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Released Jun 14, 1993

Memorial Beach (1993)

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a-ha's fifth album, Memorial Beach, was recorded primarily at Prince's Paisley Park studios outside Minneapolis in the U.S. Featured among the tracks is "Angel in the Snow," a song Paul wrote for Lauren Savoy for her wedding gift and the eight-minute epic "Cold As Stone."

What turned out to be a-ha's last American release spawned three more top 25 singles, "Move to Memphis," "Dark is the Night" and "Angel in the Snow." Recording the album was, according to Morten, "A rather dark and heavy period for the band."

Magne: "I dig 'Memorial Beach,' and 'Dark is the Night for All' is the high point, the best thing on the disc."

Liner Notes:

PRODUCED BY DAVID Z AND A-HA.

Track List

Disc 1 Memorial Beach (1993)

  • 1: Dark Is The Night For All
  • 2: Move To Memphis
  • 3: Cold As Stone
  • 4: Angel In The Snow
  • 5: Locust
  • 6: Lie Down In Darkness
  • 7: How Sweet It Was
  • 8: Lamb To The Slaughter
  • 9: Between Your Mama And Yourself
  • 10: Memorial Beach

Lyrics Dark Is The Night For All

It's time we said goodbye
Time now to decide
Oh don't you feel so small
Dark is the night for all

It's time we moved out West
This time will be the best
And when the evenings fall
Dark is the night for all

It's time, yeah, to break free
It's time to pull away
For you and for me

It's time yeah, to break free
We need to celebrate the mystery

It's time we said goodbye
Time for you and I
Oh don't you feel so small
Dark is the night for all 

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1993 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Move To Memphis

Walked around no one around
You were the one who taught me better
This old town brings me down
You were the one who told me
You've got to

Move to Memphis
That's what I'll do
Gonna move to Memphis and follow you
Trace that highway
Down to your doorway
Gonna move to Memphis and be with you

On the day you walked away
I was the one who said
You'd better stick around stay in town
You were the one who told me
You've got to

Move to Memphis
That's what I'll do
Chase the shadow that follows you
Trace that highway
Down to your doorway
Gonna move to Memphis
And be with you

I'm gonna be with you
I'm gonna be with you
Gonna move to Memphis

Move to Memphis
That's what I'll do
Move to Memphis to be with you
I'm gonna be with you
I'm gonna be with you
Gonna move to Memphis

Magne Furuholmen / Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1993 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Cold As Stone

You're back again
You roam the streets
And crack again
You're back again

You're travel-worn
Standing here in the town
Where you were born
It's not your home

The mirror sees you
So alone
Cold as stone - Yeah

You're not your own
You feel a chill
Go through your bones

You're not your own
There's something wrong
You call the doctor on a phone
He's not at home

So you leave a message
After the tone –
"I'm cold as stone"

Emerald green neon lights above
Sapphire red falls on you below
Cold as stone

Emerald green neon lights above
Sapphire reds fall on you below

You're back again
You send a curse out
In to the night
You're back again

You're travel-worn
Standing here
In the town you were born
It's not your home

The mirror sees you
So alone
Cold as stone
Cold as stone 

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1993 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Angel In The Snow

Angel, angel or so
Wherever you may go
Hmm, yeah
I'll follow
Wherever you may go

And always will I be there
Shake worries from your hair
Hmm, yeah
I'll be there
Always

Angel, angel or so
Wherever you may go
Hmm, yeah
I'll follow
Wherever you may go

You're my angel in the snow
You're my angel in the snow

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1993 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Locust

Don't be afaid
It's a harmless moon
All we can do
Is to assume

Our lives must change
A change is due
I hear you say
What are we gonna do

I don't know - make it
I don't know - shake it
I don't know - break it down
What are we wanna do
I don't know - make it
I don't know - shake it
I don't know - break it down

O' weeping night
O' grieving sky
O' rabbit wind
You just flew by

Grant me this
Some small reward
Don't announce
The time of the final call

My dream was this:
Across the sky
A slate-grey cloud
That filled the eye
A slate-grey cloud
Comes through the dust
Locust

Don't be afraid
It's a harmless moon

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1993 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Lie Down In Darkness

With all our goals and destinations
Everything must be this way
Vague are hopes that try our patience
Listen now to what I say

Oh, lie down in darkness
I want you next to me
Oh, lie down in darkness
Here with me

All our trials and tribulations
Will it ever make much sense
All these years, they disappear
They leave me here without defense

Oh, lie down in darkness
I want you next to me
Oh, lie down in darkness
Here with me

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1993 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics How Sweet It Was

Uh yeah, that's alright
Lend us a voice in this howling night

Just about a month ago
You made a promise, babe
Not to go
Yes, you did now
You were the heart and soul

One to the nightfall
One to the stars
One to the haunted fools we are
One to remember
One to recall
One to acknowledge
Just how sweet it was, yeah

Just about a month ago
You make a promise
Ain't that so
Yes, you did now
Into this howling night

You got
You got
You got
You got me so
You got me so low

I wouldn't lie, babe - not again
It's such a crime
To while away my time
Little babe

One to remember
One to recall
One to acknowledge
Just how sweet it was
We were so happy
We were okay
We let our good thing, honey
Just slip away

Lend us a voice in this howling night

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1993 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Lamb To The Slaughter

I went down to the water
Like a lamb to the slaughter
Didn't know
What was waiting for me there
Nobody warned me
Nobody told me
My excuse is I wasn't prepared

I drank deep from the river
And sealed up my fate
I should have seen the trap, baby
Before it was too late

We go down
We go down
Go down is the only way out

Who is this fool
Who believed all the stories
I wish I could say
It's not me
You polluted my head
With all the things you said
I became what you wanted to see

All of these years
I've built up this hate
I had my chance coming
But now it's too late

We go down
We go down
Go down - is the only way out 

Magne Furuholmen
© 1993 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Between Your Mama And Yourself

Hey listen honey
Something you should know
This can't wait
I've been meaning to tell you
A long time ago
And today's that day
I'll put it straight
No, it just can't wait

Oh sure, it took a little time
I know that's true
But this business
Been preying on my mind
Since I met you
The thing is babe

Between your mama and yourself
Forced to choose and without help
With a margin, you know it's true
The one I love
Well, it's eh probably you

C'mon now, stay a little while
Before you go
This thing, it's been preying on my mind
But even so
This I know

Between your mama and yourself
Forced to choose and without help
With a margin, you know it's true
The one I love
Well, it's eh probably you

You've got to know
It's got to show
Yeah, I've got to let her go

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1993 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Memorial Beach

I pace the length of my unmade room
In times of change
My bags are packed, guess I'm leaving the womb
Into the rain

We never found
A place to hide
Some peace of mind
God knows we tried

Toes in the sand, the seductive sway
Ooh...nothing better, babe
Across the bay--Sarasota Way
We held together

We never found
A place to hide
Some peace of mind
God knows we tried, yeah

Into the rain
The summer rain

So we walk down to Memorial Beach
Where things began
Honey days and nights without sleep
Lost in the sand

We never found
A place to hide
Some peace of mind
God knows we tried, yeah

We never found
A place to hide
Some peace of mind
God knows we tried, yeah

So we walk down to Memorial Beach

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1993 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

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