THE SWING OF THINGS

 
01. Take On Me (Final Demo)
02. Presenting Lily Mars (Demo Version 1)
03. Dot The I (Demo Version 1)
04. Days On End (Demo)
05. The Love Goodbye (Demo)
06. Monday Mourning (Demo)
07. Never Never - I Won't Give You Shadows (Demo Version)
08. Så Blåser Det På Jorden (Demo)
09. Go To Sleep (Demo Version 1)
10. Hunting High And Low (Alternate Demo Version 1)
11. I've Been Losing You (Demo Version 2)
12.The Swing Of Things (Demo Version 1)
13. Living A Boy's Adventure Tale (Unreleased Mix)

 

Mags (Magne Furuholmen): Keyboards, vocals

Morten Harket: Vocals

Pål Waaktaar: Guitars, vocals


 
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.

 

* A remastered version was released on both HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE (2010) and SUPER DELUXE (2015) editions.

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have illegally leaked and been sold on the Internet.

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.
* The SWING OF THINGS CD version is five seconds longer.
When the song is over, we can hear one member of the band talking.
 
* 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
But 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
 
TO SEE THE HANDWRITTEN TEXT BY PAUL WAAKTAAR-SAVOY, click HERE

 

TO SEE PARTS OF THE TEXT HANDWRITTEN TEXT BY MORTEN HARKET, click HERE

 


 
PRESENTING LILY MARS (Demo Version 1)  
(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar)
 
* Inspired by the 1942 film of the same name, this version was recorded at Naersnes in autumn 1982. A-ha re-recorded this in Rendezvous studio in 1984 as a possible B-side or album track but this version, sadly, remains unissued. The song is less fragile in the 1984 recording.

 

* A remastered version was released on the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW SUPER DELUXE (2015) edition.

 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have 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.

 

* The SWING OF THINGS CD version is about 14 seconds longer.
When the song is over, we can hear one member of the band playing an unidentified song on the piano while singing a melody (but not words sung).

 

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 ageing 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.

 

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

 

 
DOT THE I (Demo Version 1)  
(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.

 

* There are about 23 seconds of extra recording after the end of this demo, during which we can hear Magne Furuholmen on Keyboards, Paul Waaktaar on Guitar and Morten Harket singing a preview of "Early Morning" (Note that Morten's humming and not singing words).

 

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

 

 

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".
 
* A remastered version of the demo was released on the SCOUNDREL DAYS DELUXE edition in 2010.

 

* The SWING OF THINGS CD version is about 17 seconds longer.
When the song is over, we can hear the band working on an unidentified song (that could be another preview of "Early Morning").

 

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

 

 
THE LOVE GOODBYE (Demo)  
(Words & Music: Mags / Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Another Rendezvous demo from Spring '83. This had also been recorded at Naersnes in Autumn 1982 with different lyrics and refrain.

This recording is of fair quality.

 

* A remastered version was released on both HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE (2010) and SUPER DELUXE (2015) editions.

 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have 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.

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.

 

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?

 

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

 

* Rendezvous demo late 1983.

This recording is of fair quality.

 

* A remastered version was released on both HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE (2010) and SUPER DELUXE (2015) editions.

 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have 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.

 

Monday mourning

Tears are falling down like fluid pain

And it's a long, lost Monday morning

The telling words I like to learn

Are dying on your lips

As the morning through my fingers slips

Ooo-oooh, a-haaaaaa

I find myself in times like these

I'm 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

 

 
(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar)

 

Rendezvous demo late 1983.

This recording is of fair quality.

 

* A remastered version was released on both HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE (2010) and SUPER DELUXE (2015) editions.

 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have 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 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

 

 
(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.

 

* A remastered version was released on the HUNTING HIGH AND LOW SUPER DELUXE (2015) edition.

 

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
 

 
(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Rendezvous demo, late 1983.

 

* A remastered version was released on both HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE (2010) and SUPER DELUXE (2015) editions.

 

* 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 also illegally leaked and sold on the Internet. And Instrumental version of this demo recording was also illegally leaked and sold on the Internet.

 

* The SWING OF THINGS CD version is about 13 seconds longer.
When the song is over, we can hear the band working on an unidentified song.

 

(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

 

 
(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Rendezvous demo, 1984.

 

* A remastered version was released on both HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE (2010) and SUPER DELUXE (2015) editions.

 

* Both the vocal and instrumental versions of this demo have 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 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

 

* The SWING OF THINGS CD version is about 16 seconds longer.
When the song is over, we can hear the band working on an unidentified song (though some words can be clearly heard).

 

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

 


 
(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar)

 

* Rendezvous demo, 1984. Another demo of this was recorded at Octocon studio, Oslo in 1985. Additionally, there is a version by Bridges dating from 1981.

 

* This demo was re-issued as an Internet Download Bonus for the Deluxe Edition of SCOUNDREL DAYS in 2010.

 

* 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 SWING OF THINGS CD version is about 20 seconds longer.
When the song is over, we can hear the band working on the drums sequencing for an unidentified song.

 

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)

 


 
(Words & Music: Pål Waaktaar)

 

There are at least three demo's of this song. It is unclear where this one was recorded.
 
* Note: The text is identical to that of the studio version on the album SCOUNDREL DAYS
 
This recording is of fair quality.
 
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.
An instrumental version of demo #01 leaked on the Internet at the same time.
 
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)
 
* Although this is a bonus track on the demo CD, it is in fact NOT a demo. It is an early mix of the album version with different drums and vocals. There was a demo of this song recorded at Naersnes in 1982 which features different lyrics.

 

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

 

* There are 5 extra seconds after the end of the song during which we can hear Morten Harket sing "Take it like it comes".

 

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

 


 

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