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Released May 03, 1988

Stay On These Roads (1988)

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a-ha's third album, described by Magne as "a hard album to make," added four more top 20 songs to a-ha's growing list of hits; the title track, "The Blood That Moves the Body," "Touchy" and "You Are the One." A 74-city world tour followed its release.

The band is particularly proud of the title track, all three contributed to writing it. To this day, "Stay On These Roads" and "The Living Daylights" are live set mainstays, drawing exhuberant audience participation every night.

William Ruhlmann, AllMusic Guide: "[...] in the U.K., the album became the group's third straight to peak at number two, though it charted for a shorter period than the first two albums, and there were four Top 25 hits — the title track, "The Blood That Moves the Body," "Touchy!," and "You Are the One." (Also included was a-ha's 1987 theme from the James Bond movie The Living Daylights, a U.K. number five that missed the U.S. charts.)"

Liner Notes:

PRODUCED BY ALAN TARNEY.

Track List

Disc 1 Stay On These Roads (1988)

  • 1: Stay On These Roads
  • 2: The Blood That Moves The Body
  • 3: Touchy!
  • 4: This Alone Is Love
  • 5: Hurry Home
  • 6: The Living Daylights
  • 7: There’s Never A Forever Thing
  • 8: Out Of Blue Comes Green
  • 9: You Are The One
  • 10: You’ll End Up Crying

Lyrics Stay On These Roads

The cold has a voice
It talks to me
Stillborn, by choice
It airs no need
To hold

Old man feels the cold
Oh baby don't
'Cause I've been told

Stay on these roads
We shall meet, I know
Stay on - my love
We shall meet, I know
I know

Where joy should reign
These skies restrain
‘Shadow your love'
The voice trails off again

Old man feels the cold
Oh baby don't
'Cause I've been told

Stay on these roads
We shall meet, I know
Stay on - my love
You feel so weak, be strong
Stay on, stay on
We shall meet, I know
I know
I know, my love, I know

Morten Harket / Magne Furuholmen / Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1988 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics The Blood That Moves The Body

It's the way we feel
Tonight
As if it's all unreal
All right
My love, won't you come back to
Our love, you know I'll react to
The blood that moves my body
Now covers the ground
The blood that moves the body
The blood that moves the body

There's nowhere to go
Tonight
Lend some warmth to our cold
And lonely lives
Red stains on 'Eyes Of A Blue Dog'
My pains fade as the interiors fog
The blood that moves my body
Now colours the ground
The blood that moves the body
The blood that moves the body

Not long ago
It hurt us so
A tremble through our lives
The love and care...
The way we were
Lost its way at nights

It's the way we feel
Tonight
Lend some warmth to our cold
And lonely lives
My love, won't you come back to
Our love, you know we'll react to
The blood that moved our bodies
Now covers the ground...
Now covers the ground
The blood that moves the body
The blood that moves the body

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1988 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Touchy

Donna found us in her slow and dreamy way
I can't hear a word the waiter says
She's looking older now the color of her hair
She walks into the room too pleased to find me there

Me I'm touchy
Touchy you
Me I'm touchy
And you know what to do
Me I'm touchy
Touchy, touchy you
Me I'm touchy and you know what to do

Both of us together in a room by ourselves
I sneeze to look around, but there's no escape
What can I do, what can I say
She's waiting for this moment to explain itself

Me I'm touchy
Touchy you
Me I'm touchy
And you know what to do
Me I'm touchy
Touchy, touchy you
Touching love is the best I can do

Hey, this time you've gone too far
You know how touchy we are

Donna found me in her slow and dreamy way
Now she reads me what the papers say
The way she laughs at what I do
I'm waiting for this moment to explain itself through

Me I'm touchy

Morten Harket / Magne Furuholmen / Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1988 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics This Alone Is Love

This alone is love
No small thing
This alone is love
That my love brings

And all of us
Who are travelling by trap-doors
Our souls are a myriad of wars
And I'm losing everyone

It will make my last breath pass out at dawn
It will make my body dissolve out in the blue
Oh baby, what can we do

Magne Furuholmen / Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1988 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Hurry Home

Hurry home
Freight train running
I've been gone
Too long, honey
Why did I waste away
the only good thing left to save me
Hurry home
Freight train running

She's alone
Got no money
(She's alone, she got no money
Coming home, I've done my running)
I'm coming home
No more running
Why now should I deny
the only true thing left inside me
Hurry home
No more running

I'm doing right
For once in my life
(He's doing right!)
No more running...

