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Released Oct 28, 1985

Hunting High And Low (1985)

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Beginning with a bang, a-ha's debut album sold more than eight million copies worldwide and spawned three #1 hits. In the fall of 1986, "Take On Me" and "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." were nominated for 11 MTV Video Awards combined, and a-ha won eight of these.

In June 1986, a-ha began a world tour which carried on through August 1987. The band had never played a single concert when "Take On Me" shot to #1 in America; soon they could boast a 16-country, 113-city tour under their belt along with countless interviews and television appearances. With Hunting High and Low a-ha had arrived.

Magne: "It's a record from a band that wanted everything - all at once."

Tim DiGravina, AllMusic Guide: "It's a cohesive album with smart pace changeups, and it rarely fails to delight or satisfy a listener's need for a synth pop fix...One can't escape the feeling that Hunting High and Low is a product of the 1980s, but with highs like "Take on Me" and "The Sun Always Shines on T.V.," and no lows in sight, a-ha's debut is a treat worth relishing."

Liner Notes

PRODUCED BY TONY MANSFIELD.

REMIXED BY JOHN RATCLIFF WITH A-HA EXCEPT "HUNTING HIGH AND LOW" AND "LIVING A BOY'S ADVENTURE TALE," REMIXED BY JOHN RATCLIFF.

"TAKE ON ME" AND "THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON T.V." PRODUCED BY ALAN TARNEY; "LOVE IS REASON" PRODUCED BY JOHN RATCLIFF WITH A-HA.

Track List

Disc 1 Hunting High And Low (1985)

  • 1: Take On Me
  • 2: Train Of Thought
  • 3: Hunting High And Low
  • 4: The Blue Sky
  • 5: Living A Boy's Adventure Tale
  • 6: The Sun Always Shines On TV
  • 7: And You Tell Me
  • 8: Love Is Reason
  • 9: I Dream Myself Alive
  • 10: Here I Stand And Face The Rain

Lyrics Take On Me

We're talking away
I don't know what I'm to say
I'll say it anyway
Today's another day to find you
Shying away
I'll be coming for your love, OK?

Take on me
Take me on
I'll be gone
In a day or two

So needless to say
I'm odds and ends
But that's me stumbling away
Slowly learning that life is OK
Say after me
It's no better to be safe than sorry

Take on me
Take me on
I'll be gone
In a day or two

Oh the things that you say
Is it life or just to play my worries away
You're all the things I've got to remember
You're shying away
I'll be coming for you anyway

Take on me
Take me on
I'll be gone
In a day or two

Magne Furuholmen / Morten Harket / Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1985 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Train of Thought

He likes to have the morning paper's
Crossword solved
Words go up words come down
Forwards backwards twisted round
He grabs a pile of letters from a small suitcase
Disappears into an office
It's another working day

And his thoughts are full of strangers
Corridors of naked lights
And his mind once full of reason
Now there's more than meets the eye
Oh, a stranger's face he carries with him

He likes a bit of reading on the subway home
A distant radio whistling tunes that nobody knows
At home a house awaits him, he unlocks the door
Thinking once there was a sea here
But there never was a door

And his thoughts are full of strangers
And his eyes to numb to see
And nothing that he knows of
And nowhere where he's been
Was ever quite like this
And his thoughts

And at heart
He's full of strangers
Dodging on his train of thought
Train of thought 

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1985 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Hunting High and Low

Here I am
And within the reach of my hands
She's sound asleep and she's sweeter now
Than the wildest dream could have seen her
And I catch her slipping away
Though I know I'll be hunting high and low

High
There's no end to the lengths I'll go to
Hunting high and low
High
There's no end to lengths I'll go
To find her again
Upon this my dreams are depending
Through the dark
I sense the pounding of her heart

Next to mine
She's the sweetest love I could find
So I guess I'll be hunting high and low

High
There's no end to the lengths I'll go to
High and Low
High
Do you know what it means to love you

I'm hunting high and low
And now she's telling me she's got to go away
I'll always be hunting high and low
Hungry for you
Watch me tearing myself to pieces
Hunting high and low

High
There's no end to the lengths I'll go to
Oh, for you
I'll be hunting high and low

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1985 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics The Blue Sky

I find it hard to breathe
As life just eats away
At the faces that surround me
They look tired today
The lady at my table
Doesn't want me here
I just want to talk to her

