Norwegians Can't Refuse

by Howlong Wolf

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1.
THE DEVIL CAME ALONG I try to rearrange the things that were within me I try to travel through the windings of my brain I wonder what the coming days and years will bring me I just hope that they won't bring it back again Some years ago I've heard the loudest sound of silence I've met the devil at the bottom of the well For every inch of me he offered gold and diamonds But I just don't believe in heaven nor in hell And so he said: Go back where you belong Those were the days the devil came along I keep on walking on the road that I constructed I never ever wanna go down there again I know by now that I don't need to be conducted You sure can take my hand, but take away that chain Don't you know, I'm back where I belong Gone are the days the devil came along No I don't wanna sing no solitary song Gone are the days the devil came along I wonder what the coming days and years will bring me I just hope that they won't bring it back again Don't you know, I'm back where I belong Gone are the days the devil came along No I don't wanna sing no solitary song Gone are the days the devil came along Don't you know, the devil came along
2.
Common Evil 03:48
COMMON EVIL Misdemeanour I can see what you have done Crime scene cleaner Did his thing, but done it wrong I have been here for too long Evil forces May have told you what to do Drawn by horses They'll devide you into two Way too late to begin anew Common evil Fear prevents and anger blinds Common people Locked up brains and little minds Common evil Acting without thinking twice Common people They all agree to pay the price Misdemeanour Though you didn't do a thing Such a weiner Scared to death before your king Never doing anything Just a puppet on a string Common evil Fear prevents and anger blinds Common people Locked up brains and little minds Common evil Acting without thinking twice Common people They all agree to pay the price Common evil Common people
3.
No Control 03:42
NO CONTROL Nothing left, look upon Mice dead, cats gone Operator, old machine Same old me, same has-been Swallow the whole, ain't got no control Yeah I'm a gonna spoil my chances I am ready to miss 'em all And all of the so-called advances See how they slow to a crawl I'm just a toad in a hole And I ain't got no control Everybody, on the run Another bullet, another gun Every morning, break of day Stay here, walk away Fish in a bowl, ain't got no control Yeah I'm a gonna spoil my chances I am ready to miss 'em all And all of the so-called advances See how they slow to a crawl I'm just a toad in a hole And I ain't got no control Another verse, final words Major chord, minor birds Operator, old machine Same old me, same has-been Sell my soul, ain't got no control Yeah I'm a gonna spoil my chances I am ready to miss 'em all And all of the so-called advances See how they slow to a crawl I'm just a toad in a hole And I ain't got no control I suffer another setback I'm letting myself down again But there ain't no use to get back To where it all began I'm gonna swallow the whole And I ain't got no control
4.
YOU MADE IT (INTO THIS SONG) I wasn't prepared that you have an opinion Well maybe your hairdo's got a mind of its own You're taking my truth and twist it around, so come on I've run out of time, I've run out of patience I'm way too important to blunder along You're taking my truth and twist it around, so come on Maybe you'll miss me, when I'll be long gone Maybe you'll see that you were wrong So many reasons to doubt it So go where you belong Your disturbing behaviour sure's gonna leave a scar But you're not gonna hurt me anymore No sense of rhythm, but you won't miss a beat to clap along You're taking my truth and twist it around, so come on Maybe you'll miss me, when I'll be long gone Maybe you'll see that you were wrong So many reasons to doubt it So go where you belong Maybe you'll miss me, maybe you won't Maybe you'll see, but maybe you don't But at least you made it into this song Maybe you'll miss me, when I'll be long gone Maybe you'll see that you were wrong So many reasons to doubt it So go where you belong Maybe you'll miss me, maybe you won't Maybe you'll see, but maybe you don't But at least you made it into this song
5.
Above Us 03:43
ABOVE US Who will sink the boat, and who will get my goat These days Who tries to set the note, and who will cut my throat To avoid my gaze All the world, almost everyone, but you Who will miss the deadline, who believes we'll be fine These days Who thinks that water will be red wine, who misread the headline In many ways All the world, almost everyone, but you Just let 'em pretend to be above us Let 'em think they'd stand alone 'Cause with the help of the ones who really love us We'll hold our own Who will be the last to anticipate disaster Again Who denies the past, just to get a little faster Again All the world, almost everyone, but you Just let 'em pretend to be above us Let 'em think they'd stand alone 'Cause with the help of the ones who really love us We'll hold our own Just let 'em pretend to be above us Let 'em think they'd stand alone 'Cause with the help of the ones who really love us We'll hold our own Yeah let 'em pretend to be above us Someday soon they'll go away All those haters will fall against lovers Some day
6.
Cold Spell 02:56
COLD SPELL Some heads are really only made for decoration And some of 'em aren't even made to do that well There's a doubter, a believer - cold spell Airheads may float but sure they shouldn't lead a nation If they can't stand we could exist in parallel There's a shouter, a deceiver There's a doubter, a believer - cold spell I know your head would do just fine above my sofa I got a hammer and I hammer pretty well But nothing's gonna change because the next one's taking over Another hotspur, another cold spell Let's blame the blacks, the reds, the jews and the asians Let's blame the media, the punks and the godless Freemasons There's a shouter, a deceiver There's a doubter, a believer - cold spell I know your head would do just fine above my sofa I got a hammer and I hammer pretty well But nothing's gonna change because the next one's taking over Another hotspur, another cold spell I know your head is like an engine overheating Might be because you already burn in hell But nothing's gonna change, the world keeps on repeating Another hotspur, another cold spell Another cold spell
