WILD SEED

 
01. A Kind Of Christmas Card
02. Spanish Steps
03. Half In Love Half In Hate
04. Brodsky Tune
05. Wild Seed
06. Los Angeles
07. East-Timor
08. Lay Me Down Tonight
09. Tell Me What You See
10. Stay
11. Lord
12. Ready To Go Home
 
REMIXES & B-SIDES
13. A Change Is Gonna Come
14. Girl
UNRELEASED
15. Sound Of Rain
16. A Place I Know

 

Morten Harket: Lead Vocal, Backing Vocals
 
Musicians:
 
Phil Palmer, Clem Clempson, Eyvind Aarset, Frode Alnæs: Guitars
 
Øivind Madsen: Bass Guitars
 
Kjetil Bjerkestrand: Programmed Drums, Bass Synth,Keyboards and Programming, Church Organ on "Ready To Go Home"

 

Neil Wilkison, Per Linvall: Drums
Paolo Vinnaccia: Additional Drums on "Brodsky Tune"
Berit Værnes, Øyvor Voll (Vertavo Quartet): Violins
Henninge Båtnes (Vertavo Quartet): Viola
Bjørg Værnes (Vertavo Quartet): Cello
 
Bendik Hofseth: Saxophone
 

Torstein Flakne: Backing Vocals on "Spanish Steps"

Christopher Neil: Backing Vocals

 

Produced by Christopher Neil

 

Mixed by Simon Hurrel Except: "Lord" mixed by Lasse Hafreager.

Also Mixed by Truls Birkeland

 

Engineered by Simon Hurrel, Barry Hammond, Kal Robøle, Bjørn Nessjø and

Jena Dreyer, Niall Flynn, Lee Phillips, Simon B. Sheridan

 

Arranged by Kjetil Bjerkestrand

 


 
A KIND OF CHRISTMAS CARD   
(Words: Håvard Rem)
(Music: Morten Harket)
 
* That same version of the song was released on the "A Kind Of Christmas Card (Burning Out Again)" CD-Single.
 
 
 
All you folks back home
I'll never tell you this
You're not supposed to know
Where your daughter is
There are ways of life
You never understood
It's right here
Downtown Hollywood
It's afternoon on Sunset Boulevard
I've got a stolen moment trying hard
To write a kind...
A kind of Christmas card
But I am burning out again
Tonight there is fever in my veins
Mama, dear
All the love you gave
I guess there's really nothing
Nothing much to save
You see, this place is as steady as I feel myself
There are still some riches
At the Roosevelt
That evening prayer
Those memories
In my little bedroom, mama, on my knees
That's where I am at
Down in Los Angeles
And I am burning out again
And I must rise above the shame
Tonight there is fever in my veins
Yeah
Just think of the girl I used to be
You were my age once, mama
Twenty-three
I can still hear some of the songs you used to play
From that summer of love in Sixty-Eight
Seems it's turned into a winter of hate
And I am burning out again
Yes I must rise above the pain
Tonight there'll be fever in my veins
Tonight there is fever in my veins
Summer of love
Winter of Hate
Ohhh
 

 
SPANISH STEPS   
(Words: Håvard Rem / Morten Harket / Torstein Flakne)
(Music:Torstein Flakne)
 
* That same version of the song was released on the "Spanish Steps" CD-Single.
 
 
Must have been walking
Don't know this place
Somebody stopped talking
Is it written in my face
Thought I'd never leave you
Thought I'd never dare
But I watched you going under
It's a thought I could not bear
Five thousand miles I'm away from you
Drifting by the Spanish steps tonight
Guess you've got my number
Guess you got my line
Guess you got my number
Should I be on your mind
Late at night your footsteps
Barefoot on the floor
Tender eyes from sleeping
In the darkened corridor
I come up the stairway
My naked enemy
Comes stumbling towards me
Wish I could set you free
Five thousand miles I'm away from you
Drifting by the Spanish steps tonight
Guess you've got my number
Guess you've got my line
Five thousand miles I'm away from you
Sleeping by the Spanish steps tonight
Guess you've got my number
Should I be on your mind
I'm not that hard to find
Five thousand miles I'm away from you
Drifting by the Spanish steps tonight
Guess you've my number
Guess you've got my line
Five thousand miles I'm away from you
Sleeping by the Spanish steps tonight
Guess you've got my number
Guess you've got my line, oh baby
You see, I'm not that hard to find
 

 
HALF IN LOVE HALF IN HATE   
(Words: Ole Sverre Olsen)
(Music: Morten Harket)
 
