SCOUNDREL DAYS

  DELUXE EDITION ORIGINAL RELEASE
  2010 1985
     
  All tracks have been remastered  
     
  DISC 1:  
01. Scoundrel Days 01. Scoundrel Days 01. Scoundrel Days
02. The Swing Of Things 02. The Swing Of Things 02. The Swing Of Things
03. I've Been Losing You 03. I've Been Losing You 03. I've Been Losing You
04. October 04. October 04. October
05. Manhattan Skyline 05. Manhattan Skyline 05. Manhattan Skyline
06. Cry Wolf 06. Cry Wolf 06. Cry Wolf
07. We're Looking For The Whales 07. We're Looking For The Whales 07. We're Looking For The Whales
08. The Weight Of The Wind 08. The Weight Of The Wind 08. The Weight Of The Wind
09. Maybe Maybe 09. Maybe Maybe 09. Maybe Maybe
10. Soft Rains Of April 10. Soft Rains Of April 10. Soft Rains Of April
  11. I've Been Losing You (Extended Version)  
  12. Cry Wolf (Extended Version)  
  13. Manhattan Skyline (Extended Version)  
     
The Demos DISC 2 :  

Vocal

14. Scoundrel Days (Demo / version 1)  
11. Cry Wolf (Demo) 15. The Swing Of Things (Demo #3)  
12. Days On End (Demo) 16. I’ve Been Losing You (Octocon Studio Demo / Demo 1)  
13. I’ve Been Losing You (Octocon Studio Demo / Demo 1) 17. October (Demo)  
14. I’ve Been Losing You (Octocon Studio Demo / Demo 1 - Alternate Mix) 18. Manhattan Skyline (Demo)  

15. I’ve Been Losing You (Early Demo / Demo 2)

19. Cry Wolf (Demo)  

16. I’ve Been Losing You (Demo  3)

20. We’re Looking For The Whales (1984 Demo)  
17. I’ve Been Losing You (Demo  3 - Alternate Mix) 21. The Weight Of The Wind (Demo)  
18. Manhattan Skyline (Demo) 22. Maybe, Maybe (Demo)  
19. Manhattan Skyline (Demo 2) 23. Soft Rains Of April (Guitar Demo)  

20. Maybe, Maybe (Demo)

24. Scoundrel Days (Octocon Studio Demo / Version 2)  
21. Maybe, Maybe (Demo - Alternate Mix 1) 25. This Alone is Love (Original Version)  
22. Maybe, Maybe (Demo - Alternate Mix 2) 26. Days On End (Demo)  
23. October (Demo) 27. Train of Thought (Live In Croydon)  
24. October (Demo - Alternate Mix) 28. I’ve Been Losing You (Live In Croydon)  
25. Scoundrel Days (Demo / version 1) 29. The Blue Sky (Live In Croydon)  
26. Scoundrel Days (Demo / version 1 - Alternate Mix) 30. We're Looking for The Whales (Live In Croydon - Full Length)  
27. Scoundrel Days (Octocon Studio Demo / Version 2) 31. Cry Wolf (Live In Croydon)  
28. Scoundrel Days (Octocon Studio Demo / Version 2 - Alternate Mix)    
29. Soft Rains Of April (Guitar Demo)

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30. Soft Rains Of April (Piano Version)

32. I’ve Been Losing You (Dub)

 

31. Soft Rains Of April (Demo Version)

33. Soft Rains Of April (Piano Version)

 

32. The Swing Of Things (Demo #1)

34. The Swing Of Things (Demo #1)

 
33. The Swing Of Things (Demo #1 - Alternate Mix 1)

35. I’ve Been Losing You (Early Demo / Demo 2)

 
34. The Swing Of Things (Demo #1 - Alternate Mix 2)    

35. The Swing Of Things (Octocon Demo / Demo #2)

   
36. The Swing Of Things (Demo #3)    
37. The Swing Of Things (Demo #3 - Alternate Mix)    

38. The Weight Of The Wind (Demo)

   
39. The Weight Of The Wind (Demo - Alternate Mix)    
40. We’re Looking For The Whales (1982 Naernes Demo)    
41. We’re Looking For The Whales (1984 Demo)    

42. We're looking For The Whales (1984 Demo - Alternate Mix)

   
     
Instrumental    
43. I've Been Losing You (Instrumental Demo 3)    
44. Manhattan Skyline (Instrumental Demo 2)    

45. Maybe Maybe (Instrumental Demo)

   

 46. October (Instrumental Demo Version)

   

47. Scoundrel Days (Instrumental Demo Version 1)

   

 48. The Swing Of Things (Instrumental Demo #1)

   
49. The Weight Of The Wind (Instrumental Demo)    
     
Instrumental with Backing vocals    
50. I've Been Losing You (Instrumental Demo 3 with Harmonies)    

51. Soft Rains Of April (Instrumental Demo Version With Harmonies)

   
52. The Weight Of The Wind (Instrumental Demo With Harmonies)    

53. We're Looking For The Whales (Instrumental Demo With Harmonies)

   
     
Remixes (Singles, Extended and more...)    
54. Cry Wolf (Extended Version)    
55. Cry Wolf (Joseph Watt Re-Edited Razormaid 12" Mix)    
56. I’ve Been Losing You (Dub)    
57. I've Been Losing You (Extended Version)    
58. I've Been Losing You (Japan Single Edit)    
59. Manhattan Skyline (Single Edit)    
60. Manhattan Skyline (Extended Version)    

61. This Alone is Love (Original Version)

   
62. We're Looking For The Whales (Atlantic Angels Mix)    
     

Live

   

63. Cry Wolf (Live In Croydon)

   
64. I’ve Been Losing You (Live In Croydon)    
65. The Blue Sky (Live In Croydon)    
66. Train of Thought (Live In Croydon)    
67. We're Looking for The Whales (Live In Croydon - Full Length)    
68. We're Looking for The Whales (Live In Croydon - Full Length - 12" Mix)    
69. We're Looking for The Whales (Live In Croydon - Edited Version)    
 

Mags (Magne Furuholmen): Keyboards, vocals

Morten Harket: Vocals

Pål Waaktaar: Guitars, vocals

 

Additional Musicians:

 

Leif Karsten Johansen: Bass Guitar on "I've Been Losing You"

 
Michael Sturgis: Drums on "The Swing Of Things",
"I've Been Losing You" and "Soft Rains Of April"
Øystein Jevanord: Drums on "Cry Wolf"
 

Graham Prescott: Strings on "Scoundrel Days"

 

Produced by Alan Tarney Except:

"I've Been Losing You", "Maybe Maybe" and "Soft Rains Of April"

by Pål Waaktaar and Mags.
 

Mixed by John Hudson and Alan Tarney.

Engineered by Gerry Kitchingham.

