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Released Nov 04, 2005

Analogue (2005)

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After a three-and-a-half year break, Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy are back. With their eighth studio album and a European tour, a-ha continue their remarkable career.

The album Analogue and the tour of the same name exactly mark the 20th anniversary of their first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 when they stormed the pop world with "Take On Me". Thereafter, a-ha continued to show that their first hit had only scratched the surface. A collective that works in a surprisingly complex way has always been hidden beneath the surface. As friends, musicians, stars and human beings, a-ha have in the course of time accomplished almost everything. Analogue is their current stocktaking - that does not mean that things have reached a happy end, because a-ha will in the future also continue to remain true to the maxim "work in progress."

Analogue is an album that treads new ground and thereby undeniably represents a-ha, starting with the first single "Celice", which is both cold and affectionate, up to the irresistibly catchy "Analogue" and "Halfway Through The Tour", up to the reflective, sensitive "Keeper Of The Flame", as well as the band's personal favorite "Cosy Prisons".

Liner Notes:

PRODUCED BY MARTIN TEREFE WITH KJETIL BJERKESTRAND, MICHAEL ILBERT, MAX MARTIN. MIXED BY FLOOD.

Additional Musicians:
Per Lindvall - Drums, Alex Toff - Drums, Frode Unneland - Drums, Sven Lindvall - Bass, Martin Terefe - Bass, Guitars, Piano, Jorun Bogeberg - Bass, Claes Bjorklund - Guitars, Piano, Geir Sundstol - Guitars, Andreas Olsson - Guitars, Christer Karlsson - Piano

Track List

Disc 1 Analogue (2005)

  • 1: Celice
  • 2: Don’t Do Me Any Favours
  • 3: Cosy Prisons
  • 4: Analogue
  • 5: Birthright
  • 6: Holyground
  • 7: Over The Treetops
  • 8: Halfway Through The Tour
  • 9: Keeper Of The Flame
  • 10: A Fine Blue Line
  • 11: Make It Soon
  • 12: White Dwarf
  • 13: The Summers Of Our Youth

Lyrics Celice

Celice
It's in the way you hurt me
Celice
I know that I'm alive

Open up inside
Make me want you
Make me want to
Wrap yourself around me
Hold me tighter
Hold me tight as you can

Celice
It's in the way you hurt me
Celice
You sharpened all my senses
I know you're on my side

Celice
It's in the way you teach me
Celice
To chase the thoughts away

You opened up my eyes
Made me want you
Made me want to
You know it feels so nice
Hold me tight now
Hold me tight as can be

Celice
It's in the way you hurt me
Celice
I know that I'm alive
Celice
You sharpen all my senses
I know you're on my side

Words by Magne Furuholmen
Music by Magne Furuholmen and Martin Terefe
© 2005 Chart Promotions Limited

Lyrics Don't Do Me Any Favours

You offer your assistance
But you won't accept my help
You draw your own conclusions
And there's room for little else

Your own participation's
Based on how much you can lose
I cannot help but feel that this
Won't be of any use

Don't give me any credit
Cuz I do not want the blame
Don't do me any favors
I don't want to play that game

I do not want to see myself
As someone that you saved
I'd rather be your adversary
Than to be your slave

Cuz every friendly gesture
Turns my stomach inside out
Don't do me any favours
I am better off without

Don't offer me a credit
Cuz I do not want the blame
Don't do me any favors
I don't want to know your name

But it's alright
Yes it's alright

Ooh - don't offer me any credit
Cuz I do not want the blame
Don't do me any favors
I don't want to see your face

But it's alright
Yes, it's alright 

Words and music by Magne Furuholmen
© 2005 Chart Promotions Limited

Lyrics Cosy Prisons

Take a moment if you dare
Catch yourself a breath of air
There's another life out there
And you should try it
Dead-ends hide on every street
Look before you place your feet
Cracks and fissures keep the beat
And you're inside it

Every thought you never dared to think
Every mood you always knew would sink
Every line you spoke out loud in a jest
All the time you took to be your best
Is soon forgotten

The sun must never touch your skin
It could expose the dark within
You're paranoid about the paranoia
And panic hits without a sign
You worry ‘bout it all the time
Every perfect moment is a hidden warning

Cuz everything makes your pretty head spin
Nagging thoughts are starting to sink in
With everything this way it's better to forget
Than end up in a place with something to regret

Your transatlantic shopping sprees
Your health forever guarantees
Organic-bio-life's a breeze in cozy prisons
But hiding out in the salad bar
Isn't gonna get you far
And bottled wine is vinegar tomorrow

And everything around here makes your pretty head spin
It's piling up high - you're back where you begin
Moments you try so hard to forget
Are promising to’ve been the best ones yet

Yeah, everytime you shut your eyes it appears
Everytime you trace your steps back here
None of your convictions have the same old ring
But no doubt you will find a place for everything
In cozy prisons

So if you're careful
You won't get hurt
But if you're careful all the time
Then what's it worth? 

