Peace On Mars

by Meberg

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On his third album, "Peace On Mars", crooner/songwriter Meberg unfolds on a larger canvas; delving into darker subject matter and exploring both a more soul-influenced musical style, as well as eerie, avant-garde soundscapes.

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released November 12, 2015

All songs written by Tore Meberg, except Peace on Mars by Tore Meberg/Håvard Rosenberg/Vidar Schanche and Your Town by Sven-Arne Skarvik

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

Tore Meberg - vocals, piano, synthesizer, percussion
Ruben Dalen - drums, percussion
Eirik Lye - bass
Vidar Schanche - guitars
Ådne Sæverud - hammond, wurlitzer, synthesizer
Håvard Rosenberg - piano, backing vocals, programming
Håkon Dirdal - additional guitar on Peace On Mars and Other Planets
Erlend Egeberg Aasland - pedal steel, cavaquinho, mandolin, banjo and electric guitar on All Good Things End Too Soon
Tale Egeberg Aasland - Autoharp
Gunhild Seim - trumpet, flugelhorn
Renate Engevold - violin
Tonje Bekken - cello
Ingrid Kjosavik - backing vocals
Ingrid Straumstøyl Råheim - backing vocals
Guest vocals on All Good Things End Too Soon (in order of appearance) - Eva Bjerga Haugen, Olav Larsen, Anita Bekkeheien, Erlend Egeberg Aasland, Tale Egeberg Aasland, Ingrid Kjosavik

Cover art - Petter Skogheim
Photo - Anita Lovise Ask Olsen

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Track Name: Other Times
OTHER TIMES

The snow’s falling thick and soft and I must be on my way
‘Cause I’ve got a train to catch before the end of the day
The warmth of the fireside and those cookies on the tray
Almost make me change my mind
I hesitate

There will come other times when you shall hear me say:
«Happy Christmas, baby. This time I’m gonna stay.»

The lights on the Christmas tree set your little eyes aglow
And you just can’t understand why I have to go
I study my schedule as I’m putting on my coat
tugged by your tiny hand

There will come other times when we shall celebrate
Happy Christmas, darling. I can hardly wait.
There’ll be candles and Christmas stars and old movies are gonna play.
It’s a wonderful life, though perhaps not today.

So I gently close the door as you’re begging me to stay
The snow’s falling thick and soft today
Track Name: Sky
SKY

The snowflakes falling make you dizzy
You have to ask yourself «Where is he?»
You’ve stood here waiting now for hours
Watching the fading of the flowers
There’s something lurking in the shadows
A silent mist upon the meadows
It’s like the sky is slowly dying

It’s like the sky is slowly dying
Track Name: I Should Be Going
I SHOULD BE GOING

I should be going to a party
I should be talking to the crowd
I should be heading for an evening
where the music plays out loud

I should be reveling in attention
Everyone would love to hear my view
But I don’t wanna be forced to mention
whatever happened to me and you

But the clock ticks along
As I sit here alone
with my broken dreams and schemes
and those kinds of elusive things

I should be seeing some new faces
I should pull myself up by my straps
Just like a child learning to tie his laces
I should carry on and say «Next time, perhaps, perhaps»

But the clock ticks along
As I sit here alone
with my broken dreams and schemes
and those kind of elusive things

People might say that it’s a tragedy
I just consider it a great big travesty
A travesty as I sit
With my broken dreams and schemes
and those kind of elusive things
All my broken plans and scams
and pots and pans tonight
Track Name: Foreign Songs
FOREIGN SONGS

And I spy with my evil eye
10 000 bodies piling up to the sky
Self righteous bigots are imposing their crimes
And we see how ignorance is blind

But your face is soft and wonderful tonight
And you sing to me those soothing and delightful songs
With all those words I can’t understand

Secret deaths and public lies
Powerful players only feed the demise
And we’re supposed to think of good guys and bad guys
When every hand can swing a knife

But your skin is warm and fragrant here tonight
And you sing your foreign songs to my delight
And your eyes are dark and wise beneath the city lights
Of ancient towns ruled by thugs and clowns
Track Name: Peace On Mars
PEACE ON MARS

