HUNTING HIGH AND LOW

     

SUPER DELUXE EDITION

DELUXE EDITION

ORIGINAL RELEASE

1985

2010

2015

     

All tracks have been remastered

All tracks have been remastered

All tracks have been remastered

     

DISC 1:

DISC 1:

 

01. Take On Me

01. Take On Me

01. Take On Me

02. Train Of Thought

02. Train Of Thought

02. Train Of Thought

03. Hunting High And Low

03. Hunting High And Low

03. Hunting High And Low

04. The Blue Sky

04. The Blue Sky

04. The Blue Sky

05. Living A Boy's Adventure Tale

05. Living A Boy's Adventure Tale

05. Living A Boy's Adventure Tale

06. The Sun Always Shines On T.V.

06. The Sun Always Shines On T.V.

06. The Sun Always Shines On T.V.

07. And You Tell Me

07. And You Tell Me

07. And You Tell Me

08. Love Is Reason

08. Love Is Reason

08. Love Is Reason

09. I Dream Myself Alive

09. I Dream Myself Alive

09. I Dream Myself Alive

10. Here I Stand And Face The Rain

10. Here I Stand And Face The Rain

10. Here I Stand And Face The Rain

 

11. Take On Me (1984 Original 7” Version)

 
 

12.  The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Mix)

 
 

13. Train Of Thought (U.S. Mix)

 
 

14. Hunting High And Low (Extended Remix)

 
     

DISC 2: The Demos 1982-1984

DISC 2:

 

11. Lesson One (Autumn 1982 Take On Me Demo)

15. Take On Me (Demo)

 

12. Presenting Lily Mars (Naersnes Demo)

16. Train Of Thought (Demo)

 

13. Så Blåser Det På Jorden (Naersnes Demo)

17. Hunting High And Low (Demo)

 

14. The Sphinx (Naersnes Demo)

18. The Blue Sky (Second Demo)

 

15. Living A Boy's Adventure Tale (Naernsnes Demo)

19. Living A Boy's Adventure Tale (Early Version)

 

16. Dot the I (Demo - Version 2)

20. The Sun Always Shine on T.V. (Demo)

 

17. The Love Goodbye (Rendezvous Demo 1983)

21. And You Tell Me (Demo)

 

18. Nothing To It (Demo)

22. Love is Reason (Demo)

 

19. Go To Sleep (Demo Version 1)

23. I Dream Myself Alive (Demo)

 

20. Train Of Thought (Demo)

24. Here I Stand And Face The Rain (Demo)

 

21. Monday Mourning (Demo)

25. Stop And Make Your Mind Up

 

22. All The Planes That Come In On The Quiet (Demo)

26. Driftwood

 

23. The Blue Sky (Demo 01)

27. Dot the I (Demo - Version 2)

 

24. You've Grown Thoughtful Again (Demo)

28. The Love Goodbye (Rendezvous Demo 1983)

 

25. What’s That You’re Doing To Yourself In The Pouring Rain (Demo)

29. Nothing To It (Demo)

 

26. Take On Me (Demo)

30. Go To Sleep (Demo Version 1)

 

27. Hunting High And Low (Demo)

31. Monday Mourning (Demo)

 

28. I Dream Myself Alive (Demo)

32. All The Planes That Come In On The Quiet (Demo)

 

29. And You Tell Me (Demo)

33. Never Never (Demo)

 

30. Here I Stand And Face The Rain (Demo)

34. What’s That You’re Doing To Yourself In The Pouring Rain (Demo)

 

31. Love is Reason (Demo)

35. You've Grown Thoughtful Again (Demo)

 

32. The Blue Sky (Second Demo)

36. Lesson One (Autumn 1982 Take On Me Demo)

 

33. Never Never (Demo)

37. Presenting Lily Mars (Naersnes Demo)

 

34. The Sun Always Shine on T.V. (Demo)

   

37. Presenting Lily Mars (Rendezvous Demo - Version 2)

 

 
     

DISC 3: Singles, Extended & B-Sides

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38. Take On Me (1984 Original 7” Version)

38. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (U.S. Steve Thompson Dance Mix / Extended Version)

 

39. Take On Me (1984 Original 12” Mix)

39. Take On Me (Instrumental Mix)

 

40. Stop And Make Your Mind Up

40. Hunting High And Low (Slow Version / Demo 3)

 

41. Take On Me (1985 12” Version)

41. Take On Me (1984 Original 12” Mix)

 

42. Take On Me (Instrumental Mix)

   

43. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (7” Edit Mix)

   

44.  The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Mix)

   

45. Driftwood

   

46. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (U.S. Steve Thompson Dance Mix / Extended Version)

   

47. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Instrumental)

   

48. Train Of Thought (7'' Remix)

   

49. Train Of Thought (U.S. Mix - Reflection Mix)

   

50. Train Of Thought (Dub Mix)

   

51. Hunting High And Low (7" Remix)

   

52. Hunting High And Low (Extended Remix)

   
     

DISC 4: The Alternate Mixes

   

53. Take On Me (Video Version)

   

54. Train Of Thought (Early Mix)

   

55. Hunting High And Low (Early Mix)

   

56. The Blue Sky (Alternate Long Mix)

   

57. Living A Boy's Adventure Tale (Octocon Studios - Early Mix)

   

58. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Alternate Early Mix)

   

59. And You Tell Me (Early Mix)

   

60. Love Is Reason (Early Mix)

   

61. I Dream Myself Alive (Early “NYC” Mix)

   

62. Here I Stand And Face The Rain (Early Mix)

   
     

Super Deluxe Bonus DVD: The Videos

   

00. Hunting High And Low (DVD Menu - Instrumental Edit)

   

01. Take On Me (1985 Version)

   

02. The Sun Always Shines On T.V.

   

03. Train Of Thought

   

04. Hunting High And Low

   

05. Take On Me (1984 Version)

   

06. Take On Me (1985 Alternate Cut)

   
     
     

The following tracks are not on the SUPER DELUXE edition

   
     

Uncollected Demos And Early Mixes

   

Vocal

   

63. All The Planes That Come In On The Quiet (Demo Alternate Mix - Vocal)

   

64. And You Tell Me (Demo - Alternate Mix - Vocal)

 

 

65. Dot The I (Demo - Version 1)

 

 

66. Dot The I (Demo - Version 3 - Alternate Mix - Vocal)

 

 

67. Dot The I (Demo - Version 4)

 

 

68. Du Og Jeg Og Vi Tre    

69. Go To Sleep (Demo Version 2 - Vocal)

 

 

70. Here I Stand And Face The Rain (Demo - Alternate Mix - Vocal)

 

 

71. Hunting High And Low (Demo - Alternate Mix - Vocal)

 

 

72. Hunting High And Low (Slow Version - Deluxe Edition)

 

 

73. Hunting High And Low (Slow Version - Alternate Mix - Vocal)

 

 

74. I Dream Myself Alive (Demo - Alternate Mix - Vocal)

 

 

75. Living A Boy's Adventure Tale (Early Version)

 

 

76. Living A Boy's Adventure Tale (Early Version - The Swing Of Things CD Alternate Take)

 

 

77. Love Is Reason (Demo - Alternate Mix - Vocal)

 

 

78. Monday Mourning (Demo - Alternate Mix - Vocal)

 

 

79. Never Never (Demo - Alternate Mix - Vocal)

 

 

80. Nothing To It (Demo - Alternate Mix - Vocal)

 

 

81. Nothing To It (Demo 2 - Vocal)

 

 

82. Presenting Lily Mars (Rendezvous Demo - Alternate Mix - Vocal)

 

 

83. Stop And Make Your Mind Up (Demo - Vocal)

   

84. Take On Me (Demo - Alternate Mix - Vocal)

   

85. The Blue Sky (Demo 02 - Alternate Mix - NO FADE - Vocal)

   

86. The Love Goodbye (Demo - Alternate Mix - Vocal)

   

87. The Sun Always Shine on T.V. (Demo - Alternate Mix - Vocal)

   

88. Train Of Thought (Demo - Alternate Mix - Vocal)

   

89. Train Of Thought (Early Mix 2 - Octocon Studio)

   

90. Train Of Thought (Early Mix 3 - Octocon Studio)

   

91. What’s That You’re Doing To Yourself In The Pouring Rain (Demo - Alternate Mix - Vocal)

   

92. You've Grown Thoughtful Again (Demo - Alternate Mix - Vocal)

   

93. You're So White (Demo - Vocal)

   
     

Instrumental

   

94. All The Planes That Come In On The Quiet (Demo Alternate Mix - Instrumental)

   

95. And You Tell Me (Demo - Alternate Mix - Instrumental)

 

 

96. Dot The I (Demo - Version 3 - Alternate Mix - Instrumental)

 

 

97. Go To Sleep (Demo Version 2 - Instrumental)

 

 

98. Here I Stand And Face The Rain (Demo - Alternate Mix - Instrumental)

 

 

99. Hunting High And Low (Demo - Alternate Mix - Instrumental)

 

 

100. Hunting High And Low (Slow Version - Alternate Mix - Instrumental)

 

 

101. Love Is Reason (Demo - Alternate Mix - Instrumental)

 

 

102. Monday Mourning (Demo - Alternate Mix - Instrumental)

 

 

103. Never Never (Demo - Alternate Mix - Instrumental)

 

 

104. Nothing To It (Demo 2 - Instrumental)

 

 

105. Presenting Lily Mars (Rendezvous Demo - Alternate Mix - Instrumental)

 

 

106. Stop And Make Your Mind Up (Demo - Instrumental)

 

 

107. Take On Me (Demo - Alternate Mix - Instrumental)

   

108. The Love Goodbye (Demo - Alternate Mix - Instrumental)

   

109. The Sun Always Shine on T.V. (Demo - Alternate Mix - Instrumental)

   

110. Train Of Thought (Demo - Alternate Mix - Instrumental)

   

111. What’s That You’re Doing To Yourself In The Pouring Rain (Demo - Alternate Mix - Instrumental)

   

112. You're So White (Demo - Instrumental)

   

113. You've Grown Thoughtful Again (Demo - Alternate Mix - Instrumental)

   

 

   

Instrumental with Backing vocals

   

114. All The Planes That Come In On The Quiet (Demo Alternate Mix - Instrumental with backing vocals)

   

115. Here I Stand And Face The Rain (Demo - Alternate Mix - Instrumental with backing vocals)

   

116. Hunting High And Low (Slow Version - Alternate Mix - Instrumental with backing vocals)

   

117. Living A Boy's Adventure Tale (Early Version - Instrumental with backing vocals)

   

118. The Blue Sky (Demo 02 - Alternate Mix - Instrumental with backing vocals)

   

119. The Love Goodbye (Demo - Alternate Mix - Instrumental with backing vocals)

   

120. The Sun Always Shine on T.V. (Demo - Alternate Mix - Instrumental with backing vocals)

   
     

Uncollected Remixes

   
121. Hunting High and Low (Agressiva Mix)    
122. Hunting High and Low (DJ Deco Melo Mash Mix)    
123. I Dream Myself Alive (Brazilian Mix)    
124. Living A Boy's Adventure Tale (Single Edit)    
125. Take On Me (1985 Extended Version - 12" Promo)    
126. Take On Me (Aaron Scofield Remix)    
127. Take On Me (Confront EFX Edit)    
128. Take On Me (Derler & Klitzing Mix)    
129. Take On Me (Different Mix - No Fade)    
130. Take On Me (Reeloop Mix)    

131. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Lyndon Fielden Mix)

   

132. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Steve Thompson Short Mix / NY Fjord Mix)

   

133. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Disconet Mix)

   

134. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Instrumental with backing vocals)

 

 

135. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (A Cappella)    
136. Train Of Thought (Edit)    
     
Live Version    
137. Take On Me (Live at the B.B.C. - 25/07/2009)    
     
Multi-Tracks    
138. Take On Me (A Cappella - Lead Vocal Only)    
139. Take On Me (A Cappella - Lead Vocal + Backing Vocals)    
140. Take On Me (Keyboards Only)    
141. Take On Me (Keyboard Effects Only)    
142. Take On Me (Guitar Only)    
143. Take On Me (Bass Only)    
144. Take On Me (Drums Only)    
     

Drafts

   

 Am I What?