 


 
DISC 1

 


 
SCOUNDREL DAYS 
(Words: Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Mags / Pål Waaktaar)
 
Was that somebody screaming...
It wasn't me for sure
I lift my head up from uneasy pillows
Put my feet on the floor
I cut my wrist on a bad thought
And head for the door
Outside on the pavement
The dark makes no noise
I can feel the sweat on my lips
Leaking into my mouth
I'm heading out for the steep hills
They're leaving me no choice
And see... as our lives are in the making
We believe through the lies and the hating
That love goes free
For want of an option
I run the wind round
I dream pictures of houses burning
Never knowing nothing else to do
With death comes the morning
Unannounced and new
Was it too much to ask for
To pull a little weight...
They forgive anything but greatness
These are scoundrel days
And I'm close to calling out their names
As pride hits my face
Yeah
And see... as our lives are in the making
We believe through their lies and the hating
That love goes free through scoundrel days
I reach the edge of town
I've got blood in my hair
Their hands touch my body
From everywhere
But I know that I've made it
As I run into the air
And see... as our lives are in the making
We believe through the lies and the hating
That love goes free
Through scoundrel days
 

 
THE SWING OF THINGS
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
They say the world's an eventful place
You give me news
I don't want to know
You say that I should care
That I should speak my mind
Oh, but how can I speak of the world
Rushing by
With a lump in my throat
And tears in my eyes
Oh, have we come to the point of no turning back
Or is it still time to get into
The swing of things
Let us walk through this windless city
I'll go on till the winter gets me
Oh, "Sleep..." you wrote "sleep, my dear"
In a letter somewhere
Oh, but how can I sleep with your voice in my head
And an ocean between us
And room in my bed
Oh, have I come to the point where I'm losing the grip
Or is it still time to get into
The swing of things
Oh, when she glows in the dark
And I'm weak by the sight
Of this breathtaking beauty
In which I can hide
Oh, there is a world full out there
Of people I fear
But given time I'll get into
The swing of things
Yes, when she glows in the dark and I'm struck by the sight
I know that I'll need this for the rest of my life
I know that I'll need this for the rest of my life
All that I need
You know what I need
What have I done
What lies I have told
I've played games with the ones that rescued my soul
(All that I need)
Have I come to the point where I'm losing the grip
Or is it still time to get into
The swing of things
 

 
I'VE BEEN LOSING YOU  
(Pål Waaktaar)  
 
* Note: The 7" single version of the song is the same as the album version (except in Japan where the single version is an edit version of the song ending with a fade out at an earlier stage than the regular album version).
 
 
It wasn't the rain that washed away...
Rinsed out the colours of your eyes
Putting the gun down on the bedside table
I must have realised
It wasn't the rain
That made no difference
And I could have sworn it wasn't me
Yet I did it all so coldly
Almost slowly
Plain for all to see
Oh c'mon please now
Talk to me
Tell me things I could find helpful
How can I stop now...
Is there nothing I can do
I have lost my way
I've been losing you
Hey...
I can still hear our screams competing
You're hissing your S's like a snake
Now in the mirror stands
Half a man
I thought no one could break
It wasn't the rain
That made no difference
Nervously drumming on: Run away
But I want the guilt to get me
Thoughts to wreck me
Preying on my mind
So, please now
Talk to me
Tell me things I could find helpful
For how can I stop now...
Is there nothing I can do
I have lost my way
I've been losing you
Please now
Talk to me
Tell me things I could find helpful
For how can I stop now...
Is there nothing I can do
Please now
Talk to me
Oh, tell me what to do (Helpful)
For how can I stop now...
Is there nothing I can do
I have lost my way
I've been losing you  
You
I've been losing you
You
I've been losing you
(Talk to me)
(Run away... Run away...)
Run away !
 

 
OCTOBER  
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
Dawn awaits a sleepless English town
Of coloured Grey
Here I roam the streets without you
As summer fades away
Down in the city at nights
The cold wind blows
Wherever you may be right now
It must be getting late
You're probably asleep already
I am wide awake
Down in the city at nights
Oooh
"Don't be lonely"
So you've told me
But don't you worry now
Loneliness can be ignored
And time has shown me how
Down in the city
I'm missing you so much
Down in the city
Down in the city...
 

 
MANHATTAN SKYLINE 
(Words: Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Mags / Pål Waaktaar)  
 
* Note: The 7" single version of the song is an edit version with a cut text. Click HERE to read it.
 
 
We sit and watch umbrellas fly
I'm trying to keep my newspaper dry
I hear myself say,
"My boat's leaving now"
So we shake hands and cry
Now I must wave goodbye
Wave goodbye
Wave goodbye
Wave goodbye
Wave goodbye
(Wave goodbye)
You know
I don't want to cry again
Don't want to cry again
I don't want to say goodbye
Don't ever want to cry again
I don't want to run away
I don't want to race this pain
I'll never see your face again
Oh but how
How can you say
That I didn't try...
You see things in the depths of my eyes
That my love's run dry
No...
I leave to their goodbyes
I've come to depend on the look in their eyes
My blood's sweet for pain
The wind and the rain bring back words of a song
And they say wave goodbye
Wave goodbye
Wave goodbye
Wave goodbye
Wave goodbye
(Wave goodbye)
But you know
I don't want to fall again
I don't want to know this pain
I don't want another friend
I don't want to try again
Don't ever want to see you hurt
Don't let me see you hurt
I don't want to cry again
I'll never see your face again
How can you say
That I didn't try
You know I did
You see things in the depths of my eyes
That my love's run dry
(I don't want to cry again)
So I read to myself
A chance of a lifetime to see new horizons
On the front page
A black and white picture of
Manhattan Skyline
 

 
CRY WOLF  
(Words: Mags / Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Mags)
 
* Note: The 7" single version of the song is the same as the album version.
 
 
"You know
Night I left the city,
I dreamt of a wolf..."
Oooh
He came from where the winds are cold
And truth is seen through keyholes
Strange longings that'll never sleep
Oh, now he's come where no hearts beat
Cry wolf Oooh
Time to worry
Cry wolf Oooh
Time to worry now
You can start, but you cannot stop
You give in, but you can't give up
You can tell all your desperate jokes
To a world that puts
Your love on hold
Cry wolf Oooh
Time to worry
Cry wolf Oooh
Time to worry now
Cry wolf Oooh
Time to worry  
Cry wolf Oooh
Time to worry now  
"I dreamt of a wolf"
"You know"
"The wolf"
The sunken-in eyes
And the pain in his cries
A shape in the dark...
Cry!
Cry wolf Oooh
Time to worry
Cry wolf Oooh
Time to worry now
Now!
Cry wolf Oooh
Time to worry now
Cry!
Cry wolf Oooh
Time to worry now
Cry wolf Oooh
Time to worry
Cry wolf Oooh
Time to worry now
Cry!
Cry wolf Oooh
Time to worry now
Cry wolf Oooh
Time to worry now
Cry wolf Oooooooooh
Cry wolf Oooooooooh
 

 
WE'RE LOOKING FOR THE WHALES   
(Words: Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Mags)
 
One left low left two who left high
They seem so hard to find
Three came twice took once the time
To search...
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
We're looking for the whales
Ahhhhhh
Restlessness is in our genes
Time won't wear it off
Born into this world with our eyes wide open
Girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
We're looking for the whales
Oh, girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl  
We're looking for the whales
Ahhhhhh 
I found angels
Beached outside your doors
Don't you set those lonely eyes on me
Oh, girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
We're looking for a little bewildered... 
We're looking for the whales (Yeah)
We're looking for the whales (We're looking for the whales)
We're looking for the whales (We're looking for a little bewildered girl)
We're looking for the whales (We're looking for a little bewildered girl)
We're looking for the whales (We're looking for a little bewildered girl)
We're looking for the whales (We're looking for a little bewildered girl)
We're looking for the whales (We're looking for a little bewildered girl)
We're looking for the whales (We're looking for a little bewildered girl)
We're looking for the whales (We're looking for a little bewildered girl)
We're looking for the whales (We're looking for a little bewildered girl)
We're looking for the whales...
 

