the pohjolas

LYRICS

I cracked my head on a rock


 

1. yes I lied (2.34)

 

Yes I lied.

Cosmo isnít my real name.

I did wrong.

Because my name doesnít

sound like that at all.

 

The lie felt mild.

At first, but now it doesnít, not at all.

It feels harsh and it is hard to deal with.

 

I could hear it on your voice.

You knew.

It was obvious to me.

 

Yes I lied, I was weak.

I didnít dare to tell the truth.

 

Yes I lied.

It was this information that I had.

I said no.

But I know you knew I knew.

 

If someone said:

ďYour name means toad in JapaneseĒ.

Or even worse,

if they wouldnít and just laugh.

 

Chorus

 

I tell you this is true.

 


 

2. dream forgotten (1.33)

 

I had such a good dream

but I have forgotten what it was.

I knew exactly what to do.

 

Forgotten dream

 

I even remember myself

crying out ďEureka!Ē

loud and clear.

But I cannot recall what it was.

 

Chorus

 

There was this great plan

and it was just for me to get started.

It was all clear to me in detail.

 

Chorus

 


 

3. I came down with a thud (3.38)

 

I had been climbing for a while.

The sky was blue and the weather mild.

On my way up I saw some things

that were new to me.

 

But something went wrong.

I lost my concentration.

 

So I fell and came down with a thud

and I cracked my head on a rock.

Then I fell over sideways and whined.

I remained like that for a while.

 

My backpack wasnít heavy at all.

Well, it didnít used to be back then.

I remember thinking when I was on the top:

ďI wish that I could stop the time right nowĒ.

 

Chorus

 

I could see quite far when I was up there.

The view was just superb and everything looked small.

The trees the river, the fields and the road.

I saw a man and he looked like an ant.

 

Chorus

 

At least thatís what Iíve been told.

Introspection isnít easy at all.

 

 


 

4. fuzz & pluck (2.43)

 

There was a teddy bear called Fuzz

and there was this rooster named Pluck.

Donít forget they were cartoons

and not people like us.

 

These two guys always stuck together

just like the Tompson twins

or more like Laurel and Hardy.

They were what we call friends.

 

Laurel and Hardy is a better comparison,

because they complemented each other.

Fuzz was weak and worried

and Pluck was bold and really tough.

 

One day the teddy bear said to Pluck:

ďI have been thinking for a while.

Hey, if I was dying,

would you stay by my side?Ē

 

ďI donít wanna die alone.Ē

 

And the teddy bear continued:

ďI know you know Iím often scared.

But I feel fear inside

when Iím thinking about this.Ē

 

Then the rooster replied:

ďI know exactly what you mean.

You might think that I am fearless.

But I often feel the same.Ē

 


 

5. the mother scoop (3.19)

 

Suddenly one Monday afternoon

there was an excavator

parked close to our house.

 

The workers were gone

and they had left

the scoops that theyíd used

beside the machine.

 

And you cracked a joke:

ďNow they are digging our graveĒ.

 

A few hours later

you went out for a walk.

But outside the house

you stopped at the excavation.

You saw that the workers

had put one small scoop

into a larger one.

 

And you said:

ďItís the mother scoop

embracing her child.Ē

 

 


 

6. a knitted model (2.50)

 

I canít see you and I cannot hear you now.

But I can feel you in some way

and I can see when you move.

 

Iíve seen a knitted model,

thatís kind of how you stay.

I guess itís tough some times,

it didnít look roomy at all.

 

My future friend

 

I havenít heard you yet.

Or should I say that I have

heard you at a gallop?

That was your heart pounding

like a kittenís.

 

They say youíre upside down.

Does that feel strange?

Well, of course not,

thereís no up or down.

 

My future friend

 

I canít see you, but I know that you are here.

No, I canít see you but I know that you are here.

 

Iíve seen a knitted model.

 


 

7. midnight drummer (4.25)

 

They bought him a plastic toy drum kit in 1979.

He was always playing it, listening to Patsy Cline.

There were times when he almost drove

the neighbours mad as cows.

But we were thinking all the time

that it would lead to something good.

