Jonestown

by Sofia Talvik

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Fresh from a powerful performance at 2008’s Lollapalooza festival, Sweden’s Sofia Talvik is now poised to conquer the States with the release of her devastatingly beautiful third album.

It’s a record of staggering elegance, with the faintest trace of Scandinavian twee and youthful exuberance. (Timpani, crisp castanets, tambourine, all the toys and tricks to put some bounce in your step.) But those forces are tempered by a subtle melancholy that slowly drips down the lonely walls while you listen until, by the last song, you’re drowning in a warm, welcome bath of sad sounds, syrupy string sections, and round, resonant horns.

She combines modal chord changes and beautiful 60’s euro-pop production with the gentle singing of a 70’s folk songstress. Her voice shines through the dark tones of dramatic, lush orchestrations and the haze of reverb like a ray of liquid luminescence.

“Jonestown” will remind you of Goldfrapp, Pulp, Nico, Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, Belle & Sebastian, Aimee Mann, Tori Amos, Burt Bacharach (I could go on and on!), and yet it sounds entirely original and, more importantly, rings true. - CdBaby

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released July 1, 2008

Produced by Sofia Talvik & Tobias Fröberg
All music and lyrics by Sofia Talvik

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Sofia Talvik Gothenburg, Sweden

We all know the Swedes can write a mean pop songs – but what about folk songs? Well, one artist is nonchalantly transferring the charm and fun found in most pop songs into sweet, acoustic twang. Sofia Talvik, brings bubbly blonde ambition to this raw and often quiet genre with a captivating breath of fresh air. ... more

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Track Name: As Summers Pass
As summers pass

As summers pass
The green green grass 
turns to brown
Will you stop being around
You pray to God 
your soul to keep
Then you ride me
’til you fall asleep

And I don’t want forever
you know I don’t pretend
I didn’t want a lover
I just wanted a friend

I don’t believe 
in many things
But I feel your heartbeats
through your skin
And I can’t read
between the lines
the irony of being blind 

And I don’t want forever
you know I don’t pretend
I didn’t want a lover
I just wanted a friend
I didn’t want a hunter
I didn’t want to find you on my page
You trapped me like a sparrow
by opening the door to my cage
And I don’t want forever
but I don’t want this to end
I was no ones lover
’til you made me one my friend
As summers pass
The green green grass 
turns to brown
Track Name: My James Dean
My James Dean

So look what you’ve done
what I’ve become
look what you’ve done
You couldn’t leave me be
and now that you see
I’m not that special
you leave me
here is a lonely place
and staring back
is a lonely face
I couldn’t let you go
though I tried to throw
it all away
I wanted you to stay

So baby I’m sorry
I wanted you to be my James Dean

Yes I know what you’ve done
what you’ve become
I know what you’ve done
I wish that you were mine
could you give me time
and I’ll make it better
I turn around and there
is no one here
my hair is wet
from my own tears
I wake and it’s half past five
it’s still dark outside
not nearly morning
and I want to scream out loud

Baby I’m sorry
I wanted you to be my James Dean

I fall asleep I’m happy here
you’re in my dreams 
it’s nearly morning
I close my eyes I see you smile
right by my side My James Dean
Track Name: At The End
At the end

You were on the road again
and she was home alone again
and the road was hard to follow 
It was lonely it was hollow
But she was at the end my friend 
at the end

Halfway through the States and back
It felt just like a heart attack
When the phone calls stopped to matter 
And the loneliness got better
When you were at the end my friend 
at the end

You thought about your home and how
Your home was really nowhere now
When you pay your rent for nowhere
You don’t really wanna go there
But it all comes to an end my friend
to an end

And all those dusty roads
Have taken their toll on you
on you
And with a worn-out heart
You don’t know where to start new
start new
It’s just another no name town another girl another long way down
To the end my friend
to the end

You were on the road again
feeling kind of old again
But your home is where your dreams are 
and you’ll never be too far away for love
In the end my friend 
in the end
Track Name: Diamonds
Diamonds

Baby you know 
I won’t let you go
Being by your side
Is the closest I’ve come 
to being alive
Being alive

Seasons may change
sunshine to rain
When everything is gone
our love will remain
It will remain my love
like the sun and the stars above
’Cause diamonds are forever
and you are my diamond

As silly as this
as real as your kiss
As foolish as it seems
at least I’m a fool with dreams
sparkling and wonderful dreams
’Cause diamonds are forever
And you are my room with a view
my day when it’s new
so pure and so true
’Cause you are my diamond
and diamonds are forever
Track Name: Something Good
Something good

My father says an artist
is someone who never quits
when nothing keeps a coming
He fights on with his fists

My father says a soldier
is someone with an inner strength
Who’ll keep on going 
’til his knees will bend
And I guess I never fell in line
and I want to quit half the time
But I know
There’s something good in me
There’s something good in me

I feel my every failure
I feel my jealousy
Of everyone better off than me

My father says a pilgrim
sees the journey as his goal
the destination 
is not what will make us whole

And I guess I never fell in line
And I fail more than half the time 
But I know
There’s something good in me 
There’s something good in me
And I try to do my best
and maybe I’ll never be better than the rest
But I hope
I can be good enough for me
if there’s something good in me
Track Name: Burning Fields
Burning fields

I leave these burning fields behind
that my heart set on fire
In a way I miss you now
but it’s too late to turn around
The wind has changed from north to south 
bringing snowstorms to my grounds
in a way I miss you now
but I saw you wave goodbye
I saw you wave goodbye

I didn’t think it’d end so soon
but in a day the heat was gone
in a way I miss it now
with the smoke burning in my eyes
The key to freedom 
is the key to depravity it seems
in a way I miss you now
but it’s temporary