7.
WE WILL GET THERE Run ten thousand miles, open up our heads Drag 'em into piles, those will be our beds Revolving thoughts will fade, it just takes some time We will make the grade, we'll find the words to rhyme We can get there, we can get there, we will get there One day I am not afraid, to tell you that I'm scared Of walking in the shade, of being unprepared We can get there, we can get there, we will get there One day It might get loud, we may fall silent Among a crowd on a desert island We'll tie our shoes and we will get there It might get cold, we may be burning We are old but we're still learning We'll tie our shoes and we will get there No we just can't refuse, we'll tie our shoes and we will get there We can get there, we can get there, we will get there Push it all away, reclaim it back again Die another day, constrict the evil vein Run ten thousand miles, open up our heads Drag 'em into piles, those will be our beds It might get loud, we may fall silent Among a crowd on a desert island We'll tie our shoes and we will get there It might get cold, we may be burning We are old but we're still learning We'll tie our shoes and we will get there No we just can't refuse, we'll tie our shoes and we will get there We will get there
8.
I BEAR THAT IN MIND I made up my mind I'm gonna stay for evermore I'm bearing the grind There is a key, there is a door And if you should find That one would be better off alone Our road would be mined But I will be waiting by the phone Should anyone call I'm breaking a fall Payment in kind I bear that in mind One day we will die One day we will be awaken But it's worth the try If I am not mistaken Should anyone call I'm breaking a fall Payment in kind I bear that in mind I'm hitting the wall Clearing the hall My daily grind I bear that in mind I dial the number I'm dropping the phone Awake from the slumber If I only had known Should anyone call I'm breaking a fall Payment in kind I bear that in mind I'm hitting the wall Clearing the hall My daily grind I bear that in mind
9.
SOMETHING THAT I USED TO KNOW I'm making up arrangements I'm changing all my shoes There's something that I used to know Something that I used to know I'm meeting my engagements Reiterate the news There's something that I used to know Something that I used to know Something I forgot I do know what I'm doing I do know where I'm at There's something that I used to know Something that I used to know Different angle, different viewing I'm waving my old hat There's something that I used to know Something that I used to know Something I forgot Got my sobriety, got my anchor chain Remaining anxiety will simmer down again There has been something that I knew Something I forgot about I still remember what to do So I just shout it out Some are in it for the money Some are in it for the fame That's something that I used to know Something that I used to know I'm still in it for the honey But I can't recall my name That's something that I used to know Something that I used to know Something I forgot Got my sobriety, got my anchor chain Remaining anxiety will simmer down again There has been something that I knew Something I forgot about I still remember what to do So I just shout it out Something that I used to know Something I forgot Something that I used to know Something I forgot
10.
TORN DOWN BUILDINGS Run like you're running out of time Leave all the yesterdays behind Make sure that you will be long gone Way before the race is on You cross the river one last time Patch up the pieces of your mind And before the break of day You'll be gone and swept away Torn down buildings Burned down bridges Lowered ceilings Dug out ditches Let's sleep outdoors, let's build a boat Lower the floors and fill the moat In the twinkling of an eye So much time is passing by Let's take anything we find Fill our eyes until we're blind Torn down buildings Burned down bridges Lowered ceilings Dug out ditches Let's sleep outdoors, let's build a boat Lower the floors and fill the moat In the twinkling of an eye So much time is passing by Let's take anything we find Fill our eyes until we're blind Torn down buildings Burned down bridges Lowered ceilings Dug out ditches Let's sleep outdoors, let's build a boat Lower the floors and fill the moat Let's take anything we find Fill our eyes until we're blind
11.
Run Away 03:17
RUN AWAY I will never ever get it I will never get it right I just thought that I had it But I forgot it all tonight What a mess it is! Yeah I confess, it is. I better shut it down Gotta get outta town I better run, run away Let's pretend I wasn't here today I swear it wasn't me but someone else, you see I better run, run away Next time I'll leave it to the experts I've done it once and failed twice My finger's bleeding and my neck hurts And I cannot pay the price What a mess it is! Yeah I confess, it is. I better shut it down Gotta get outta town I better run, run away Let's pretend I wasn't here today I swear it wasn't me but someone else, you see I better run, run away I better run, run away You know I cannot fix it anyway I didn't mean to do, what I just did to you I better run, run away What a mess it is! I better run, run away Let's pretend I wasn't here today I swear it wasn't me but someone else, you see I better run, run away I better run, run away You know I cannot fix it anyway I didn't mean to do, what I just did to you I better run, run away
12.
SOMEHOW SOMEWAY There ain't no need to be crowding me There's a double wall surrounding me And don't you dare to tear it down There's still some room left within here Some space for joy, and some for fear There's one more chair standing around I save it for you might be coming down Someway I try to keep on breathing Somehow, someway Until you are here with me Try not to share the air I breathe Don't wanna see the city seethe My place ain't big enough for two But there is always room for you Someway I try to keep on breathing Somehow, someway Until you are here with me Somehow I know that my lungs won't last for ever The hour glass, our common enemy Someway I try to keep on breathing Somehow, someway Until you are here with me Somehow I know that my lungs won't last for ever The hour glass, our common enemy I write it down but for myself An anthem remaining on the shelf I turn around and you're not there Somehow, someway Somehow, someway, you just don't care

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