A pillow with feathers like snow

I've come
To a listening post beyond your lines
I'm all ears
To gather clues and look for signs

But I can't hear
The song you sing while you try to soothe
Why are you whispering
While the bombs are falling

Go easy on me
I can't help what I'm doing
Go easy on me
Oh I can't help what I'm doing

Hello again
I buried you, where have you been
My renegade
You came back from the labyrinth

Unlike me
You've looked for things that could be found
And the thread
That guides through black times

Go easy on me
I can't help what I'm doing
Go easy on me
Oh I can't help what I'm doing

When thoughts had outnumbered spoken words
In the early hours
We failed to establish
Who was hurt most

Power Of Not Knowing

I see you changing girl
From Day to Day
Impressed by and trying to imitate
Those who are older
Those who are colder
Suddenly embarrassed by your age

Our bigger blessing, girl
Is being young
The power of not knowing
Where you belong

I try so hard to keep it
Not to lose that secret
Waiting for someone like you
To come along

Maybe it was me
That made you old
Stole whatever it was that made you glow
A little touch of something
A lot of work for nothing
And now our heart once open
Will be closed

Peacetime Resistance

Feeling the comfort of eyes is your sole intention
We all want to be understood unconditionally
But you have to realize that a viewer needs distance
And the moment your wall melts down, the inside is outside

Maybe way back in the past when people were different
Shortening bonds made them last, now we emphasize our difference
We have been enrolled one by one for the Peacetime Resistance,
And we're fighting our battles alone

We've got four eyes
So why yearn for one perspective
We've got colours
With shades erased when blended
We've got four eyes
So why yearn for one perspective
We've got colours
But they disappear when blended

Freedom And Its Owner

Beauty memories of all the places
We captured without camera
We've seen the pyramids
We've seen the Louvre
We've seen Orion upside down

The total eclipses and the moonlight shadows
We've seen dolphins jumping waves
We've skied the mountains and we swam in the rivers
And let the sunlight dry our skins

But freedom, freedom never greater than its owner
Freedom is the mastery of the known
Freedom, freedom never greater than its owner
No view is wider than the eye

Show a view to
Someone who chose to
Live his whole life in cave

He'll raise his arms
To protect his eyes from learning
And the blindness to which he belongs
This time it's me, it's me
Cascades of chances I'll just let them be

The unfamiliar is right below our eyes
Don't look for what we know
The unfamiliar is right below our eyes

But freedom, freedom never greater than its owner
Freedom is the mastery of the known
Freedom, freedom never greater than its owner
No view is wider than the eye

Riot On An Empty Street

"Why, why so quiet?
Oh my mysterious country singer?" she asked

My life, it's a riot
I'm climbing barricades
In empty streets at night

When I'm down
Fighting shadows
Twenty-five postcards
In a box in my room

Telephone conversations
Gas slowly leaking out
Of a heart-shaped balloon

It's a dangerous game
That I'm not sure
If I could keep playing for long
It's a dangerous game
It's a very fine line
And if one step is wrong

I have no cards to play
And that's why
I've got nothing to say, tonight
I've got nothing to say, tonight

Second To Numb

He won't touch you anymore
Staying at his side
Half indifferent, half afraid
It will only make you cry

What is given can't be returned
The cards are in our hands
All that is living can be hurt
And that's the end of innocence

Second round found you beating death
The miracle of life
Once each of you caught your breath
A question simmers inside

How far away from being in
Can there be stated of love
How to put it is you're bound within
What matter is it made of

What will we become
What will we become
What will we become
Second to numb

Scars On Land

We take what's dead
And breathe life in
And move like knives
Through scars on land

Still untouched
No stain of hands
Caramelized
In a tilted light

No chain stays unbroken
All aims get forgotten

The weight of lead
On floors of sand
The idea reduced again
To outcome

No chain stays unbroken
All aims get forgotten

Non Albums Tracks

A Most Peculiar Man

( Simon & Garfunkel cover / Live )

He was a most peculiar man,
He lived within his room,
Within his house, within himself,
A most peculiar man.
He was a most peculiar man,
That's what Mrs. Riordan said
And she should know,
She lived upstairs from him,
She said he was a most peculiar man.
He had no friends, he seldom spoke
And no one in turn ever spoke to him,
'Cause he wasn't friendly and he didn't care
And he wasn't like them.
He died last Saturday.
He turned on the gas and he went to sleep
With his windows closed so he'd never wake up
To his silent world
And Mrs. Riordan says he has a brother somewhere
Who should be notified soon.
And all the people said,
What a shame that he's dead,
But wasn't he a most peculiar man?
Wasn't he a most peculiar man?
Wasn't he a most peculiar man?