I am happy the way I am
I will never change my name for you
name for you
And all we had was too much time
and now time is running out for you
out for you 
out for you

Counting hours on my clock
counting time that I have lost
in a way I miss you now
but it’s life they say and I’m
Getting older by the day
and you are stuck on seventeen
in a way I miss you now
But it’s temporary

I am happy the way I am
I will never change my name for you
name for you
All we had was too much time
And now time is running out for you
Out for you out for you 

I’ll miss you I know I will
But the fields are burning
I’ll miss you I know I will
But my fields are burning
still
Track Name: Arms And Armour
Ams and armour

It’s danger when you touch me
bombs and ricochets
I know I should be running
away from you and yet
all these arms and armour
are slowing down my step
I’m my own disarmer
my gun towards my head

You were aiming for my heart but
pierced right through my soul
I thought dying would be easy
but it left me stiff and cold
and all these arms and armour
they don’t do me any good
when my heart’s outside my chest
and my guns are made of wood

There’s no defense for
what I’m feeling
you stripped me of 
my arms and armour
This fight is getting
pretty tired
I’m putting down 
my arms and armour
I surrender to you now
I’m walking through the ruins
of all my hopes and dreams
I watch them float away as
teardrops in a stream
and all these arms and armour
I am putting them away
If only I can be with you
I’ll be ok

There’s no defense for
what I’m feeling
you stripped me of 
my arms and armour
This fight is getting
pretty tired
I’m putting down 
my arms and armour
I surrender to you now
Track Name: Clown
Clown
Did you see the lions
Jumping through the ring of fire
Did you hear the orchestra play the opening of the show

And the ballerinas
are they dancing for the audience
Can you see the glitter
and smell the animals

’Cause I don’t see any circus tents
this town is low on such events
Why are you acting a clown
there’s no circus in town

I can hear you talking
But the words don’t make 
no sense to me
You are going backwards
and twisting me around
’Cause I don’t see any circus tents
this town is low on such events
Why are you acting a clown
there’s no circus in town

And baby stop those foolish games you’re playing
’Cause I can hear just 
what you’re saying
And if you want me around don’t make me be a clown
Don’t make me be a clown
’Cause I don’t see any circus tents
this town is low on such events
Why are you acting a clown
there’s no circus in town
Track Name: Lower Case Letters
Lower case letters

I’m talking 
in lower case letters to you
No shouting no cursing 
it would pass right through you

I’m waiting I’m waiting still 
for you to hear me
My words keep pouring out
they pass right through me now

No heroes no miracles 
are waiting for us
You have to find your way 
without a guiding star

How could we grow so far apart
by just staying where we are
We never listened to our hearts
We never listened to our hearts
and now it’s all falling apart
We never listened to our hearts

I’m talking 
in lower case letters to you
My voice is growing small 
and distant to you
You’re watching from afar 
me reaching for you
I’m stumbling I’m falling 
as I pass right through you now

How could we grow so far apart
by just staying where we are
We never listened to our hearts
We never listened to our hearts
and now it’s all falling apart
We never listened to our hearts
We never listened to our hearts
We never listened to our hearts
Track Name: Summer Ended Yesterday
Summer ended yesterday

You took my heart 
and turned it inside out
and all these songs 
just came pouring out

You were my muse 
when I was dry as dust
I let you shine 
when you felt like rust

So what will you do 
when summer’s over
And oh what will you do 
when it’s all over

We’re making plans 
for another life
having coffee
under rainy skies
I’m making you 
a soundtrack for each day
You turn me into 
a song you play

So what will you do 
when summer’s over
And oh what will you do 
when it’s all over

And oh the dreams we share
where will they take us
a worn down motel room
in Austin, Texas
Oh and you could never stay
so don’t pretend to
fancy me that way
’cause I’ll believe you
and I will hold you
to your word

I wanted to 
love you in every way
But summer ended 
yesterday
Track Name: Prove Me Wrong
Prove me wrong

We all make mistakes
and I’d be happy 
to make them all with you
You have a thing or two
that I could relate to

We all tell right from wrong
But I’d be happy to play along for now
If maybe we could try to make it right

And I refuse to believe in
that I’m the only one
who feels the way I’m feeling
you have to prove me wrong
you have to prove me wrong

These endless skies
draw a picture of how I feel for you
they’re empty and they’re blue
there’s nothing new

I’ve heard it all before
I just thought that you were different 
but I guess
that’s what everybody says
when they’re in that place

And I refuse to believe in
that I’m the only one
who feels the way I’m feeling
you have to prove me wrong
you have to prove me wrong

You could have stopped it 
if you wanted
I could have walked away
it’s silly but I figured
you wanted me to stay

No no no no
But you didn’t
Track Name: Jonestown
Jonestown

Put your troubles in a box
and your heart behind the locks
of the safest place you know
to protect you from the blow
of the unforgiving world
so you can be fine
Be fine

Don’t let anyone get close
just keep staring at your shoes
build a shell around yourself
put your life up on the shelf
It’s the safest way you know
so you can be fine
Be fine

And with your lost life in your arms
your revolutionary charms
will you make it there some day
Jonestown, USA
It is heaven on earth they say
but can you be fine
Be fine

Could you save you from yourself
if you moved to somewhere else
Could location be the key
the horizon and the sea
an actor in a different scene
so could you be fine
Be fine

And with your lost life in your arms
your revolutionary charms
will you make it there some day
Jonestown, USA
It is heaven on earth they say
but can you be fine
Be fine

And when your heart 
is breaking
Will you be forsaking love
’Cause no matter 
what you do
we will always love you 
And what could be 
your temple
could also be your downfall
So no matter 
where you turn to
make sure you don’t turn us down