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Released Apr 14, 2000

Minor Earth Major Sky (2000)

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After reforming in 1998 to perform two songs together at the Nobel Peace Prize concert, a-ha decided to make it more than a one-time thing.

The resulting album reached platinum sales and spawned four #1 hits, "Minor Earth Major Sky," "Velvet," "The Sun Never Shone That Day" and "Summer Moved On." The latter went to #1 in an astonishing 17 countries and features a world record 20-second vocal note by Morten.

Track List

Disc 1 Minor Earth Major Sky (2000)

  • 1: Minor Earth, Major Sky
  • 2: Little Black Heart
  • 3: Velvet
  • 4: Summer Moved On
  • 5: The Sun Never Shone That Day
  • 6: To Let You Win
  • 7: The Company Man
  • 8: Thought That It Was You
  • 9: I Wish I Cared
  • 10: Barely Hanging On
  • 11: You’ll Never Get Over Me
  • 12: I Won’t Forget Her
  • 13: Mary Ellen Makes The Moment Count

Lyrics Minor Earth Major Sky

I can't see me in this empty place
Just another lonely face
I can't see me here in outer space
It's so hard to leave a trace

And I try and I try and I try
But it never comes out right
Yes I try and I try and I try
But I never get it right

It's a minor Earth Major Sky
Minor Earth Major Sky

I can't see me in this lonely town
Not a friendly face around
Can you hear me when I speak out loud
Hear my voice above the crowd

And I try and I try and I try
But it never comes out right
Yes I try and I try and I try
But I never get it right

It's a minor Earth Major Sky
Minor Earth Major Sky

Minor Earth Major Sky
Minor Earth Major Sky

But I try and I try and I try
But it never comes out right
Yes I try and I try and I try
But I never get it right

It's a minor Earth Major Sky
Minor Earth Major Sky

Minor Earth Major Sky
Minor Earth Major Sky
Minor Earth Major Sky
Minor Earth Major Sky

Magne Furuholmen / Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 2000 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Little Black Heart

I never saw sunlight
Burn as bright
I never felt darkness
The way I feel it tonight

You say it's getting better
You say it's allright
But I never felt darkness
Like I feel it tonight
Little black heart

Raindrops on my window
I can't tell them apart
Like the few things forgiven
In my little black heart

You say it's getting better
We just never got it right

But I never felt darkness
The way I feel it tonight
Little black heart

Some day we will shine
Like the moon in the morning
Like the sun when it's dawning
Yes the sun when it's dawning
The sun

Some day we will shine
Like the moon in the morning
Like the sun when it's dawning
Yes the sun when it's dawning
The sun

Raindrops on my window
I can't tell them apart
Like a few things forgotten
And a few things ignored

You say it's getting better
You say it's allright

But I never felt darkness
The way I feel it tonight
Little black heart
My little black heart

Magne Furuholmen / Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 2000 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Velvet

Her skin is like velvet
Her face cut from stone
Her eyes when she's smiling
Will never reach home
But hear how she sings

Her touch would be tender
Her lips would be warm
But when we're together
I'm always alone
But hear how she sings

Her skin is like velvet...
So I went to her home
Her place, like a palace
With things you can't own
Her skin is like velvet
And hear how she sings

Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar-Savoy/Lauren Waaktaar-Savoy
Guitar, Keyboard, Vocals: Pål Waaktaar-Savoy
Rythm Guitar, Vocals: Lauren Waaktaar-Savoy
Drums: Frode Unneland
Mixing: Simon Vinestock
Mastering: George Marino
Girl Voice: Simone Larsen
© 2000 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Summer Moved On

Summer moved on
And the way it goes
You can't tag along

Honey moved out
And the way it went
Leaves no doubt

Moments will pass
In the morning light
I found out

Seasons can't last
And there's one thing
Left to ask

Stay, don't just walk away
And leave me another day
A day just like today
With nobody else around

Friendships move on
Until the day
You can't get along

Handshakes unfold
And the way it goes
No one knows

Moments will pass
In the morning light
I found out

Seasons can't last
So there's just one thing
Left to ask

Stay, don't just walk away
And leave me another day
A day just like today
Stay, don't just walk away
With nobody else around