 

Midnight drummer, in the moonlight in an open field.

Midnight drummer, you make people feel that theyíre alive.

Midnight drummer, you will always hit that drum.

Midnight drummer, but can you play a different tune this time?

 

If one goes out in the neighbourhood when the time has passed

eleven thirty p.m. one might get to hear,

if the temperature is right and if it doesnít rain,

a sound that cannot be mistaken, itís the drummer in the open air.

 

Chorus

 

And some people might say:

ďYou shouldnít play the drums,

or any other noisy instrument

after nine oíclock.Ē

But they donít understand

that music keeps the drummer alive.

 

Even people in our neighbour town

can hear the drummer now and then.

Silent nights when thereís a west wind

they might come over to take a look at the

 

Chorus

 


 

8. the car didnít break down (2.53)

 

And the car didnít break down.

Not that time.

Itís really strange it didnít collapse.

Not on that occasion.

It took us far away from here.

I drove you away from myself.

 

In some strange way

it was all clear to me.

And for some inscrutable reason

the car didnít fall apart.

And there was no engine fault.

The wheels didnít fall off.

There was some kind of dignity in this.

 

Chorus

 

The hands on the wheel.

A quarter to two.

The eyes on the road.

Five minutes to twelve.

We are alone for the last time.

We are alone for the very last time.

 

Chorus

 

 


 

9. start again (2.52)

 

Iíve been told so many,

many, many, many, many

times, that it is hard to start again.

If thereís something that you

donít fulfil but you have to finish it

you just need to start again.

 

It could be anything at all.

A book you read, a song or a relationship.

 

When youíre restless and you think that

this just wonít do and you leave it though you know

that youíll have to get back to it just to start again.

Then you think later will be fine.

 

 


 

10. hands (3.02)

 

I thought that you would meet me down here.

But I was naive again.

I really thought that I would see you.

Let me illustrate.

My left hand is the ideal world,

how we want it to be.

My right hand is the reality.

 

This is how it is.

But you think: ďThis is how I want it to beĒ.

 

Thereís a gap between these two worlds.

Can you see my hands?

I keep them parted, horizontally.

If you see my hands tight together,

donít believe it.

 

Look around.

 

I thought that you would meet me down here.

But I was naive again.

I really thought that I would see you.

But I donít anymore.

Thereís a gap between the ideal world

and the reality.

 

 


 

11. the other side (2.20)

 

Time goes, static sound.

You wonít stay on the ground.

 

Here, on the other side

the grass is thicker

and the trees are greener.

If you stay where you are

youíll never see the difference.

 

Thatís how it seems.

From another view.

But if you take the step

youíll think: ďIs this it? Was this all?Ē.

 

Here, on the other side

the apples are crunchier

and the pears are sweeter.

Take, come on, take the chance.

Because if you donít

you will regret it soon.

 

Chorus

 

Hey, we have everything.

The new is newer

and nobodyís counting.

If you stay over there

you will get old and bitter and mean.

 


 

12. what people say (2.33)

 

I didnít know

that you only wanted to

use me to make things more

convenient for you.

 

We were four.

But I had to deal with you alone

I guess the fourth felt like me.

 

And you said:

 

ďThis will be so good.

Hereís some space for you.

We want you to be here right now.

You can put your things right here

but you cannot use,

well, you cannot use it yet.

Just make sure you pay.Ē

 

ďYouíre the last

so this is the only place

left for you.

And you can put your things

right over here.Ē

 

Now I know

that you fooled me.

But I didnít know it by then.

Itís so easy to believe what people say.

 

Chorus

 

 


 

13. hi Death! (2.33)

 

Hi Death, I think about you every day.

Hi Death, Iím thinking of you now.

ďI think about you too.Ē

All right, do you really need me after all?

ďWell, I will wait till 89.Ē

Oh, thanks! That sounds good to me. At least right now.

 

Time goes fast, a year feels like a month.

Iíve got a clock I cannot trust.

 

Hey Death, but can I really trust you now?

ďAfter seven comes eleven.Ē

I hear that youíre not too good at counting, or?