Boys don't cry

( The Cure Cover / Live )

I would say I’m sorry
If I thought that it would change your mind
But I know that this time
I’ve said too much
Been too unkind
So I try to laugh about it
Hiding the tears in my eyes
I try to laugh about it
Hiding the tears in my eyes
’Cause boys don’t cry
Boys don’t cry
Boys

I would break down at your feet
And beg forgiveness
Plead with you
But I know that this time
I’ve said too much
Been too unkind
So I try to laugh about it
Boys don’t cry

Corcovado

(Antonio Carlos Jobim cover / Live)

Um cantinho, um violão
Este amor, uma canção
Pra fazer feliz a quem se ama
Muita calma pra pensar
E ter tempo pra sonhar
Da janela vê-se o Corcovado
O Redentor que lindo
Rob from always on the run dot net is so bad and copy paste is a sin
Quero a vida sempre assim
Com você perto de mim
Até o apagar da velha chama
E eu que era triste
Descrente deste mundo
Ao encontrar você eu conheci
O que é felicidade, meu amor

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

Deilig Er Jorden

( Traditional Norwegian Christmas song )

Deilig Er Jorden
Deilig er jorden
Prektig er Guds himmel
Skjønn er sjelenes pilgrimsgang!
Gjennom de fagre riker på jorden
Går vi til paradis med sang.
Tider skal komme,
Tider skal henrulle,
Slekt skal følge slekters gang;
Aldrig forstummer
Tonen fra himlen
I sjelens glade pilgrimssang.
Englene sang den
Først for markens hyrder;
Skjønt fra sjel til sjel det lød:
Fred over jorden,
Menneske fryd deg!
Oss er en evig Frelser født!
Beauty around us,
Glory above us,
Lovely is earth and the smiling skies.
Singing we pass along
Pilgrims upon our way.
Through these fair lands Paradise.
Ages are coming,
Roll on and vanish.
Children shall follow where fathers passed.
Never our pilgrim song,
Joyful and heavenborn,
Shall cease while time and mountain last.
First to the shepherds
Sweetly the angels
Sang it at midnight, a song of morn:
"Glory to God on high,
Peace and good will to men.
Today is Christ, our Saviour, born!"

English translation: Søren Damsgaard Rodholm

Drop (The Tusen Takk Rework)

( Cornelius feat. Kings of Convenience )

Nageru.
Tusen takk for at du stoler på oss.
Vi skal gjøre så godt vi kan.
Vi har ikke mye erfaring,
men en gang må være første gang.
Utenfor vinduet som vi ser ut av, dekkes alt av snø.
Hit til oss har du sendt ideer
Og sjø.
Nageru.
Throw.
Thank you so much for trusting us.
We will do the best we can.
We don't have much experience,
but one time will have to be the first time.
Outside of the window we're looking out of, everything is being covered in snow.
You have sent us your ideas
Over land
Throw.

Envoy

En, to, tre.
If it comes back to me,
I'll let you know.
Or why don't you call back to see tomorrow?
I hope I can be the hand that you need.
It's unlike a really good solution at the time.
It's unlike a really good solution at the time.
I've been giving a lots of thoughts.
I was so pleased.
You were so sad last time we spoke,
It seemed.
When I stop thinking about it,
It will come back to me.
When I stop thinking about it,
It will come back to me.

Free Fallin'

( Tom Petty cover / Live )

Stick to your voice.
She's a good girl,
Loves her mama,
Loves Jesus and America, too.
I'm a bad boy,
'Cause I don't even miss her.
I'm a bad boy
For breaking her heart.
And I'm free,
Free fallin'.
Yes, I'm free,
Free fallin'.
It's a long day living in Reseda.
There's a freeway running through the yard.
She's a good girl,
Crazy 'bout Elvis,
Loves horses and her boyfriend, too.
And I'm free,
Free fallin'.
Yes, I'm free,
Free fallin'.