   
Cures From The Garden    
Don't Belittle Yourself    
Fall's Park    
Happy Echo    

Hunting High And Low (Early Draft)

   

 Innocence

   
Karl's Sofa / Waterfalls    

 Living A Boy's Adventure Tale (Early Draft 1)

   

Living A Boy's Adventure Tale (Early Draft 2)

   

Take On Me (Early Draft)

   

 The Blue Sky (Early Draft)

   

The Love Goodbye (Early Draft)

   

The Worst Little Boy In The World

   

Touton Macoute

   

Whereupon

   

With A Ghost Of A Chance

   

Worries

   

 

Mags (Magne Furuholmen): Keyboards, vocals

Morten Harket: Vocals

Pål Waaktaar: Guitars, vocals

 

Additional Musicians:

 

Claire Jarvis: Oboe on "Living A Boy's Adventure Tale"

John Ratcliff: Additional Keyboards and vocals

 

Produced by Tony Mansfield Except:

"Take On Me" and "The Sun Always Shines On T.V." by Alan Tarney

 "Love Is Reason"  by John Ratcliff with a-ha.
 
Remixed by John Ratcliff with a-ha Except:

"Hunting High And Low" and "Living A Boy's Adventure Tale"

remixed by John Ratcliff.

 

Mastering by Bobby Hata  & Bob Ludwig

 

Engineering by Neill King

 

Art direction, design by Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff & Jeri McManus

 

Cover design by Jeri McManus

 

Photography by Just Loomis


DISC 1


 
TAKE ON ME  
(Words: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)
 
* The version of the 1985 second and third releases of "Take On Me" are the same as the album version.
 
 
 
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two
So needless to say
I'm odds and ends
But I'm 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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two
Oh the things that you say
Is it life
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two
(Take on me - Take on me)
(Take me on - Take on me)
I'll be gone (Take on me - Take on me)
In a day or two (Take me on - Take on me)
(Take on me - Take on me)
(Take me on - Take on me)
(Take on me...)
 

 
TRAIN OF THOUGHT  
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* The single version of "Train Of Thought" is a remix version (different from the album version). You can read its text by clicking HERE.
 
* An edit version of the song was released as the B-side of the "Living A Boy's Adventure Tale" 7" Single in The Philippines.
 
 
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
Now a stranger's face he carries with him
He likes a bit of reading on the subway home
A distant radio's 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 too numb to see
And nothing that he knows of
And nowhere where he's been
Was ever quite like this
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
Now a stranger's face he carries with him
And at heart he's full of strangers
Dodging on his train of thought
Train of thought
 

 
HUNTING HIGH AND LOW  
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* The single version of "Hunting High And Low" is a remix version (different from the album version). You can read its text by clicking HERE.
 
 
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 watch 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
Only for you (And now she's telling me)
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
 

 
THE BLUE SKY  
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* A demo version of the song was released as B-Side of the "Hunting High And Low" Single.
 
Blue Sky... Blue Sky...
Blue Sky... Blue Sky...
Blue Sky... Blue Sky...
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 paper cups 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
Blue Sky... Blue Sky...
Blue Sky... Blue Sky...
Blue Sky... Blue Sky...
Blue Sky...
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
Blue Sky...
Oh, Since you left I've been watching blue skies come and go
Blue Sky...
 

 
LIVING A BOY'S ADVENTURE TALE  
(Words: Pål Waaktaar / Morten Harket)
(Music: Pål Waaktaar)
 
* An edit version of the song was released as the A-side of a 7" Single in The Philippines. Click HERE to read the text of that version.
 
 
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
Seeking 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 (aah)
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 tale
Oh you know it's true
I'm living a boy's adventure tale
In so many ways (aah)
For so many days
I love you... I love you...
So many ways
I love you...
I love you...
I love you...
I love you...
 

 
THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON T.V. 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* An edit version of the song was released as the A-side of "The Sun Always Shine On T.V." 7" single. Click HERE to read the text of that version.
 
 
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
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
Wo-ohhhhh
All my powers waste away
I fear the crazed and lonely looks the mirror's sending me these days
Wo-ohhhhh
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Please don't ask me to defend the shameful lowlands of the way
I'm drifting gloomily through time
Wo-ohhhhh
(Touch me)
I reached inside myself today
(Give all your love)
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 T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me (To me)
To me...
 

 
AND YOU TELL ME 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* This version of the song was also released as B-Side of the 1984 "Take On Me" 7" & 12" Singles.
* A demo version of the song was released as B-Side of the "Train Of Thought" 7" & 12" Singles.
 
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
Nights are crazy
It's so strange when you're away
And you tell me that I don't love you...
Oh because I love
I will show you
All the faces my love can have
So 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
 

 
LOVE IS REASON 
(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)
 
* This version of the song was released as a Norwegian only Single. It was also released as B-Side of the second and third release of the "Take On Me" Single.
 
 
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
Hey
Oh, love is reason enough
I'd die at the thought of the loss of your heart
Love is reason
Love is reason
Love is reason
Love... Love is reason
Love is reason
Love is reason enough
Love is reason
Love is reason enough
 

 
I DREAM MYSELF ALIVE 
(Words: Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Mags)
 
* This version of the song was released as B-Side of the Norwegian only "Love Is Reason" Single.
 
Dream myself alive
I dream myself alive
But 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 wild fire
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?
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
Dream myself alive
Dream myself alive
 

 
HERE I STAND AND FACE THE RAIN 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
(Ahhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa)
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 whom I am
Lay all your pains
(Note: The text on some official music sheets is: "Place all your faith")
Into these hands
I've 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 pain of knowing
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
Ahhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa
Here I stand and face the rain (Ahhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa)
Knowing nothing's gonna be the same (Ahhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa)
Again (Ahhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa)
Ahhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa
 

 

DISC 2: The Demos 1982-1984

 


 

LESSON ONE (Final Demo)

(Words: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

(Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)

 

* Autumn 1982

This demo version had leaked on a bootleg CD before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW - DELUXE EDITION release.

Though there is a difference between speeds of both version, mixing and effects seem to be the same.

This leaked version should not be listed as a different version of the demo as mixing, effects and structure are the same.

Note that the balance between bass, treble and medium sounds better (warmer) on the leaked version.

 

* Two extracts (1:39 and 3:34) from this demo had leaked on the Internet before the official release of the song on both the DELUXE and SUPER DELUXE EDITIONS of HUNTING HIGH AND LOW. They were obviously taken from a radio broadcast of the demo in Norway. These two radio extracts are NOT different mixes.

 

* Note: This is an early demo recording of the song TAKE ON ME. Some parts of the text are identical to that of the studio version on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW. The differences are colored.

 

Come on

Say after me

I’m happy

Happy as can be

Hip-Hip-Hooray

Slowly learning that life is okay

Say after me

It ain’t no better to be safe than sorry

So, here’s a kid lesson

My number one

All's good that starts well and moves with the sun

So needless to say

I’m odds and ends

I’m me-ee-ee-ee-ee

Today is another day to find you

Anchors away

I’ll be coming for your love okay

So, here’s a kid lesson

My number one

All's good that starts well and moves with the sun

So, here’s a kid lesson

My number one

All's good that starts well and moves with the sun

Say after me

I’m happy

Happy as can be

Hip-Hip-Hooray

Slowly learning that life is okay

I know that life is okay

I know that life’s so good

I know that life can be wrong

Ooooh

I know it’s meant be good

So, here’s a kid lesson

My number one

All's good that starts well and moves with the sun

So, here’s a kid lesson

My only one

 


 
PRESENTING LILY MARS (Naerses Demo)
(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar / Morten Harket)
 
* Inspired by the 1942 film of the same name, this version was recorded at Naersnes in autumn 1982. This version previously released on the SWING OF THINGS demo collection CD (Slightly different mix and lesser quality).

 

Presenting Lily Mars

Tap dancer, a soon-to-be star

She'll beat your heart so fast

Spotlight's on Lily tonight

She's on Channel One's late-night show

She's watching people come and go

Producer says "You've got it made, girl"

And when she's lying sleepless in his arms

The frost paints roses on poor Lily's window pane

Presenting Lily's mum

She still lives on in Lily's mind

Stopped aging years ago

Now she's gone, but left her dreams in Lily's eyes

Lily's wondering if mummy's watching her tonight

"Good morning!" says father Mars

Presenting a salesman's cheerful face

His mouth is never shut!

As he strides from door to door to door to door

Watch his face as he puts his foot in my door

Presenting Lily Mars

She's sensing moons and stars

The pills that Doc subscribed

Will keep the sleepless, dreamless nights away

Oh poor Lily, now you're sleeping day by day

By day by day by day by day

Bye, bye

Poor Lily, mummy's watching you tonight.

 

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SÅ BLÅSER DET PÅ JORDEN (Naersnes Demo) 

(Words & Music: Morten Harket / Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Translated as "Now It Blows On The Earth", this is A-ha's virgin performance, the first song they ever committed to tape in September 1982. It is not however, contrary to some sources, the only song A-ha recorded in Norwegian.

 

* This version previously released on the SWING OF THINGS demo collection CD.

 

En flue bruker sine siste krefter

Sine rester av et liv

På mitt igjenlukkede vindu

Regnet står mot ruta

Dette huset bakker haspen på

Jeg tror jeg slipper det inn

For nå blåser det på jorden

Dagene trekker meg med

Tar i fra meg hva jeg hadde

Og evnen til å bedra meg selv

Oooohhh

Trikken trommer mennesker

Inn og ut av byen

Våte paraplyer danser gatelangs forbid

En mor med sine voksne døtre

Smiler, famler gjennom minner

Det eneste de nå kan dele

For nå blåser det på jorden

Tiden presser seg på

Før tok hun dagen som den kom

Nå gripes den i det den er forbid

Så er jeg atter ingens venn

Og ingen syder lenger

Ingen sorg og ingens glede, ingen sving

Hvorfor skal min munn

Ganske uten grunn

(???) uten

Så nå blåser det på jorden

Du ser på meg

Hva tenker jeg på

Ute brenner regnet

Og dit ut er det nå jeg går

Så nå blåser det på jorden

 


 

THE SPHINX (Naersnes Demo) 

 

(Pål Waaktaar)

 

* This demo song is in fact an early version of what would become "Train Of Thought".

An alternate version has leaked on a bootleg CD long before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW - SUPER DELUXE EDITION release.

The unofficial version has a longer intro which was cut from the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW - SUPER DELUXE EDITION version.

More over, some measures at the end of the song were edited for the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW - SUPER DELUXE EDITION release.

In total, 28 seconds were cut out of the original demo version.

Slight speed difference too.

 

* Note: Most of the text is identical to that of the studio version on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW. The differences are colored

 

He likes to have the morning paper's crossword solved

Words go up, words come down

Forwards, backwards, twisted round
Ooh no...