Seasons can't last
And there's just one thing
Left to ask

Stay, don't just walk away
And leave me another day
A day just like today
Stay, don't just walk away
With nobody else around
Summer moved on 

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 2000 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics The Sun Never Shone That Day

The sun never shone that day
From an early dawn the sky was grey
I never should've walked away
I know that now, but I'm here to say:

Everybody walks away
Everybody's led astray
Breaking every plan to stay
It happens all the time
The sun never shone that day
From an early dawn the sky was grey
I never should've walked I know
I see that now, but it's hard to show

Everybody's got to go
Everybody tells you so
Everybody wants to know
Why it happens all the time

I can't see the point of turning everything upside down
I can't see the point of greeting everything with a frown
I can't see the point of painting everything black or white
I can't see the point of leaving everyone full of doubt (oh doubt)

The sun never shone that day
From an early dawn the sky was grey
I never should've walked away
I see that now, but I'm here to say

Everybody holds their own
Everybody lives alone
Everybody hogs the phone
It happens all the time

Everybody feels the strain
Everybody holds the pain
Everybody stays the same
It happens all the time

I can see the point of turning everything upside down
I can see the point of greeting everything with a frown
I can see the point of painting everything black or white
I can see the point of leaving everyone full of doubt
Everyone full of doubt

The sun never shone that day
The sun never shone that day

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy / Lauren Savoy
© 2000 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics To Let You Win

You know I always had the strength to fight
But I got tired of the wars at night
Thinking they would end if I gave in
But I wasn't strong enough

To let you win
To let you win
Let you win

I knew the fight but I didn't know the cost
And how to stop the wheels when they're in spin
I thought you couldn't love a man who'd lost
No, I wasn't strong enough

To let you win
Let you win

It used to scare me to wake up wondering
If I'd forgotten what I was fighting for
You know that you said that you were weak and I was strong
Well, I wasn't strong enough

To let you win
To let you win
Let you win
To let you win

You know I always had the strength to fight
But I got tired of the wars at night
Thinking they would end if I gave in
But I wasn't strong enough

To let you win
To let you win
Let you win

Morten Harket / Håvard Rem
© 2000 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics The Company Man

Andy was the company man
Responsible for signing the band
Songs came out of our mouths
And into his hands
Oh yeah

Legal help, yes we had plenty
Bank-accounts are easy to empty
Everybody's trying to help
Everyone is so friendly
Oh yeah

And we all come down
Don't make a sound as we hit the ground
Yes we all fall down
Don't make a sound as we hit the ground

Give us something easy to sing to
Give us something simple to cling to
Something we can all understand
Said the company man
Oh yeah
We sing

And we all fall down
Don't make a sound as we hit the ground
Yes we all fall down
Don't make a sound as we hit the ground

Yes we all fall down
Don't make a sound as we hit the ground
May we all fall down
Don't make a sound as we hit the ground

Magne Furuholmen / Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 2000 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Thought That It Was You

I thought that it was you
The things you saw me do
They were true

Little did I know
You found me in your joy
And there was I, a little boy

My shadows they're not new
My soul's split in two
Lord, I thought that it was you

This Christmas snow that falls
Gives silence to us all, amen, amen

You know my deepest sin
You've seen me deep within
So fill me now like wind
And let the miracle begin

There's a river and you know
There's a place we used to go
That's where I throw our ashes now

I must have walked into a cave
Among these things that you must save
And there I touched the grave

You know my deepest sin
You've seen me deep within
But fill me now like wind
And let the miracle begin

You know my deepest sin
You've seen me deep within
But fill me now like wind
And let the miracle begin

Sometimes I felt so sure
When I opened up your doors
That there'd been no one there before

You know my deepest sin
You've seen me deep within
But fly, fly higher from it
Just look into my eyes

You know my deepest sin
You've seen me deep within
But fill me now like wind
And let the miracle begin

And the secrets that you say 

Morten Harket / Ole Sverre Olsen
© 2000 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics I Wish I Cared

To hold me closer or set me free
To trust completely or let it be
You don't know my destiny
You can't see what I can see

Hey - I wish I cared
Hey - I wish I cared

To love me truely or let me go
Inbetween I don't want to know
This is how it has to be
No more us and no more we

