English translations

SKYGGEBOKSER/SHADOW BOXER (2014)
Skyggebokser lite
1. klar/clear
2. passasjer/passenger
3. det som reparerer alt/what mends it all
4. jeg lover/I promise
5. denne gangen/this time
6. arbeid/work
7. blikk som speiler havet/eyes that reflect the sea
8. skyggebokser/shadow boxer
9. la det gå/let it go
10. utenat/by heart

ALLE SNAKKER SANT/THEY ALL SPEAK THE TRUTH (2011)
Alle snakker sant cover
1. brev/letter
2. alle snakker sant/they all speak the truth
3. ta meg med/take me with you
4. kort evighet/short eternity
5. hodet, hjertet eller magen/head, heart or gut
6. snu, ikke snu/turn back, don’t turn back
7. enkle ting/simple things
8. skjøtet/the title deed
9. jeg vet/I know
10. stille vann/still waters

 

SKYGGEBOKSER/SHADOW BOXER (2014)

1. klar/clear

like fog blurring my mind
slowly unfolding and making me blind
like time hiding everything behind
a veil of woven memories

that’s how I collect all my words
that’s how I retrace my old footprints
I keep track of all my sorrows
so they won’t slip away and disappear

oh, the night takes what nights have to take
let this night take
but let it be a clear one

let the rain wash away all that I have
let the darkness hide what I used to be
if everything will be forgotten one night
let it be clear
like this one

let the wind swallow all my words
let the sand cover all my footprints
take all my sorrows
and let them be buried in earth
and forgotten

oh, let the night take what the night takes
let this night take
but let it be a clear one

2. passasjer/passenger

like a stranger here in my place
one who wants me to travel along with them
and I follow,
as long as the ground will carry me

she says she will take me where I want to go
she says she knows where I belong
but I know in my bones
she can never get me home

oh, not as a passenger
on the road to nowhere
not someone travelling along

wasn’t it supposed to feel good
to finally be getting away from here
even if I don’t own these wings
the wind has got to carry me

oh, but not as a passenger
on the road to nowhere
not someone travelling along
oh, not as a passenger
on the road to nowhere

it’s like a stranger has taken my name
made me placeless and given me loss
but oh, I know in my bones

I’ll never come home, never come home

oh, not as a passenger
on the road to nowhere
not someone travelling along
oh, not as a passenger
on the road to nowhere

3. det som reparerer alt/what mends it all

give me what everyone is looking for
give me what will make the fog disappear
what makes everything clear
what mends it all

what silences the voice
that says everything is wrong
what mends it all

like dust over my days
like a shadow of a wind I am chasing
everything seems to be underwater
like searching for footprints in the sand

what silences the voice
that says everything is wrong
what mends it all

give me what everyone is looking for
what they whisper about in their sleep
everything is just out of reach
tell me what it is

that silences the voice
the one that says everything is wrong
give me what mends it all

4. jeg lover/I promise

so we thought we knew how to do this
little by little we would find out
what it was all about
we thought we could stop searching
searching for answers
but you just want to leave
and I just want to stay
but neither of us feels that we
are ever really free
and it’s always dark for those who sleep
I’ll wake up soon, I promise

I promise, I promise, I promise

this is all we have
and it’s always dark for those who sleep

so we fell into the same sleep
the kind that dulls and numbs those
who never really want to see
we thought we had learned to look past it
to recognize it
and you just want to leave
and I just want to stay
but neither of us feels that we
are ever really free
and it’s always dark for those who sleep
I’ll wake up soon, I promise

I promise, I promise, I promise

this is all we have
and it’s always dark for those who sleep

this is all there is
like a thousand sleepless nights in the palm of a hand
and everyone remembers something that they
don’t talk about, don’t talk about

this is all we have
and it’s always dark for those who sleep

5. denne gangen/this time

once again you have to learn
one more time you need to remember
that stolen light just makes your night longer
and the shadow of a thief is longer than you can see

but this time around
you think it might work out
you’ve learned so much more now

oh, how the smoke stings your eyes
when it’s all over and only the ashes remain
and once again you are left behind
with the shadows of all that you have burned

but this time around
you think it might work out
you’ve learned so much more now

oh, so many times you must learn
yet one more time you must forget him
once again you have to be
the one who steals light when she can

this time around
you think it might work out
you’ve learned so much more now

6. arbeid/work

this is my work
from day to day and night to night
this is my work
from day to day and night to night

