Earlier today on Instagram, Magne shared a link to a demo on Soundcloud which he wrote and performed with his son, Filip. The song is called ‘Flags In The Air’.

This song was originally written for the new a-ha album ‘Cast In Steel’, however the song did not make it on the album, and later on Magne and Filip recorded it as a duet.

As Magne says in his post today on Instagram, “i originally wrote this song for the a-ha album, but no one else wanted it on the record, so instead here is a demo to complete(?) your happy holidays. merry xmas to my loyal insta-followers!”

Filip has been working on his own music while studying in Edinburgh, and has recently launched his own Soundcloud to share some of his tracks. This demo was recorded “a good while back”, according to Magne, as Filip had only recently started to sing. “We were just trying his voice on material he had not written himself to see how he would approach that.”

The version of the song that Magne had envisaged on the a-ha album was “much more uptempo with a bigger arrangement and a different key also.”

Filip Furuholmen

Photo: Just Loomis

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Lyrics

Flags In The Air
Words and Music: Magne Furuholmen

you’ll be rewarded
you will be paid
you’ll be compensated
– that’s what you said
don’t ask directions
just follow the sound
what goes in a circle
will always come round

all is connected
and everything’s one
whoever you followed to get here
was led here by some
but their time is over
and our time is soon here
i made you a promise
and some day, i swear;

we will be waving flags in the air
they will be saying that we are
the stupid ones – we don’t care
cuz we will be flying, we will be free
give us the best that you’ve got
and just watch – we still believe
and the halls will ring with our laughter

we’ll be together
for one perfect day
i’ll take what you offer
and then, knowing me,
i’ll throw it away
you’re looking for reasons
we’re flesh and we’re bone
we live for a glorious moment of light
then we are gone

but we will be waving flags in the air
they will be saying that we are the
stupid ones – we don’t care
cuz we will be flying, we will be free
we’ll take on the best they can offer
and still, we will believe
yeah, we still believe

and the halls will ring with our laughter
yes, the halls will ring with our laughter


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