 
THE WEIGHT OF THE WIND  
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* Note: This version of the song was used as B-side for the Bolivian-only "Maybe Maybe" 7" single.
 
Your face looked new against the town
You've come to lose some memories
Like you I came to touch new grounds
But you want to lose
The weight of the wind (Of the wind)
Rests hard on your shoulders (So hard)
Bringing you down (Down down)
The one that you love (Your love)
Will never be found
Ah
You speak into the falling rain
Words you'd lost, but found again
And you see their snaky arms entwined
So clear and cruel
In your jealous mind
But you've got to lose
The weight of the wind (Of the wind)
Rests hard on your shoulders (So hard)
I know what that means (Down down)
The one that you love (Your love)
Will never be found
Ah
A-ee-a-ee-a-eee-ahhhhhhh
The weight of the wind
The weight of the wind (Of the wind)
Hard on your shoulders (So hard)
Driving you down (Down down)
The one that you love (Your love)
Will never be found
You've lost her forever (You've lost her forever)
Down... down...
The weight of the wind
The weight of the wind
Rests hard on your shoulders
Driving you down
The one that you love
Will never be found
You've lost her forever
Down... down...
 

 
MAYBE MAYBE  
(Mags)
 
* Note: The Bolivian-only 7" single version of the song is the same as the album version. That same version of the song was used as B-side for the "Cry Wolf" single.
 
 
Maybe you were joking
When you said that you were walking out on me
Maybe, maybe
Maybe I was joking
When I said that I was running out on you
Maybe, maybe
I could be wrong, so wrong
I could be wrong, so wrong
Yes, I could be wrong
I don't know, but it's been said
Decisions travel far from heart to head
Maybe, maybe
Maybe it was over
When you chucked me out the Rover at full speed
Maybe, maybe
Oh baby
I could be wrong, so wrong
I could be wrong, so wrong
I could be wrong, so wrong
I could be wrong, so wrong
I could be wrong, so wrong
I could be wrong, so wrong (Maybe, maybe)
I could be wrong, so wrong (Maybe walking out on me)
I could be wrong, so wrong (Maybe running out on you)
I could be wrong, so wrong (Maybe, maybe)
I could be wrong, so wrong
 

 
SOFT RAINS OF APRIL
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
The soft rains of April are over
The soft rains of April are over, over
Anybody home now
I am on the phone now, please...
The soft rains of April are over
The ferry across the water to Dover,
Over
Anybody home now
I am on the phone and I'd like to come back
Is it raining back home
I am so alone
Just got up today
And my thoughts are miles away
With you
Well, they gave me four years
Three more to go
Keep writing letters
Time's passing so slow
Time's passing so slow
The soft rains of April are over
The soft rains of April are over
Over

 


 
The Demos

 


 

CRY WOLF (DEMO) 

(Words: Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

(Music: Mags)

 

* This demo was recorded at Rendezvous studios.

A lesser quality version has leaked on a bootleg CD before the SCOUNDREL DAYS - DELUXE EDITION release.

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

The fade out of the DELUXE version sounds a little "softer".

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

 

Oooh

He came from where the winds are cold

And truth is seen through keyholes

Strange longings never sleep

Oh, now he's come where no hearts beat

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

You can start, but you cannot stop

You give in, but you can't give up

You can tell all your desperate jokes

To a world that puts

Love on hold

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now  

"The Night I left this city

I dreamt of a wolf"

The sunken-in eyes

And the pain in his cries

A shape in the dark...

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Oh Cry!

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry!

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

 


 

DAYS ON END - IF YOU DO (Demo)

(Words & Music: Morten Harket / Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Rendezvous Demo from October 1983, features Paul on piano and Morten on trombone (Magne was absent). Interestingly, "Days On End" was not the original title...On the tape box from the studio it is written as "If You Do".

 

* This demo was previously available on the THE SWING OF THING DEMO CD.

 

Do you know why winter's such a cold and lonely place?

If you do

Breathe it into my bleached faces,

Falling from the sheets of my bed

Disappear

I hear the clock

Strike so prettily at the hours

I wear the path deeper,

Following you

Girl, I knew comes tired home from another working day

Cooks a meal

Puts the stove

And sees the snow

Falling from a white painted sky

Drifting by

And here I come in through the door

I say "Hello" and very little more

Did she love me anymore?

Do you know why winter's such a cold place?

I'm laughing at the weather

You reminded me of something

It took me years and years to forget

Do you love me anymore?

 

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

 

MORE HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

 

 

I'VE BEEN LOSING YOU (OCTOCON STUDIOS DEMO / Version 1) 

(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Note: Only the part of the text in white is identical to that of the studio version on the album SCOUNDREL DAYS

 

* Note: The sentence "Life is a place you will remember well" was also used for the demo version of "Touchy!"

 

* A lesser quality of that Octocon Studios Demo leaked on the Internet.

That version has a different mix between each tracks.

Moreover, it doesn't end with a fade out and has a tick intro.

It is therefore different.

Octocon studio was recorded in Oslo in 1985.

 

The life is a place

You will remember well

In the darker nights

I've been losing you

I was there with you

Alone, now what can I do

The sun is days away

I have lost my way

Please now

Talk to me

Tell me

Things I could find helpful

How can I stop now?

Is there nothing I can do?

I have lost my way

I've been losing you

Please now

Talk to me

Tell me

Things I could find helpful

How can I stop now?

I've been losing...

You've been acting strange

I don't know what to do

I have lost my way

I've been losing you

Please now

Talk to me

Tell me

Things I could find helpful

How can I stop now?

Is there nothing I can do?

Talk to me

Tell me

I've been losing you

Talk to me

Tell me

I don't know what to do

Talk to me

Tell me

There's nothing I can do

 


 

I'VE BEEN LOSING YOU (EARLY DEMO / Demo Version 2) 

(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Rendezvous demo, 1984.

It was recorded before the Octocon Studios version (Demo Version 1).

 

* Demo version 2 was previously released on the THE SWING OF THINGS - DEMO CD (2004).

 

* Additionally, there is a rumored version by Bridges dating from 1981.

 

* Note: Only the part of the text in white is  identical to that of the studio version on the album SCOUNDREL DAYS

 
* Note: The sentence "Life is a place you will remember well" was also used for the demo version of "Touchy!"