Half in love and half in hate
Someone told me it is late
Late on earth he said, maybe
late in you
And late in me
Darker than it has to be
Tell me just another lie
Now we're woven under ice
Tell me that there is no other
I am a child - Be my mother
If you lie, babe - If you bother
Since you raised that wall around you
Since I lost you
I have found you strange
And I could swear for sure
Haven't seen that girl before
Half in love and half at war
Hey, you're looking strange
And everything you do
Girl, it seems arranged
Dark words drift away
I have nothing more to say
Soon this moon will rise
And in this stony night
I have to see your face
See the lines that make you old
Stony silence, touched by gold
Everything's too late
Too late for love, and suddenly
Too late for hate
There's only one thing left to do
I have to face this other you…
Too late for hate...
There's only one thing left to do
I have to face this other you…
This other you…
There's only one thing left to do
I have to face this other you
 

 
BRODSKY TUNE   
(Words by Joseph Brodsky From the poem "Bosnia Tune" by Joseph Brodsky)
(Chorus by Morten Harket)
(Music by Morten Harket)
 
* That same version of the song was released as second track on the Norwegian only "Los Angeles" CD-Single.
 
As you pour yourself a scotch
Crush a roach or check your watch
As your hands adjust your tie
People die
In the towns with funny names
Hit by bullets, caught in flames
By and large not knowing why
People die
And in small places you don't know of
Yet big for having no chance to scream
Or say good-bye
People die
La, la, laaaaa... la...
La, la, laaaaa... la...
Let me know
Let me know
People die as you elect
New apostles of neglect, self restraint
Whereby people die
Too far off to practice love
For thy neighbour, brother Slav
Where your cherubs dread to fly
People die
La, la, laaaaa, la...
La, la, laaaaa, la...
Let me know
While the statues disagree
Cain's version, history for its fuel
Tends to buy
Those who die
As you watch the athletes score
Or check your latest statement
Or sing your child a lullaby
People die
Time, whose sharp, bloodthirsty quill
Parts the killed from those who kill
Will pronounce the latter tribe
Yeah
Will pronounce the latter tribe
As your type
La, la, laaaaa, la...
La, la, laaaaa, la...
Let me know
 

 
WILD SEED   
(Words: Håvard Rem)
(Music: Morten Harket)
 
* That same version of the song was released as third track on the Norwegian only "Los Angeles" CD-Single.
 
Baby
Are you holding the key
Was it you that put a lock on my door
Who sent you
Are you as deep as the sea
Well it takes a deep womb
To shelter me
I can hold you, girl
And watch your heart settle down
Feels like home
But I'm lost somehow
God made you beautiful
I made you cry
So listen, babe
The sun's going down
You know what I mean
There ain't much time
Cause we're the wild seed, girl
And this land's being farmed
You know a farmer takes great pride
In what he leaves behind
God made you beautiful
I made you cry
So baby
Are you holding the key
Was it you that put a lock on my door
Who sent you, girl
Are you deep like the sea
Well it takes a deep womb
To shelter me
I can hold you, girl
And watch your heart settle down
Feels like home
But I'm lost somehow
Yeah
God made you beautiful
I made you cry
 

 
LOS ANGELES   
(Words: Håvard Rem)
(Music: Morten Harket)
 
* That same version of the song was released on the Norwegian only "Los Angeles" CD-Single.
 
 
You waited for me
When I was strong
You never called
You waited long
Now I come back
To sleep with you
You love me still
I love you, too
You kept the house
I could not keep
You kissed good night
And went to sleep
Now I come back
To sleep with you
You love me still
I love you, too
Come with me
To that room by the sea
With a view of the moon and Los Angeles
You're beautiful back then
God, you're beautiful now
Come with me
So come with me
To that room by the sea
With a view of the moon and Los Angeles
You're beautiful back then
God, you're beautiful now
Come with me
Yeah, I was strong
I had no choice
The kids grew up
And left the house
But I come back
To sleep with you
You love me still
I love you, too
Hmmmm, I know you do
So come with me
To that room by the sea
With a view of the moon and Los Angeles
You're beautiful back then
God, you're beautiful now
 

 
EAST-TIMOR   
(Words: Henning Kramer Dahl / Håvard Rem / Morten Harket)
(Music: Geir Kolbu)
 