He doesn't act that strangely now there's people around

He's looking at their faces

They won't stick in his mind

He grabs a pile of letters from a small suitcase

Disappears into his office

It's another working day

And his thoughts are full of strangers

Corridors in naked lights

And his mind once full of reason

Now there's more than meets the eye

Now a stranger's face he carries with him

Ooooh

He likes a bit of reading on the subway home

Hey

A distant radio's whistling tunes that nobody knows

At home a house awaits him,

He unlocks the door

Once there was a sea here

But there never was a door

And his thoughts are full of strangers

And his eyes too numb to see

And nothing that he knows of

And nowhere where he's been

Was never quite like this

And at heart he's full of strangers

Yeah yeah

(???)

Oh (???)

Oh (???)

(???) [CUT FROM THE SUPER DELUXE EDITION VERSION]

Oh (???) [CUT FROM THE SUPER DELUXE EDITION VERSION]

Ok (???) our way

 

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LIVING A BOY'S ADVENTURE TALE (Naersnes Demo)  

(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar)
 
* Naersnes version recorded in 1982 .

A slightly lesser quality version has leaked on a bootleg CD before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW - SUPER DELUXE EDITION release.

Though there is a slight (very slight) difference between speeds of both versions, mixing and effects seem to be the same.

This leaked version should not be listed as a different version of the demo as mixing, effects and structure are the same.

 

* Note: Parts of the text are identical to those of the studio version on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW. The differences are colored.

 

I fixed my dwelling for the night

Lights in pairs come passing by where I hide

My shadow by the only one

That leaves my loneliness alone

I've licked my wounds

But, 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

I'm living a boy's adventure tale

For so many days

Where have all the good times gone?

Girl, were we the only ones?

The young pretenders...

A change of weather, the rain pours down

My head in hands, pressed to the ground

And I feel alright

'Cause safe inside tonight's cocoon

Surrounded by what I might choose

I'm living a boy's adventure tale

A voice I hear

Living a boy's adventure tale

Singing a lullaby for me

(la... lalalalalala...)

(lalalalalala...)

(lalalalalala...)

(lalalalalala...)

(lalalalalala...)

(lalalalalala...)

(lalalalalala...)

(lalalalalala...)

Living a boy's adventure tale

Because of you

Living a boy's adventure tale

Oh you know it's true

I'm living a boy's adventure tale

In so many ways

Aaaaaah.... Aah...

So many days

 


 

DOT THE I (Rendezvous Demo Version 2)  
(Words & Music: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

 

* This demo version was recorded in Rendezvous Studios 1983/84.

A slightly lesser quality version has leaked on a bootleg CD before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW - DELUXE EDITION release.

Though there is an important difference between speeds of both versions, mixing and effects seem to be the same.

This leaked version should not be listed as a different version of the demo as mixing, effects and structure are the same.

 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo version have also illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE EDITION release in 2010.

Note that both of these versions have different mixing. The illegal vocal version is therefore different from the official release version. This illegal vocal version is NOT the same as the leaked CD version mentioned here above.

 
* Note: This demo version is quite different from the other demo version that can be found on the album THE SWING OF THINGS. Most of the text is identical but there are some differences.

 

Woooo

Dot the I

Stretch your lips and smile

Let the world run by

Be the fool

Tomorrows morning's here

And I'm all nonsense dear

I see, I know, I hear you say

Come near, come close to me

(The words in the Japan Deluxe Edition booklet are "Come near, come close, come free")

Love happened to happen to me

Dot the I

Trust your kite to fly

I could lend you mine

Spot the gag

Oooh

Tick it, tock it, light a fag

Pass it on to me

(The words in the Japan Deluxe Edition booklet are "Never say goodbye")

"I see, I know", I hear you say

Come near, come close to me

(The words in the Japan Deluxe Edition booklet are "Come near, come close, come free")

Love happened to happen you see

I see, I know, I hear you say

Come near, come close to me

(The words in the Japan Deluxe Edition booklet are "Come near, come close, come free")

Love happened to happen to me

Hey !

Oo-oh-oh

Heeeee

"I see, I know", I hear you say

Come near, come close to me

(The words in the Japan Deluxe Edition booklet are "Come near, come close, come free")

Love happens to happen you see

"I see, I know", I hear you say

Come near, come close to me

(The words in the Japan Deluxe Edition booklet are "Come near, come close, come free")

Love happened to happen to me

Aaaaaah

Ooh

Dot the I

Count to three and sigh

I need you to dot the I

 

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THE LOVE GOODBYE (Rendezvous Demo 83)  
(Words & Music: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

 

* A Rendezvous demo from Spring '83.

This version can be found in a lesser quality on the SWING OF THINGS CD.

Note that the speeds between the two recordings are also different.

The balance between trebles, mediums and bass are also different.

Yet, mixing, effects and structure are the same.

 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE EDITION release in 2010. Note that both of these versions have different mixing. The illegal vocal version is therefore different from the official release version.

Another instrumental version of the demo (including backing vocals and harmonies by Morten Harket harmonies) was also illegally leaked and sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK.

 

Once a girl

In mommy's world

Laughing, rhyming, singing songs

In her newly learned tongue

Oh

Now a girl

In this world

Married to a stranger's name

Writing to him all the same

Oh but where can she go

If she's going

Alone?

Where can she go

If she's going alone?

Where can she go to avoid

The love goodbye?

Oh

All the same

Letters answer letters

In a round about way

"Sweet darling" they commence,

But she no longer feels that way

Oh there's not a soul

In the streets below

She's sitting by the window,

Clinging to the phone

Dialing endless numbers

No reply

Love goodbye.

Oh

Where can she go

If she's going

Alone?

Where can she go

If she's going?

Where can she go if she's going alone?

She's going alone

She's going alone

Where can she go if she's going alone?


 

NOTHING TO IT (Demo Version 1) 

(Words & Music: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

* 1983 Rendezvous demo. Upbeat pop song. This is the song where the name A-ha originated. A-ha re-recorded this with a full band and saxophone later that year.

A slightly lesser quality version has leaked on a bootleg CD before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW - DELUXE EDITION release.

Though there is an important difference between speeds of both versions, mixing and effects seem to be the same.

This leaked version should not be listed as a different version of the demo as mixing, effects and structure are the same.

 

Heyyy...

It's gone two O'clock according to my watch

You take your time

Well, take your time but don't take mine

Because I need some help to get a start

My pencil's sharp

My paper sheet

Without a mark

(The words in the Japan Deluxe Edition booklet are "My papers see, go down a mark")

Calm down, relax a bit

You've got to get on top of it, a-ha, nothing to it

Calm down, relax a bit

You've got to get on top of it, a-ha, nothing to it

Nothing to it, ahhhh

Am I dim? Am I dumb?

(The words in the Japan Deluxe Edition booklet are "I'm dim, I'm dumb")

Am I just as numb as a kid can be?

(The words in the Japan Deluxe Edition booklet are "I'm just as dumb as a kid can be")

A kid can be as a kid like me

It's gone three O'clock, hurry up, hurry up

You still have time

The end of term is all that is on your mind

Calm down, relax a bit

You've got to get on top of it, a-ha, nothing to it

Calm down, relax a bit

You've got to get on top of it, a-ha, nothing to it

Nothing to it, ahhhh

Nothing to it, a-haaaaaaaaa

Calm down, relax a bit

You've got to get on top of it, a-ha, nothing to it

Calm down, relax a bit

You've got to get on top of it, a-ha, nothing to it

Yeah

Calm down, relax a bit

You've got to get on top of it, a-ha, you can do it

Yeah

Calm down, relax a bit

You've got to get on top of it, a-ha, you can do it

Calm down, relax a bit

You've got to get on top of it, a-ha, you can do it

You can do it, a-haaaaaaa

You've gotta clean your mind

(The words in the Japan Deluxe Edition booklet are "You're free tonight")

 

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GO TO SLEEP (Demo Version 1)

(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Rendezvous demo, late 1983.

This version can be found in a lesser quality on the SWING OF THINGS CD.

 

* Note: the part of the text "so please, let me come to you and stay this time" was later used for the song "And You Tell Me" on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW

 

* An alternate demo version (Demo Version 2), which doesn't feature the "And You Tell Me" lines, was illegally leaked and sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK. An Instrumental version of this demo recording was also illegally leaked and sold on the Internet in the same pack.

 

(So please

Please let me come to you

And stay this time)

Go to sleep

Go to sleep

Go to sleep

There was a time

When I could kiss

Kiss you

Goodnight

It will come again

In your sleep

Go to sleep

Look for a dream

Soft as your skin

The night is here now

Hide out in your dreams

Sweetest love of mine

You can sleep

Go to sleep

Shhhhh

 


 

TRAIN OF THOUGHT (Demo Version)  Also known as SPHINX (Working title)

(Pål Waaktaar)

 

* 1983 Rendezvous demo. Completely different lyrics in parts and also features the guitar riff from "Cold River".

 

* An instrumental version illegally leaked and was sold on the Internet (along with the "vocal version") in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK.

(Note that both of these versions have different mixing. The illegal vocal version is therefore different from the official release version).

 

* Note: Most of the text is identical to that of the studio version on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW. The differences are colored

 

Hey !

Hey!

He likes to have the morning paper's crossword solved

Words go up, words come down

Forwards, backwards, twisted round

He doesn't act that strangely now there's people around

He's looking at their faces

They won't stick in his mind

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

Now a stranger's face he carries with him

Ooooh

He likes a bit of reading on the subway home

Yeah

A distant radio's whistling tunes that nobody knows

He says "Hey... Won't you hurry? Hurry!"

A sudden interruption on his train of thought

This Monday is the Tuesday from the week before

Woooh

Yeah

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 too numb to see

And nothing that he knows of

And nowhere where he's been

Was never quite like this

Yeah

And at heart he's full of strangers

Dodging on his train of thought

Train of thought

Train of thought

Train of thought

Train of thought

Train of thought

 

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MONDAY MOURNING (Demo)
(Words & Music: Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Rendezvous demo late 1983.

This version can be found in a much lesser quality on the SWING OF THINGS CD.

 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE EDITION release in 2010. Note that both of these versions have different mixing. The illegal vocal version is therefore different from the official release version.

 

Monday mourning

Tears are falling down like fluid pain

And it's a long, lost Monday mourning

The telling words I like to learn

Are dying on your lips

As the mourning through my fingers slips

Ooo-oooh, a-haaaaaa

I find myself in times like these

I'm amazed

(The words in the Japan Deluxe Edition booklet are "Quite amazed")

How eager everything is to go wrong

Around me

Monday mourning

Trifles wound me

Eyes look hurt again

For I have asked, I will never ask again

For I have asked, I will never ask again

 


 

ALL THE PLANES THAT COME IN ON THE QUIET (Demo)

(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)

 

* Recorded at Rendezvous late Autumn 1983.

This song was originally recorded by Bridges for the POEM album.

 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE EDITION release in 2010. Note that both of these versions have different mixing. The illegal vocal version is therefore different from the official release version.

 

* An other instrumental version of the demo (including backing vocals and harmonies by Morten Harket harmonies) was also illegally leaked and sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK.

 

* Note: The illegal version song of the song starts with some words in Norwegian spoken by Morten Harket... 

 

 

Spoken words in Norwegians on illegal version: "Pokker ta den her sangen" (Translation: "Damn this song")

 

The place: An old airport.

(The words in the Japan Deluxe Edition booklet are "The Planes and old airport")

A long life

Thought of great events

It seems like

All the planes that come in on the quiet….

Along the coast

Catch a glimpse of the world

Live and grow older

The place: A growing soul

(The words in the Japan Deluxe Edition booklet are "The Planes are going south")

A good mind strong and of little use

It seems like

All the planes that come in on the quiet….

