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Center of the Universe

by Sofia Talvik

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Standing at the border With a white flag in your hand Will the peace that we dreamed of ever come There’s an inherent fault in all of us The urge to destroy is born in some What they can’t build up They will tear down And the circle of destruction has begun Standing at the border With a white flag in your hand Will the peace that we dreamed of ever come Standing at the border Waiting for their turn For a chance of the life they’ve come to find Walking through the desert Swimming through the sea Always missing everyone that’s left behind What we can’t build up We will tear down And the circle of destruction has begun Standing at the border Waiting for their turn For a chance of the life they’ve come to find If we can’t be first If we cannot win There’s a fear and there’s hate that grows within Gotta find a way To not give in Together is the only way we’ll win Standing by the roadside Waiting for a sign Will the truth that you’ve looked for ever come The billboards tell you one thing But you can’t make up your mind There’s an urge to deceive that’s born in some What we can’t build up We will tear down And the circle of destruction has begun Standing by the roadside Waiting for a sign Will the truth that you’ve looked for ever come If we can’t be first If we cannot win There’s a fear and there’s hate that grows within Gotta find a way To not give in Together is the only way we’ll win. Standing at the border With a white flag in your hand Will the peace that we dreamed of ever come
2.
I watch those faces as I roll my groceries out those smiling faces staring back at me There are no traces this is all that we have left the smiling faces at the Walmart where we shop Where did they go to the center of the universe where the legends promised them a home Were they chosen by a higher power to ascend to someplace better than right here We can only hope We can only hope She was seven now she would be twenty-five And I bet she wouldn’t wear those earrings now Who would notice if they took her picture down There’s still a void that no one else can fill Where did she go to the center of the universe where the legends promised her a home Was she chosen by a higher power to ascend to someplace better than right here We can only hope We can only hope He was fifteen when he ran away from home if you check it out that’s what the records say His mom is certain that at least he would have called She stops to watch his picture every day Where did he go to the center of the universe where the legends promised him a home Was he chosen by a higher power to ascend to someplace better than right here We can only hope We can only hope We watch those faces as we roll our groceries out but we don’t notice the hope that’s clinging there Those are our children they are all that we have left The love and longing the aching and despair Where did they go to the center of the universe where the legends promised them a home Were they chosen by a higher power to ascend to someplace better than right here And if we look to the center of the universe Will we find our sons and daughters there We can only hope cause the alternative is way too hard to bear Let’s hope we find our sons and daughters there
3.
A World Away 04:33
Always apart Miles away from you my heart The open road can take me anywhere But never to where you are I still hold on Miles away from you But I’m not gone The hurricanes can throw me anywhere But I’ll still hold on They say the world has gotten smaller But the walls are getting taller Always apart A world away from you my heart I won’t forget We might grow apart and yet Though the turns of life may take us anywhere My heart is set They say the world has gotten smaller But the walls are getting taller Always apart A world away from you my heart And if the world is getting smaller Why are you so far away And if the walls are getting taller I’d climb them for you any day And if the ocean’s getting bigger Then find a bigger boat to sail And if the road is getting longer Then leave it for the forest trail Leave it for the forest trail Always apart A world away from you My heart The open road can take me anywhere But never to where you are
4.
Two Thirds 04:01
A friend once told me Isn’t it enough Two thirds of the cake The road is always rough And I just heard her talking There was nothing I could say Because I don’t want it If I can’t have it all the way She said if he loves you a little You can make up for the rest You can still have it good Even if it ain’t the best And I could see her talking But all I heard that day Was a heart so slowly breaking For two-thirds of the way If there’s not enough in me to love Yet more of me than he would like I’d run for the hills I’d take another bite Honey I want the whole cake And I want it every day If he can only love a little Don’t stay another day Don’t you stay For two-thirds of the way For me the love is sacred It’s a world for just us two A place where nothing matters Except our love is true Maybe it's enough to make you happy Who am I to say I’d just know I’d never want it Two-thirds of the way If there’s not enough in me to love Yet more of me than he would like I’d run for the hills I’d take another bite Honey I want the whole cake And I want it every day If he can only love a little Don’t stay another day Don’t you stay For two-thirds of the way
5.
Boy Soldier 03:09
Boy soldier How long you gonna fight Boy soldier for what they told you is right Boy soldier what if they told you to do What’s actually wrong for you Actually wrong for you Boy soldier Can you keep your mama safe Boy soldier from the demons in her head Boy soldier what are you gonna do Once they come for you Once they come for you She keeps a space behind the closet If it gets bad she can hide you there And if you’re sure she’s really lost it You make sure it’s a family affair Boy soldier your older brother is ten Boy soldier seems like a lifetime until then Boy soldier if he tells you to go Then that’s what you’ve got to do Then that’s what you’ve got to do He keeps a space behind the closet When it gets bad then he can hide you there And when your stepdad really lost it He’ll make sure it’s his burden to bear One day you’ll both get out of there Boy soldier trying to find a way To be bolder To make it better today Boy soldier how long will you have to wait Will it be too late
6.
Will you starve Keep from going very far Will you brace for the end of the world Have you forgot All the luxury that you’ve got As you brace for the end of the world Meanwhile in Winnsboro Apple blossoms bloom Spring is coming soon Spring is coming soon Meanwhile in Winnsboro It doesn’t seem so bad I think of all I had I think of all I had If this really is the end How will you spend it my friend Holed up in your house Till you’re alone in the world All the food you could eat Till this virus is beat Holed up in your house Till you’re alone in the world Meanwhile in Winnsboro Apple blossoms bloom Spring is coming soon Spring is coming soon Meanwhile in Winnsboro It doesn’t seem so bad I think of all I had I think of all I had A million miles away From the ones I’m keeping safe I hope that he’s ok At the end of the world The world looks just like yesterday And yet not in every way Will the songs all be the same At the end of the world Meanwhile in Winnsboro Apple blossoms bloom Spring is coming soon Spring is coming soon Meanwhile in Winnsboro It doesn’t seem so bad I think of all I had I think of all I had Meanwhile in Winnsboro You would never think We are at the brink We were at the brink Meanwhile in Winnsboro We could still pretend This is not the end Not the end of the world