 

The life is a place

You will remember well

In the darker nights

I've been losing you

I was there with you

Alone, now what can I do

The sun is days away

I have lost my way

Please now

Talk to me

Tell me

Things I could find helpful

How can I stop now?

I've been losing....

You've been acting strange

I don't know what to do

I have lost my way

I've been losing you

Please now

Talk to me

Tell me

Things I could find helpful

How can I stop now?

I've been losing you

Please now

Talk to me

Tell me

Things I could find helpful

How can I stop now?

I've been losing you

(Please now)

Talk to me

Tell me

I don't know what to do

(Aaaaa-aaah)

I have lost my way

I've been losing you

Hey-hey-hey-hey...

I've been losing you

I've been losing you

I've been losing you

Oh-yeah

I've been losing you

Oh-yeah

I've been losing you

Oh-yeah

I've been losing you

Oh-yeah

I've been losing you

Oh-yeah

(I lost my umbrella last night)

Oh-yeah

Oh-yeah

(So what? It kept me dry!)

Oh-yeah

(I had to go out in the rain all day, I'm soaking wet)

 

 

I'VE BEEN LOSING YOU (Demo Version 3) 

(Words & Music: 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 SCOUNDREL DAYS 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 instrumental version of the Demo Version 3 that includes Morten Harket harmonies and backing vocals was also sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK at the same time.

 

* Note: Only the part of the text in white is identical to that of the studio version on the album SCOUNDREL DAYS. This demo version is nearly the same as the one that can be found on the album THE SWING OF THINGS.

 
* Note: The sentence "Life is a place you will remember well" was also used for the demo version of "Touchy!"

 

Life is a place

You will remember well

In the darker nights

I've been losing you

I was there with you

Alone, now what can I do?

The sun is days away

I have lost my way

Please now

Talk to me

Tell me

Things I could find helpful

How can I stop now?

I've been losing....

You've been acting strange

I don't know what to do

I have lost my way

I've been losing you

Please now

Talk to me

Tell me

Things I could find helpful

How can I stop now?

I've been losing you

Please now

Talk to me

Tell me

Things I could find helpful

How can I stop now?

I've been losing you

(Please now)

Talk to me

Tell me

I don't know what to do

(Aaaaa-aaah)

I have lost my way

I've been losing you

Hey-hey-hey-hey...

I've been losing you

Oh-yeah

I've been losing you

Oh-yeah

I've been losing you

Oh-yeah

I've been losing you

Oh-yeah

I've been losing you

Oh-yeah

I've been losing you

Oh-yeah

I've been losing you

Oh-yeah

(I lost my umbrella last night)

Oh-yeah

Oh-yeah

(So what? It kept me dry!)

Oh-yeah

(I had to go out in the rain all day, I'm soaking wet)

 

 

MANHATTAN SKYLINE (DEMO)

(Words: Pål Waaktaar)

(Music: Mags / Pål Waaktaar)  

 

We sit and watch umbrellas fly

I'm trying to keep my newspaper dry

I hear myself say,

"My boat's leaving now"

So we shake hands and cry

Now I must wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

(Wave goodbye)

You know

I don't want to cry again

Don't want to cry again

I don't want to say goodbye

Don't ever want to cry again

I don't want to run away

I don't want to race this pain

I'll never see your face again

Oh but how

How can you say

That I didn't try...

You see things in the depths of my eyes

That my love's run dry

No...

I leave to their goodbyes

I've come to depend on the look in their eyes

My blood's sweet for pain

The wind and the rain bring back words of a song

And they say wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

(Wave goodbye)

You know

I don't want to fall again

I don't want to know this pain

I don't want another friend

I don't want to try again

Don't ever want to see you hurt

Don't let me see you hurt

I don't want to cry again

I'll never see your face again

How can you say

That I didn't try

You know I did

You see things in the depths of my eyes

That my love's run dry

No...

I read to myself

A chance of a lifetime to see new horizons

On the front page

A black and white picture of

Manhattan Skyline

 


 

MANHATTAN SKYLINE (Demo 2) 

(Words: Pål Waaktaar)

(Music: Mags / Pål Waaktaar)  

 

* This version was illegally sold on the Internet in 2009 in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK.

An instrumental version of Demo 2 leaked on the Internet at the same time in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK.

 

* Apart from the missing vocal line during the chorus, this Demo 2 has different mixing between instruments and less reverb effects on the vocal tracks.

 

* Note: Most of the text is identical to the studio version on the album SCOUNDREL.

Yet, the choruses are not sung... or the vocal tracks are muted during the choruses.

 

We sit and watch umbrellas fly

I'm trying to keep my newspaper dry

I hear myself say,

"My boat's leaving now"

So we shake hands and cry

Now I must wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

(Wave goodbye)

You know

In the depths of my eyes

That my love's run dry

I leave to their goodbyes

I've come to depend on the look in their eyes

My blood's sweet for pain

The wind and the rain bring back words of a song

And they say wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

(Wave goodbye)

You know

In the depths of my eyes

That my love's run dry

I read to myself

A chance of a lifetime to see new horizons

On the front page

A black and white picture of

Manhattan Skyline

 


 

MAYBE MAYBE (DEMO)

(Mags)

 

* 1985 demo.

 

* An illegal version of that same demo was sold on the Internet in 2009 in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK.

That version has A LOT less effects on the vocals tracks and the instruments.

The mixing between instruments is a lot different.

 

* An instrumental version of the illegal version was also sold on the Internet in 2009 in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK.

 

* Note that a third different version of the sung demo (different mixing and different effects on vocal tracks) had leaked on the Internet.

Sadly, the quality of this leaked version is poor.

 

* Note: Most of the text is identical to that of the studio version on the album SCOUNDREL DAYS. The differences are colored.

 

Maybe you were joking

When you said that you were walking out on me

Maybe, maybe

Maybe I was joking

When I said that I was running out on you

Maybe, maybe

I could be wrong, so wrong

I could be wrong, so wrong

I could be wrong

But we could be right together

Maybe this is just another song where all the words were meant to sing

Maybe, maybe

But If I ever write a word that hurts you

I shall break this pen in two million pieces

I could be wrong, so wrong

I could be wrong, so wrong

I could be wrong

But we could be right together

I could be wrong, so wrong

I could be wrong, so wrong

I could be wrong, so wrong

I could be wrong, so wrong

Maybe, maybe

Maybe, maybe

Maybe, maybe

Maybe, maybe

Heidi, Heidi

 


 

OCTOBER (Demo Version) 

(Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Rendezvous demo.

 

* The A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK that was illegally sold on the Internet in 2009 included a demo that was both entitled "This Streetful City" and "October".

The illegal pack obviously mixed up demo titles...

 

* Note that the illegal version is different from the version available on the Deluxe Edition of SCOUNDREL DAYS.

The introduction is about 45 seconds shorter.

The fade out is also a little longer.

The A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK also included an instrumental demo version of the song.