ďAfter ten comes half past nine.Ē

 

ďOh, yeah! They kicked me out of school back then.Ē

So, they didnít want you there?

Thatís not too hard to believe.

 

Chorus

 

OK, that means we canít be so sure.

ďWell...Ē

Thatís all right, because eternal life doesnít seem too good.

ďGood boy!Ē

Because Iíve read the picture of Dorian Gray and Goetheís Faust

and I have heard Alphaville too.

 


 

14. in one year the reconstruction began (2.49)

 

In one year the reconstruction began.

And within two years the house was completely rebuilt.

The building looked like before but slightly changed.

 

It wasnít visual, it was something I felt.

I canít put my finger on it right now.

It seemed familiar but at the same time not.

Iím coming home.

Anytime.

Iím coming home.

 

Iíll just have to.

 

My back hurts, my feet hurt as well.

You know why.

It doesnít help to look any further than this.

And life was strange, though you didnít know.

Iím turning back.

Anytime.

Iím turning back.

 

Your arms hurt, your legs hurt as well.

I know why.

This has been like a corkscrew in my chest.

What can be done to repair I donít know.

But Iím coming home.

Anytime.

Iím coming home.

 

Iíll just have to.

 


 

15. forgotten dream (1.28)

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 keep my eyes but donít pin and mount them

LYRICS & INSTRUMENTATION


1. To be with you (2.02)

I thought that you would sit beside
but something made me realize
you couldnít talk
your throat was dry
and I went out without a sigh

When I came back
you were not there
and I found something
that I wasnít supposed to read
but I read it anyway

because I went

Down to be with you
Down because I need
Down because I need you
Need you so much more from day to day

Never heard before
Never, ever heard before

She went to dad
said that he
would hit me
if he looked at me
But he didnít though
he just said ďOh!Ē
ďYouíre messing up this TV-show!Ē

Hopeless now
But not at all
The only thing you have to do
Away from me
Could it be

Because I went

Down to be with you
Down because I need
Down because I need you
Need you so much more from day to day

Never heard before
Never, ever heard before

Because I went

Down because I need you
Down because I need
Down because I need you
Need you so much more from day to day

(2 vocals, 2 electric guitars, bass, tenor banjo, drums, handclaps)


2. The swimmer (3.21)

To see you, see you swim
it wakes me up, it makes it all
You hold your head up high
and you smile
and you close your eyes gently

The water suits you well
It lifts you up, makes you look so
Thereís no doubt about
that youíre in your element

You want to reach far beyond
all those grey rocks
that we never could attain
They were always too far away
and we couldnít get there

As the feeling comes near
I swallow and I wish you were here
Is there anything now?
I take a deep breath and I think about

To see you, see you swim
it canít be beat by anything
To hear you splash about
in the August sun

The water suits you well
It lifts you up, makes you look so
Thereís no doubt about
that youíre in your element

You want to reach far beyond
all those grey rocks
that we never could attain
They were always too far away
and we couldnít get there

As the feeling comes near
I swallow and I wish you were here
Is there anything now?
I take a deep breath and I think about

To see you, see you swim
It wakes me up, it makes it all
You hold your head up high
and you smile
and you close your eyes gently

The water suits you well
it lifts you up, makes you look so
Thereís no doubt about
that youíre in your element

(3 vocals, 2 acoustic guitars, electric guitar, electric Yamaha organ)


3. Dodonka, Ranko, Little Banter (3.14)

Rolfieís having dinner with Cornelia
in a paper bag and itís okay
you can feel confused
and you can say
that you donít really get a thing at all
Lenny is just sitting in the sofa
eating popcorn saying: ďOh, my dear!Ē

I know that youíve got friends
who you are talking to
but thatís alright with me
if youíve got friends
that I canít see

Cassandraís also listening
she is always with you
I should know that, anywhere
nobody ever asks you anything
about those little friends
no one at all
perhaps the others do not know
a thing about it
I havenít told them anything

I know that youíve got friends
who you are talking to
but thatís alright with me
If youíve got friends
that I canít see
I know you need them now
you keep them deep down there
you give them funny names
but itís alright, anyhow