Words and music by Magne Furuholmen
© 2005 Chart Promotions Limited

Lyrics Analogue

Come back, my darling one
I’m calling on you
The road ahead is long
And I must warn you
I wonder
Where did she go?
If I failed you
I tell you right now
All I want you to know; I love you
All I need
Is the time to show you

Come back, my fallen son
Don’t let them fool you
Cos when the day is done
They’ll never move you
Lay down your senseless pride
Got more than you
Put out your mournful tones
I tell you right now
All I want you to know; I love you
All I need is the time
To show you how I feel

Words by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy and Martin Sandberg
Music by Waaktaar-Savoy, Max Martin, Magne Furuholmen
© 2005 Chart Promotions Limited

Lyrics Birthright

You don’t wanna hang around
Said you were leaving town for the summer
At least till sundown

Cuz time ain't gonna grind you down
Ain't gonna waste your life
Chasing rainbows like some clown

But who’s gonna come with you tonight
Who’s gonna tell you it’s alright?
Everything changes over time
Just like wine

Time ain't gonna hold you up
Ain't gonna make it stop
Long enough to ease your mind
Ain’t gonna make it last forever

And you...
Whatcha gonna do?
Walk it solitary
So unnecessary
But it’s alright
It’s your birthright

Everything’s different down the line
Everything changes over time

Time ain't gonna make it worse
It’s gonna make you start
Feeling better
Just like wine
We’re gonna make it last forever

Hey you...
Whatcha gonna do?
Just the ordinary?
So unnecessary
But it’s all right
It’s your birthright 

Words by Magne Furuholmen
Music by Magne Furuholmen, Martin Terefe
© 2005 Chart Promotions Limited

Lyrics Holy Ground

Take your pride and lift it high
I've come to say goodbye
You’ve got your life and I’ve got mine
Sometimes hard to draw that line

I like to walk and my way is my own
You taught me how
Don’t you know

And there must be some place to meet
I take off my shoes I'll walk barefoot when I do
Standing there in front of you
Want to be honest I want to be true

I like to walk and my way is my own,
You taught me how
Don't you know what we found
Brother maybe

We're on holyground
Take your pride and lift it high
I must leave without you
Good advice I grow stronger

Where the mountains rise
Standing there in front of you
I want to be honest I want to be true
In front of you 

Words by Morten Harket, Nick Whitecross, Ole Sverre Olsen
Music by Morten Harket
© 2005 Chart Promotions Limited.

Lyrics Over The Treetops

Hey, beautiful farm on the top of the hill
Whenever I pass by
I'm thinking I will
Find someone like you
Goodbye avenue
And then I'll be yearning for this too

Over the treetops fly
Birds in the sky
Over the treetops high
High in the sky

Stop calling her restless
She moves in the sun
Gets out of bed past noon
Closer to one
I follow her mind
I follow her blind
She leaves and I'm two steps behind

Over the treetops fky
Birds in the sky
Over the treetops high
High in the sky

A trip is a fall
To fall is to trip

She changes how she feels
About things, that's okay
It works for me
I think I like it that way
No thing is true
Some thing is false
Address the child as a whole

Over the treetops fly
Birds in the sky
Over the treetops high
High in the sky 

Words and Music by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 2005 Chart Promotions Limited

Lyrics Halfway Through The Tour

Halfway through the tour
We'll be somewhere else tomorrow
Halfway through the tour
We'll be somewhere else tomorrow

And you know I can't do much more
Than walking out that door
And make for home tomorrow
Halfway through the tour

Halfway through the tour
Houses set back from the road
Halfway through the tour
Across a dry expanse we go

And you know I can't do much more
Than walking out that door
And make for home tomorrow
Halfway through the door

But when the crowd engage
And takes you to a place
That you know everyone can be a part of
Everyone can be a part of it

Halfway through the tour
While there's money to be made
Halfway through the tour
From the public eye we fade

And you know
Across a dry expanse
We're flying by the seat of our pants
We'll be somewhere else tomorrow

Halfway through the tour
I can't do much more
Than make for home tomorrow 
Halfway through the door 

Words and music by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 2005 Chart Promotions Limited.