 

Dawn awaits a sleepless English town

Of coloured Grey

Here I roam the streets without you

As summer fades away

Down in the city at nights

The cold wind blows

Wherever you may be right now

It must be getting late

You're probably asleep already

I am wide awake

Down in the city at nights

Oooh

"Don't be lonely"

So you've told me

But don't you worry now

Loneliness can be ignored

And time has shown me how

Down in the city

I'm missing you so much

 

 

SCOUNDREL DAYS (DEMO / Version 1) 

(Words: Pål Waaktaar)

(Music: Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

 

* 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.

Both of these versions have different mixing.

The illegal "vocal version" does not end with a fade out and is therefore different from the official release version

The "instrumental version" does end with a fade out

 

* Note: Most of the text is identical to that of the studio version on the album SCOUNDREL DAYS. The differences are colored. Some parts of the text was written after this demo recording... Some parts were cut from this demo version but later reused for SHADOW ENDEAVORS on the 2015 CAST IN STEEL album.

 

Was that somebody screaming...

It wasn't me for sure

I lift my head up from uneasy pillows

Put my feet on the floor

I cut my wrist on a bad thought

And head for the door

Outside on the pavement

The dark makes no noise

I can feel the sweat on my lips

Leaking into my mouth

I'm stepping out for the steep hills

They're leaving me no choice

And see... as our lives are in the making

We believe through the lies and the hating

That love go...

For want of an option

I run the streams through

I dream pictures of houses burning

Never knowing nothing else to do

With death comes the morning

Unannounced and new

Was it too much to ask for

To pull a little weight

They forgive anything but greatness

These are scoundrel days

And I'm close to calling out their names

As pride hits my face

And see... as our lives are in the making

We believe through their lies and the hating

That love goes free...

Oh it only ever happens to me once

It doesn't come again

I think somebody's lost me here

Afraid and lonely

A long time ago

I reach the edge of town

I've got blood in my hair

Their hands touch my body

From everywhere

But I know that I've made it

As I run into the air

We believe through the lies and the hating

That love goes free

Through scoundrel days

And scoundrel days

 


 

SCOUNDREL DAYS (OCTOCON DEMO / Version 2) 

(Words: Pål Waaktaar)
(Words: Mags / Pål Waaktaar)
 
* Recorded at Octocon studios, Oslo, June 19 This was the template for the album version.
 
* Note that an alternate recording of that same demo (different mixing and different effects on vocal tracks) has leaked on the Internet.
Sadly, the quality of this leaked version is very poor.
 
* Note: Most of the text is identical to that of the studio version on the album SCOUNDREL DAYS. The differences are colored. Some parts of the text was written after this demo recording.
 
Was that somebody screaming...
It wasn't me for sure
I lift my head up from uneasy pillows
Put my feet on the floor
I cut my wrist on a bad thought
And head for the door
Outside on the pavement
The dark makes no noise
I can feel the sweat on my lips
Leaking into my mouth
I'm heading out for the steep hills
They're leaving me no choice
And see... as our lives are in the making
We believe through the lies and the hating
That love goes free
For want of an option
I run the stream through
I dream pictures of houses burning
Never knowing nothing else to do
With death comes the morning
Unannounced and new
Was it too much to ask for
I've got blood in my hair
They forgive anything but greatness
These are scoundrel days
And I'm close to calling out their names
As pride hits my face
Yeah
And see... as our lives are in the making
We believe through their lies and the hating
That love goes free through scoundrel days
And see... as our lives are in the making
We believe through the lies and the hating
That love goes free
Through scoundrel days
 

 

SOFT RAINS OF APRIL (GUITAR VERSION) 

(Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Note: Most of the text is identical to that of the studio version on the album SCOUNDREL DAYS. Some lines were obviously not written when the Guitar Demo was recorded.

 

The soft rains of April are over

The soft rains of April are over, over

Anybody home now

I am on the phone now, please...

The soft rains of April are over

The ferry across the waters to Dover,

Over

Anybody home now

I am on the phone and I'd like to come back

Is it raining back home

I am so alone

Just got up today

And my thoughts are miles away

With you

The soft rains of April are over

The soft rains of April are over

Over

 


 

SOFT RAINS OF APRIL (PIANO VERSION) 

(Pål Waaktaar)

 

* This version was obviously recorded after the Guitar Version as it contains the complete lyrics of the song.

 

The soft rains of April are over

The soft rains of April are over, over

Anybody home now

I am on the phone now, please...

And the soft rains of April are over

The ferry across the water to Dover,  

Anybody home now

I am on the phone and I'd like to come back

Is it raining back home

I am so alone

Just got up today

My thoughts are miles away

With you

Well, they gave me four years

Three more to go

Keep writing letters

Time's passing so slow

Time's passing so slow

The soft rains of April are over

Over

 


 

SOFT RAINS OF APRIL (Demo Version)  

(Pål Waaktaar)

 
* This version was illegally sold on the Internet in 2009 in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK.
It is A LOT different from both the Guitar and the Piano Demos.
It contains extra lyrics.
An instrumental demo of the song including some backing vocals by Morten Harket during the choruses was also illegally sold on the Internet in 2009 in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK.
 
Over... Over...
Over... Over...
The soft rains of April are over
The soft rains of April are over, over
Anybody home now
I am on the phone now, please...
And the soft rains of April are over
The soft rains of April are over, over
Anybody home now
I am on the phone now, please...
Over... Over... It's over
Over... Over...

All I want to say is

They'll be back someday next year
Wait and see
Is it raining back home
I'd like to know
Just got up today
My thoughts are miles away
With you
Over... Over...
Over... Over...
Well, they gave me four years
Three more to go
Keep writing letters
Time's passing so slow
The soft rains of April are over
The soft rains of April are over
Over

 


 

(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar)

 

* There are at least three different version of this demo #01.
It is unclear where this one was recorded.
 
One version (fair quality recording) was released on the THE SWING OF THINGS - DEMO CD (2004).
Each tracks of demo #01 was remastered to be released as an Internet download bonus track of the SCOUNDREL DAYS DELUXE EDITION release (2010).
 
Another different version of that same demo #01 (different mixing with less reverb effects) was illegally sold on the Internet in 2009 in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK .
An instrumental version of demo #01 leaked on the Internet at the same time in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK.
 
* Note: The text is identical to that of the studio version on the album SCOUNDREL DAYS
 
They say the world's an eventful place
You give me news
I don't want to know
You say that I should care
That I should speak my mind
Oh, but how can I speak of the world
Rushing by
With a lump in my throat
And tears in my eyes
Oh, have we come to the point of no turning back
Or is it still time to get into
The swing of things
Let us walk through this windless city
I'll go on till the winter gets me
Oh, "Sleep..." you wrote "sleep, my dear"
In a letter somewhere
Oh, but how can I sleep with your voice in my head
And an ocean between us
And room in my bed
Oh, have I come to the point where I'm losing the grip
Or is it still time to get into
The swing of things
Oh, when she glows in the dark
And I'm weak by the sight
Of this breathtaking beauty
In which I can hide
Oh, there is a world full out there
Of people I fear
But given time I'll get into
The swing of things
Yes, when she glows in the dark and I'm struck by the sight
I know that I'll need this for the rest of my life
I know that I'll need this for the rest of my life
All that I need
You know what I need
What have I done
What lies I have told
I've played games with the ones that rescued my soul
(All that I need)
Have I come to the point where I'm losing the grip
Or is it still time to get into
The swing of things

 

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

 


 

(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Note: The text is almost identical to that of the studio version on the album SCOUNDREL DAYS. Differences are colored.
Yet, some parts of the text are missing in this demo version which leads us to think that this version was in fact recorded before Demo #01.
 