I might have said just something
about the names
you give them
some are really cool, you know
my favourites they are
Dodonka, Ranko, Little Banter and of course Feel Free

I know that youíve got friends
Who you are talking to
But thatís alright with me
If youíve got friends
that I canít see
I know you need them now
you keep them deep down there
you give them funny names
but itís alright, anyhow

Lenny is just sitting in the sofa
saying ďRockín roll!Ē

(3 vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, drums,
Philichorda organ)


4. Silverback (1.49)

Clive has lost his girl
just the other day
He lost her in a fight
Clive fought really hard
Now heís black and blue
and of course he seems
a bit irritated now
No wonder about that

S-S-S-Silverback!

Heís sitting in the grass
Chewing on a plant
Scratching his left arm
looking for a flea
Finds the flea, alright
and he kills it with a bite

S-S-S-Silverback!

Clive is eating shoots
Heís frowning and he looks
a bit like he is mad
I wouldnít tease him now
if I were you
But you donít
Well Ė Do you?

S-S-S-Silverback!

Staring at the woods
Nothing in particular over there
Staring at the grass
Nothing in particular over there
Looking at the sky
Just some fluffy clouds
All is pretty calm
Time is right for Clive
Go ape!

S-S-S-Silverback!

(2 vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, body percussion)


5. The fear and the fury (3.02)

I saw the fear
in the footballerís eyes
as the crowd entered the field
What before was with him
now was against
and he couldnít escape

I will hear that voice again some day
The fear is always waiting to be free

Can you feel the pain
in the wrestlerís neck?
You know it hurts
but he doesnít show
Heís down and out
as he lies on the mat
He closes his eyes
and swallows his pride
I said that I haven't heard that voice
since I was twelve
with hair straight as nails
I stood beside and I was scared
I saw the fight
but could not intervene

I will hear that voice again some day
The fear is always waiting to be free

I saw the fear
in my fatherís eyes
as the crowd entered the field
What before was with him
now was against
So, talk to me
as you plan the flight
Talk to me

And I saw the fear
in the footballerís eyes
as the crowd entered the field

(3 vocals, acoustic guitar, 2 mandolas, baglamas, mandolin, bass, tambourine, ride cymbal)


6. Trapper (2.34)

When you asked me
about my music
I answered and then I
returned the question
But I should have known better

It was a trap
because your answer
to that was
ďIt is non of your concern!Ē
ďYou shouldnít bother, no!Ē

Stay sorrow, sorrow stay
Hiding from the things you donít want
Stay sorrow, sorrow stay
Easy closed eye
Will you meet

I donít see the point

And then I met you
at the station
You seemed repentant of
what you had done
You couldn't hide it, no
I regret it and Iím sorry
but that was the only way
for me to respond
to what you had said

Stay sorrow, sorrow stay
Hiding from the things you donít want
Stay sorrow, sorrow stay
Easy closed eye
Will you meet

(vocal, 2 electric guitars, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, 2 cornets, body percussion)


7. Her dog started barking at me (3.22)

I was down at the corner shop
the other day
I had to buy some rice
and some tins as well

Itís a pretty good shop you should know
Theyíve got loads of stuff and it is cheap
I walked around
to see if I would find something else
Then, suddenly,
I saw a face from times that I had left
My ex-girlfriend was in the shop
So I had to leave the building right on

I ran out to get myself some air
Her dog started barking at me

After a while I noticed that I had
left my things in the shop
My food, my wallet and I guess my bag
So I waited for 15 minutes
to be safe
I went in, but just to find her there still

(Oh! Damned!)