Lyrics Keeper Of The Flame

Give it up for rock'n'roll
Give it up for rock
Give it up for how it makes you feel
Give it up for vinyl days
Kicking back from school
Turn it up to make it
Real sweet

Give it up for rock'n'roll
Give it up for bob
Give it up for how it makes you see
Give it up for silvertone
Give it up for golden
Adolescent daydreams

Incidental incidents
Instrumental instruments
A plan evolves too grand to entertain
Monumental monuments
Sentimental sentiments
You could've been
The keeper of the flame

Incidental incidents
Instrumental instruments
Swallowed by the place from which you came
Sentimental sentiments
You should've been
The keeper of the flame

Give it up for summer days
Laying in the grass
Everything is happening in your head
You raise your fist up in the air
Clench your fist and say
Four more years and I'm outta here 

Words and music by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 2005 Chart Promotions Limited

Lyrics A Fine Blue Line

Take a look and see
What's become of me
Remember how it used to be

People that we'd meet
Were falling at your feet
You didn't even see it

Time marches on ahead - enough said
There's only one way through it
Time marches on ahead - one day we'll see it
How there's a fine blue line
Running through it

We read each other's books
We gave each other looks
Like we couldn't trust ourselves
And we knew it

So tell me where you've been
And I'll show you where you're going
You can shout, you can scream
Your way through it

Well time rushes on ahead - enough said
That's just the way we blew it
Time marches on ahead - one day you'll see it
Love is a fine blue line

Time races on ahead - enough said
That's just the way we blew it
Time marches on ahead - one day you'll see it
Love is the fine blue line
Running through it 

Magne Furuholmen
© 2005 Chart Promotions Limited

Lyrics Make It Soon

I watch my love she's sleeping
The air around her deepened
Tomorrow she will smile again
Tomorrow she'll get wild again

My love
And the moon
Take your time
Make it soon

I didn't mean to hurt you
It's what I use the words to
Every time we lose our way
Get so many things to say

My love
And the moon
Take your time
Make it soon

I see you and I hear you call
But sometime when I lost it all
I go out of my mind to see what I can find
I can find

I watch my love she's sleeping
The air around her deepened
Tomorrow she will smile again
Tomorrow she'll get wild again

My love 

Words and music by Ole Sverre Olsen, Morten Harket
© 2005 Chart Promotions Limited

Lyrics White Dwarf

There's a big, black picture
And it's hanging on your wall
With stars and all the planets
The milky way and all
And in the left hand corner
Perhaps a small white dwarf
Ready to explode/implode
I really can't recall

But it's out there
And I'm down here
And so far from it all

Everything's expanding
In a constant state of change
Everything's demanding
In a constant state of pain
You radiate away
Your last remaining heat
Your atmosphere has blown away
When you admit defeat

But you're out there
And I'm down here
And so far from it all

Your time
Your grace
Your story in place
A life-span erased

There's a big, black picture
And it's hanging off your wall
With stars and all the planets
The milky way and all
And in the left hand corner
Perhaps a small white dwarf
Ready to explode/implode
I really can't recall

But it's out there
And I'm down here
And so far from it all

And I'm out here
Down where
I'm so far from it all 

Words and music by Waaktaar-Savoy
© 2005 Chart Promotions Limited

Lyrics The Summers Of Our Youth

There's nothing you can say
To make me change my mind
It happens all the time
Just let the plot unwind

As we look back and see
Our yesterdays entwine
The beauty and the truth
The summers of our youth

And you can go there anytime
The movies of your mind
And you can see it clearly
Where we overstepped the line

What are you gonna do when lights go out
What are you gonna think it's all about
What are you gonna do when time is up
What are you gonna do to make it
Change the way you feel

How life's a precious gift
You've felt it once or twice
How everything comes once
But once a million times

But you can find it anywhere
You know I speak the truth
I wish there was a way back
To the summers of our youth

What are you gonnna do when time is up
What are you gonna do to make it stop
What are you gonna do when lights go out
What are you gonna think it's all about

Words and music by Magne Furuholmen
© 2005 Chart Promotions Limited

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