Along the coast

Catch a glimpse of the world

Live and grow older

Don't move the tears into my life

Somebody's out here

It's hard to describe

Until you know why

The place: An old airport.

(The words in the Japan Deluxe Edition booklet are "The Planes and old airport")

A long life

Thought of great events

It seems like

All the planes that come in on the quiet….

Along the coast

Catch a glimpse of the world

Live and grow older

Don't move the tears into my life

I find it hard, so hard to believe

The beauty of life

Ooooohhh

All the planes that come in on the quiet….

 


 

THE BLUE SKY (Demo 01) 

(Pål Waaktaar)

 

* This demo version is A LOT different from the demo version that was released as B-Side of the "Hunting High And Low" 7" Single.

It was obviously recorded before the B-Side version.

 
* Note: This demo recording has most lyrics quite different from the studio version on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW. The differences are colored.

 

(Spoken words by Morten Harket in Norwegian: "Når den ta-ka-ta-ka-ta er borte?''  (Translation: ''when the ta-ka-ta-ka-ta is gone?")

 

I’m dying for a cigarette in the coffee lounge

Should I ask the lady here to give me one

The only risk I’m running is a runny nose

She’s got such a bad bad cold

Oh-oh

There are no girls in here as far as I can see

Only pin-up posters sort of looking at me

Now I picture you before me here

The sound of your voice

Fondling the keys to my room

Is my accent funny?

Would you laugh at me?

Everything's uncanny

So to speak here of the blue sky

I’m dying to be different in the coffee shop

I’ve lived on borrowed strength now my supplies are cut

I watch the television set watching me

It's asking only (???) questions

On an off and in and out and down I go

I used to be confused but now I just don't know

Paper cups of coffee growing cold before my eyes

I'm somewhere in this world without a cigarette to my name

Is my accent funny?

Would you laugh at me?

Everything's uncanny

So to speak here of the blue blue sky

Wo-ohhhh

Oohhhhh-ohhh

 

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YOU'VE GROWN THOUGHTFUL AGAIN

(Words & Music: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE EDITION release in 2010. Note that both of these versions have different mixing. Most of the effects on Morten Harket's voice are not the illegal vocal version, which is therefore different from the official release version.

 

I fail to understand you

Ah-Yeah

Hmmmm-Haaa

Carrumba

I fail to understand you

I don't know if you are lonely or just con me

And I don't see how you can say

The friends are few and far between

So tell me who you've seen

You have grown thoughtful again

Thoughtful again

You have grown thoughtful again

Hmmm

You have grown thoughtful again

I can't say I like it

You have grown thoughtful again

I'm shaken and in two minds

You say things are not the way I say they are

Ahhhhhh

And you don't see how I can say

The friends are few and far between

Then tell me where you've been

You have grown thoughtful again

You have grown thoughtful again

You have grown thoughtful again

I can't say I like it

You have grown thoughtful again

I can't say I like it

You have grown thoughtful again

You have grown thoughtful again

And I can't say I like it

You have grown thoughtful again

I can't say I like it

You have grown thoughtful again

Ahhhhhhhh

 

Ok Mags

 


 

WHAT'S THAT YOU'RE DOING TO YOURSELF IN THE POURING RAIN (Demo Version)

(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)

 

* Recorded at Rendezvous studio, Autumn 19 This is a very upbeat and rhythmic song with a catchy bassline.

A slightly lesser quality version has leaked on a bootleg CD before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW - DELUXE EDITION release.

Though there is a very important difference between speeds of both versions, mixing and effects seem to be the same.

This leaked version should not be listed as a different version of the demo as mixing, effects and structure are the same.

 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE EDITION release in 2010. Note that both of these versions have different mixing. Most of the effects on Morten Harket's voice are not on the illegal vocal version, which is therefore different from the official release version.

The A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK version is NOT the same version as the "leaked" CD version.

 

What's that you're doing to yourself in the pouring rain

What's all the notches, would you care to explain?

You're soaking so your make-up is coming down

What's that you're doing to yourself in the rain?

Ohhhhhh Ahhh

Ohhhhhh

Ohhhhhh Ahhh

Ahhhhh

What's that you're saying to yourself in the pouring rain

Speak up, please, I really can't hear a word you're saying

Looks to me like you've been thrown in at the deep end

I'd lend a hand but I hate getting wet

Ohhhhhh Ahhh

Ohhhhhh

Ohhhhhh Ahhh

Ahhhhh

Still you're all in one wet piece

Blame it all on some coincidence

Now, you'll put your face to bed

Down comes life and knocks your head

Ohhhhhh Ahhh

Ohhhhhh

Ohhhhhh Ahhh

Ahhhhh

Still you're all in one wet piece

Blame it all on some coincidence

The rain has put your face to bed

Down comes life and knocks you dead

Ohhhhhh

Ohhhhhh Ahhh

 


 

TAKE ON ME (Final Demo)

(Words: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

(Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)

* This demo was recorded at Rendezvous studio in Sydenham in April 1983. It was the first version featuring the complete song as we know it. An earlier version with a different refrain called "Lesson One" was recorded at Naersnes, Norway between September-November 1982. This featured different lyrics and the chorus was different. Previous to this, Bridges had recorded a version entitled "The Juicyfruit Song" in 1981. This again has a different chorus.

* This demo version can be found on the SWING OF THINGS CD.

 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE EDITION release in 2010. Note that both of these versions have different mixing. The vocal version is therefore different from the official release version).

 
* Note: Most of the text is identical to that of the studio version on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW. The differences are colored
 
Do you take it ?
We're talking away
(Though) 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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two
So needless to say
I'm odds and ends
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two
Oh the things that you say
Is it life
Just to play my worries away
You're all the things I forgot to remember
You're shying away
I'll be coming for you anyway
Take on me (Take on me)
Take me on (Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two

 

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(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Rendezvous demo, 1984.

This is a nearly identical version to the demo available on the SWING OF THINGS album. Yet, the quality is much better on both the DELUXE and SUPER DELUXE editions of HUNTING HIGH AND LOW and the ending is a bit longer.

 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE EDITION release in 2010. Note that both of these versions have different mixing. The vocal version is therefore different from the official release version).

 

* Note: Only the part of the text in white is  identical to that of the studio version on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW

 

* Note: the part of the text "there's something dark against the light" was later used for the song "I Dream Myself Alive" on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW

 

Watching days

Follow days

In these times

I've seen your face

Window shopping

For a sweetheart

And new shoes

Changing looks

In your eyes

Came to me

As no surprise

Now something's dark

Against the light

Hunting high and low 

High

There's no end to lengths I'd go to

High and low

High

There's no end to the lengths I'd go to

Lovely day

One of those

Lovely days

I've seen your face

Eye to eye

For the last time

Too

There's something wanting in me

Something dark against the light

I tear myself to pieces

Trying to follow everything at once

I'm hunting high and low 

High

There's no end to lengths I'd go to

Was it all my fault?

Well, you know what it means to love you

I'm hunting high and low 

High

There's no end to lengths I'd go to

Was it all my fault?

Well, you know what it means to love you

Ahhhhh

 

TO SEE ORIGINAL TEXTS BY PAUL WAAKTAAR-SAVOY, click HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

 


 

I DREAM MYSELF ALIVE (Demo Version) 
(Words: Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Mags)
 

* This demo version has illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE EDITION release in 2010.

This illegal vocal version has a different mixing and is therefore different from the official release version.

 
* Note: Most of the text is identical to the studio version on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW. The differences are colored.
 
Dream myself alive
I dream myself alive
Rain, go away!
My little girl wants to play
She wondered why
The rain would lie to see her cry
We'll be chasing our tails madly
And see days pass like wild fire
Right from the start
I knew this world would break my heart
I mean myself alive
Dream myself alive
I dream myself alive
Break my heart
I dream myself alive
What can it mean
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
Dream myself alive
Break my heart
I dream myself alive
I dream myself alive
Break my heart
And dream myself alive

 


 

AND YOU TELL ME (Demo) 

(Pål Waaktaar)

 

* This recording was released as B-Side of the hit single "Train Of Thought".

 

* A different demo version, with clicks at the beginning of the song and drums during the entire song, was leaked and sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK in two different formats: Vocal version and Instrumental version. The text that is sung is identical to that on the official demo version.

 

* Note: Most of the text is identical to the studio version on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW. The differences are colored

 

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

Thinking maybe it will make you stay

It's so hard, love drives me crazy

It's so hard when you're away

And you tell me

That I don't love you

Because I love you

I will show you all the faces my love can have

So, 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

Oh you know...

 

TO SEE THE ORIGINAL TEXT BY PAUL WAAKTAAR-SAVOY, click HERE

 


 

(Pål Waaktaar)
 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE EDITION release in 2010. Note that both of these versions have different mixing. The vocal version is therefore different from the official release version).

An other instrumental version of the demo (including backing vocals and harmonies by Morten Harket harmonies) was also illegally leaked and sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK.

 

* Note: Most of the text is identical to the studio version on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW. The differences are colored.
 
(Ahhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa)
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 whom I am
Lay all your pains
Into these hands
I've 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 pain
Of knowing that nothing's gonna be the same again
I fear for what tomorrow brings
Let's stay friends forever
Forever... forever
Let's stay friends forever
Let's stay friends forever
Here I stand and face the rain
Here I stand and face the rain
Here I stand and face the rain
(Here I stand and face the rain)
Knowing nothing's gonna be the same
(Here I stand and face the rain)
Again
Here I stand and face the rain
Knowing nothing's gonna be the same
Here I stand and face the rain
Knowing nothing's gonna be the same
Here I stand and face the rain (Ahhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa)
Knowing nothing's gonna be the same (Ahhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa)
 
TO SEE ORIGINAL TEXTS BY PAUL WAAKTAAR-SAVOY, click HERE and HERE

 


 
LOVE IS REASON (Demo Version) 
(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)
 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACKbefore the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE EDITION release in 2010. Note that both of these versions have different mixing. The vocal version is therefore different from the official release version).

 

Note that there is a master speed problem with the track on both the DELUXE and SUPER DELUXE editions of HUNTING HIGH AND LOW.

That speed problem is NOT on any of the illegal versions.

 
* Note: Most of the text is identical to the studio version on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW. The differences are colored.
 
My breath is 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 to 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
Hey
Woooo
Oh, yeah love is reason enough
I'd die at the thought of the loss of your heart
Love is reason
Love is reason
Love is reason
Love is reason
Love is reason
Love is reason
Love is reason
Love is reason

Love

 


 

THE BLUE SKY (Second Demo) 

(Pål Waaktaar)

 

* This recording was released as B-side of the hit single "Hunting High And Low". The version available on this single ends with a fade out.

Yet, the remastered version is a little longer and doesn't truly end with a fade out.

 

* This demo version has illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE EDITION release in 2010.

This illegal vocal version has a different mixing (with NO FADE OUT) and is therefore different from the official release version.

 

* An instrumental version (including chorus backing vocals and Morten Harket harmonies) of the "fade out" Demo was also illegally leaked and sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK.

 
* Note: This demo recording has some lyrics quite different from the studio version on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW. The differences are colored.

