This morning at 9:50 am ‘Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)’ premiered worldwide via VG.no and NRK P3.no. On NRK P3, the song was preceded by a short phone interview with Magne.

You can now listen to a-ha’s new single here.


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Very cool song! I LOVE it! Catchy electronic hook. Magne has a lot to do, you can hear Paul’s guitar work and influence, and Morten sounds wonderful! I love the bridge with the layered harmony. I would love to hear this single played on American radio! Can’t wait to get this for my ipod!

So this release and the album ’25’ is on Warner?

If anyone is listening – please do not stagger release dates round the world. I don’t think this works at all. I imported ‘Shadowside’ single last time.

Fantastic ! It’s a so so great song !!
Beautiful lyrics and wonderful and catchy music. But please ! Don’t be so cruel !
Let us listen it during one week instead of one day. Think of the people who work and can’t listen it at the office 😉
I need to listen a thousand times more 🙂

It’s beautiful! Of course, it WOULD be! The 3 of you did it!

Simply PERFECT!!!

A música é perfeita!!!!

I love it!! So beautiful song, pure Aha sound. I’m so moved… I wanna cry. Please, STAY, DON’T LES US ALONE! Oh God…

Brazilian Dhani

This song is fabulous!!! I loved it!! It’s got this catchy rhythm and the lyrics…I love butterflies and all the transformation they go through. Just like us! My God, is there a tiny little possibility that this is a new beginning??? I really hope soooooooooooo!!!!!!!!

beautiful!
xxxxxxxxxx

I love it when is it released in the uk?
Please let it be a hard copy so we all can treasure it x x

The song continues the return to the old A-ha sound that made such a welcome comeback with FOTM. Very well done boys on creating something that pushes all 3 of you. Whether it’s the constant guitar,keyboard or vocal work, this song takes you out of the comfort zone. THEREFORE……PLEASE BOYS consider carrying on. Maybe you felt the music was getting too comfortable, that you needed a push. As i just explained, the new track solves that problem. So i and all the other legions of devotees urge you to carry on with this harder material, push yourselves of course, but plkease do it as A-HA!!! Please think about this, you can still do all your humanitarian, political lobbying, artwork, solo albums and yet be A-ha, touring occaisionally and still producing your wonderful music! Please?

Thanks to Paul, Magne, and Morten for releasing this fantastic song. It means a lot to me they recorded for one more time (and perhaps the last time). It is a great way to celebrate the long journey as we followed these musical legends, thank you, and I will keep listening to a-ha long after the lights are turned off in December.

Amazing song is not enough to say….thank you so much!!! would be a video for this one??? please!!!

Beautiful song! Thanks for this, I love it!
Next concert will be in my country (unbelievable!), Hungary, so maybe Budapest will be the first place to play it… Oh, can’t wait! 🙂
Thanks a lot and see you in BUDAPEST!!!!!!
With love,
Evi

I love this song. It is so catchy and the lyrics and music are just fantastic.Wow beautiful. Morten still has the most amazing voice and Paul and Magne do a great job on the keyboards and guitar.I really hope they play this at Wembley and I really hope I can get the new album that this song will be on as I could happily listen to it over and over again.
Well done guys what a great single.
Good luck on the rest of the tour and I can’t wait to see you in November.
Best wishes to you all
Kerry.xxx

Sheila Hansen Beaudoin

Thank you SO very much! What an absolutely beautiful song! I need to listen to it over and over again to hear and feel EVERY verse. I always thought of a butterfly in terms of “change” or transformation…but, this made me think of reincarnation (I know that is NOT what you intended…and I am reading into it). But, by this “impression” I see that we may have had a vision of where we were to go in life (at the beginning of our journey)…but, that we find that another path chosen could bring fulfillment, as well. It is not the destination that should matter most – but the journey and our growth. God Bless! (BTW – I still NEED and WANT my soulmate though (and soon, please!)

Thanks so much Magne, Morten and Pal for this BEAUTIFULLLLLL song!!! Touching and perfect.
Loved it!!!