Sandalwood trees are evergreen
Cut them down
Plant coffee beans
Build no schools
Construct no roads
Mark them as fools
Let ignorance rule
Leave them stranded on their island
Treat them to the tune of silence
Red is the cross that covers out shame
Every Kingdom, every land
Has it's heart in the common land
Silently the tide shifts the sand
Bury my heart on East-Timor
In coral sands
On golden shores
Buried are those
Who lived their lives
No place to hide for
Father and child
Leave them stranded on their island
Treat them to the tune of silence
We shake the hands that kill and forgive
Every Kingdom, every land
Has its heart in the common man
Silently the tide shifts the sand
Bury my heart on East-Timor
On barren graves
Where flowers won't grow
Blooms our Red cross lovingly
This nightingale deed
Now we can be free
Stranded on their island
This army of the silent
We toast our own goodwill and forget
Every kingdom, every land
Has its heart in the common man
Silently the tide shifts the sand
 

 
LAY ME DOWN TONIGHT   
(Words: Håvard Rem / Morten Harket)
(Based on a poem in Norwegian by Håvard Rem)
(Music: Morten Harket)
 
* That same version of the song was released as third track on the "A Kind Of Christmas Card (Burning Out Again) CD-Single.
A Norwegian version of the song was released on the VOGTS VILLA album. It was titled "Vuggevise".
 
Lay me down tonight, I'm falling deep
I'm tired, now I'll sleep
So close my eyes and take me in
I'll leap into the night like wind
I leave my body, leave my sword
So lay me down, Father Lord
Lay me down tonight, my heart is weak
Much you give and much you seek
I'll fall into a sea of sleep
This sea of dreams, so red and deep
I leave my spirit, leave my words
So lay me down, Mother Earth
Lay me down tonight, I'm giving in
Let the works of life begin
Your works of chaos, works of grace
Creation, Lord, in your own pace
Word to flesh and flesh to word
Father Lord, Mother Earth
 

 
TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE   
(Words: Håvard Rem / Morten Harket)
(Based on a poem in Norwegian by Håvard Rem)
(Music: Morten Harket)
 
Sleep, my love, sleep
Or look up at a sky
Returning from its deep
See the moon go down
Watch the sun come 'round
Tell me what you see
Sleep, my love, sleep
Yeah, look into a world
You can no longer reach
Time's a one way track
There's no direction back
But when you're dreaming
Tell me what you see
Tell me what you see
Ooooh
Tell me what you see
Tell me what you see
Tell me what you see
Ooooh
Sleep, my love, sleep
Like you slept with me
When the world was a dream
That we believed
It was near
It was far
It answered to the stars
No one's ever been that close to me
What did you see
Tell me what you see
When you dream
Tell me what you see
Tell me what you see
Tell me what you see
Ooooh
Tell me what you see
Heyyyyyy
Tell me what you see
Tell me what you see
Tell me what you see
When you're dreaming
Tell me what you see
Sleep, my love, sleep
Tell me what you see
Returning from its deep
Tell me what you see
Tell me what you see
Tell me what you see
Sleep, my love, sleep
Tell me what you see
You can no longer reach
Time's a one way track
Tell me what you see
Heyyyy
 

 
STAY   
(Words: Håvard Rem / Morten Harket)
(Based on a poem in Norwegian by Håvard Rem)
Music: Morten Harket)
 
Stay
I say it as a friend
He can handle the daylight
But the night has its way
Touch him
Like on one did before
No fingerprints on the dew
So stay
Whatever you do
Watch him laughing
Ooh he can't help it
He sees through the eyes of a child
When he sees you
Baby
The town you come from
You said you'd like to leave
Then say
Where you gonna be
Where you gonna be
Do you see me
In your sleep
The dreams you're dreaming
Please be gentle, oh be gentle
There can be no other
Down so deep
But you do see me
Do you know what to keep
Do you?
Whatever you do
So stay
I say it as a friend
He can handle the daylight
But the night has its way
Baby, like on one did before
No fingerprints on the dew
So stay
Whatever you do
Whatever you do
Stay
Baby
 

 
LORD   
(Words: Håvard Rem)
(Music: Morten Harket)
 
* That same version of the song was released as third track on the "Spanish Steps" CD-Single.
 
Lord, if that is your name
I'm afraid I'm beyond honour and shame
There's nothing special that I would like to say
Most of the time, you know, I've okay
Though I know I may need you some day
It is long since you heard from me
Lord, It is long since I heard from Thee
There's nothing special that I would like to say
Most of the time I'm quite okay
Though I know I may need you some day
Why you put me, Lord, on this road of lust
From ashes to ashes, from dust to dust
There's...
There's nothing special that I would like to say
Most of the time, you know, I'm quite okay
Though I know I may need you some day
Lord, you know I'm gonna need you someday
Oooohh
I may need you some day
Lord, I'm gonna need you someday
Ooooohhhh
 

 
READY TO GO HOME   
(Andrew Gold / Graham Gouldman)
 