I wake up here
on a sea black as night
without an anchor
and far from land
I swim with
hands of stone
I dive down
with leaden shoes on my feet

this is my work
from day to day and night to night
this is my work
from day to day and night to night

piece by piece
I build my boat
I sew myself a sail
with the only thread I have
I teach myself the codes
and I learn the signs
from clouds and birds
and wind and rain because

this is my work
from day to day and night to night
this is my work
from day to day and night to night

my work is never done
I remember everything while the others sleep
my work is never done
I remember everything while the others sleep

this is my work
from day to day and night to night
this is my work
from day to day and night to night

oh, to leave
oh, to be on your way
oh, to only look after yourself
oh, to have
empty arms again

7. blikk som speiler havet/eyes that reflect the sea

burn all the pictures we own
I don’t want to see who we used to be
before we knew what we had
in store

just give me a boat
and an endless sea
and promise that you won’t
ask me why
I leave

a smile that hides nothing
eyes that still don’t know
that don’t reflect the sea
somewhere far away

forget our story
just burn, my heart, burn
once you’ve seen the sea
you can never really look away again

8. skyggebokser/shadow boxer

he can hold a thousand heavy hearts in his hands
there is only one he loses
only one he forgets

oh, he collects shadows
I collect him
he who collects shadows
I collect him

he sees only the hours of night
like a trail of deep blue in all that is black
he hides himself from the light
and fears that if he awakens he’ll disappear

oh, he collects shadows
I collect him
he who collects shadows
I collect him

lead runs through his veins
and chases him in circles
I don’t know where he will turn
but I know that he is mine

oh, he collects shadows
I collect him
he who collects shadows
I collect him
he collects shadows
I wait for him
he who boxes with shadows
I wait for him
he who boxes with shadows
I wait for him

9. la det gå/let it go

everything you thought you were
everything you owe that you do not have
everything you believe and doubt
you know you that someday you have to let it go

let it go, let it go
like you let your heart keep beating
let it go, let it go
let it turn into dust if it must

he who whispered into your heart
and had everything you thought you had lost in his eyes
your heart beat without understanding
that someday you would have to let him go

let him go, let him go
like you let your heart keep beating
let it go, let it go
let it turn into dust if it must

all the shadows that follow you
all the heavy years you carry with you
you know that you must take your heart’s heavy sigh
let it go and let it fly

let it fly, let it fly
like you let the rain wash the sky
let it fly, let it fly
let it become wind over your city

10. utenat/by heart

was it I who made your back so strong
who took your sleep and was your heart’s sad song?
was it my name you sang every night?
it must have been like this
you knew me
by heart

oh, so close that I was made of what you were
and heard your heart beating from the inside
was it I who made your gaze so clear
was it like a riddle that you still knew
by heart

was it my name you sang, my name you sang?
was it my name you sang, my name you sang?

was it my breath you listened for
that gave a rhythm to your nights?
was it my light that blinded you
that let you see what we are all made of?

was it my name you sang, my name you sang?
was it my name you sang, my name you sang?

 

ALLE SNAKKER SANT/THEY ALL SPEAK THE TRUTH (2011)

1. brev/letter

are you ok now? are you in a beautiful place, safe from danger?
i’m all grown up now, but am still writing letters to someone who doesn’t answer
i would have asked you what you thought about when you were young
whether you fought against the same things that i do now
so many things you don’t know, unanswered letters

and these streets are covered with all of your old footsteps
i follow them as well as i can
but i don’t remember where you walked
and i don’t have time for heartbreak, you have to take it away from me
because I have two hearts beating in me now
there is so much i would like to tell you
so many things you don’t know, unanswered letters

2. alle snakker sant/they all speak the truth

where should you go
when every road leads to a wall
and in the wall is a dent
from old encounters with your head?
who should you listen to
when they all speak the truth, saying «listen»
and you’ve heard it a thousand times before
and you wonder:
where should you go?
you need to find a new road now

the trains are running
and other people manage very well
to catch the right train at the right time
you always wake up in the wrong town
how long can you keep hoping
when you think you’ll finally make it
but your feet only want to take you one way
and you wonder:
where should you go?
you need to find a new road now

when you can’t find the strength to fight any more
you close your eyes and see black
there are no marks on your map

who should you defeat
who should you conquer in a duel
when you’re only fighting yourself
again and again?
how many times should you walk
the same road time after time
because it’s the only one you know?
and you ask in your clearest voice:
where should you go?