Roxana Vartabedian

I have just finished to listen the new song. It is a very beautiful song !!!! I love it !!!
Despite having dance rhythm, the lyrics and the melody are sad … It made me cry !!!
I understand …. the farewells are somewhat sad. We will love A-ha songs forever !! Kisses from Argentina !!!!

achingly beautiful melancholy – still feel the same way about a new a-ha song as I did as a teenager in the 80’s.

this is a wonderful song with a sublime music. I can absolutely say that this is a a-ha’s song but at the same time so new, so fresh, so young. I don’t feel tired to listen to it again and again and again. Thank you for this amazing song! Now I have to repeat to you again: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE COME TO ITALY EVEN IT IS FOR ONLY ONE NIGHT! WE ITALIAN FANS GO AROUND THE WORLD JUST TO SEE YOU PERFORM LIVE. OVER THE YEARS WE HAD MADE GREAT EFFORTS JUST FOR YOU! SINCE THE 1988 WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU TO COME TO ITALY. THIS IS OUR FINAL CHANCE AND WE THINK THAT WE DESERVE YOUR LAST CONCERT HERE! EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD, EVEN IN JAPAN BUT NOT IN ITALY! I DON’T UNDERSTAND AND DON’T WANT TO KNOW WHY BUT ONLY PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE (ONE PLEASE FOR EACH OF YOU!),COME IN ITALY ONCE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!! SINCERELY YOUR LOYAL ITALIAN FAN!!!!!!!

It is a very beautiful song!!! But I am sad to know that is the last..
Please make a video for this song.

ahamaria_gaby

Beautiful song!!!!!!!
Are you going to make a video clip? Please!!!!
I love A-ha since 1985, kisses from Argentina!
A-ha forever and ever.

Wow, I absolutely LOVE this song!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
a-ha are world class and I just adore them.
From yesterday, this became my new favourite song, I’ve listened to it about 7 times already when I’ve been at home! 🙂
The lyrics are brilliant, the melody is brilliant and marvellous Morten’s voice is amazing, I love his falsetto (the really high notes).
I could write an essay about this song, it’s pure genius 🙂
I keep singing the chorus; “Tomorrow, you don’t have to say what you’re thinking”…
I’m a little bit confused though, is this song only being released in Norway? It should be released worldwide so it can chart in the Top 40, it would surely be the highest new entry, talk about ending on a high note! 🙂

Sorry, I meant I’ve listened to this song about 7 times today (not including yesterday) 🙂
I’m not sure if this info is allowed, however, this song is also available on You Tube (though please ignore the few idiots with their unkind comments, I think if people don’t have anything nice to say, they shouldn’t say anything!!)
Has anyone noticed the very poignant lyrics especially near the end of the song?
“Left without a reason to stay, comes the last hurrah, here’s our last hurrah”… 🙁
Congratulations to the fabulous a-ha on this amazing masterpiece! 🙂

I do hope you reconsider your retiring as I know it’s not a mutual decision from your interviews. 🙁
I can’t wait to see you live at Wembley in November! 🙂
Thanks for the lovely a-ha keyring I’ve received today, I’ve put this on a silver chain so I now have my very own beautiful a-ha necklace 🙂
I’m really looking forward to all the new releases this year; your deluxe cd albums, etc.
I LOVE a-ha XX 🙂

thank you so much for butterfly…I love it

This song is amazing! Kudos to Pal for yet another hit, and Morten for singing it so beautifully. Angelic voice, so fitting to the varied ranges this melody gives. I know Mags the magnificent is playing that keyboard emotionally. Love you guys so much… Please don’t go!!

Your music really is art! Thanks to Pal that you take your gift and invest it in such good music! You are a great guy and I have nothing but respect and sympathy for your work!

You three guys always give me the feeling that you really enjoy what you are doing in the studio and especially on stage.
Thanks for many wonderful hours wth you and your music!