Hey - I wish I cared
Hey - I wish I cared

Once again, on the station
See your face in a crowd
Comes again the sensation
You can't hear yourself think
With their voices inside your head

Hey - I wish I cared
Hey - I wish I cared
I wish I cared
Yes I really do
I wish I cared
(Hey) I wish I cared
Yes I really do
I wish I cared
(Hey) I wish I cared
I wish I cared
(Hey)

Magne Furuholmen
© 2000 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Barely Hanging On

I used to be so sensible on my own
Now I'm so sensitive it's a joke
I'm getting by on decibels like a drug
And greet every brand new day with a shrug

I'm barely hanging on
I'm barely hanging on
I'm barely hanging on
I'm barely hanging on

I used to be so comfortable in a suit
Almost presentable next to you
I used to be so confident in a crowd
Now I can't say my own name aloud

I'm barely hanging on
I'm barely hanging on
I'm barely hanging on
I'm barely hanging on

And now I guess you're wondering why
We never could see eye to eye
Oh but never mind
And now I guess it's hard to see
What has gotten into me
Oh but never mind
Oh but never mind
Oh but never mind

I'm barely hanging on
I'm barely hanging on
I'm barely hanging on
I'm barely hanging on
Yeah
I'm barely hanging on
I'm barely hanging on

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 2000 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics You'll Never Get Over Me

You say you want some fun
You're not the only one
Not the only one

And you say you wanna run
You're not the only one
Not the only one

You will never get over me
I'll never got under you
Whenever our voices speak
It's never our minds that meet

You will never get over me
I'll never got under you
Whenever our voices speak
It's never our minds that meet

You say you want some
You're not the only one
Not the only one

And you, you say you've come undone
You're not the only one
Not the only one
You will never get over me
I'll never got under you
Whenever our voices speak
It's never our minds that meet

You'll never get over me
I'll never got under you
Whenever our voices speak
It's never our minds that meet

You'll never get over me
You'll never get over me
You'll never get over me

You will never get over me
I'll never got under you
Whenever our voices speak
It's never our minds that meet

You'll never get over me
I'll never got under you
Whenever our voices speak
It's never our minds that meet

Never get over me
Never get over me

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 2000 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics I Won't Forget Her

I won't forget her
She was once my love
I won't forget her
She was once my love

When I hold you in my arms
Oh yeah
You know I'll let you come to no harm
Oh yeah

But if one day
Much like today
You stop and wonder what I'd prefer
Well, you know I won't forget her

I won't forget her
She was once my love

I won't forget her
She was once my love
She was once my love
She was once my love
She was once my love

Did you see it in my eyes
Oh yeah
Did it make you realise
Oh yeah

That one day
Much like today
My mind would wonder
If she's still there

Cause you know I won't forget her

I won't forget her
She was once my love

I won't forget her
She was once my love
I won't forget her
She was once my love

When I hold you in my arms
Oh yeah
She was once my love
She was once my love
She was once my love

I won't forget her
She was once my love
I won't forget her
She was once my love

I won't forget her
She was once my love
I won't forget her
She was once my love 

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 2000 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Mary Ellen Makes The Moment Count

Mary cries out: "for the love of God"
As she's walking out of the laundromat
Down the street and it's the short way home
Feeling special cause she's so alone

But we know:
(The world's full of lonely people)
And it shows
(The world's full of lonely people)

She shrugs her coat off and unlocks the door
Eats her dinner on the kitchen floor
Writes a poem and turns the radio on
Every singer sings the same old song

And it goes:
(The world's full of lonely people)
And it shows
(The world's full of lonely people)

But when we she wanted me to go
She just had to let it show
To bring me down if she wanted me to leave
She just wore it on her sleeve
But at least, I was around

But when we she wanted me to go
She just had to let it show
To bring me down if she wanted me to leave
She just wore it on her sleeve
At least, I was around

Mary Ellen makes the moment count
As she's looking through old photographs
Pictures taken from an early age
Faces look back at her from the page

And they say
(The world's full of lonely people)
It's ok
(The world's full of lonely people)
It's ok
(The world's full of lonely people)

But when we she wanted me to go
She just had to let it show
To bring me down if she wanted me to leave
She just wore it on her sleeve
But at least, I was around
I was around
I was around
I was around
Mary Ellen makes the moment count

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 2000 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

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