Garota de Ipanema

( Antonio Carlos Jobim cover / Live )

Olha que coisa mais linda
Mais cheia de graça
É ela, a menina
Que vem e que passa
Num doce balanço
A caminho do mar
Moça do corpo dourado
Do sol de Ipanema
O seu balançado
É mais que um poema
É a coisa mais linda
Que eu já vi passar
Ah, por que estou tão sozinho?
Ah, por que tudo é tão triste?
Ah, a beleza que existe
A beleza que não é só minha
Que também passa sozinha
Ah, se ela soubesse
Que quando ela passa
O mundo sorrindo
Se enche de graça
E fica mais lindo
Por causa do amor

Girl Of Ipanema

( Antonio Carlos Jobim cover / Translation )

Look, what a beautiful thing
So graceful
That's her, the girl
Who comes and goes by
In a sweet swing
Heading to the sea
Girl of the golden body
From the sun of Ipanema
Her swing
Is more than a poem
It's the most beautiful thing
That I've ever seen going by
Ah, why am I so lonely?
Ah, why is everything so sad?
Ah, the beauty that exists
The beauty which is not only mine
Which also goes by itself
Ah, if she knew
That when she goes by
The world smiling
Fills itself with grace
And it gets prettier
Because of love

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

Gatekeeper

( Feist cover / Live )

Well it's time to begin as the Summer sets in,
It's the scene
You set for new lovers.
You play your part
Painting in a new start,
But each gate will open another.
June July and August said
'It's probably hard to plan ahead'.
June July and August said
'It's better to bask in each others'.
Gatekeeper seasons wait for your nod,
Gatekeeper you held your breath,
Made the Summer go on and on.
Well they tried to stay in
From the cold and wind,
Making love and making their dinner,
Only to find that the love
That they grew in the Summer froze.
February April said
'Don't be fooled by the Summer again'.
February April said
'That half of the year,
Well we'll never be friends'.
Gatekeeper seasons wait for your nod,
Gatekeeper you held your breath,
Made the Summer go on and on.
Gatekeeper, gatekeeper, gatekeeper,
Gatekeeper, gatekeeper, gatekeeper,
Seasons wait for your nod

Glory Box

( Portishead cover / Live )

So tired of playing,
Playing with this bow and arrow.
I'm gonna give my heart away
And leave it to the other girls to play,
'Cause i've been a temptress too long.
Give me a reason to love you.
Give me a reason to love you.
This time, unchained,
We're all looking at a different picture.
Thru this new frame of mind
A thousand flowers could bloom.
Move over, and give us some room.
Give me a reason to love you.
Give me a reason to be a woman.
I just wanna be a woman.

Gold for the price of silver

If it takes control of your body and soul
Embrace it
If it makes you cry or leave you wondering why
Don't turn around, face it

But do turn cold
If they promise you gold for the price of silver
If it's chemically made
By people you hate
Pinch your arm (pitch around ?), see if they still there

Everything you want is what I got to give you
You just have to let yourself come with me now
Everything you want is what I got to give you
There's no time to hesitate, come with me now
Let's go and watch the sun rise

Over London bridge
Over golden gate
Or puddefjordsbroen

Let your heart run along to the rhythm of the song


Into the Ring of Fire

I would go into the ring of fire
I would go into the ring of fire
I would walk over the bridgeless chasm
Close my eyes, will faith hold me
I would drown until I find the bottom of the sea
I would leave everything safe behind me
Traveling into the void
If I don't need anyone else to guide me
I ain't no longer a boy
I would go into the ring of fire
I would go into the ring of fire
I would get burn by your words
I would get burn by your words

Last Christmas

( Wham! Cover )

Once bitten and twice shy
I keep my distance but you still catch my eye
Tell me baby, do you recognize me
It's been a year, it doesn't surprise me

Happy Christmas
I wrapped it up and sent it
With a note saying "I love you" I meant it

Now I know what a fool I’ve been
But if you'd kissed me now
I know you'd fool me again

Last Christmas I gave you my heart
But the very next day you gave it away
This year to save me from tears
I'll give it to someone special

A crowded room, friends with tired eyes
I'm hided from you and your soul of ice
I thought you were someone to rely on me
I guess I was a shoulder to cry on

A face on a lover with a fire in his heart
A man undercover but you tore me apart

Manhattan Skyline

( A-ha cover / Live )

We sit and watch umbrellas fly
I'm trying to keep my newspaper dry.
I hear myself say,
"My boat's leaving now"

So we shake hands and cry
Now I must wave goodbye
Wave goodbye...

You know
I don't want to cry again.
I'll never see your face again.
I don't want to cry again.
We leave to their goodbyes,
I've come to depend on the look in their eyes.
My blood's sweet for pain.
The wind and the rain
Bring back words of a song
And they say wave goodbye
Wave goodbye...