What a GREAT SONG!!! a-ha is very very incredible! A wonderful vocal by Morten. I really think that a-ha can’t stop now! No no, in this the best time, so inspirated, so pure, so creative. Don’t stop! I believe there are much more beautiful songs, much more voice, much more life in a-ha. The last album “Foot Of The Mountain” was the Best! Now this new single is a true proof, a-ha is GREAT! GUYS, PLEASE, STAY WITH US! YOU CAN GIVE MUCH MORE! I am a brazillian guy, and listen to a-ha since my 8! Now YOU ARE GREAT, FOREVER GREAT! THANKS for you are here with us!
PS: BRAZIL LOVES YOU, WE ARE WAITING YOU, HERE, AGAIN!!! WITH LOVE!

myfirstconcert23yrsago

I simply adore this song. It uses each of the guy’s talents to their absolute fullest. It is just too damn good of a song not to be followed by yet another ENTIRE new a-ha album. Hopefully there will be a Butterfly video done.

When I first listened I thought okay but it really is an incredible song. The lyrics are genius and it sounds so mournful. Now there is so much distraction a-ha have been overlooked by many but for some of us they are the greatest band of our time.

Dear Pal! I would like to says thank you for this song (and for all the song you ever wrote!!!), I think you are the most talented songwriter in our times. It’s so bittersweet, I’ve found pleasure in this song and it caress my soul. I hope that you modify the tour’s setlist and you will play this song in Budapest! I’ll be there!
Althought it will be the last chance for me to see the band on stage, but your music is always stay with me 4ever! I will listen a-ha songs with my grandchild (I hope so) :-), and it will keep me younghearted!
Thanks for all, guys, I’m waiting for you at 14th of July! See you!

Absolutely beautiful!!!!
Thanks for this wonderful song.
The 3 of you should be proud of yourselves again for another great accomplishment.
Luv you all.

What a swan song!! Pal, your talent for unforgetable songs is unmatched…we are reached with Hunting High and Low and kindly let go with Butterfly Butterfly…it seems to tell the a-ha story…the caterpillar stage full of energy, potential and hunger of things to come..followed by the cocoon stage where it all quietly grows into its intended destiny..to the final, beautiful and brief culmination of the fragile butterfly in full colour and spendour….thank you to the “perfect music trinity” that is a-ha, for all that you’ve created for your fans around the world…hope to see you in “full splendour” at the London arena for the first and final time in november!!! Thankyou Catherine for all the news!! Love from Perth Australia xox

I hope Catherine doesn’t mind as I’ve found the lyrics for this fantastic song;

Butterfly, butterfly
Flying into the wind
You can be sure of it
That’s no place to begin

Overthinking every little thing

Acknowledge the bell you can’t unring

Tomorrow, you don’t have to say what you’re thinking
You don’t have to mean what you say

Butterfly, butterfly
Flutter in to the skies
Butterfly, butterfly
Their molecular cries

Chrysalis dreams waiting on the fifth instar

These stained glass wings could only take you so far

(Tomorrow) You don’t have to say that it matters
You don’t have to turn something in

Stay with it through thick and thin

Butterfly, begin

Butterfly, butterfly

Tomorrow, you don’t have to mean what you say

Left without a reason to stay
Comes the last hurrah

Here’s our last hurrah

Butterfly, butterfly

Butterfly, butterfly

Butterfly

You can be sure of it
Butterfly {to fade}

JEMLOVESa-ha 🙂 XX

Oh, my God!
I am crying yet… Very nice!

Morten’s voice is like an angel!:)

I’m going to miss a voice like his, there is no other artist with a voice like his. I love a-ha’s music and I am very depressed I will never get to see them in Oregon. I am 12 and I love a-ha with all my heart!

Roxana Vartabedian

This last song is one of the most beautiful songs written by Pal ….
Pal, you’re a genius, a great poet and composer. In the same song is the synthesis of optimism, melancholy, sadness and hope …. Another artwork that A-HA has given us throughout it´s career. Thank you very much for all the beautiful songs you have given us all these years!!
Even if you separate A-HA music will last forever! Regards from Argentina !!!!

