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Musik att ta livet av sig till? Annika Sunbaum Melin

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[toggle title=”1. What’s the meaning, what’s the point?” variation=””]
El-Hag/Kaos/El-Hag

What’s the meaning, what’s the point
Some would say it´s just a joke, It’s all the same
What’s the meaning, what’s the point
We just pretend that there’s A meaning in this game
What’s the point?

Once our love was full of beauty
Then we swore that sacred vow
Now our love is just a duty
Who knows what went wrong and how

What’s the meaning, what’s the point

We were hot, but now we’re burning
Our illusions turn to dust
We believed, but now we’re learning
Things they decay or they rust

What’s the meaning, what’s the point

Once we spoke, but now there’s silence
When nothing’s said, then all is true
No arguments, no verbal violence
You don’t love me, I don’t love you

Well, here we are ’cause we promised we would stay
Oh, how I hate to see our love just fade away
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[toggle title=”2. Illustrating love” variation=””]
El-Hag/Bergh/El-Hag

I met you outside the city
You were so young and so pretty
You smiled at me as you entered my car
You asked me Where are you heading?
I’m on my way to a wedding
You laughed and said We don’t have to take it that far

Illustrating love
Bodies in a motion
Illustrating love
All that I can say
Illustrating love
Faking the emotion
Illustrating love
Keep promises away

The groom said yes, and so they were married
He thought their problems were buried
I didn’t care, had other thoughts on my mind
We stayed with the crowd, started to mingle
Feeling so good, yet feeling so single
Knowing for sure, we were two of a kind

Illustrating love

I peeled off your dress, it was all very Latin
Your body, my hands, your skin was like satin
And though I speak Spanish, I had nothing to say
I gave you milk, you gave me honey
The following morning I lent you some money
Both of us knew, I would be leaving next day
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[toggle title=”3. New York” variation=””]
El-Hag

Brooklyn Bridge and neon lightning
Wonderful and somehow frightening
New York
Rainbows end, and yet no treasure
Dressed to kill and kill for pleasure
New York

Soaked to the skin
Wet from the rain
Bet I have been
Waiting in vain
What kept me alive (I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive and kickin’)
Through all these years (I don’t know)
These vagabond shoes (Walking alone and the bomb is tickin’)
A bag-lady’s tears (fallin’)

Love for sale and love to borrow
Who can guess what comes tomorrow
New York
Celebrities, champagne or brandy
Here’s to Miles and here’s to Andy
New York

A table for two (I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive and kickin’)
My last request
Picture of you (Walking alone and da bomb is tickin’)
Come be my guest
I’ll try not to cheat
To much to lose
The shoes on my feet
A bag-lady’s blues

Fifth Avenue, a rooftop garden
Beggars, Sir, I beg your pardon
New York
What we are is where we’re living
Taking what we should be giving
New York
Funerals and new sensations
Ain’t no time for celebration
New York
Late night hooker greets the dawning
Say goodnight, hello,”good morning”
New York

And all that remains (I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive and kickin’)
Table for two
The bag-lady’s gone (Walking alone and da bomb is tickin’)
And so are you (Nowhere to be found)
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[toggle title=”4. Primitive world” variation=””]
El-Hag/Kaos/El-Hag

The greed
We share
With none
It’s a primitive world

We try
To get
No fun
It’s a primitive world
Such a primitive world

Make love
We say
And fuck
It’s a primitive world

Progress
My ass
We’re stuck
In this primitive world
Such a primitive world

We learn
To shoot
To kill
It’s a primitive world

So smart
Advanced
And still
It’s a primitive world
Such a primitive world

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[toggle title=”5. Everybody’s for sale” variation=””]
El-Hag/Kaos/Bergh/El-Hag/Folkesson/Norgren

We come in from the gutter, crawl up to the bar
Mingle with the crowd that’s always drinking
Mirrors on the ceiling – reflections in my head
Many thoughts and yet so little thinking
Underground cathedral, point of no return
Look around and all you see is sorrow
We come here to kill some time, we come here to die
Don’t give a damn – not a damn about tomorrow

Everybody’s for sale
(If the price is right)

Hundred haunted faces, a case of déja vu
We come so close and yet we keep our distance
Everyone is lonely, no one is alone
You look for love I offer my assistance
Everyone is guilty yet there is no crime
Plead for love and you are doomed to fail
Reflections in the mirrors put conclusions in my mind; nobody’s cheap

Everybody’s for sale
(If the price is right)