 

Blue sky (blue sky…)

Blue sky (blue sky…)

Blue sky (blue sky…)

Ahhhhhh

I’m dying for a cigarette in the coffee lounge

Should I ask the lady here to give me one

The only risk I’m running is a runny nose

She’s got such a bad bad cold

But would she laugh at me 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 sort of looking at me

Watching paper cups of coffee growing cold before my eyes

What else can I do when I’m here somewhere

In this big world without a cigarette to my name

Oh I never knew that blue skies meant such pain

Blue sky (blue sky…)

Blue sky (blue sky…)

Blue sky (blue sky…)

Ahhhhhh

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

Oh since you left I’ve been watching blue skies come and go

Yeahhhh

Blue sky (blue sky…)

Blue skies come and go

Blue sky (blue sky…)

I’m watching blue skies just come and go

Blue sky (blue sky…)

Hey

Blue sky (blue sky…)

Do-do-do-do-do

Blue sky (blue sky…)

Do-do-do-do-do

Blue sky (blue sky…)

Do-do-do-do-do

Blue sky (blue sky…)

Do-do-do-do-do

 
TO SEE ORIGINAL TEXTS BY PAUL WAAKTAAR-SAVOY, click HERE , HERE , HERE and HERE

 


 

NEVER NEVER - I WON'T GIVE YOU SHADOWS (Demo Version)
(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Rendezvous demo late 1983.

This version can be found in a much lesser quality on the SWING OF THINGS CD.

 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE EDITION release in 2010. Note that both of these versions have different mixing. The vocal version is therefore different from the official release version).

 

* Note: the part of the text that is colored was later used for the song "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW

 

Come the winter

Falling snow

I could swear I'll make this promise hold

I won't give you shadows

Never never

I won't give you shadows

Ooh

See me standing on a bridge in white

I watch the water spinning scenes by ice

Now I swear to make these words sound right

I won't give you shadows

Never never

I won't give you shadows

Ooh

And my love is all that matters

And my love is all I see

Hold me

Give all your love

Touch me

Give all your love to me

Hold me

Give all your love

Touch me

Give all your love to me

I won't give you shadows

Never Never

I Won't give you shadows

Never never

I Won't give you shadows

Never Never

I won't give you shadows

Ooooooh

Ooooooh

Ooooooh

Ooooooh

I swear to you I'll make this promise hold

 


 
THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON T.V. (Demo Version)
(Pål Waaktaar)
 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE EDITION release in 2010. Note that both of these versions have different mixing. The vocal version is therefore different from the official release version).

 

Another instrumental version of the demo (including backing vocals and harmonies by Morten Harket harmonies) was also illegally leaked and sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK.

 

Oh

I Reached inside myself
And found nothing there
To ease the pressure of
My ever worrying mind
Wo-ohhhhh
All my powers waste away
I fear the crazed and lonely looks
The mirror's sending me
These Days
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Please don't ask me to defend
The shameful lowlands
Of the way I'm drifting
Gloomily through time
Wo-ohhhhh
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 T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Touch me
Hold me
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me (To me)
To me...

 


 

(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar / Morten Harket)

 

* Recorded at Rendezvous studio.

A slightly lesser quality version has leaked on a bootleg CD before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW - SUPER DELUXE EDITION release.

Though there is a very important difference between speeds of both versions, mixing and effects seem to be the same.

This leaked version should not be listed as a different version of the demo as mixing, effects and structure are the same.

 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have also illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE EDITION release in 2010. Note that both of these versions have different mixing. The vocal version is therefore different from the official release version).  The illegal vocal version has Morten Harket's vocal test before the start of the song.

 

* The A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK version is NOT the same version as the "leaked" CD version.

 

* Note: Only minor differences in the sung text.

 

Presenting Lily Mars

Tap dancer, a soon-to-be star

She'll beat your heart so fast

Spotlight's on Lily tonight

She's on Channel One's late-night show

She's watching people come and go

Producer says "You... You've got it made, girl"

And when she's lying sleepless in his arms

The frost paints roses on poor Lily's window pane

Presenting Lily's mum

She still lives on in Lily's mind

Stopped aging years ago

Now she's gone, but left her dreams in Lily's eyes

Lily's wondering if mummy's watching her tonight

"Good morning!" says father Mars

Presenting a salesman's cheerful face

His mouth is never shut!

As he strides from door to door to door to door

Watch his face as he puts his foot in my door

Presenting Lily Mars

She's sensing moons and stars

The pills that Doc subscribed

Will keep her sleepless, dreamless nights away

Oh poor Lily, now you're sleeping day by day

By day by day by day by day

Bye, bye

Dear Lily, mummy's watching you tonight.

 

TO SEE THE HANDWRITTEN TEXT BY PAUL WAAKTAAR-SAVOY, click HERE

 

 

DISC 3: Singles, Extended Versions & B-Sides

 


 
TAKE ON ME (1984 Original 7" Version)  
(Words: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)
 
* This version of the song was released as the A-Side of the 1984 release of "Take On Me" 7" single.
 
 
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two
So needless to say
I'm odds and ends
But I'm 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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two
Oh the things that you say
Is it life
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two

 


 

(Words: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)
 
* This version of the song was released as the A-Side of the 1984 release of "Take On Me" 12" single.
 
 
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two
So needless to say
I'm odds and ends
But I'm 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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two
We're talking away
We're talking away
Oh the things that you say
Is it life
Just to play my worries away
You're all the things I've got to remember
You're shying away
I'll be coming
I'll be coming
I'll be
I'll be
I'll be coming for you anyway
Take on me (Take on me)
(Take on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
(Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two

 


 

STOP! AND MAKE YOUR MIND UP  

(Mags / Pål Waaktaar / Morten Harket)

* This recording was released as B-side of the very first release of the 12" record of the single "Take On Me". The version available on this single ends with a fade out.

 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE EDITION release in 2010. Note that both of these versions have different mixing. The vocal version is therefore different from the official release version). The illegal vocal version is a little longer than the official version and doesn't end with a fade out.

 
We have no help
You know that
All by ourselves
We have come this far
Now stop and make your mind up about me
Stop and make your mind up about me, baby
Stop and make your mind up about me, yeah
Stop and make your mind up
You've come to my head
(The words in the Japan Deluxe edition booklet are "Here goes my head")
(Some Internet websites claim the lyrics are "Beers go to my head")
I want you
Come back to bed
We have come this far
Now stop and make your mind up about me
Stop and make your mind up about me baby
Stop and make your mind up about me, yeah
Stop and make your mind up
Yeah, I want you near me
So stop! and make your mind up about me, baby
Stop and make your mind up about me, yeah
Stop and make your mind up about me, baby, Oh baby
Stop and make your mind up about me, yeah, baby
Baby, stop!
Baby, stop!
Baby, stop!
Baby, stop!
Baby, stop!
Baby, stop!
Baby, stop!
Baby, stop!
Baby, stop!
Baby...

 

(Words: Morten Harket / Magne Furuholmen / Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)
(Music: Paul Waaktaar-Savoy / Magne Furuholmen)
 
* This version was released as A-Side of the 1985 12" record of "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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two
So needless to say
I'm odds and ends
But I'm 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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two
Oh the things that you say
Is it life
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two
(Take on me - Take on me)
(Take me on - Take on me)
I'll be gone (Take on me - Take on me)
In a day or two (Take me on - Take on me)
(Take on me - Take on me)
(Take me on - Take on me)
(Take me on - Take on me)

 


 

(Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)
 

* Instrumental version of the album version of song.

 


 

(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* This version is an edit version of the song.
 
 
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
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

Wo-ohhh

All my powers waste away
I fear the crazed and lonely looks
The mirror's sending me

Wo-ohhh

These Days
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Please don't ask me to defend
The shameful lowlands
Of the way I'm drifting
Gloomily through time
Wo-Ohhh
(Touch me)
I reached inside myself today
(Give all your love)
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 T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me (To me)
To me...

 


 

THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON T.V. (Extended Version) 

(Pål Waaktaar)

 

* This extended version was released as one of the two different 12" record of "The Sun Always Shines On T.V." Single.

 

 

(Hold me... aahhhhh)

(Touch me... aahhhhhhhhhhhh)

I Reached inside myself

And found nothing there

To ease the pressure of

My ever worrying mind

Wo-ohhhhh

All my powers waste away

I fear the crazed and lonely looks

The mirror's sending me

These Days

Wo-ohhhhh

Touch me

How can it be

Believe me

The sun always shines on T.V.

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

Wo-ohhhhh

All my powers waste away

I fear the crazed and lonely looks

The mirror's sending me

These Days

Wo-ohhhhh

Touch me

How can it be

Believe me

The sun always shines on T.V.

Hold me

Close to your heart

Touch me

And give all your love to me

Please don't ask me to defend

The shameful lowlands

Of the way I'm drifting

Gloomily through time

Wo-ohhhh

(Touch me)

I reached inside myself today

(Give all your love)

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 T.V.

Hold me

Close to your heart

Touch me

And give all your love to me

Hold me

Close to your heart

Touch me

And give all your love to me (To me)

To me...

 


 

DRIFTWOOD  

(Pål Waaktaar)
 
(Produced by A-ha)

 

* This recording was released as B-side of the hit single "The Sun Always Shines on T.V.". It also appeared as B-side of the hit single "Train Of Thought" in some countries.

 

Oh come pity me a poor mad sailor
Stranded on this love
Here I lie like driftwood, honey
Is this what I've become
I go high over down under
At a lady's will
Under you
At a lady's will
I'm drifting still, I'm drifting still
So I ask in fading innocence
And all my youthful rage
Will your hands still touch me
When my face has fallen in with age
And I go high over down under
At a lady's will
Under you
High over down under
At a lady's will
Under you
At a lady's will
I'm drifting still, I'm drifting still
High over down under
At a lady's will
High over down under
At a lady's will

 


 

(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* This extended version was released as one of the two different 12" record of "The Sun Always Shines On T.V." Single.
 
 
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
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
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Please don't ask me to defend
The shameful lowlands
Of the way I'm drifting
Gloomily through time
(Touch me)
I reached inside myself today
(Give all your love)
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 T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me (To me)
To me...

 


 

(Pål Waaktaar)
 

* Instrumental version of a shorter version of the Steve Thompson Mix. It was released as one of the B-Sides of  "The Sun Always Shines On T.V." 12" record that included the Steve Thompson Extended Version.

 


 

(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* Remixed version of the song released on the 7" record of "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
Now a stranger's face he carries with him
He likes a bit of reading on the subway home
A distant radio's 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 too numb to see
And nothing that he knows of
And nowhere where he's been
Was ever quite like this
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
Now a stranger's face he carries with him
And at heart
He's full of strangers
Dodging on his train of thought
Train of thought
Dodging on his train of thought
 

 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* Remixed version of the song released on the 12" record of "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
Now a stranger's face he carries with him
He likes a bit of reading on the subway home
A distant radio's 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 too numb to see
And nothing that he knows of
And nowhere where he's been
Was ever quite like this
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
Now a stranger's face he carries with him
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
Now a stranger's face he carries with him
And at heart he's full of strangers
Dodging on his train of thought
 
 
TRAIN OF THOUGHT (Dub Version) 
(Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Dub version of the song, mostly instrumental but including vocals parts here and there. It was released as one of the B-sides of the "Train Of Thought" 12" record.

 

(-)gers...

And corridors.

Of...

And his....

A bit of...

Woo....

At home a hou(-)...

Never was a door...

That he...

And...

And his...

The eyes...

Now...

And at heart, he's full of strangers

Dodging on his train of thought

And his m(-)...

And at...

Train of thought

Dodging on his train of thought

 


 
HUNTING HIGH AND LOW (7" Remix)  
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* Remixed version of the song released on the 7" record of "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 watch 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
Only for you (And now she's telling me)
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

 


 
HUNTING HIGH AND LOW (Extended Remix) 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
 
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
Only for you (And now she's telling me)
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
High
Do you know what it means to love you
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 watch 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
Only for you (And now she's telling me)
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

 

 

DISC 4: The Alternate Mixes

 


 
(Words: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)
 
* The end of this version is a lot different from the album - single version.
 
