Florida

by Sofia Talvik

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1.
King of the Willow Tree Have you made your vows today have you promised her to stay I have no breath left, no heart left to give Was she thankful for your words for the times that you have cursed You have no chance left, no time left to pray Are you going down with your head held high and your crown still hanging from the willow tree A king to be but not for me I have aged a hundred years I have shed a thousand tears I have bowed my head, I have made my bed this way Are you going down with your head held high and your crown still hanging from the willow tree A king to be for no one to see A broken soul A stack of coal to me
2.
02:45
Florida The garbage truck is running late I can’t believe this is my fate I’m sitting all alone waiting for you to come back home I watch the still life on the wall it’s tulips on a pedestal it doesn’t matter much to me but we should have bought the Cherokee We could have run away for days from this God forsaken place The clouds are heavy in the sky I know it’s gonna rain but I read on my license plate that Florida is the Sunshine state We left it all behind Oh Lord, oh Lord We’ll leave it all behind Oh Lord, oh Lord We could have run away for days from this God forsaken place A Johnny Rockets down the street is playing 50’s music beats Oh my God I wish they’d change they’ve played the same songs now for days I hear a thunder far away the forecast says it’s gonna rain but on my license plate it says Florida is the Sunshine state We left it all behind Oh Lord, oh Lord We’ll leave it all behind Oh Lord, oh Lord We could have run away for days from this God forsaken place
3.
As we catch on fire I could sit like this forever When the sun is going down and the rays of light are lingering on the ground Will you turn to me, turn to me talk to me, talk to me tell me you really love me Will you turn to me, turn to me talk to me, talk to me tell me you really need me tell me you really need me As I watch the daylight fading feel the warm breeze on my face I am filled with all the glory of your grace Will you turn to me, turn to me talk to me, talk to me tell me you really love me Will you turn to me, turn to me talk to me, talk to me tell me you really need me tell me you really need me Take me home Icarus the sun is burning down on us and everything is turning As we catch on fire I could walk this road forever ‘till I’m left with nothing else than the mountains as my backdrop and the sun upon my face Will you turn to me, turn to me talk to me, talk to me tell me you really love me Will you turn to me, turn to me talk to me, talk to me tell me you really need me tell me you really need me Take me home Icarus the sun is burning down on us and everything is turning As we catch on fire So take me home Icarus There is no one quite like us You’re a poster girl for plastic surgery And I’m just me I’m just me
4.
In the eye of the storm I watch time fly away but I believe in yesterday oh, take these golden wings from me I don’t need them to be free to be free If I could travel back in time I’d find a place that’s mine A day forever warm in the eye of the storm of the storm Clip my wings cause I won’t fly away this is my time to stay I don’t even think of yesterday tomorrow’s here today If things seem out of place I can put them back where they belong I’ve learnt tidiness and discipline I’ve fought this war too long I’ve gone too far around the bend to find myself a friend Oh, take these empty words from me I don’t need them to be free to be free Clip my wings cause I won’t fly away this is my time to stay I don’t even think of yesterday tomorrow’s here today If things seem out of place I can put them back where they belong I’ve learnt tidiness and discipline I’ve fought this war too long
5.
You plate your heart with gold You can polish all you want to but the stains will never leave you you can try to make it show but we all know You plate your heart with gold You can pretend to be the good guy but those moments seem to fly by yet a promise you can’t keep you skip a beat and plate your heart with gold you plate your heart with gold It’s cheaper than the real thing nobody has to know the anger and frustration inside is cold as stone You think that we are stupid but no one here is fooled we all know you plate your heart with gold you plate your heart with gold You’re just going through the motions of what you think is wrong or right you’ve been lucky all these years No one cared you plate your heart with gold you plate your heart with gold It’s cheaper than the real thing nobody has to know the anger and frustration We all see seeping through You think that we are stupid but no one here is fooled we all know you plate your heart with gold you plate your heart with gold You’re going through the motions but no one here is fooled You’re going through the motions but everybody knows you plate your heart with gold
6.
More than I should have You lift me up, you know I love it you toss me ‘around like a rag You lift me up, you know I loved you more than I should have You break my heart, then you mend it ‘till it looks like a piece of art You broke my heart, and I forgave you more than I should have I was in love, you were hungry for a different piece of meat You got full, I banged my head when you swept me off your feet We had so much in common all our bad qualities But in the end all you gave me were bruises on my knees You lift me up, I can’t resist it it makes me feel like you’re mine you break my heart and I forgive you time after time
7.
03:11
Paperhouse I’m living in a paper house with walls so thin you can hear me breathe you can almost feel my skin In my paper house I’m moving carefully if I let you in will you be there for me there for me there for me Will you be there for me when I need you Will you be there for me I’ve been working very hard for some piece of mind but no matter where I look chaos is all I find The world is full of ugly lies don’t you agree If I trust in you will you be there for me there for me there for me Will you be there for me when I need you Oh how I need you now It’s a poor paper house this shelter for my heart I know it’s not the world that I offer you but it’s a start there for me there for me there for me Will you be there for me
8.
03:23
The Light Something happened to the light when you came here Something happened to the way the sun shines and the way the clouds move over the sky It’s a lie to say nothing’s changed cause it all changed for me Everyday I’m living in a fantasy I’m so happy just to have you here with me and the way you take the time to tell me why It’s a lie to say nothing’s changed cause it all changed for me The day you walked in through that door I wasn’t lonely anymore it’s like someone turned on the lights They shine so bright And it’s a lie to say nothing’s changed cause it all changed It has all changed for me Something happened to the light when you came here something happened to the way the air feels and the way I’m sleeping like a child at night It’s a lie to say nothing’s changed cause it all changed for me The day you walked in through that door I wasn’t lonely anymore it’s like someone turned on the lights They shine so bright You came into my life that day My guiding light is here to stay My darkest hour turns to day when morning comes And it’s a lie to say nothing’s changed cause it all changed It has all changed for me
9.
You bring me back You bring me back where I belong And when I’ve lost my way you take me by the hand and say come on you bring me back where I belong On this great highway that I’m on There are so many people and sometimes I find it hard to carry on you bring me back where I belong I try to find a way to make it through the day You take me by the hand and say hey hey come on you bring me back where I belong God was never on my side I’ve had to work so hard and even when I prayed I was denied God was never on my side I try to find a way to make it through the day You take me by the hand and say hey hey come on you bring me back where I belong And the rule says if there is some space to stray we will always stray And if you cut us off then we’ll still find a way we will find a way Cause I may not be around tomorrow so I’m gonna live today Come take my hand and you can join me we’ll be on our way I try to find a way to make it through the day You take me by the hand and say hey hey come on You bring me back You bring me back You bring me back where I belong
10.
Maybe then will be when Maybe when the rain stops falling Maybe when the clouds are gone Maybe when the bombs stop falling Maybe then will be when When people shake off their umbrellas and smile towards the rising sun When every touch is gentle Maybe then will be when Will be the day that I stop writing silly love songs about you Maybe when the trains stop running and people throw away their clocks Maybe when your paycheck’s coming Maybe then will be when Maybe if you will get married Maybe if I do but I doubt anything can stop me writing silly love songs about you Maybe when you say you love me but I don’t think that’ll ever be Maybe when I’m being buried Maybe then will be when Will be the day that I stop writing silly love songs about you

