esa mikkonen classic

Always Never Lasts

Yet another proof of just how essential Esa "Espe" Mikkonen was to the early Viola-sound.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

forever is over too fast
and always will never last
so pull me out from your schemes
words sever us so painfully
however hard we choose to do without
all flows back tomorrow
all the tears we've swallowed

true love can fade away
ever so gently
yet real hurt is as far from this
as tears from the rain

you pierced me through and through
I was already yours (how true)
our kingdom was a jewel
in the bottom of an ocean

true love can fade away
ever so gently
yet real hurt is as far from this
as tears from the rain

you said "we were so close"
so terribly close
that there was nothing between us, no

true love can fade away
ever so gently
yet real hurt is as far from this
as tears from the rain

always never lasts
always never lasts
always never lasts
but never might be someday

Dreaming Of The Ultimate Girl

One of the oldest songs in our repertoire, this composition by Esa came into existence in 1995. During its eight-year journey into the surface of a vinyl, it has changed surprisingly little - only the violin and glockenspiel are more recent additions. The lyrics represent a certain kind of wistful high school romanticism (so practically nothing has changed during the years!) -the ultrapathetic title comes from Jack Keroauc's poem "Rimbaud" and there's a line stolen from Rimbaud himself somewhere in there (though sentimentalism of this song would have certainly made Jean Arthur puke...).

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Music:
Esa Mikkonen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

rain falls down her shoulders
her hair moves in slow motion
under sad dark sky her eyes
mirror all that glows inside
she dissolves so softly
her figure still and sublime
but I know all this will flow

there's a horizon between us
but armed with glowing patience
I will cross these cursed spaces
following her dim traces
and with a hint of a smile
she'll lighten the whole sky
it's getting closer every time

all alone, I'm standing on a brink
dreaming of the ultimate girl
but never believing in the world I don't belong

I can't give you more
than dreams I have let grown
yet time is always on our side
as we are out of reach forever

all alone, I'm standing on a brink
dreaming of the ultimate girl
all alone, I'm standing on a brink
dreamíng of the ultimate girl
you're so alone
dreaming of the ultimate girl
but never believing in the world I don't belong

Angelic

Bouncing pop with surprisingly optimistic lyrics and some mighty double bass drum action. When this was new, we thought it sounded like Eskobar, whatever happened to them? Has allegedly been played in Brazilian radio. Sometimes we play a "rockin'" version of this in our unelectronic electric (phew!) set.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

"you make me dream again
I'm living fast asleep
life keeps sliding 'til something good will come our way
my love's so true only in songs in my head

so will we ever believe
I'm going to wait forever
the less we fear the more we see
that we're beautiful together

you make me so aware
there's angel here somewhere
you're still trying to define the world with pretty words
your love's so true, it whirls into everybody's head

so will we ever believe
I'm going to wait forever
the less we fear the more we see
that we're beautiful together
oh, make me change into something better
oh, make me change"

Always Never Lasts (demo version)

A light disco-pop "hit" with bittersweet lyrics. Classic Placebo/New Order -esque bass line and an eurodance beat. The first Viola song played in national radio! Still a live favourite, an updated version is being planned on our debut album.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

"forever is over too fast and always will never last
so pull me out from your schemes
words sever us so painfully
however hard we choose to do without
it all flows back tomorrow
all the tears we've swallowed

and true love can fade away ever so gently
yet real hurt is as far from this as tears from the rain

you pierce me through and through
I was already yours (how true)
our kingdom is a jewel in the bottom of an ocean

and true love can fade away ever so gently
yet real hurt is as far from this as tears from the rain

you said "we were so close"
so terribly close
that there was nothing between us

and true love can fade away ever so gently
yet real hurt is as far from this as tears from the rain

always never lasts
always never lasts
always never lasts
yet never might be soon"

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