They say the world's an eventful place
You give me news
I don't want to know
You say that I should care
That I should speak my mind
Oh, but how can I speak of the world
Rushing by
With a lump in my throat
And tears in my eyes
Oh, have we come to the point where it's no turning back
Or is it still time to get into
The swing of things
Let us walk through this windless city
I'll go on till the winter gets me
Oh, "Sleep..." you wrote "sleep, my dear"
In a letter somewhere
Oh, but how can I sleep with your voice in my head
With an ocean between us
And room in my bed
Oh, have I come to the point where I'm losing the grip
Or is it still time to get into
The swing of things
Oh, when she glows in the dark
And I'm weak by the sight
Of this breathtaking beauty
In which I can hide
Oh, there is a world full out there
Of people I fear
But given time I'll get into
The swing of things
What have I done
What lies I have told
I've played games with the ones that rescued my soul

 


 

THE SWING OF THINGS (DEMO #3) 

(Pål Waaktaar)

 

* A lesser quality of that Demo #03 leaked on the Internet.

That version has less reverb effects (A LOT LESS!!!) on the entire track and is therefore different.

 

* Note: The text is almost identical to that of the studio version on the album SCOUNDREL DAYS

 

They say the world's an eventful place

You give me news

I don't want to know

You say that I should care

That I should speak my mind

Oh, but how can I speak of the world

Rushing by

With a lump in my throat

And tears in my eyes

Oh, have we come to the point of no turning back

Or is it still time to get into

The swing of things

Let us walk through this windless city

I'll go on till the winter gets me

Oh, "Sleep..." you wrote "sleep, my dear"

In a letter somewhere

Oh, but how can I sleep with your voice in my head

And an ocean between us

And room in my bed

Oh, have I come to the point where I'm losing the grip

Or is it still time to get into

The swing of things

Oh, when she glows in the dark

And I'm weak by the sight

Of this breathtaking beauty

In which I can hide

Oh, there is a world full out there

Of people I fear

But given time I'll get into

The swing of things

Yes, when she glows in the dark and I'm struck by the sight

I know that I'll need this for the rest of my life

Rest of my life

All that I need

You know what I need

What have I done

What lies I have told

I've played games with the ones that rescued my soul

(All that I need)

Have I come to the point where I'm losing the grip

Or is it still time to get into

The swing of things

 


 

THE WEIGHT OF THE WIND (DEMO) 

(Pål Waaktaar)

 

* An illegal version of that same demo was sold on the Internet in 2009 in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK.

That version has A LOT less reverb effects on the vocals tracks and the instruments. The mixing between instruments is a lot different.

 An instrumental version of the illegal version was also sold on the Internet in 2009 in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK , along with an instrumental version that includes Morten Harket harmonies and backing vocals.

 

Your face looked new against the town

You've come to lose some memories

Like you I came to touch new grounds

But you want to lose (You wanna lose)

The weight of the wind (Of the wind)

Rests hard on your shoulders (So hard)

Bringing you down (Down down)

The one that you love (Your love)

Will never be found

You speak into the falling rain

Words you'd lost, but found again

And you see their snaky arms entwined

So clear and cruel

In your jealous mind

But you've got to lose (You wanna lose)

The weight of the wind (Of the wind)

Rests hard on your shoulders (So hard)

I know what that means 

The one that you love (Your love)

Will never be found

Ah

Wooo

Wooo-oooooh

Suck it to me

The weight of the wind (You wanna lose)

The weight of the wind (Of the wind)

Hard on your shoulders (So hard)

Driving you down (Down down)

The one that you know (Your love)

Will never be found

You've lost her forever (You've lost her forever)

Down... down...

The weight of the wind

The weight of the wind

Rests hard on your shoulders

Is driving you down

The one that you know

Will never be found

You've lost her forever

Down... down...

 


 

WE'RE LOOKING FOR THE WHALES (1982 NAERSNES DEMO) 

(Words: Pål Waaktaar)

(Music: Mags)

 

* Naersnes 1982 demo.

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

 

* Note: The part of the text in white is identical to that of the studio version on the album SCOUNDREL DAYS

 

One left low left two who left high

They seem so hard to find

Three came twice took once the time

To search...

We're looking for a little bewildered girl

We're looking for a little bewildered girl

We're looking for the whales

Ahhhhhh

Restlessness is in our genes

Time won't wear it off

Born into this world with our eyes wide open

Girl

We're looking for a little bewildered girl

We're looking for a little bewildered girl

We're looking for the whales

Ahhhhhh

Here they come

Now everyone

Echoes lost in waterland

It seems like man has won to lose again

So once again

La-la-la-la-la-la-la

Oh, girl

We're looking for a little bewildered girl

We're looking for a little bewildered girl  

We're looking for the whales

Ahhhhhh 

Here they come

Now everyone

Echoes lost in waterland

It seems like man has won to lose again

So once again

La-la-la-la-la-la-la

Life seems far too short for all the miles

My pen had to travel

So now, we're not alone, we find

I'll kiss you with my mind

Yes, I'll kiss you with my mind

I'll kiss you with my mind

Aaaahhh

Oooh

Aaaahhh

Oooh

Aaaahhh

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh

 


 

WE'RE LOOKING FOR THE WHALES (1984 DEMO) 
(Words: Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Mags)
 
* An illegal version of that same demo was sold on the Internet in 2009 in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK.
That version has a lot less effects on the vocals tracks and the mixing between instruments is different.
It also includes some spoken words by Morten at the end of the song (edited from the Deluxe Edition version) and lasts a little longer.
An instrumental version of that same demo that includes Morten Harket harmonies and backing vocals was also sold on the Internet in the A-HA MOST WANTED 79 DEMOS PACK at the same time.
 
* Note: The part of the text in white is identical to that of the studio version on the album SCOUNDREL DAYS
 
One left low left two who left high
They seem so hard to find
Three came twice took once the time
To search...
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
We're looking for the whales
Ahhhhhh
Restlessness is in our genes
Time won't wear it off
Born into this world with our eyes wide open
Girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
We're looking for the whales
Oh, girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl  
We're looking for the whales
Ahhhhhh 
Life seems far too short for all the miles
My pen had to travel
Now we're not alone, we fight
Oooh
Aaaahhh
Oh, girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl  
We're looking for the whales
We're looking for the whales
We're looking for the whales (We're looking for a little bewildered girl)
We're looking for the whales (We're looking for a little bewildered girl)
We're looking for the whales (We're looking for a little bewildered girl)
We're looking for the whales...