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Chants of black magic, tainted with the lingering sunshine of the Florida sun...

With her fourth album "Florida" Sofia takes her sound a step further and mixes her Scandinavian heritage with the mystique of the American south, like the chants of black magic but tainted with the lingering sunshine of the Florida sun she takes us on a journey unlike any other.

2010 marks the fifth anniversary of Sofia Talvik as an artist. At least if one chooses to count from when her debut album Blue Moon. Since then she has been played on the radio several times and established himself as both artist and record label boss and May 12 she is releasing her 4th album on her own label Makaki Music.

With 'Florida' we'll see a whole new side of Sofia. From being characterized by hes subtle and stripped-down arrangements she now brings a larger sound. Mixed with acoustic instruments such as trombone and cello, we get synth bass and programmed drums and the sound is bigger and more daring than before.

"I wanted the drums to be the focus of this album and give it a backbone," says Sofia. "Some songs have both real and programmed beats, I think it provides an exciting sound that fits the new songs."

The album is called "Florida" and it is no coincidence. Sofia who have been flirting with America earlier on the album "Jonestown" that was named after an American sect, lived for a period in Florida in 2009. The title track is a diary from a rainy week in "The Sunshine State" but Sofia says that the album is related to the American South.

"Some songs are dark and a bit weird, some are sunny and summery. Common to all tracks is that they have a drive. I imagine that you listen to them at high volume in a car on the way down to Key West. It goes without saying that you become inspired by what you feel. If I would have been a lot in India, the album would have sounded completely different, but I do not think I would win anything in the U.S. by trying to sound American, they do like that I am Scandinavian, it is exotic to them."

As usual, Sofia Talvik is in the forefront of reaching out to fans and they have been able to follow the work with recording in the studio live on Ustream.

Press contact:
Jonas Westin:
info@makakimusic.se
(+46) 70 497 33 56
www.sofiatalvik.com

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released May 12, 2010

Produced by Sofia Talvik
All music and lyrics by Sofia Talvik

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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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