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two
So needless to say
I'm odds and ends
But I'm 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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two
Oh the things that you say
Is it life
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two
(Take on me - Take on me)
(Take me on - Take on me)
I'll be gone (Take on me - Take on me)
In a day or two (Take me on)
 

 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* There are at least THREE different early mixes.
One was released on the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW - SUPER DELUXE EDITION in 2015.
A second one leaked on a bootleg CD before the release of the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW - SUPER DELUXE EDITION.
The CD sleeves claims that this second early mix is an "Octocon Studio" recording.
A third one leaked on the Internet before the release HUNTING HIGH AND LOW - SUPER DELUXE EDITION.
This Internet version is sadly of very poor quality.
 
The vocal lines on the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW - SUPER DELUXE EDITION version are definitely different from the two other versions.
 
The "leaked" CD  and Internet versions do sound to be taken from the same recording.

Though there is a very important difference between speeds of both versions, mixing and effects seem to be the same. Yet, the structure is NOT the same as the Internet "leaked" version has ten extra measures at the end of the song while the CD "leaked" version fades out a lot earlier.

 
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
Now a stranger's face he carries with him
He likes a bit of reading on the subway home
A distant radio's 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 too numb to see
And nothing that he knows of
And nowhere where he's been
Was ever quite like this
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
Now a stranger's face he carries with him
And at heart he's full of strangers
Dodging on his train of thought
 

 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* This version must not be mistaken with the Slow Version of the song.
 
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 watch 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
Only 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
 

 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
Spoken lines in Norwegian including Magne saying: "Den var skikkelig stor hahaha" (Translation: "It was really big hahaha")
Blue Sky... Blue Sky...
Blue Sky... Blue Sky...
Blue Sky... Blue Sky...
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 paper cups 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
Blue Sky... Blue Sky...
Blue Sky... Blue Sky...
Blue Sky... Blue Sky...
Blue Sky...
(Spoken lines in Norwegian)
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
Blue Sky...
Oh, Since you left I've been watching
Blue skies come and go
Blue Sky...
 

 
(Words: Pål Waaktaar / Morten Harket)
(Music: Pål Waaktaar)
 
* There are two different "Early Mixes".
 
One was released on the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW - SUPER DELUXE EDITION in 2015.
 
A second one leaked on a bootleg CD before the release of the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW - SUPER DELUXE EDITION.
The CD sleeves claims that this second early mix is an "Octocon Studio" recording.

 

Though there is a very important difference between speeds of both versions, mixing and effects seem to be the same.

Yet, the structure is NOT the same as the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW - SUPER DELUXE EDITION has four extra measures at the end of the song while the CD "leaked" version fades out a earlier.

As the official version is longer and the CD bootleg version fades earlier (and not the other way round), the CD "leaked" version will not be listed as an different mix.

 

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
Seeking 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 (aah)
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 tale
Oh you know it's true
I'm living a boy's adventure tale
In so many ways (aah)
For so many days
I love you...
So many ways
I love you...
I love you...
I love you...
I love you...
 

 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
I reached inside myself
And found nothing there
To ease the pressure of
My ever worrying mind
Oh-ohhhhh
All my powers waste away
I fear the crazed and lonely looks
The mirror's sending me
These Days
Oh-ohhhhh
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
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
Oh-ohhhhh
All my powers waste away
I fear the crazed and lonely looks
The mirror's sending me
These Days
Oh-ohhhhh
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Please don't ask me to defend
The shameful lowlands
Of the way I'm drifting
Gloomily through time
Oh-ohhhhh
(Touch Me)
I reached inside myself today
(Give all your love)
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 T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
To me...
 

 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
And you tell me
That I don't love you
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
And nights are crazy
It's so strange when you're away
And you tell me
That I don't love you
Oh because I love
I will show you
All the faces my love can have
So 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
Ooooh

 


 
(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)
 
My breath was coming fast
And as I make a start
You turned 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
Hey
Wooo
Oh, love is reason enough
I'd die at the thought of the loss of your heart
Love is reason
Love is reason
Love is reason
Love... Love is reason
Love is reason
Love is reason enough
Love is reason
Love is reason enough
 

 
(Words: Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Mags)

 

* Note: Most of the text is identical to the final studio version on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW. The differences are colored.

 

Dream myself alive

I dream myself alive

Rain, go away!

My little girl wants to play

She wondered why

The rain would lie to see her cry

We'll be chasing our tails madly

See days pass like wild fire

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

I dream myself alive

What can it mean

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

Break my heart

Dream myself alive

I dream myself alive

Break my heart

And dream myself alive

Dream myself alive

 

 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
(Ahhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa)
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 whom I am
Lay all your pains
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 pain
Of knowing 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
Ahhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa
Here I stand and face the rain (Ahhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa)
Knowing nothing's gonna be the same (Ahhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa)
Again (Ahhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa)
Ahhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa 

 


 

Uncollected Demos & Early Mixes

 


 
(Words & Music: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

 

* This version was recorded at Naersnes in autumn 1982. It has been edited for the CD release as the original master tape features Morten yodeling. Obviously, A-ha were worried about releasing that!

It was re-recorded at Rendezvous in April 1983 and was in fact the first track A-ha recorded there.

 

* The Naersnes version was previously released on the SWING OF THINGS Demo CD.

 

Woooo

Dot the i

Stretch your lips and smile

Let the world run by

Be the fool

Tomorrow morning's here

And I'm all nonsense dear

I see, I know, I hear you say

Come near, come close, come free

Love happened to happen to me

Dot the i

Trust your kite to fly

I could lend you mine

Spot the gag

Tick it, tock it, light a fag

Never say goodbye

I see, I know, I hear you say

Come near, come close, come free

Love happened to happen to me

I see, I know, I hear you say

Come near, come close, come free

Love happened to happen to me

I see, I know, I hear you say

Come near, come close, come free

Love happened to happen to me

I see, I know, I hear you say

Come near, come close, come free

Love happened to happen to me

Aaaaaah

Dot the i

Count to three and sigh

I need you to dot the i

 

TO SEE THE HANDWRITTEN TEXT BY PAUL WAAKTAAR-SAVOY, click HERE

 


 

(Words & Music: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Note: This demo version was obviously made out of the same recordings used for Demo Version 2. Yet, the introduction is completely different and the mixing is quite different too. Demo version 3 was illegally leaked and sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK along with the instrumental version of the same version.

 

Woooo

Dot the I

Stretch your lips and smile

Let the world run by

Be the fool

Tomorrows morning's here

And I'm all nonsense dear

I see, I know, I hear you say

Come near, come close to me

Love happened to happen to me

Dot the I

Trust your kite to fly

I could lend you mine

Spot the gag

Oooh

Tick it, tock it, light a fag

Pass it on to me

"I see, I know", I hear you say

Come near, come close to me

Love happened to happen you see

I see, I know, I hear you say

Come near, come close to me

Love happened to happen to me

Hey !

Oo-oh-oh

Heeeee

"I see, I know", I hear you say

Come near, come close to me

Love happens to happen you see

"I see, I know", I hear you say

Come near, come close to me

Love happened to happen to me

Aaaaaah

Ooh

Dot the I

Count to three and sigh

I need you to dot the I

 

TO SEE THE HANDWRITTEN TEXT BY PAUL WAAKTAAR-SAVOY, click HERE

 

 
DOT THE I (Demo Version 4)  
(Words & Music: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Like Demo Version 3, this alternate version was obviously made with the same recordings used for Demo Version 2.
Demo version 4 is a lot like Demo Version 3 except more drums are added to the start of the song.

 

* This version leaked on the Internet and is, unfortunately, of poor quality.

 

Woooo

Dot the I

Stretch your lips and smile

Let the world run by

Be the fool

Tomorrows morning's here

And I'm all nonsense dear

I see, I know, I hear you say

Come near, come close to me

Love happened to happen to me

Dot the I

Trust your kite to fly

I could lend you mine

Spot the gag

Oooh

Tick it, tock it, light a fag

Pass it on to me

"I see, I know", I hear you say

Come near, come close to me

Love happened to happen you see

I see, I know, I hear you say

Come near, come close to me

Love happened to happen to me

Hey !

Oo-oh-oh

Heeeee

"I see, I know", I hear you say

Come near, come close to me

Love happens to happen you see

"I see, I know", I hear you say

Come near, come close to me

Love happened to happen to me

Aaaaaah

Ooh

Dot the I

Count to three and sigh

I need you to dot the I

 

TO SEE THE HANDWRITTEN TEXT BY PAUL WAAKTAAR-SAVOY, click HERE

 


 

DU OG JEG OG VI TRE

(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy?)  

 

* Naersnes 1982 demo.

A good quality version of this demo recording leaked on an unofficial CD.

 

Hmmm

Det godt tenkes kan at du vet

Det synes både rett og rimelig

Jeg skrev noen ord i et brev

Mandag morgen der du vet

Jeg og du og vi tre

Hmmm

Det godt tenkes kan at du vil

Ta toget med meg ut til kysten

Et augusthav vil kle dine smil

Måker, strender, din venn?

Ja så ta han med

Du og jeg og vi tre

Det godt tenkes kan at det snør

Det synes både rett og rimelig at det gjør

Se parasoller, iskrem (?) snø

Du og jeg og vi tre

Du og jeg og vi tre

Det godt tenkes kan alt kan skje

Og som det heter blør mitt hjerte

Tårer for deg

Jeg her, du der, han er hvor jeg må være

Du og jeg og vi tre

Ja du og jeg og vi tre

Ohhhhhh

Du og jeg og vi to tre

 

Click HERE and HERE to see handwritten texts by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy mentioning the song.

 


 

HUNTING HIGH AND LOW (Slow Version)  

(Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE EDITION release in 2010. Note that both of these versions have different mixing. The vocal version is therefore different from the official release version).

Another instrumental version of the "Slow Version" (including backing vocals and harmonies by Morten Harket harmonies) was also illegally leaked and sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK.

 

* The text is identical to the studio version on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW. Yet, the music arrangements are different. The song ends with a laughter.

 

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 watch 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

Only for you (And now she's telling me)

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

 

TO SEE ORIGINAL TEXTS BY PAUL WAAKTAAR-SAVOY, click HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

 

 

LIVING A BOY'S ADVENTURE TALE (Early Version)  

(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar)
 

* This version can be found on the DELUXE EDITION of HUNTING HIGH AND LOW, but not on the SUPER DELUXE EDITION of the same album.

 

It seems to come from the same recording source as the version that was released on the SWING ON THINGS CD and the instrumental version with harmonies by Morten Harket that has illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK before the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE EDITION release in 2010.

Same mixing, same differences in the sung text.

Yet, there are some differences.

 

The SWING ON THINGS CD version doesn't have the extra 6 seconds "lead vocal and keyboards only" introduction.

But it lasts longer than the DELUXE EDITION version with more than 4 extra measures.

There is also a speed difference between the DELUXE EDITION and the SWING OF THINGS CD versions.

 

Apart from not having the lead vocal line, the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK version has a speed difference too.

Moreover, some drums during the "Oboe solo" part, which are muted on both the DELUXE EDITION and the SWING OF THINGS CD versions, are not muted on the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK.

Like the SWING ON THINGS CD version, it doesn't have the extra 6 seconds "lead vocal and keyboards only" introduction but has extra measures at the end of the song.

The balance between the instruments and the backing vocals is also slightly different.

Last but not least, the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK version doesn't end with a fade out.