You know
I don't want to cry again.
I'll never see your face again.
I don't want to cry again.
So I read to myself:
A chance of a lifetime to see new horizons.
On the front page
A black and white picture of
Manhattan Skyline.

Me And My Arrow

( Harry Nilsson cover / Live )

Me and my arrow,
Straighter than narrow,
Wherever we go, every one knows
It's me and my arrow.
Me and my arrow,
Taking the high road,
Wherever we go, everyone knows
It's me and my arrow.
And in the morning when I wake up,
She may be gone, I don't know,
But if we make up just to break up,
I'll carry on, oh yes I will.
Me and my arrow,
Straighter than narrow,
Wherever we go, every one knows
It's me and my arrow.
Me and my arrow,
Taking the high road,
Wherever we go, everyone knows
It's me and my arrow.
And in the morning when I wake up,
She may be gone, I don't know,
But if we make up just to break up,
I'll carry on, oh yes I will.

No train to Stockholm

( Lee Hazelwood Cover / Live )

One night Johnny sang the truth for me
On an unknown bound train from Tennessee
Taught me all the letters in alone

Singing freedom is what you think it is,
But there ain't no train to Stockholm

Received your invitation to the war
I sent it back, so please don't send no more
I'd rather lie in some jail all alone

If I had to ride this train a hundred years
And all I had to drink is my own tears
I wouldn't kill for you or on my own

Governments and politicians too
There's lots of people feel the way we do
A hundred millions of us can't be wrong

Once Around the Block

( Badly Drawn Boy cover / Live )

You quiver like a candle on fire,
I'm putting you out,
Maybe tonight we could be the last shout,
'Cause I'm fascinated by your style,
Your beauty will last for a while.
You're feeling instead of being.
The more that I live on the inside,
Nothing to give.
I'm infatuated by your moves,
I've got to search hard for your clues.
Trying to outrun your fears,
You're running to lose,
Heart on your sleeve,
Your sole in your shoes.
Take a left,
A sharp left,
And another left.
Meet me on the corner,
We'll start again.

Parr-à-pluie

Je te tiens,
Chaudement dans mes bras.
Écoute la pluie qui frappe
Sur les fenêtres.
J'ai perdu
La puissance de la solitude,
L'invincibilité de l'homme sans coeur.
Maintenant j'ai peur.
À cause de toi,
Je suis faible comme dans un rêve
De la douceur de mon avenir
Avec toi.
Je te tiens,
Chaudement,
C'est mieux, n'est-ce pas?
Et au dehors il fait froid.
Pourquoi tu pars?
I hold you
Warmly in my arms.
Listen to the rain
Tapping on the windows.
I've lost
The power of the loneliness,
The invincibility of the heartless man.
Now I'm afraid.
Because of you,
I'm weak like in a dream
Of the sweetness of my future
With you.
I hold you,
Warmly,
It's better, isn't it?
And outside it's cold.
Why are you leaving?

Sveve Over Byen

( De Lillos cover / Live )

Hvis du er så trett av livet
At pent vær får deg til å sitte inne
Så vet jeg godt hvordan du har det
Det kunne vært meg
Hvis du ligger i sengen din
Og er sliten og trett fordi du må sove igjen
Så vet jeg godt hvordan du har det
Det kunne vært meg
Jeg ønsket å fly ned trappen og ut på gaten
Og opp i luften
Høyt over hus og trær
Jeg steg til værs og så ned på byen
Så håpet jeg å se at mitt eget liv
Var uten særlig verdi
Og hvis det var så kunne jeg
Sveve og bli fri
Jeg ønsket å fly ned trappen og ut på gaten
Og opp i luften
Høyt over hus og trær
Jeg steg til værs og så ned på byen

Tanta Til Beate

( Lillebjørn Nilsen cover / Live )

Tanta til Beate, hun bor i ei gate
I Gamleby'n,
Med hatt og fjær er hun et vakkert syn.
På vei ned Schweigaards gate
For å gå og mate duene
Mellom røyk og gass på Harald Haraades plass.
Og naar posen er tømt og duene rømt
Går hun hjem igjen,
Og finner fram sin gamle gramofon.
Den sveiver hun opp, og svinger sin kropp
Etter tonene,
Og syns at jazzen gikk dass
Med Django Reinhardt.
Tanta til Beate setter på ei plate
Med hakk og sår
Og tenker på den gang hun var tjue år.
Da hun og Ole-Willy
Syns det var så billig på Angleterre
Og Robert Normann visste hvordan Django spilte
...Og det er synd at denne
By'n den æ'kke hva den var!
Sier hun, og trekker for sin rullgardin,
Det er ingen ting som svinger slik
Som det gjorde før!
Alt det jeg har på gamle da'r
Er denne gamle plata.
Tanta til Beate snur sin gamle plate
Nok en gang,
Og serverer te med melk (Lap-sang-sou-chong!).
Så svinger hun en finger
Mens hun sier strengt:
Glem ikke hva vi
Fikk av Django Reinhardt!
Og når tanta til
Beate må forlate oss,
Og duene må finne maten sjæl,
Står St. Peter der
Og sier: Her har vi savna deg!
Og hun får en klem mens Django stemmer gittar'n.