(Rolling countries... fields unfolding
I swear the winds are calling)

So I hurry home
No more running
She's all alone
Got no money
She's alone, she got no money
Coming home, I've done my running
Why should I go and hide
The only true thing left inside me
Hurry home
Freight train running 

Magne Furuholmen / Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1988 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics The Living Daylights

Hey driver, where're we going
I swear my nerves are showing
Set your hopes up way too high
The living's in the way we die

Comes the morning and the headlights fade away
Hundred thousand people - I'm the one they blame
I've been waiting long for one of us to say
Save the darkness, let it never fade away
In the living daylights

All right, hold on tighter now
It's down, down to the wire
Set your hopes up way too high
The living's in the way we die

Comes the morning and the headlights fade in rain
Hundred thousand changes - everything's the same
I've been waiting long for one of us to say
Save the darkness, let it never fade away
In the living daylights

Comes the morning and the headlights fade away
Hundred thousand people
I'm the one they frame
In the living daylights

John Barry / Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1988 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics There's Never A Forever Thing

Dearest
Dry your eyes now
Don't you cry
It's all right

Lie back
Leave the lights on
It's all right, dear

I'll be there through the night
With you till the first signs of light
Say the word and I'll come tonight

It's all right now
Don't you cry now

Hush
Wipe your tears away
There's never a forever thing

All through the night
I'll try so hard to be there somehow
With you till the first signs of light
Say the word and I'll come tonight

Darling, don't you cry

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1988 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics Out Of Blue Comes Green

Father
My wings are clipped
See the steps that made me trip
Now I'm so lonely

Mother
Time's frozen flame
Seem to linger in the rain
Holding me only

Like a river I'm flowing
And there's no way of knowing
If I'm coming or going
I need something to chain me down
But it don't matter
My eyes have seen...
For better
Out of blue comes green

Mother
I have gone wrong
Work my fingers to the bone
All I've been doing

Father
Proud that I am
To be born into such hands
Your love so renewing

And I know I can lose it
Part of life - you can't choose it
As I touched the horizon
It just felt like I'd die soon

Don't matter
My eyes have seen
For better
Out of blue comes green 

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1988 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics You Are The One

You are the one who has done me in
Guess you knew from the start
I call again, but there's no one in
Don't know where, with whom you've been
But I do
Love you
Anyway you want me to

You are the one now the state I'm in!
Catching you was so hard
I fought for you, did you let me win!?
Don't even care, you don't care
Where I've been
But I do
Love you
Anyway you want me to

I’ve done all I can do
All the letters I've sent through
Put my life in the palms of your hands
Maybe now you can see
That it's got to be me
But if you leave me
I'll understand, yeah
If you leave me, I'll understand

You are the one who has done me in
Guess you knew from the start
I call your friends, but there's no one in
Catching you is so hard
You are the one! 

Magne Furuholmen / Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1988 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

Lyrics You'll End Up Crying

You'll end up crying
With your mother's eyes
Pretend you can't see yourself
Could have been better
Could have been worse
You could have been yourself

Brought up in mom's arms
Nowhere to fall
Now you're out climbing
Taking it all

You'll end up crying
with your mother's eyes
Suffer that moment's pain
Could have done better
Could have done worse
Lost in your love for more

Now you're out climbing
And you should know
You'll end up crying
Wherever you may go

Brought up in mom's arms
Nowhere to fall
Now you're out climbing
Climbing to fall

You'll end up crying
With your mother's eyes
Something is lost from the start
Could have been better
Could have been worse
You're going to need me there

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
© 1988 Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

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