Violet is the sunset, velvet is the night
Mirages of long forgotten ages
Some people go to heaven, some people go to hell
Go-Go dancers go to Go-Go cages
Just another laughter, another cry for help
Times are tough and only getting tougher
Your passion is to punish, well, come on and make me cry
And in return you know that I’ll make you suffer

If the price is right
(Everybody’ for sale)
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[toggle title=”6. Interzone” variation=””]
Odex

Some people panic
Some people fear
So many voices
No one will hear

You will be there
The Bottom Line
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[toggle title=”7. The Bottom Line” variation=””]
El-Hag

Lost in the ghetto
Strangers in town
Drowning not waving
Watch them go down
The Bottom Line

Some people panic
Some people fear
So many voices
No one will hear
The Bottom Line

Gambling and cheating
Sanity´s lost
Look for a lover
At any cost
The Bottom Line

Steps in the hallway
Unwanted sound
Phone´s disconnected
No neighbour around
The Bottom Line

Go for a movie
Walk in the rain
Hard to stay sober
Not go insane

I bring a flower
Streets of despair
Riots on Crime Square
You will be there
The Bottom Line
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[toggle title=”8. Sex with a stranger” variation=””]
El-Hag/Kaos/El-Hag

As far as I remember
Rain was pouring down
Outskirts of September
Somewhere in this town

Didn’t get much sleep that night
Had no intention to
We were walking aimlessly
It was just me and you

Autumn leaves are falling
Upon the market place
I keep on recalling
Warmth of your embrace

Meanwhile

Sex with a stranger
Found someone new
Sex with stranger
Dedicated to you
Sex with stranger
Until you be mine
Sex with a stranger
From time to time

It’s cold and getting colder
Still the fires burn
Days are growing older
I wait for your return

Meanwhile
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[toggle title=”9. Circle of blood” variation=””]
El-Hag/Bergh/El-Hag

Children running, getting nowhere
Without hope or legs or dreams
Mutilated by the weapons
That we sold them, so it seems
Keep on shooting, keep on killing
We don’t want to see no end
On the basis of this trading
Our infrastructure does depend

Circle of blood

No more blue skies, swaying palm trees
Paradise is out of reach
Coral reefs are blown to pieces
Now we practise what we preach
Our religion making money
Our mission a disease
Without selling, no production
Unemployment would increase

Circle of blood

We’re exporting our aggression
We’re recycling death and hate
Reinvesting in our conscience
Through the Red Cross …
Empty stomachs, swollen bellies
Refugees from dusk til dawn
All this bloodshed and starvation
Our state of welfare builds upon
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[toggle title=”10. Deconstruction” variation=””]
El-Hag

Your heart can’t stand the rain
It hits you just like rain
Can’t tell what’s wrong or right
When love is out of sight

Undermine the system
Follow no instructions
Follow down the street
And head for

Deconstruction
Deconstruction time
Deconstruction
Deconstruction time
Deconstruction
Get ready, get ready!

Your heart can’t stand the pain
It hits you like the rain
When you’re too old
(Too young) to fake
And life is not at stake

Undermine the system
Follow no instructions
Follow down the street
And head for

Deconstruction

Undermine the system
Follow my instructions
Follow down the street
And head for

The pain can’t stand your heart
(Deconstruction time)
It hurts you from the start
(Get ready, get ready!)
The rain can’t stand the start
(Deconstruction time)
It hurts, it hits your heart (Get ready, get ready!)
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[toggle title=”11. Sensually yours” variation=””]
El-Hag

You planted a seed of warmth within my soul, it’s growing
Rising just like the sun upon the sky
I’ll keep it with mine, I’ll keep it without knowing
If I’ll ever get near you before the day I die

All the love that time endures

Sensually yours
Longing and missing
Sensually yours
Right from the start
Sensually yours
No touching, no kissing
Sensually yours
Together apart

You planted a seed of love within my heart, it’s burning
Burning so brightly, shining forevermore
And why do the waves of the oceans keep returning
Making me wonder if I’ll ever reach your shore

All the love that time endures

Sensually yours
Longing and missing
Sensually yours
Right from the start
Sensually yours
No touching, no kissing
Sensually yours
Together apart

All the love that time endures

Sensually yours
Longing and missing
Sensually yours
Right from the start
Sensually yours
No touching, no kissing
Sensually yours
Together apart