 

* Note: Most of the text is identical to that of the studio version on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW. The differences are colored

 

Aaaaaaaaa-aaaaaaaaah

Aaaaa-aa-ah

Mmmmm

I fixed my dwelling for the night

Lights in pairs come passing by where I hide

My shadow is the only one

Who leaves my loneliness alone

I've licked 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

I'm 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

Seeking love in so many faces

Change of weather, rain pours down

My head in hands, pressed to the ground

Where am I supposed to go now?

Living a boy's adventure tale

In so many ways

I'm living a boy's adventure tale

Oooh-aah

Living a boy's adventure tale

Closing my eyes, a voice I hear

Living a boy's adventure tale

Singing a lullaby for me

Living a boy's adventure tale

Because of you

I'm living a boy's adventure

Oh you know it's true

I'm living a boy's adventure tale

In so many ways

Aaaaaah.... Aah...

In so many way

(Living a boy's adventure tale)

So many days

(I'm living a boy's adventure tale)

(Living a boy's adventure tale)

I love you...

(Living a boy's adventure tale)

I love you...

(Living a boy's adventure tale)

I love you...

 


 

NOTHING TO IT (Demo Version 2)  

(Words & Music: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Alternate (and quite different!) demo recording of this song. Demo version 2 was illegally leaked and sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK along with the instrumental version of the same version.

 

Heyyy...

It's gone two O'clock according to my watch

You take your time

Well, take your time but don't take mine

Oooh Oooh Ooooh

Because I need some help to get a start

My pencil's sharp

My paper sheet

Without a mark

Calm down, relax a bit

You've got to get on top of it, a-ha, you can do it

Calm down, relax a bit

You've got to get on top of it, a-ha, you can do it

Nothing to it, ahhhh

Oooh Oooh Ooooh

Am I dim? Am I dumb?

Am I just as numb as a kid can be?

A kid can be as a kid like me

Oooh Oooh Ooooh

It's gone three O'clock, hurry up, hurry up

The end of term is all that is on your mind

Ahhhhhhhh

Nothing to it at all

Calm down, relax a bit

You've got to get on top of it, a-ha, you can do it

Calm down, relax a bit

You've got to get on top of it, a-ha, you can do it

'Cause you can do it

Calm down, relax a bit

You've got to get on top of it, a-ha, you can do it

Yeah

Calm down, relax a bit

You've got to get on top of it, a-ha, you can do it

Nothing to it, ahhhh

Oooh Oooh Ooooh

Yeah

Oooh Oooh Ooooh

You've got to clear your mind

 


 

YOU’RE SO WHITE  

(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)

 

* Rendezvous demo 1984. For unknown reasons, this song was not included on the DELUXE and SUPER DELUXE EDITIONS of HUNTING HIGH AND LOW.

It obviously won't be on any of the planned DELUXE EDITIONS of the other A-ha albums.

 

 * This Demo version was illegally leaked and sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK along with the instrumental version of the same version.

 

The song starts with Magne saying in Norwegian: ''Hæ? En gang til?'' (Translation: ''what? One more time?'')

 

Gently falling snow

Is melting slower all the time

Glad I’m here to see

Now the streets are white

The city’s bathing in its bright light

I pull myself apart

And then put everything in place

Nicely ‘round my heart

One and one makes two

And there’s no reason why

You and I

Oh you know what I’m trying to say

You’re so white

You’re so white

You’re so white

You’re so white

You’re so white

You’re so white

You’re so white

White

When life is drifting by

I just record the passing show

But I’d like to say

One and one makes two

And there’s no reason why

You and I

Oh you know what I’m trying to say

You’re so white

You’re so white

You’re so white

You’re so white

You’re so white

You’re so white

You’re so white

You’re so white

You’re so white

 

TO SEE THE HANDWRITTEN TEXT BY PAUL WAAKTAAR-SAVOY, click HERE

 


 

Uncollected Remixes

 


 
HUNTING HIGH AND LOW (Agressiva Mix) 
(Pål Waaktaar)

 

* It is unclear whether this remix is official or not. It was released as track 2 on the 10-track "Uncut Volume 2859 - Unreleased Unmixed Unavailable" DJ remix CD.

 

 

MISSING

 


 

(Pål Waaktaar)

 

* It is unclear whether this remix is official or not. It was released as track 3 on the 10-track "Uncut Volume 641 - Unreleased Unmixed Unavailable" DJ remix CD.

 

 

MISSING

 


 

(Words: Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Mags)

 

* It is unclear whether this remix is official or not. It was released as track 3 on the 10-track "Uncut Volume 2859 - Unreleased Unmixed Unavailable" DJ remix CD.

 

 

MISSING

 


 

(Words: Pål Waaktaar / Morten Harket)
(Music: Pål Waaktaar)
 
* An edit version of the song was released as the A-side of a 7" Single in The Philippines. Parts of the track have been cut and the song fades out earlier.
 
 
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
I may be dreaming but I feel awake
I've been lost in so many places
Seeking 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
Singing a lullaby for me
Living a boy's adventure tale
Because of you
Living a boy's adventure tale
Oh you know it's true
I'm living a boy's adventure tale
For so many days
I love you... I love you...
So many ways
I love you...
I love you...
I love you...
I love you...
 

 
TAKE ON ME (1985 Extended Version - 12" Promo)  
(Words: Morten Harket / Magne Furuholmen / Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)
(Music: Paul Waaktaar-Savoy / Magne Furuholmen)
 
* This version is a little longer than the regular Extended version and ends just like it starts. It was released on a Promo 12" record of "Take On Me".
 
It was re-issued in 2006 on the Various Artists Italian Collection "DJ Selection 88: Absolutely 80's Vol.4".
"Take On Me (1985 Extended Version - 12" Promo)" is track 7.
 
 
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two
So needless to say
I'm odds and ends
But I'm 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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two
Oh the things that you say
Is it life
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two
(Take on me - Take on me)
(Take me on - Take on me)
I'll be gone (Take on me - Take on me)
In a day or two (Take me on - Take on me)
(Take on me - Take on me)
(Take me on - Take on me)
(Take me on - Take on me)
 
 
(Words: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)
 
* This version of the song leaked on the Internet. The balance between the vocals and the instruments is different from the regular album version. The song doesn't end with a fade out. Though it's unclear where it came from, one might believe it was fan-made thanks to the "Take On Me" multi-track leak on the Internet.
 
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two
So needless to say
I'm odds and ends
But I'm 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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two
Oh the things that you say
Is it life
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two
(Take on me - Take on me)
(Take me on - Take on me)
I'll be gone (Take on me - Take on me)
In a day or two (Take me on - Take on me)
(Take on me - Take on me)
(Take me on - Take on me)
(Take on me...)
 

 

TAKE ON ME (Aaron Scofield Remix)

(Words: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

(Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)

 

* It is unclear whether this remix by Aaron Scofield is official or not.

It is made from both 7" and 12" versions.

It was released as track 12 on the US DJ Promo CD "Resurrection Volumes 7-8-9".

 

    

 

It was also released on the "Resurrection Volumes 7-8-9" three 12" vinyl record set.

 

 

MISSING

 


 
TAKE ON ME (Confront EFX Edit)
(Words: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)

 

* It is unclear whether this remix is official or not. It was released as track 7 on the 1990 9-track "Radioactive" promo CD.

on the "Fusion 808" German 12" Promo Single (that features other artists).

 

 

MISSING

 


 
TAKE ON ME (Derler & Klitzing Mix)
(Words: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)
 
* It is unclear whether this remix is official or not. It was released in 2002 on the "Fusion 808" German 12" Promo Single (that features other artists).
 
 
MISSING
 

 

(Words: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)
 
* It is unclear whether this remix is official or not. It was released in 2002 on the "Fusion 808" German 12" Promo Single (that features other artists).
 
 
MISSING
 

 

(Pål Waaktaar)

 

* It is unclear whether this remix is official or not. It was released as track 1 on the 10-track "Uncut Volume 2859 - Unreleased Unmixed Unavailable" DJ remix CD.

 

 

MISSING

 


 
THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON T.V. (New York Fjord Mix) 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* This remix is an edit version of the "Steve Thompson U.S. Dance Mix". It was released on a Flexi Disc with "Nr 1" Magazine.
 
 
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
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
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Please don't ask me to defend
The shameful lowlands
Of the way I'm drifting
Gloomily through time
(Touch me)
I reached inside myself today
(Give all your love)
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 T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me (To me)
To me...

 


 
THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON T.V. (Disconet Mix / Steve & Raul Edit) 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* This is in fact a remix of the "Steve Thompson Dance Mix".
 
 
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
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Please don't ask me to defend
The shameful lowlands
Of the way I'm drifting
Gloomily through time
(Touch me)
I reached inside myself today
(Give all your love)
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 T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Touch me
And give all your love to me
To me
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me (To me)
To me...

 


 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* This version of the song is an instrumental (with backing vocals) version of the album version. It can be found on the Internet.
 
 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* This is both an official and non official version of the song.
It was obviously made by inverting the phase of the official Instrumental (with backing vocals) version of the song and combining it with the regular album version.
 
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
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
Wo-ohhhhh
All my powers waste away
I fear the crazed and lonely looks
The mirror's sending me
These Days
Wo-ohhhhh
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Please don't ask me to defend
The shameful lowlands
Of the way I'm drifting
Gloomily through time
Wo-ohhhhh
(Touch me)
I reached inside myself today
(Give all your love)
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 T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me (To me)
To me...
 

 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* An edit version of the song was released as the B-side of the "Living A Boy's Adventure Tale" 7" Single in The Philippines. The track fades out earlier.
 

 

MISSING

 


 

Live Versions

 


 

TAKE ON ME  (Live at the B.B.C. 2 - 25/07/2009) 

(Words: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

(Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)

 

 

* "Take On Me" was re-released for its 30th anniversary.

It was re-issued on a 6,500 copies limited edition 7" picture disc (Record Store Day) on April 18th 2015.

 

A Side is the regular 1985 single version of "Take On Me".

B Side is a B.B.C. Radio 2 live version recorded on July 25th 2009.

 

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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two
So needless to say
I'm odds and ends
But I'm 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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two
Oh the things that you say
Is it life
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two
(Take on me)
(Take me on)
I'll be gone
In a day or two

 


 

Multi-Tracks

 


 
TAKE ON ME  
(Words: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)

 

* Not much is known about how these tracks leaked on the Internet. But the fact is that they leaked. Seven different files corresponding to different tracks from the "Take On Me" song:
 
1-Drums
2-Bass
3-Guitar
4-Keyboards
5-Keyboard Effects
6-Lead Vocal Only
7-Lead Vocal & Backing Vocals
 
* Many fan-made remixes combining some of these split tracks from "Take On Me" were created and sent on the Internet.
They do sound like exclusive demo or studio versions of "Take On Me" but they're not.
The "Take On Me (1985 Different Mix - No Fade)" is probably one of those fan-made mixes.
 
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two
So needless to say
I'm odds and ends
But I'm 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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two
Oh the things that you say
Is it life
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two
(Take on me - Take on me)
(Take me on - Take on me)
I'll be gone (Take on me - Take on me)
In a day or two (Take me on - Take on me)
(Take on me - Take on me)
(Take me on - Take on me)
(Take on me...)

 


Drafts

 


 

AM I WHAT?

(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)

 

* Rendezvous demo 1983/84

 

* Note: No text available found the moment. Yet, there are proofs that this song was listed as a possible track for A-ha's first album.

 

Click HERE

 


 

CURES FROM THE GARDEN

(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy?)