3. ta meg med/take me with you

go until you don’t remember where you came from
search until you don’t remember what you want
you have to do what you have to do
but take me with you, take me with you
and tell me, tell me,
that everything will be all right

and i look at you as i did the very first time
and i know that it might be the last
you look ahead, you do what you have to do
but take me with you, take me with you
and tell me, tell me,
that everything will be all right

4. kort evighet/short eternity

suddenly the days are speeding by
the light comes and disappears
and i haven’t managed to do
anything – i’ve just tried not to do anything wrong
and everyone is hurrying, with their important lives
they think they’ll get somewhere soon

and out there everyone is playing games
losing their grip on their pieces
with rules that nobody knows
and promises that something great will happen if you just keep going
it’s a short eternity
it goes so quickly when you know
that you’re one of them

come home, my beloved, come home
lay your head in my lap
that’s how we’ll wait until the noise has stopped
and the storm has finished raging
and everyone has stopped fighting
here there’s nobody who can find us

suddenly the days are speeding by
which city are you in now?
and all the time you are the one
i am waiting for so i can remember how things can be good
and if i forgot how well
my hand fits into yours
i remember it now

5. hodet, hjertet eller magen/head, heart or gut

and you said: keep going just keep going don’t stop to think
of course it stings a bit
when you dance all night
and wash your vitamins down with poison
but keep your eyes on the road and put blinders on
you know you have to keep going now
wake up to a new day
a dark, but white day
make a choice

don’t wait even a second
don’t sleep even an hour
don’t have doubts, just do it
and i said: head heart or gut
head heart or gut
which is telling the truth, which is telling the truth?
head heart or gut

but you said: keep going, just keep going, just do what you have to do
don’t get distracted, there’s so much at stake
you think all too much and you listen all too closely
you have forgotten what you should listen to
yesterday you were certain, you had made a plan
a plan about a job a city and a man
at night everything is easy, but this white morning is the
darkest you have seen

don’t wait even a second
don’t sleep even an hour
don’t have doubts, just do it
and i said: head heart or gut
head heart or gut
which is telling the truth, which is telling the truth?
head heart or gut

you just want to sleep, your feet are so tired after
too many long nights
but it’s you against the world and the world is never in doubt, just
close your eyes

don’t wait even a second
don’t sleep even an hour
don’t have doubts, just do it
and i said: head heart or gut
head heart or gut
which is telling the truth, which is telling the truth?
head heart or gut
head heart or gut
head heart or gut
head heart or gut
which is telling the truth, which is telling the truth?
head heart or gut

6. snu, ikke snu/turn back, don’t turn back

he wants to take you with him far away
he knows where you’re going, you don’t
don’t turn back, not this time
turn back, don’t turn back, not this time
you are so close

you are the one who always runs away from
the only thing you really want
don’t leave, not this time
leave, don’t leave, not this time
you are so close, you are so close
aah…

he wants to take you with him far away
he knows where you’re going, you don’t
don’t turn back, not this time
turn back, don’t turn back, not this time
you are so close
aah…

7. enkle ting/simple things

oh, how to make roses grow through a long winter when you live so far north
how to feed birds that don’t dare to come near
how to believe in love when you know what it’s like
oh, such simple things

oh, and how to forget words that wouldn’t have hurt so much
if you hadn’t known they were true
and how to forget someone who only sometimes remembers you?
oh, such simple things

oh, how to make roses grow from earth that is so cold
i’ve heard it can be done
oh, such simple things that others know how to do

8. skjøtet/the title deed

i’m not searching any more, for i have found gold
and i can’t lose it no matter what happens
i’m not waiting any more for sun, for a good day
to wake up, to see
that endless happiness is not fireworks
it’s as quiet as snow, quiet as snow
like february light and tulips
that slowly wait in all their beauty to die

i’m not searching any more, for your smile is tattooed
in my heart and i can never become blind again
i’m not waiting any more, i have sold the title deed
to the family sorrow, and i will never ever go there again
endless happiness is not fireworks
it’s as quiet as snow, quiet as snow
like february light and tulips
that slowly wait in all their beauty to die

9. jeg vet/i know

i know, i know, i know, i know that it happens like this
i know, i know, i know, i know that i shouldn’t think about it any more
but i want to hear someone say that this too
shall pass

and i have seen it all before, i know how it will end
it will end as it does when there is fear of the unknown
but i want to hear someone say that this too
shall pass

i know, i know, i know, i know that one day
if we still remember, it will only be vaguely
but i want to hear someone say that this too
shall pass

10. stille vann/still waters

i had to get here before i realized that it was wrong to leave land
i should have let him sail alone, trapped on a windless sea
for what makes a grown man lose his reason
is not storm, but still waters

it is not you who tames the waves, but they who own you
but you must turn around if you are sinking, find another way
for what makes a grown man lose his reason
is not storm, but still waters

take your stories and tell them to someone
who believes what you are saying
and take your shoes that you let others dance in
and walk the long way home if there is still time
for what makes a grown man lose his reason
is not storm, but still waters

for i can cover things up and i
can patch things up and i
can pick up the pieces of everything that is broken
but nobody can save a grown man
who wants to disappear in still waters

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