 


 

Remixes (Singles, Extended & More...)

 


 

CRY WOLF (EXTENDED VERSION)

(Words: Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

(Music: Mags)

 

* This Extended version of the song was released on the 12" record of "Cry wolf" and the SCOUNDREL CLUB E.P.

 

 

Cry wolf Oooh

Cry wolf Oooh

Now... Cry wolf Oooh

Cry...  Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time... Time...

Cry...  Cry wolf Oooh

Cry wolf Oooh

Now... Cry wolf Oooh

Cry...  Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Cry wolf Oooh

Cry wolf Oooh

Cry wolf Oooh

Cry wolf Oooh

I dreamt of a wolf...

"The wolf..."

"The wolf..."

He came from where the winds are cold

And truth is seen through keyholes

Strange longings that'll never sleep

Oh, now he's come where no hearts beat

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

You can start, but you cannot stop

You give in, but you can't give up

You can tell all your desperate jokes

To a world that puts

Your love on hold

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

"The wolf..."

"The wolf..."

"The wolf..."

"I dreamt of a wolf"

"I dreamt of a wolf"

"You know"

"The wolf"

The sunken-in eyes

And the pain in his cries

A shape in the dark...

Cry!

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Now!

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry!

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry!

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

 
 

CRY WOLF (Joseph Watt Re-Edited Razormaid 12" Mix)

(Words: Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

(Music: Mags)

 

* This Remix of the song was released on a Razormaid 12" record.

 

 

"The wolf..."

"The wolf..."

He came from where the winds are cold

And truth is seen through keyholes

Strange longings that'll never sleep

Oh, now he's come where no hearts beat

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Ooh

You can start, but you cannot stop

You give in, but you can't give up

You can tell all your desperate jokes

To a world that puts

Your love on hold

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Now!

Cry wolf Oooh

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

"The wolf..."

"The wolf..."

"The wolf..."

"I dreamt of a wolf"

"I dreamt of a wolf"

"You know"

"The wolf"

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time... now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time... now

Cry wolf Oooh

Cry!

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Cry wolf Oooh

Now!

Cry wolf Oooh

Cry...

 
 

I'VE BEEN LOSING YOU (Dub) 

(Pål Waaktaar)  

 

* Dub version of the song. Mostly instrumental.

This version of the song was released on the 12" record of "I've Been Losing You" and the SCOUNDREL CLUB E.P.

 

(Run away... Run away...)

Run away !

 


 
I'VE BEEN LOSING YOU (EXTENDED VERSION)
(Pål Waaktaar)  
 
* This Extended version of the song was released on the 12" record of "I've Been Losing You".
 
 
It wasn't the rain that washed away...
Rinsed out the colours of your eyes
Putting the gun down on the bedside table
I must have realised
It wasn't the rain
That made no difference
And I could have sworn it wasn't me
Yet I did it all so coldly
Almost slowly
Plain for all to see
Oh c'mon please now
Talk to me
Tell me things I could find helpful
How can I stop now...
Is there nothing I can do
I have lost my way
I've been losing you
Hey...
I can still hear our screams competing
You're hissing your S's like a snake
Now in the mirror stands
Half a man
I thought no one could break
It wasn't the rain
That made no difference
Nervously drumming on: Run away
But I want the guilt to get me
Thoughts to wreck me
Preying on my mind
So, please now
Talk to me
Tell me things I could find helpful
For how can I stop now...
Is there nothing I can do
I have lost my way
I've been losing you
Please now

Talk to me

Tell me

Oh, tell me what to do (Helpful)

For how can I stop now...
Is there nothing I can do
I have lost my way
I've been losing you

Please now

Talk to me
Tell me things I could find helpful
For how can I stop now...
Is there nothing I can do
Please now
Talk to me

Tell me

Oh, tell me what to do (Helpful)

For how can I stop now...
Is there nothing I can do
I have lost my way
I've been losing you
You
I've been losing you
You
I've been losing you

 


 

I'VE BEEN LOSING YOU (JAPAN SINGLE EDIT)  

(Pål Waaktaar)  

 

* This is an edit version of the song ending with a fade out at an earlier stage than the regular album version. It was released in Japan only as the A-side track of the "I've Been Losing You" 7" Single.

 

 

It wasn't the rain that washed away...

Rinsed out the colours of your eyes

Putting the gun down on the bedside table

I must have realised

It wasn't the rain

That made no difference

And I could have sworn it wasn't me

Yet I did it all so coldly

Almost slowly

Plain for all to see

Oh c'mon please now

Talk to me

Tell me things I could find helpful

How can I stop now...

Is there nothing I can do

I have lost my way

I've been losing you

Hey...

I can still hear our screams competing

You're hissing your S's like a snake

Now in the mirror stands

Half a man

I thought no one could break

It wasn't the rain

That made no difference

Nervously drumming on: Run away

But I want the guilt to get me

Thoughts to wreck me

Preying on my mind

So, please now

Talk to me

Tell me things I could find helpful

For how can I stop now...

Is there nothing I can do

I have lost my way

I've been losing you

Please now

Talk to me

Tell me things I could find helpful

For how can I stop now...

Is there nothing I can do

Please now

Talk to me

Oh, tell me what to do (Helpful)

For how can I stop now...

Is there nothing I can do

I have lost my way

I've been losing you  

You

I've been losing you

You

I've been losing you

(Talk to me)

(Run away... Run away...)

Run away !

 


 
MANHATTAN SKYLINE (EXTENDED VERSION) 
(Words: Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Mags / Pål Waaktaar)  
* Extended version of the song. It was released on the 12" record of "Manhattan Skyline".
 
 
You know
We sit and watch umbrellas fly
I'm trying to keep my newspaper dry
I hear myself say,
"My boat's leaving now"
So we shake hands and cry
Now I must wave goodbye
Wave goodbye
Wave goodbye
Wave goodbye
Wave goodbye
(Wave goodbye)
You know
I don't want to cry again
Don't want to cry again
I don't want to say goodbye
Don't ever want to cry again
I don't want to run away
I don't want to race this pain
I'll never see your face again
Oh but how
How can you say
That I didn't try...
You see things in the depths of my eyes
That my love's run dry
No...
I leave to their goodbyes
I've come to depend on the look in their eyes
My blood's sweet for pain
The wind and the rain bring back words of a song
And they say wave goodbye
Wave goodbye
Wave goodbye
Wave goodbye
Wave goodbye
You know
I don't want to fall again
I don't want to know this pain
I don't want another friend
I don't want to cry again
Don't ever want to see you hurt
Don't let me see you hurt
Don't ever want to see you hurt
Don't let me see you hurt
I don't want to cry again
I'll never see your face again
How can you say
That I didn't try
You know I did
You see things in the depths of my eyes
That my love's run dry
(I don't want to cry again)
So I read to myself
A chance of a lifetime to see new horizons
On the front page
A black and white picture of
Manhattan Skyline

 

MANHATTAN SKYLINE (SINGLE EDIT) 

(Words: Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)

(Music: Magne Furuholmen / Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)  

 

* Edit version of the song. It was released on the 7" record of "Manhattan Skyline".