The Beat of a Drum

Is it the beat of a drum or is it wisdom
That makes our souls dance?
When my heart stops, is it like Winter,
Or was this my only chance?
To get to know all the people I should get to know.
To smell the flowers in the young girls hair,
To get to know all the people I should get to know.
Overcoming all this fear.
Is it the far away sun, or imagination, that makes me think of home?
Is it the speed of light, or is it stillness, that makes change come about?
And lets me know all the people I should get to know.

The Eternal

( Joy Division cover / Live )

Procession moves on,
The shouting is over.
Praise to the glory of loved ones now gone.
Talking aloud as they sit round their tables.
Scattering flowers washed down by the rain.
Stood by the gate at the foot of the garden,
Watching them pass like clouds in the sky.
Try to cry out in the heat of the moment,
Possessed by a fury that burns from inside.
Cry like a child
Though these years make me older.
With children my time is so wastefully spent.
A burden to keep,
Though their inner communion.
Accept like a curse an unlucky deal.
Laid by the gate at the foot of the garden.
My view stretches out
From the fence to the wall.
No words could explain,
No actions determine.
Just watching the trees
And the leaves as they fall.

The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side

( The Magnetic Fields cover / Live )

Andy would bicycle across town in the rain
To bring you candy,
And John would buy the gown for you
To wear to the prom with Tom
The astronomer who'd name a star for you,
But I'm the luckiest guy on the Lower East Side,
'Cause i've got wheels and you want to go for a ride.
Harry is the one I think you'll marry,
But it's Chris that you kissed after school.
Oh, I'm a fool, but when the sun comes out,
And only when the sun comes out...
I'm the luckiest guy on the Lower East Side,
'Cause i've got wheels and you want to go for a ride.
Andy would bicycle across town in the rain
To bring you candy,
And John would buy the gown for you
To wear to the prom with Tom
The astronomer who'd name a star for you,
But I'm the luckiest guy on the Lower East Side,
'Cause i've got wheels and you want to go for a ride.

Until You Understand

It's hard to stay,
It's hard to look into your eyes
When I say I'm leaving.
I can't be sure,
But I think I made up my mind,
Although your heart is bleeding.
I wish the only one I had to be was me
For you to see this clearly.
I wish the only thing I had to do was to
Hold my arms around you.
So long, so hard,
Until you understand.
So long, so hard,
Until you understand.
And somehow I feel I'm pulling away your ground
Before i've even started.
To realise my words have caught you by surprise
Makes it even harder.
I wish there was a way
To make you read the signs
I'm bringing you this evening.
I wish the only thing I had to do was to
Hold my arms around you.
So long, so hard,
Until you understand.
So long, so hard,
Until you understand.

When You Wish Upon A Star

(Louis Armstrong cover / Live at Bowery Ballroom 02-07-2005)

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

If your heart is in your dreams
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Like a boat out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

You Made Me Forget My Dreams

( Belle & Sebastian cover / Live )

You made me forget my dreams,
When I woke up to you sleeping.
We had peace for a night at least,
But the trouble starts today.
This morning you'll say:
"i'll see you sometime, maybe" and I
Fall back to uneasy sleep.
You made me forget my dreams,
I was building a space rocket
With the boy who played bass guitar,
With the boy who's wearing flares.
He didn't care,
He lit the fuse and ran for a mile.
The space rocket went up in style.
The space rocket went up in style.
I'll lend you two hundred quid
For a flight across the ocean.
Maybe things will look better there,
Because they couldn't be much worse
Than tears and a curse.
For men with guns, maturing in age
Will always pay a shitty wage.
They'll always pay a shitty wage.
You made me forget my dreams,
When I woke up to you sleeping.
There was blood on the sheets again
And the view outside the window
Of gardens in bloom
Obscured by all the trouble we had.
I think I better make a move.
I think I better make a move.

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