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Meberg is the solo project of Tore Meberg, former lead singer of bands like The Love Revolt and Czechoslovakia. His soothing and expressive voice is perfectly suited to the kind of sophisticated, timeless pop music he writes and performs. Influenced by the great craftsmanship of legends like Burt Bacharach, The Beach Boys and The Carpenters, as well as more recent artists like The Divine Comedy, Rufus Wainwright and Richard Hawley; Meberg presents a collection of songs that hopefully will catch your ear as well as your mind and heart.

Together with a group of experienced and creative musicians, under the guidance of producer Håvard Rosenberg, Meberg has made an album you will hopefully enjoy time and time again.

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released November 12, 2015

All songs written by Tore Meberg, except Marianne's Music Box by Ole Petter Berg and Heroes by David Bowie/Brian Eno

Produced and mixed by Håvard Rosenberg at Sweet Music, Stavanger
Mastered by Morgan Nicolaysen at Propeller, Oslo

Tore Meberg - vocals, piano, keyboards
Øyvind Jakobsen - drums, vibraphone, percussion
Kai Helliesen - bass
Eirik Lye - bass
Håkon Dirdal - bass
Magnus Rød Haugland - double bass
Vidar Schance - guitars
Gunhild Seim - trumpet, flugelhorn
Ingvild Rosenberg - trombone
Renate Engevold - violin
Samira Jama Musagoni - backing vocals
Håvard Rosenberg - rhodes, keyboards, programming, backing vocals

Cover art by Petter Skogheim and Truls Clausen Wage

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Track Name: Beautiful Morning
BEAUTIFUL MORNING

We rise to the sound of the sea
Share our meals on the balcony
And we’re sure to make the most of it
‘Cause the sky here is clear

And who can tell what lies ahead of us here this morning?
And who can claim they should be here instead of us
This beautiful morning?

(*And when the evening comes
What secrets we will know
Engraved in memory
Like vows upon our souls
The clicking sound of feet
As a million lightbulbs glow
Outside there, on the street
The good times come and go)

So we share the sound of the sea
Wake up to meals on the balcony
And we’re sure to make the most of it
As we live our favourite scene

And who can tell what lies ahead of us here this morning?
And who can claim they should be here instead of us
This beautiful morning?

*Extended version only
Track Name: Nearest Door
NEAREST DOOR

It’s just another Monday morning
You’re just another dream away
Another work day dawning
I should get going I’ve got bills to pay
Down to the treadmill leading us to nowhere
Down to the city churning hours into thin, thin air
Down where my eyes are always searching for the nearest door

It’s just another mundane morning
Grey walls as far as I can see
Career dogs keep on fawning
And I just want to be the island which they say no man can be
Far from the treadmill leading us to nowhere
Far from the city churning hours into thin, thin air
Out where I’m always free to walk right through the nearest door
Track Name: Antony Hawley
ANTONY HAWLEY

In the evening
I get sick and tired of dreaming
You can’t see me
As I sit alone here scheming
My way away from you

Can’t be your lover anymore
Can’t be your lover anymore

I hear singing
Ghostly bands and doorbells ringing
All this yearning
Pain is all it’s ever bringing
Into our little lives

Can’t be your lover anymore
Can’t be your lover anymore
Track Name: Marianne's Music Box
MARIANNE'S MUSIC BOX

Hush now, boys and girls
Listen to Marianne's music box
In your favorite dream again
Tonight we'll be flying with Peter Pan
Mum and dad will be sleeping soon
We'll go quietly down the stairs
A marshmallow moon is waiting outside
Ready to guide you on your way

Hello, Heaven! Here we come!
We're gonna have the time of our lives
Together we'll fight all the cartoon crooks
And spread magic dust all around
Tonight's the night we conquer the world
Find your seat, let the story begin
We're playing the stars in a widescreen movie
Let's hope that it never ends

If only I had Marianne's music box with me here
To fill my heart with its melodies and memories
But tonight we're flying all alone above the Moon
Singing: Marianne come home and play a lullaby song

Sister Lucy's not coming home
She'll be dancing on a cloud 'til dawn
In her beautiful Summer dress
Still waiting for her prince to come
Tonight's the night we conquer the world
Find your seat, let the show begin
We're playing the stars in a Hollywood movie
Let's hope that it never ends
Goodbye, Heaven
Now we'll leave
Thank you for a mighty good time
We promise to call when we get home
And spread magic dust all around

If only I had Marianne's music box with me here
To fill my heart with its melodies and memories
But tonight we're flying all alone above the Moon
Singing: Marianne come home and play a lullaby song for me
Sweet Marianne com home and play
Track Name: The Merry Misanthrope
THE MERRY MISANTHROPE

I got up at ten a.m. and had two envigorating cups of coffee
Watched a show about the evolution of our universe
Everything is fine so far

Then I flipped through four different newspapers
Noting once again how the zealots set the agenda
I always said that words of wisdom are wasted on the masses
And it’s another glorious day
For humankind and I

Two is a crowd
And I’m just too lazy to love
There’s no need to feel proud
Of yourself or anything
Below or above

So this merry misanthrope kills another couple of hours
People always say things are gonna turn out alright
But I just won’t feel safe
Until I’ve seen the end of the day

Two is a crowd
And I’m just too lazy to love
There’s no need to feel proud
Of ourselves or anything
Below or above
Track Name: Private Sun
PRIVATE SUN

California I won’t come
I’m too busy dreaming
Got that private sun inside me
Where it should be

Laguna Beach, leave me alone
I’m too happy scheming
Staying inside is my employment
Sheer enjoyment
Or maybe just my atonement

So to the girl right next door
I might see you next year
If I even make it there

Summer days have turned to rust
There’s just too much rain here
Yet half a sunny day inside me
As it should be

Kisses blowing on the breeze
End up like a plane crash
I’ll stay sheltered in my fortress
Where the world is flawless
So much beauty to decompress

So to the girl right next door
I might see you next year
If I even make it there
Yeah, to the sweet girl next door
I might see you next year
If I even make it there

So California have your fun
I’m too busy bathing
In that private sun inside
Track Name: Beirut
BEIRUT

The sunrise in Beirut
I’d love to wake up to the sight
Of buildings gently posing
By the Phoenician ocean

At daybreak in Beirut
We sit enjoying sights and sounds
Flanked there by Bliss on one side
As the Corniche is coming to life

Can you see the signs of expectancy?
You and I plug into this town and its frequency

Sweet evenings in Beirut
Oh, if I just could dance like that again
In lush and fragrant hours
Beckoning us with powers I can’t explain
But I’m going to be there again
Track Name: Heading for Nowhere
HEADING FOR NOWHERE

The days have all been spent
In a thousand different ways
The traffic of time repeats itself
Repeats itself as I am leaving town
I’m leaving ground

The old Gothic church
The wooden houses by the river
That I’d always walk by
On my way home
During soft summer nights

Now I’m heading for nowhere
Only looking for life
Nothing more for me here

And I’m leaving town

And I’m heading for nowhere
Only looking for life
Nothing more to do here
Yeah, I’m heading for nowhere
Just looking for peace of mind
Maybe something’s out there
So I’m leaving town