I ran out to get myself some air
Her dog started barking at me

(2 vocals, electric guitar, 2 bouzoukis, bass, drums)


8. Money (0.45)

(2 drum kits, vocals, old tape with male & female voice)


9. Hold my head (2.12)

Hold my head
as high as possible
Itís hard to see
when everything is black
Stay around
because everybody wonít die
Keep your face
as freckled as possible
Stay away
the rest of the day
is something
you could never say

Keep my eyes
to see
what I can see
Keep my eyes
donít pin and mount them, though

Hold your head to be down to be
Hold your face to be cold and

Hold your head
as cool as possible
Thatís the way
it must be held right now

Keep your head to be down to be
Hold your head

Hold my head
as high as you do want

Stay away
the rest of the day
is something
you could never say

Keep your feet
beneath your face and hands
It looks just like
if youíre a bit unreal

(4 vocals, electric Yamaha organ, 2 cornets, 2 baritone horns, handclaps)


10. Hit you (2.53)

Well, you know, some things hit you
when youíre really not prepared
Do you know the place I went to
I wonít go there anymore

Hold me
Squeeze me
Hold me
Donít go away
Please, please
say that you wonít
Say that you need me
and that youíll stay around

Do you feel half or whole now?
Do you feel complete or not?
Could you say that you donít care about
things like this at all right now?

Hold me
Squeeze me
Give me a place and give me time
Hold me
Tell me that you
need me to be around again

Did you know: I just met her
I said ďHi!Ē she said ďNo!Ē

Hold me
Squeeze me
Because I feel like shit
Hold me
Donít go away
Hold me tight and stay right here

Do you feel
I would never
Never, ever tell you so
But just wait
it might happen
to you as well
Anytime

Hold me
Squeeze me
Hold me
Say that youíll never go
Hold me
Stay with me now
Hold me

(3 vocals, electric guitar, bouzouki, baglamas, acoustic guitar, bass, drums)


11. Close to you (3.27)

Stay down thereís no idea to rise
before morning comes
Youíll have to accept
that there is no easy way out

Itís gone and you will never
find it though you will try
Thereís too many ways
Thereís too many ways to lose

Search where you never go
Search behind walls
The basement is empty
the attic is void

And when I realized
you were not here at all
I felt like if I
just had to leave
at once
With closed eyes in the rain
Will never become
and will never get
close to you

Search where you never go
Search behind walls
The basement is empty
the attic is void

Behind this room there is another
exactly like this
and behind that
The red walls feel soft when you

Search where you never go
Search behind walls
The basement is empty
the attic is void

Itís gone and youíll never find it
though you will try
Thereís too many ways
Thereís too many ways to lose

(2 vocals, acoustic guitar, 2 baritone horns, square piano)


12. Disco (3.03)

I think about it often
And when we came home
you were happy
You couldnít tell me why
if I asked you
but you were shining
Now itís not like that

I meet you in the park
and you say:
ďAll roads lead to nothing
and the roads they need repairingĒ
It looks darker than we want but
home is still pretty safe
Think about it now

Youíll have to try
Youíll have to get to the core
Youíll have to try
Youíll have to get to the core
Otherwise it is in vain

When you said that youíve been looking forward
to be sitting on a bus to somewhere else
where you donít have to think about it
well, this is pretty close

I didnít want to hear anymore about it
I just couldnít
but I knew I had to do it
And when all these things came up
I saw that it really made you good

Youíll have to try
Donít just leave it
Youíll have to get to the core
Otherwise it is in vain
Have to try
Just donít leave it
Youíll have to get to the core
Otherwise it is in vain

(2 vocals, 3 electric guitars, bass, drums, Philichorda organ)


13. Burned furniture (3.47)

He met her in the street some days ago now
She looked like before but slightly changed
He couldnít put his finger on it though there
was something that heíd never seen before

I went down to see you but there wasnít
anything left, just some cups and some rugs
and some burned furniture
It was quite a shock to me
but I pulled myself together
and left without saying a word

It was like if she tried to examine him
Was she scared of something he could do?
She kept looking at him with her searching eyes
Did she wonder about what he knew?

Tell me now:
Did you ever feel that you had lost it?
Did you ever feel that it was gone?

I went down to see you but there wasnít
anything left, just some cups and some rugs
and some burned furniture
It was quite a shock to me
but I pulled myself together
and left without saying a word

He guessed that she could see that he was
bothered by somebody
It could have been a few
She didnít know
So tell me now:
Did you ever feel that you had lost it?
Did you ever feel that it was gone?

(3 vocals, 2 electric guitars, mandolin)


14. Sycophant in love (2.44)

(2 vocals, drums, bass, 3 cornets, square piano)