 

 

 We sit and watch umbrellas fly

I'm trying to keep my newspaper dry

I hear myself say,

"My boat's leaving now"

So we shake hands and cry

Now I must wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

(Wave goodbye)

You know

I don't want to cry again

Don't want to cry again

I don't want to say goodbye

Don't ever want to cry again

I don't want to run away

I don't want to race this pain

I'll never see your face again

Oh but how

How can you say

That I didn't try...

No...

I leave to their goodbyes

I've come to depend on the look in their eyes

My blood's sweet for pain

The wind and the rain bring back words of a song

And they say wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

Wave goodbye

(Wave goodbye)

But you know

I don't want to fall again

I don't want to know this pain

I don't want another friend

I don't want to try again

Don't ever want to see you hurt

Don't let me see you hurt

I don't want to cry again

I'll never see your face again

How can you say

That I didn't try

You know I did

(I don't want to cry again)

So I read to myself

A chance of a lifetime to see new horizons

On the front page

A black and white picture of

Manhattan Skyline

 


 
THIS ALONE IS LOVE (ORIGINAL VERSION) 
(Words: Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Mags / Pål Waaktaar)
 

* Note: This version of the song was released as B-side of the "I've Been Losing You" Single.

 

* Note: the part of the text that is colored in pink was used for the song "May The Last Dance Be Mine" on the Bridges  album FAKKELTOG. The part colored in green was used for the song "Every Mortal Night'" on the same album.

 
This alone is love
No small thing
This alone is love
That my love brings
And all of us
Who are travelling by trap-doors
Our souls are a myriad of wars
I'm losing everyone
It will make my last breath
Pass out at dawn... At dawn...
At dawn...
It will make my body
Dissolve out in the blue
Blue for you
Oh baby, what can we do?
This alone is love
No small thing
This alone is love is love...
That my love brings
And all of us
Who are travelling by trap-doors  
Our souls are a myriad of wars
I'm losing everyone
It will make my last breath
Pass out at dawn... At dawn...
At dawn...
It will make my body
Dissolve out in the blue
Blue for you
It will make my body
Dissolve out in the blue
Blue for you
Oh baby, what can we do?
It will make my last breath
Pass out at dawn... At dawn...
At dawn...
It will make my body
Dissolve out in the blue
Blue for you
It will make my last breath
Pass out at dawn... At dawn...
At dawn...
It will make my body
Dissolve out in the blue
Blue for you

 


 
WE'RE LOOKING FOR THE WHALES (Atlantic Angels Mix) 

(Words: Pål Waaktaar)

(Music: Mags)

 

* It is unclear whether this remix is official or not. It was released as track 4 on the 10-track "Uncut Volume 2859 - Unreleased Unmixed Unavailable" DJ remix CD.

 

 

MISSING

 


 

Live

 


 

CRY WOLF (LIVE IN CROYDON) 

(Words: Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

(Music: Mags)

 

* Recorded live on January 19th 1987.

 

"You know

Night I left the city,

I dreamt of a wolf..."

Oooh

He came from where the winds are cold

And truth is seen through keyholes

Strange longings that'll never sleep

Oh, now he's come where no hearts beat

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

You can start, but you cannot stop

You give in, but you can't give up

You can tell all your desperate jokes

To a world that puts

Your love on hold

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now  

The sunken-in eyes

And the pain in his cries

A shape in the dark...

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Cry!

Cry wolf Oooh

Time to worry now

Worry now

Cry wolf Oooh

Cry wolf Oooh

Cry wolf Oooh

Cry wolf Oooooooooh

 


 

I'VE BEEN LOSING YOU (LIVE IN CROYDON) 

(Pål Waaktaar)  
* Recorded live on January 19th 1987.
 
It wasn't the rain that washed away...
Rinsed out the colours of your eyes
Putting the gun down on the bedside table
I must have realised
It wasn't the rain
That made no difference
And I could have sworn it, it wasn't me
Yet I did it all so coldly
Almost slowly
Plain for all to see
Oh c'mon please now
Talk to me
Tell me things I could find helpful
How can I stop now...
Is there nothing I can do
I have lost my way
I've been losing you
Hey...
I can still hear our screams competing
You're hissing your S's like a snake
Now in the mirror stands
Half a man
I thought no one could break
It wasn't the rain
That made no difference
Nervously drumming on: Run away
But I want the guilt to get me
Thoughts to wreck me
Preying on my mind
So, please now
Talk to me
Tell me things I could find helpful
How can I stop now...
Is there nothing I can do
I have lost my way
I've been losing you
Please now
Talk to me
Tell me things I could find helpful
How can I stop now...
Is there nothing I can do
Please now
Talk to me
Oh, tell me what to do (Helpful)
How can I stop now...
Is there nothing I can do
I have lost my way
I've been losing you 
I've been losing you 
I've been losing you
(Talk to me)
(Run away... Gonna run away...)
Gonna run away !
Gonna run away !
 

 
THE BLUE SKY (LIVE IN CROYDON) 
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* Recorded live on January 19th 1987.
 
Blue Sky... Blue Sky...
Blue Sky... Blue Sky...
Blue Sky... 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
Sort of 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...
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... Blue Sky...
Blue Sky... Blue Sky... Blue Sky... Blue Sky...
Blue Sky... (Blue Sky...) Blue Sky... (Blue Sky...)
Blue Sky... (Blue Sky...) Blue Sky...
 
 
TRAIN OF THOUGHT (LIVE IN CROYDON)  
(Pål Waaktaar)
 
* Recorded live on January 19th 1987.
 
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 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
Train of thought
 

 
(WE'RE LOOKING FOR THE WHALES (LIVE IN CROYDON) 
(Words: Pål Waaktaar)
(Music: Mags)
 
* Recorded live on January 19th 1987.
 
* This was the B-Side of "Manhattan Skyline" 12" record.
Approximately 3 seconds were cut from the introduction for the SCOUNDREL DAYS Deluxe Edition remastered version of the song.
Note that the 12" record version ends with a slow fade out.

A shorter edited version was released as B-side of "Manhattan Skyline" 7" record and was also released on the SCOUNDREL CLUB E.P.

 
One left low left two who left high
They seem so hard to find
Three came twice took once the time
To search...
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
We're looking for the whales
Ahhhhhh
Restlessness is in our genes
Time won't wear it off
Born into this world with our eyes wide open
Girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
We're looking for the whales
Oh, girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
We're looking for the whales
Ahhhhhh 
I found angels
Beached outside your doors
Don't you set those lonely eyes on me
Oh, girl
We're looking for a little bewildered girl
Girl
We're looking for a little bewildered... 
We're looking for the whales (Yeah)
Girl
We're looking for the whales (We're looking for the whales)
We're looking for the whales (We're looking for a little bewildered girl)
We're looking for the whales (We're looking for a little bewildered girl)
We're looking for the whales (We're looking for a little bewildered girl)
We're looking for the whales (We're looking for a little bewildered girl) 

 


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