On the street below these walls
Where I used to walk
Now I can barely crawl
All this darkness rising tall
Lord, shine a light for me
I'm waiting to be called
I'm ready to go home
I'm ready to receive
Forgiveness for my sins
I'm ready to begin
Take this river to the sea
Where the delta flows
The tide is washing over me
Guided this soul to heaven's door
Show me where tomorrow lies
I'm waiting to be born
I'm ready to lay down
I'm ready now to sleep
A promise I must keep
I'm ready to go home
So tired, I lay down with these memories
I breathe shallow deep inside of me
If time has run its course with me…
I'm ready to go home
I'm ready to receive
Forgiveness for my sins
I'm ready to begin
And when the evening shadows fall
When the time has come
I'll let defenses fall
To surrender's to survive
I will give up everything to those I leave behind
I'm ready to go home
I'm ready to receive
Forgiveness for my sins
I'm ready to begin
I'm ready to lay down
I'm ready now to sleep
A promise I must keep
I'm ready to go home
Yeah

 


 

REMIXES & B-SIDES

 

 

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME  

(Sam Cooke)

 

* This song was released as second track on the  "A Kind Of Christmas Card (Burning The Ground)" CD-Single

 

I was born by the river

In a little tent

And just like the river,

I've been running ever since

It's been a long time coming

But I know a change is gonna come

It's been too hard living,

But I'm afraid to die

I don't know what's up there

beyond the sky

It's been a long time coming

But I know a change is gonna come

I go to the movie,

And I go downtown

Somebody keep telling me

"Don't hang around"

It's been a long time coming

But I know a change is gonna come

Then I go to my brother and I say,

"Brother, help me please"

But he winds up knocking me back

Down on my knees

There've been times that I've thought I couldn't last for long

But now I think

I'm able to

Carry on

It's been a long time coming

But I know a change is gonna come

 


 
GIRL   
(Words: Håvard Rem)
(Music: Morten Harket)

 

* This song was released as second track on the CD Single "Spanish Steps"

 

Girl, won't you knock on my door

Girl, won't you knock on my door
You know that I want you
And you want me too
So what are you waiting for
Alright, I know it's late
But it's never too late for faith
The sun is to rise
In this town in your eyes
If it's late, it's too late to wait
I want your body,
And you want mine
So what's the problem
It's hard to define
When I want your body
And you want mine
Alright, there's a lot of people
Out there
I know them, don't you fear
You know they're kind of involved
You know there's things and so
But no one's gonna care
I want your body...
It's not that I wanna marry
Or something like that you know
It's just that I'm the arrow
Baby you're the bow
Just that I sometimes feel sorry
And sometimes horny like now,
Yeah yeah yeah
Girl, won't you knock on my door
Girl, won't you knock on my door
If you really won't
If you really really don't
Baby I come knocking on yours
I want your body...

 


 

UNRELEASED

 

 

SOUNDS OF RAIN  

 

* This song was recorded during the WILD SEEDS Session. Yet, it was never released on the album or on any singles taken from the album. This song was performed live during several concerts.

 

Eyes drying in the sun

Had only just begun

What can I say?

I wish you'd stay

Don't run away

We seem to be undone

Had only just begun

What can I say?

I wish you'd stay

Don't run away

And now stops the pain

In these sounds of rain

(Rain again) Tell me what I gain(?)

(Rain again) Tell me there's no pain

(Rain again)

Tell me we're the same

(rain again)

Hearts beating into one

Had only just begun

What can I say?

I wish you'd stay

Don't run away

And now stops the pain

In these sounds of rain

(Rain again) Tell me what I gain(?)

(Rain again) Tell me there's no pain

(Rain again) Tell me we're the same

(Rain again)

And now stops the pain

In these sounds of rain

(Rain again) Tell me what I gain(?)

(Rain again) Tell me there's no pain

(Rain again) Tell me we're the same

(Rain again)

We seem to be undone

Had only just begun

Rain again... Rain again...

 


 

A PLACE I KNOW  

 

* This song was recorded during the WILD SEEDS Session. Yet, it was never released on the album or on any singles taken from the album.

 

With a (???) I witness you
Under moon and the sky so blue
Only asking for a sign
Just enough for all time
My soul by my own
My soul all alone
Somewhere to return from
Go looking for a place I know
A place I know...
With the (???) removed from you
Yes expecting that was true
Only ever asking for a sign
Was this too much
To make you mine
My soul by my own
My soul all alone
Somewhere to return from
Go looking for this place I know
A place I know...

A place I know...

A place I know...

A place I know...

A place I know...

A place I know...

A place I know...

 


 

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