Sensually yours
No love letters in the mail
Sensually yours
No letters at all (No letters that count)
Sensually yours
No happy end fairy-tale
Sensually yours
No answer, no call (You don’t call me no more)
Sensually yours
No walk to the cinema
Sensually yours
No walk hand in hand (I’m walking with myself)
Sensually yours
No trivial arguments
Sensually yours
You don’t understand (You just don’t understand)
Sensually yours
So close, yet so far away
Sensually yours
Still to close for your taste (Not close enough for me)
Sensually yours
So madly in love with you (Going crazy with loving you)
Sensually yours
And still such a waste (Such a sensual waste)
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[toggle title=”12. We’re here to go” variation=””]
El-Hag/Holmqvist/El-Hag

We’re here to go
Don’t worry
Time to move on, no time to cry
We’re here to go
So sorry
No answer to the question why
We’re here to go

No one to lean on
Nowhere to run
Can’t see the blue skies
Can’t see the sun

No one to talk to
No words to share
Can’t see your blue eyes
Can’t see you there

So many years and you still see love as a threat
So many years – you don’t remember what we’re here for – you forget

We’re here to go

So many years and you still see love as a threat
So many years – you should remember what we’re here for – don’t forget

We’re here to go

Love’s all around you
No place to hide
Let’s go together
Stay by my side

We’re here to go

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El-Hag/Häggström/El-Hag

So you say, you will stay
Through the night and day
On this some things depend
I will try not to hide
All my secrets deep inside
I want you to meet my friends

Margarita’s on the beach
Bloody Mary’s there too
When Tom Collins’ out of reach
Johnnie Walker will do

So you say, you will stay
Through the night and day
On this some things depend
I will try, not to hide
All my secrets deep inside
You’ll have to accept my friends

Margarita’ on the beach

So tell me; who is Johnnie?
– What do you mean, who is Johnnie? You’ve just heard him, he is in the band.
– You mean that famous jazz musician, Johnnie Walker… the bass player?
– That’s the one.
– Is he your friend?
– One of my best friends.
– And where is Tom?
– He’s always out of reach. We think he might have a serious drinking problem.
– And what about the girls?
– Oh, you mean Mary and Margarita? They are at the bar.
– I thought you said they were on the beach.
– The BEACH BAR!
– Aaah.”

Margarita’s on the beach
(She’s georgious. – She is.)
Bloody Mary’s there too
(She look’s dangerous! – She is.)
When Tom Collins’ out of reach
(He look’s drunk. – Mmm.)Johnnie Walker will do…
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Billy Bradshinkel’s circumcised
Odex


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Paramaterial radioedit 98′


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DJ Fadela’s paramaterial house


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Dr. Benways surgical mass
Odex


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Billy Bradshinkel’s full length
Odex


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Produktion: Håkan Folkesson och Patrick El-Hag

Gitarr: Leo Norgren
Bas: Andreas Lundhäll
Trummor: Andrés Sierra
Piano: Joakim Häggström
Trumpet: Tobias Ed
Rap: Ison
Kör: Derek Huntsman
Kör: Paris

Övriga medverkande

Remixar: Joahannes Odex Ahlberg
Foto: Johan Annerfelt
Layout: Tomas Arfert
Magagement: Davy Hakala

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Aftonbladet

”Musik att ta livet av sig till?”

Annika Sundbaum-Melin

Dagens Nyheter

En alldeles egen röst

”På skivan sjunger han sina texter med ett nära nog minimalistiskt men uppfodrande utspel. Ofta griper han. Man tar honom på allvar mitt i den ensamhetens standardrekvisita som han hanterar på sitt självständiga vis. Det är behagligt lättlyssnat men absolut inte lättköpt. Texterna rymmer fler och större komplikationer, musiken blir till en god supporter. Tillsammans åstadkommer de något både tänk- och lyssnansvärt.”

Calle Pauli

Östersunds Posten

”Musik att ta livet av sig till?, skrev en mindre intressant kvällstidnings- kritiker. Helt idiotiskt, men hon hade faktiskt rätt i en sak.

Patrick El-Hags debutplatta berör. Jag hittar spår av allt från Julian Cope och Kraftwerk till Peter Gabriel och David Bowie på denna udda platta. En underbar mix som ger en platta fylld med 13 globala spår.” Räkna med att höra mer från denna unga stockholmare.”

David Stark

Stereo
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”Förutom trummaskinseländet är det här osedvanligt bra.”

Ulf Bergström

Musiczone

”Patrick sjunger inga smäktande ballader utan mässar distanserat och galant i takt med trip-hop beaten. Både melodier och texter är präglade av ett visst förfinat vemod. Musiken är otroligt svår att placera i någon kategori men är väl närmast släkting med soulen. Musikens styrka är de vackra arrangemangen och det personliga närmast lyxiga soulstuket.”

Magnus Skarbo

Veckorevyn


”Sexigt!”

Anna-Victoria Rylander

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