 

* Rendezvous demo 1983/84

 

* Note: No text available found the moment. Yet, there are proofs that this song was listed as a possible track for A-ha's first album.

 

Click HERE

 


 

DON'T BELITTLE YOURSELF

(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy?)

 

* Rendezvous demo 1983/84

 

* Note: No text available found the moment. Yet, there are proofs that this song was listed as a possible track for A-ha's first album.

 

Click HERE

 


 

FALL'S PARK

(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy?)

 

* Rendezvous demo 1983/84

 

* Note: No text available found the moment. Yet, there are proofs that this song was listed as a possible track for A-ha's first album.

 

Click HERE

 


HAPPY ECHO

(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy?)

 

* Rendezvous demo 1983/84

 

* Note: No text available found the moment. Yet, there are proofs that this song was listed as a possible track for A-ha's first album.

 

Click HERE and HERE

 


 

HUNTING HIGH AND LOW (Early Draft)  

(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)

 

* It is unclear whether this early draft version of the text was recorded on a demo tape or not.

 

1. ?

The girl with the 34 B’s

Is within the reach of my hands

She’s sounds asleep

And she's sweeter now than the wildest

Dream could have seen her

And I watch her slipping away

Though I know I'll be

Hunting high and low

?

Hunting high and low

There's no end to the lengths I'll go to

2. * I’m tearing myself

To pieces trying to follow

All at once

There’s something wanting inside me

That won’t go away

?

I guess I’ll be

Hunting high and low

?

Hunting high and low

There’s no end to the lengths I’ll go to

3. ?

?

But I’ll always be

Hunting high and low

There’s no end to the lengths I’ll go to

Hunting high and low

Watch me tearing myself to pieces

I’m hunting high and low

 


 

INNOCENCE  

(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy?)

 

* Rendezvous demo 1983/84

* Note: No text available found the moment.

 

Click HERE

 


 

KARL'S SOFA / WATERFALLS  

(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy?)

 

* Rendezvous demo 1983/84

 

* Note: No text available found the moment. Yet, there are proofs that this song was listed as a possible track for A-ha's first album.

 

Click HERE and HERE

 


 

LIVING A BOY’S ADVENTURE TALE (Early draft 1)

(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)

 

* Note: This version of the text completely different from the one used on the album HUNTING HIGH AND LOW... Only One sentence will end up in the final version of the text.

 

* It is unclear whether this early draft version of the text was recorded on a demo tape or not.

 

Couple died in a blazing flat

No clues beibi

No news meibi

The city hides our eyes

You get lost in so many places

Seeks love in so many faces

Seeks time

Now it’s been there for ages

Faith is all I’ve got left to lose

Fate is the poet’s excuse

And when you’ve said goodbye

Once more

Leave to enter

As the words left your lips

Little do you know

“Let yourself go…”

That only goes to show

How little they know about me

It’s a little bit more

It’s a little bit less

 

TO SEE THE HANDWRITTEN TEXT BY PAUL WAAKTAAR-SAVOY, click HERE

 


 

LIVING A BOY’S ADVENTURE TALE (Early draft 2)

(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)

 

* Note: This version of the text was written after the "Early Draft 1" but before the text of the demo found on the album SWING OF THINGS... Only the last part of the text is different from the SWING OF THINGS version

 

* It is unclear whether this early draft version of the text was recorded on a demo tape or not.

 

I’ve fixed my dwelling for the night

Lights in pairs come passing by

Where I hide

Shadows are the only ones

That leaves my loneliness alone.

I’ve licked 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

Living a boy’s adventure tale

I can’t get out

Living a boy’s adventure tale

Until I know what it’s all about

You are laughing

I

The young pretenders

A change of weather

The rain pours down

My head in hands pressed to ground

And I feel alright

 

TO SEE THE HANDWRITTEN TEXT BY PAUL WAAKTAAR-SAVOY, click HERE 

 


 

TAKE ON ME (EARLY DRAFT)

(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)

 

* Note: This version of the text seems to be a version between the LESSON ONE text and the TAKE ON ME text used for the demo on THE SWING OF THINGS album.

 

* It is unclear whether this early draft version of the text was recorded on a demo tape or not.

 

All I can see

Now is another day of misery

All I can say

Today is another day to find you...

Shying Away

I'll be coming for your love, Okey

Take on me

Take me on

Love is all

I can offer... you

Needless to say

I'm odds and ends, but that's me...

Stumbling my away

Slowly learning that life is okey

Say after me

Is it better to be safe than sorry

Take on me

Take me on

???

Work it out for yourself

All I can see

It's another day of misery

What can I say?

You're all the things I forgot to remember

If only you knew

Only to you my mind keep returning

Take on me

Take me on

???

???

 

TO SEE THE HANDWRITTEN TEXT BY PAUL WAAKTAAR-SAVOY, click HERE

 


 

THE BLUE SKY (EARLY DRAFT)

(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)
 
* It is unclear whether this early draft version of the text was recorded on a demo tape or not.
 
* Note: One working title for this song was COFFEE LOUNGE

 

1. I’m dying for a cigarette in the coffee lounge

Should I ask the lady here to give me one

The only risk I’m running is a running nose:

She’s got such a bad, bad cold.

2. There are no girls, as such, in here that I can see

Only pin-up posters sort of looking at me

I’m here – beside myself, but still I’m acting cool

Fondling the keys to my hotel room

3. ? To live on borrowed strength

I draw the strength from eyes I can’t be sure exist

It’s funny how I try to get a stranglehold on life

Though it couldn’t be for fun, could it be for love.

4. ?

I’m older than my looks and older than my years

Now I picture you before me, Hear the sound of your voice

Asking only leading questions

5. Off and on and in and out and down I go

* I used to be confused but now I just don’t know

I watch the television set watching me

Crying: This isn’t art, just a painful start.

6. I’m dying to be different in the coffee shop

I’ve lived on borrowed strength and my supplies are cut

Paper cups of coffee are growing before my eyes

I’m somewhere in this world

Without a cigarette to my name

 

TO SEE AN UNFINISHED HANDWRITTEN TEXT BY PAUL WAAKTAAR-SAVOY, click HERE

 


 

THE BLUE SKY (Draft 2)  

(Pål Waaktaar)

 

* It is unclear whether this version of the text was recorded on a demo tape or not.
 
* Note: This version of the text seems to have been written after the one used for the demo that was released as B-side of the hit single "Hunting High And Low". The handwritten text by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy shows corrections to the text used as B-side.

 

I’m dying for a coffee in a coffee lounge

Should I ask the lady here to give me one

The only risk I’m running is a running nose

She’s got such a bad bad cold

But would she laugh at me 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 on me

Watching paper cups of coffee growing cold before my eyes

What (now / else) can I do (while / when) I’m here somewhere

In this big world without you and nothing to my name

Oh I never knew that blue skies meant such pain

I’m dying to be different in the coffee shop

I’ve lived on borrowed strength now my supplies are cut

And 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

 

* Note: More text is added to the page (but clearly was written later). This part of the text would become the definitive introduction of the song.

 

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

 

TO SEE THE HANDWRITTEN TEXT BY PAUL WAAKTAAR-SAVOY, click HERE

 


 

THE LOVE GOODBYE (EARLY DRAFT)

(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)

 

* Note: This version of the text is much longer and quite different from that used for the demo version on the album THE SWING OF THINGS.
 
* It is unclear whether this version of the text was recorded on a demo tape or not.

 

Once a girl

In mummy’s world

Laughing, rhyming, singing songs

In her newly learned tongue

She never thought of love as something

Of this world

She never thought love as a four-letter word

Growing up

Life’s no joke

Something’s tragic, some things: fun

And all the rest is in-between

Now she’s waiting for a twelve-month

To pass on by

Waiting for a someone, for a

Second time’s try

Where can she go

If she’s going…

All alone.

Where can she go to avoid

The love goodbye

(Once) Now a girl

In this world

Married to a strangers name

Writing to him all the same

Letters answer letters in a

round about way

Sweet darling…they commence,

but she no longer feels that way

Not a soul

In the street below

Sitting by the window, clinging

to the phone

Dialing endless numbers

No reply

The love goodbye.

Gently falling snow is melting slower

By the minute

Tonight the streets are white,

The city’s bathing in its bright light

City:

(chorus)

 

TO SEE THE HANDWRITTEN TEXT BY PAUL WAAKTAAR-SAVOY, click HERE

 

TO SEE ANOTHER HANDWRITTEN VERSION OF THE TEXT , click HERE and HERE

 


 

THE WORST LITTLE BOY IN THE WORLD

(?)

* Note: No text available found the moment. Yet, there are proofs that this song was listed amongst A-ha early demos.

 

Click HERE

 


 

TOUTON MACOUTE

(?)

* Note: No text available found the moment. Yet, there are proofs that this song was listed amongst A-ha early demos.

 

Click HERE

 


 

WHEREUPON

(?)

* Note: No text available found the moment. Yet, there are proofs that this song was listed amongst A-ha early demos.

 

Click HERE

 


 

WITH A GHOST OF CHANCE

(?)

* Note: No text available found the moment. Yet, there are proofs that this song was listed amongst A-ha early demos.

 

Click HERE

 


 

WORRIES

(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy?)

 

* Rendezvous demo 1983/84

* Note: No text available found the moment. Yet, there are proofs that this song was listed as a possible track for A-ha's first album.

Some rumors claim this was the working title of "Go To Sleep"

 

Click HERE

 


 

Super Deluxe Bonus DVD: The Videos

 


 

HUNTING HIGH AND LOW (DVD MENU - INSTRUMENTAL EDIT)  
(Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)
 
* The DVD menu has an exclusive instrumental version of "Hunting High And Low" that lasts a little less than 2 minutes and ends in a fade.
 

 

TAKE ON ME (1985 - VIDEO VERSION)  
(Words: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)
 
* The end of this version is a lot different from the album - single version (with broken glass sound from the soundtrack).
* The "1985 Video Different Cut" has the same audio track as the regular video.
 
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two
So needless to say
I'm odds and ends
But I'm 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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two
Oh the things that you say
Is it life
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two
(Take on me - Take on me)
(Take me on - Take on me)
I'll be gone (Take on me - Take on me)
In a day or two (Take me on)

 


 

THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON T.V. (VIDEO - 7" EDIT) 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* The video version is the same as the single edit version.
 
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
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

Wo-ohhh

All my powers waste away
I fear the crazed and lonely looks
The mirror's sending me

Wo-ohhh

These Days
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Please don't ask me to defend
The shameful lowlands
Of the way I'm drifting
Gloomily through time
Wo-Ohhh
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 T.V.
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me (To me)
To me...

 


 

TRAIN OF THOUGHT (VIDEO - 7" REMIX) 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* The video version is the same as the single version.
 
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
Now a stranger's face he carries with him
He likes a bit of reading on the subway home
A distant radio's 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 too numb to see
And nothing that he knows of
And nowhere where he's been
Was never quite like this
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
Now a stranger's face he carries with him
And at heart
He's full of strangers
Dodging on his train of thought
Train of thought
Dodging on his train of thought
 

 
HUNTING HIGH AND LOW (VIDEO - 7" REMIX) 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* The video version is the same as the single version.
 
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 watch 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
Only for you (And now she's telling me)
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
 

 
TAKE ON ME (1984 Original 7" Video Version)  
(Words: Morten Harket / Mags / Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Pål Waaktaar / Mags)
 
* The video version is the same as the single version.
 
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two
So needless to say
I'm odds and ends
But I'm 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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two
Oh the things that you say
Is it life
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 on me)
Take me on (Take on me)  
I'll be gone
In a day or two

 


 

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