Absolutely brilliant guys, then again why wouldn’t it be with you three behind it. I just can’t stop listening to it. Love the lyrics. It’s sad that this is your last release but somehow I know A-Ha will live on in our hearts and the music will be around for a long time. I look forward to seeing you on the London leg of the Farewell Tour in November.

I love this music and Mortens voice.This year I am going for 7 conserts.Very sad that it is the last year with theese wonderful guys.But their music will live forever !!!

Ok guys, my heart is weak now, after I’ve heard such strong a-ha song. It can’t be “A last hurrah” from you. How can you end up with such wonderful talents together? Now you can do more than ever, and turn the world music better than ever. There is a musical bomb when you join your gifts, and from the botton of my heart, you can’t stop. See you in December – Norway

What a perfect Farewell Song…

Can’t say more than that.

Amazing, brilliant, beautiful!!!!! *___*

I love the song, but am I the only one who was a bit surprised to hear Morten sing ‘hurray’ (to rhyme with ‘pay’) after reading that the title was ‘the last hurrah’ (which rhymes with ‘far’)? Just a thought!

This is absolutely world class from my beloved a-ha.Such a beautiful,emotional song,I have tears in my eyes this is why i love them so much Beautiful lyrics from pal once again brilliant keyboard from magne and of course beautful angelic voice of Morten make tis one of the best most poignant songs ive ever heard.this sums up my whole 25 years of being an a-ha fan x When anyone asks me what is youe favourite a-ha song i cant answer because i love them All so much,each and every song means so much to me word to word.Thank you for your music please dont end on such a high note you have so much still to show the world a still havent got my head around the fact your are ending your wonderful career As your music has seen me through my life good and bad happy and sad.Thank you xxx

is very beautiful!
is pop and electronic at the same time!
i love it
i was on shock when i start to listen!
U.U
continue that way guys!

Hey guys & fans – how do we get ‘Butterfly, Butterfly’ to #1 for you – would be great to really End on a High Note at #1 with the last single, 25 years after Take On Me was released, proving to one and all that you’re still ahead of the game – come on fans lets pull together and show the world that A-HA still mean business!!! Any ideas??

Is this single going to have a physical CD release? as I’m having a load of problems just trying to download it, I’m getting a few seconds downloaded then it has to reload itself. It’s just taking too long to download.
So please can this one be released the good old fashioned way on as a CD single.

this is a wonderful song.i loved so much…i’m gonna miss you all,but i wanna go to the fan party so much,wait for me …bye…kisses..

Thanks for your last message to fans, those who loves you.
How painfully to know that the Paul has other songs, but their Morten never will sing, and Magne will not play their on the keyboard.
I respect your decision to leave with such fine song, but tears prevent to add the text…

Great song……I wish they could come to Oregon. 🙁

The download of Butterfly, Butterfly was released in the UK yesterday, I bought mine from Play.com – slightly cheaper than i-Tunes, I love this song, it’s brilliant! 🙂

My dear friends:

Sorry, my comment comes a bit late because before I could not put them… Solved, thanks to God, the problem I arrange to it now.

The butterflies are absolutely fantastic, delicate and ethereal creatures (I know that you love them very much, Morten; me also!!!!) and this way it is exactly your new song… Butterflies are the BEAUTIFUL LYRICS of Paul, butterflies are Mags’s WONDERFUL KEYBOARDS and YOUR VOICE, Morten, is AS A SUBLIME BUTTERFLY “flying into the wind”… YOU ARE SIMPLY THE BEST!!!!!!!!
What upsets me deeply is that you have chosen something so beautiful to say to us “here’s our last hurrah”… Why this determination in stressing a definitive farewell? I do not consider it to be like that!!! I will never be able to say goodbye of you!!! Always you are and you will be with me… At the moment, I wait for you anxiously here, in Madrid…

God bless you and take care of you always!!!! Ah, and not get tired too much, ok?
A strong embrace and many kisses from your impatient friend
Ana.

Ah, forgot me… Many, many thanks to JEMLOVESA-HA for having the amiability to provide to us so soon the beautiful lyrics of this sublime song, which only could be of A-HA…

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