Entire populations act as though they still are in day care
Bickering about the make believe stories that we all share
I often wonder if there’s peace on Mars should we ever get there
Should we ever get there

There are many roads for us to choose
Mine is to stay home and watch the news
And so I’ve figured out if I don’t play then I can’t lose

Should we ever get there

There are many roads for us to choose
Filled with empty rituals and abuse
And so I’ve figured out if I don’t play then I can’t lose

Some might say my distrust ought to stop
But I’m only waiting for the world to catch up
Have you ever wondered if there’s peace on Mars
Will Ziggy and his spiders play guitars
Or will it just be filled with parking cars?

There are many roads that we can take
Trodden by conviction or mistake
But every winding road has got me stepping on the brakes.

There are many roads for us to choose
Mine is to stay home and watch the news
And so I’ve figured out if I don’t play then I can’t lose
Track Name: The Last Generation On Earth
THE LAST GENERATION ON EARTH

It ain’t over until the choir stops singing
Until the sky cracks open and funeral bells are ringing
Between mercy and malice you’ll find us somewhere

Someday someone will unearth
The last generation on Earth
We only get what we deserve
The last generation on Earth

It wouldn’t take much to topple the the powers
Just like Calhoun’s mice we’ll retreat to our towers
Between failure and fiction you’ll find us somewhere
As if we care

Someday someone will unearth
The last generation on Earth
The beautiful ones have retreated in mirth
The last generation on Earth

So seasoned in disappointment
So skilled in regret
But now we go our own way
We let the sun shine
We let the rain fall
Find time to unwind
And stand our own ground
And keep the balance right


Someday someone will unearth
The last generation on Earth
The Beautiful Ones have retreated in mirth
Someday someone will unearth
The Last generation on Earth
Track Name: Your Town
YOUR TOWN

I don’t know anyone in your town
And I don’t know anyone in any town
And I think I’ll keep it this way
Even little children in the street, they all look so old
And the cars look as shiny and fresh as the day they were sold

And I’m gonna let you say what you want
Carry on doing what you do and not doing what you don’t
Say do you still feel the bullet that’s lodged in your chest?
And all of the insects that still crawl around in your nest?

Do you still hear that old voice
That tells you to go to sleep?
Do you still hear that old voice
That tells you to go to sleep?
It’s the end
Track Name: Under The Sun
UNDER THE SUN

If you can’t abide an elephant
Don’t walk into this room
And should you state the obvious
You must change the subject soon
The sky, the sun, the moon
Just about anything will do
And then they will point the finger at you

If you can’t conform to the pharisaic flock
Don’t step in where they graze
There’s an emperor with no clothes on
got them all up in a craze
And should you dare to say
Well, then they will point
Then they will point the finger at you

Nothing new under the sun
The way it always has been done

So if you can’t abide an elephant
Don’t mingle with this crowd
steeped in the smugness of conviction
which somehow makes them proud!
They shout it all out loud
Three cheers for the clouds!
Three cheers for the clouds!
Three cheers for the clouds!
So holier than thou
Track Name: All Good Things End Too Soon
ALL GOOD THINGS END TOO SOON

Like the Summer breeze
As it rustles through the leaves
All good things end too soon

Like the sweetest brew
When the taste is fresh and new
All good things end too soon

Though I wish I could stay on
For yet another song
But just like your favourite tune
All good things end too soon

Like the morning star
As it’s fading from afar
All good things end too soon

Like a fairytale
Like a moon so soft and pale
All good things end too soon

Though I wish I could stay on
For yet another song
But just like your favourite tune
All good things end too soon

Like the rule of benevolent kings
And the prosperity it brings
I’ve seen it wax and wane
Though I don’t wish to complain
All good things end too soon

Like the games we play
Before we go our separate ways
All good things end too soon

Like the kiss we knew
When we danced the whole night through
All good things end too soon

Though I wish I could stay on
For yet another song
But just like your favourite tune
All good things end too soon