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«Sleepless Songs»

  1. Lonely, God
  2. 10 below
  3. Going over that mountain
  4. True what they say
  5. Love, love, love
  6. Right in front of you
  7. Isolation rd.
  8. No one knows
  9. High hopes
  10. Sleepless song

 

 


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Lonely, God

I’m ready
40 nights in this sickbed
There’s more behind me than ahead
What hasn’t been done, has been said

It’s so lonely, God

And freedom
It ain’t the same as having fun
Many times you’ll lose when you think you’ve won
Hard to tell what pays off in the long run

It’s so lonely, God

It was raining when I left home
It still is
I always knew it would come to this
Not much I really miss

 

10 below

You’re moving on
I knew this couldn’t last
Sleepless songs
The heart and the hourglass

The ground was cold
The stars were dying in the sky
You waved goodbye
I left without you

Your hands were trembling
The night was dark and still
You said “Remember”
I said “I always will”

The ground was cold
The stars were dying in the sky
You waved goodbye
I left without you

And days go by
I keep the memories alive
You’re with me now

Love, you remind me
Of what I used to know
Tonight I trace your footprints
Tonight I’m letting go

 

Going over that mountain

Well, I’m going over that mountain
Going across that sea
Going over that mountain
Don’t wait around for me

I got boots of solid leather
A coat to keep me warm
Boots of solid leather
When you wake up I’ll be gone

Flowers in the meadow
Wet with morning dew
The river’s on the rise
The sky silvery blue

I can hear the church bells ringing
Wonder who they’re ringing for
I can hear the church bells ringing
And the slamming of a door

Well, God is in his heaven
And the devil’s down in hell
I’m going over that mountain
Where I’m bound now I can’t tell

Brother, don’t you worry
Sister, don’t you weep
Someday we will meet

I gaze at the horizon
In the mirror of the sea
I gaze at the horizon
There’s no one here but me

Tombstone’s my pillow
Cold ground my bed
Blue skies my blanket
Moonlight my spread

The last verse is an excerpt from “Death room blues” by Blind Willie McTell

 

True what they say 

Well, I’m older
I pull my coat tight round my shoulders
The trees have turned black
The wind’s colder
The river is icy grey

And I stop
And I turn
I could swear…
But it’s not
For a second there I forgot
It happens most every day

Is it true what they say?
I see the daylight fade away
I wander & I stray
Don’t leave me here
I am strong and then I’m not
See, these chains are all I’ve got
I’ve tried, but not a lot
Don’t leave me here

He said
“Son, you know one day I’ll be gone
Walk on
Memories they fade away”     

Here I stand
On a ridge in no man’s land
Ready to move on, but I can’t
Tomorrow’s another day

Is it true what they say?
I see the daylight fade away
I wander & I stray
Don’t leave me here
I am strong and then I’m not
And these chains are all I’ve got
I’ve tried, but not a lot
Don’t leave me here

So it’s true what they say
& I don’t wanna fade away
Wander & stray
Don’t leave me here
I am strong and then I’m not
See these chains are all I’ve got
Yeah I lied, but not a lot
Don’t leave me here

I hear your footsteps everywhere
Feel your fingers run through my hair
I turn and there’s no one there
Don’t leave me here 

 

Love, love, love

My dad, he taught me not to spend a dollar if you only got a dime
“But if you do”, he said, “Call me anytime”
Ma read me the Lord’s Prayer every night at bedtime
“Now close your eyes”, she’d say, “I’ll sit here by your side”

And I guess that’s love, love, love
Love, love, love

I come home from work at 10 to 5, we eat dinner at four
You say you’re tired, you don’t talk much anymore
But, every now and then you dress up, we go dancing at the bar
I pull you close, “Don’t push your luck”, you'll say, “Who do you think you are?”

But then you’ll smile just like when we we’re in love, love, love
Love, love, love

And it’s hard to make the good things last
The days just pass
And, we do a lot for love

People on the platform, waiting on the northbound train
Some are waiting on a friend, others leaving town again
The days are shorter now, another summer’s gone
And while the world keeps spinning round, you and I keep holding on

Falling in and out of love

 

Right in front of you

This is our old ground
This is where we used to run around
Too busy playing to eat
Too busy dreaming to sleep

If you want it it is right in front of you
It shines like the morning
It shines like you do

This is what’s left of our old man’s pier
Remember when we snuck down under it and popped our first beer?
This is where we sat
And swore when we’d leave we’d never look back
 
If you want it it is right in front of you
Whenever you’re ready to
It’s right in front of you
It shines like the morning
It shines like you do

Never left this town
Never settled down
Never left this town

It's right in front of you
Whenever you're ready to

 

Isolation rd.

I can’t follow dear
I just can’t go on
There’s nowhere to turn
And nowhere to run
The last time you cried
I just turned away

Isolation road
Can we go on?

 

No One Knows

My old man took off tonight
A shooting star shines so bright
No one knows, knows where it goes

My little girl said “Dad” today
“You know, every night when you make me fold my hands and we pray
Do you believe in what you say?”

No one knows

My best friend
I’ve known him since I was ten
Once we were boys
Now we’re men
And everything comes to an end

You and me now, we’ve been up all night
We both know what went wrong
Can we make it right?
We’ve been up all night

No one knows

The sky hanging low
The sea moving slow
You’re asleep now
And soon it’s tomorrow

No one knows

 

High hopes

Ken buys a coffee, Ben orders a beer
Ken says “My God, how did we end up here?”
They’ve met in this bar now for 20-odd years

Will plays the lottery and waits for Saturday night
Someone always wins, so he just might

Marianne should have left Joe
But, it’s easier to hold on now than to let go

Sam was the singer in a big local band
Why they didn’t make it no one understands
Now, like me he’s looking for a second chance

Had high hopes
That got shot down

There ain’t no way I’m gonna let you down
I hope you always knew
Now, let’s run over this same old ground
And pretend that it is new

Cause we can’t go back

 

Sleepless song

The wind through the trees
The roaring sea
The wind through the trees
The roaring sea

I reached for your hand
You weren’t there
I reached for your hand
You weren’t there

The church on the hill
The circling crows
The church on the hill
The circling crows

I remember you
You were a friend
I remember you
You were a friend

I carry my cross
And it carries me
I carry my cross
And it carries me

The waves roll out
The waves roll in
The waves roll out
The waves roll in

If you can dream
Dream
If you can dream
Dream

If you can sing
Sing along
We all know the words
To the sleepless song

 

Lyrics by Vidar Vang & Gaute Fredriksen