But would she laugh at my accent
And make fun of me
Oh, it doesn't seem like this
Blue sky's here for me

There are no girls in here
As far as I can see
Only pin-up posters
Looking down at me
Watching papercups of coffee
Growing cold before my eyes
All the things I see
That make me realize

I'm in this big world without you
Nothing to my name
Oh, I never knew that
Blue sky meant such pain

I'm dying to be different
In the coffee shop
I've lived on borrowed strength
Now my supplies are cut
Though I'm older than my looks
And older than my years
I'm too young to take on
My deepest fears

Oh, I used to be confused
But now I just don't know
Since you left I've been watching
Blue skies come and go
Since you left I've been watching
Blue skies come and go

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1985 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Living A Boy's Adventure Tale

I've fixed my dwelling for the night
Lights in pairs come passing by where I hide
I need some time now on my own
Leave my loneliness alone
To lick my wounds
Night has found me just in time
to help me close my eyes
One more time

Living a boy's adventure tale
In so many ways
Living a boy's adventure tale
For so many days
I'm living a boy's adventure tale
Can't escape, if I wanted to
Living a boy's adventure tale
I may be dreaming but I feel awake

I've been lost in so many places
Seeked love in so many faces
A change of weather
the rain pours down
My head in hands
pressed to the ground
And where am I supposed to go now

Living a boy's adventure tale
In so many ways
Living a boy's adventure tale
Living a boy's adventure tale
A voice I hear
Living a boy's adventure tale
Singing a lullaby for me
Living a boy's adventure tale
Because of you

Living a boy's adventure
Oh you know it's true
Living a boy's adventure tale
In so many ways
For so many days
I love you, I love you
So many ways

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1985 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics The Sun Always Shines On TV

Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on TV
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
To me

I reached inside myself
And found nothing there
To ease the pressure of
My ever worrying mind
All my powers waste away
I fear the crazed and lonely looks
The mirror's sending me these days
Please don't ask me to defend
The shameful lowlands
Of the way
I'm drifting gloomily through time

I reached inside myself today
Thinking there's got to be some way
To keep my troubles distant

Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on TV
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me 

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1985 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics And You Tell Me

Please don't hurt me
I have told you
All my love is all I've got
And tomorrow is the day
When I for your sake
I'm coming back

And you tell me
That I don't love you

I'm trying hard to make you jealous
Trying harder to make you stay
Days are longer
Night are crazy
It's so strange when you're away

And you tell me
That I don't love you
Please let me come to you
And stay this time

And you tell me
That I don't love you
Oh you know
That it's just not true

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1985 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Love Is Reason

My breath was coming fast
And as I make a start
You turn to go
Oh, oh
I'll do what you want me to
I'll cry at the thought of the loss of a heart

Love is reason
Love is reason
Love is reason
Love is reason enough

My morals are changing fast
I told you it wouldn't last
You turn and go
Oh, oh
I'll be what you want me to be
I'd die at the thought of the loss of your heart

Love is reason
Love is reason
Love is reason
Love is reason enough 

Magne Furuholmen
© 1985 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Dream Myself Alive

Dream myself alive
I dream myself alive
You can't deny
There's something dark
Against the light
All I can say
It doesn't have to be this way

We'll be chasing our tails madly
See days pass like wildfire
Right from the start
I knew this world would break my heart

I dream myself alive
Dream myself alive
I dream myself alive
Break my heart
And dream myself alive
What can it mean

Can it be
I'm drawing pictures of the sea
Right from the start
I knew this girl would break my heart

Dream myself alive
Dream myself alive
I dream myself alive
Dream myself alive
Dream myself alive
I dream myself alive

Magne Furuholmen/Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1985 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Here I Stand And Face The Rain

Help me, I need your love
Don't walk away
The dark scares me so
We're nothing apart
Let's stay friends forever
Forever

Here I stand and face the rain
I know that nothing's gonna be the same again
I fear for what tomorrow brings

Trust me for who I am
Place all your faith
Into these hands
I got nothing to say
But let's stay friends forever
Forever

Here I stand and face the rain
I know that nothing's gonna be the same again
I fear for what tomorrow brings

Here I stand and face the rain
I know that nothing's gonna be the same again
I fear for what tomorrow brings

Here I stand and face the rain
Knowing nothing's gonna be the same again
Here I stand and face the rain
Knowing nothing's gonna be the same again 

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1985 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

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