7.
You know Maria was just sixteen Or maybe fifteen and a half When someone broke into her bedroom And tore her world apart Maybe it was a total stranger Or someone that she knew Anyway he wasn’t there to hold her When that baby was due And you can talk about salvation And what the Bible has to say But there’s too many churches and too little love In this world today And do you remember Fritzl He had a baby with his girl She was locked into the basement For years that was her only world Maybe it’ll be the next messiah Or he’ll invent the atom bomb Anyway it’s not a call that you can make make For someone else’s womb And you can talk about salvation And what the Bible has to say But there’s too many churches and too little love In this world today Too many churches and too little love In this world today And as I’m driving through the country I see houses falling down People living under bridges But there’s five churches in that town And you can tell I don’t believe in That there is a God above But I believe there is compassion We are capable of love And if you talk about salvation About a beating heart But you’re acting out of power you will tear us all apart And you can talk about salvation And what the Bible has to say But there’s too many churches and too little love In this world today Too many churches and too little love In this world today Too many churches and too little love In this world today
8.
The desert sun is going down painting shadows on the ground I sing a lonely song I’ve found In case you’d come on by and find me through the sound The stars are falling from the sky I make a wish for you and I like a twinkle in my eye I leave it on the ground in case you’d come on by I’m breathing in I’m breathing out I guess that’s all that life’s about You can whisper you can shout You can ask the heavens why but you never had a doubt Oh little love where did you go Those desert nights can be cold Little love those desert nights Those desert nights I will rest here for a while These boots have walked many a mile And if time will be my trial I hope you’ll bail me out Now I’ll rest here for a while Oh little love where did you go Those desert nights can be cold Little love where did you go Oh little love where did you go Those desert nights can be cold Little love those desert nights Those desert nights Those desert nights Those desert nights
9.
Broken 05:07
I wish you’d broken all the rules I wish you’d opened up that door I wish you’d gotten in your car And put the pedal to the floor But rules are rules And you obeyed Just like me you were afraid I wish you’d gone that day And maybe then you could have stayed There will be a hole in my heart forever That will be the shape of you And darling when your heart was breaking You were breaking my heart too You were breaking my heart too You always cried when songs were sad You made me smile when I was blue I think you would have cried right now But now the tears are all for you Now someone else will play this song And someone else will cry You’re not here to play along You didn’t even say goodbye There will be a hole in my heart forever That will be the shape of you And darling when your heart was breaking You were breaking my heart too Now we’re broken me and you I wish you’d broken all the rules I wish you’d opened up that door But something else was broke instead Now I can’t see you anymore I wish tomorrow I’d wake up From this nightmare we are in And then I will call you up And ask you how you’ve been There will be a hole in my heart forever That will be the shape of you And darling when your heart was breaking You were breaking my heart too There will be a hole in my heart forever That will be the shape of you I hope that they have steel guitars in heaven I know you’d play them if they do I know you’d play them if they do But don’t you think that you can go I’ll always have a piece of you A hole in my heart forever That will be the shape of you
10.
Last time I saw you you were sitting on the deck of a surf shack on a Texas beach With sun in your eyes and sand on your feet You said I should get back to California Oh California I hear that they are closing down the flights and I have people waiting for me there I said I really don’t care you should stay a while Instead of going back to California Oh California I always knew that you were meant to go I just did not expect it so soon With so many shows left to play before going back to California Oh California Oh California Oh California You know I told you it’s not my favorite state Too much traffic and too much pace You said you too had grown tired of the place and wanted to move away from California Oh California But honey you were L.A. born and raised you always knew that you would die there someday so chances were you would always stay and never leave California Oh California Oh California Oh California And if you go who knows when you’ll be back Don’t you think this is a nice little shack To hang out until things settle down Instead of going back to that mean old town in California Oh California Oh California Oh California Last time I saw you you were sitting on the deck of a surf shack on a Texas beach With sun in your eyes and sand on your feet I wish you hadn’t gone back to California Oh California Oh California Oh California

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Imagine yourself in a small rural village in Sweden. White-trimmed wooden houses that date back several hundred years are tucked in between the pines and birch tees next to the quiet lake where the sunlight glitters like gold on the gentle ripple. All around you, you can hear the buzzing of bumblebees, birds singing in the trees, and the sheep are grazing in a nearby pasture, surrounded by a hand tied willow fence.

This is Sulegång and it’s the place Sofia Talvik chose to record her new album ‘Center of the Universe’.

With a group of carefully selected musicians; Peyton Clifford and Drake Duffer on accordion, guitar, and mandolin (both hailing from North Carolina) and Janne Manninen on bass (from Sweden), she built up a studio in the living room of one of the old houses.

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released August 14, 2023

Words and music Sofia Talvik
Guitar and vocals Sofia Talvik
Mandolin and classical guitar Drake Duffer
Accordion Peyton Clifford
Bass Janne Manninen
Drums and percussion Joakim Lundgren (except Desert Nights)
Produced by Sofia Talvik
Recording and editing Jonas Westin
Mix and Master Hans Olsson, Svenska grammofonstudion

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Sofia Talvik Gothenburg, Sweden

Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy, creating a special niche of folk music that has been described as neo-folk. She is a veteran performer with 8 original full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her. ... more

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