Second To Some

by Meberg

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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, Antony & The Johnsons and Richard Hawley.

Meberg's second album, humbly titled "Second To Some", is a collection of tasteful, musical goodies, with Meberg's warm and expressive vocals as the main ingredient.

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released November 12, 2015

All songs written by Tore Meberg, except Cherry Colored Funk by Elizabeth Fraser/Robin Guthrie/Simon Raymonde and A Lady Of A Certain Age by Neil Hannon

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

Tore Meberg - vocals, piano, wurlitzer, solina, tambourine, mellotron, bass
Øyvind Jakobsen - drums, vibraphone, percussion
Ruben Dalen - drums on #3
Kai Helliesen Ravnås - bass
Eirik Lye - bass
Magnus Rød Haugland - upright bass
Vidar Schanche - guitars
Thomas Pedersen - acoustic guitar on #6
Renate Engevold - violin
Håvard Rosenberg - backing vocals, programming, rhodes
Gølin Maria Ramstad - backing vocals
Rouhangeze - guest vocals on #7

Cover art by Petter Skogheim and Bernt Henrik Kommedal

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Track Name: Almaza Memoirs
ALMAZA MEMOIRS

Southern skies now seem as dead as history
Will I see them anymore?
Those tall buildings facing out towards the sea
Keeping face through feast and war

On a balcony above the noisy streets
I would drink my diamond brew
Wondering why I slept alone between those sheets
And had grown so afraid of you

But now these candles and Winter nights
Wash away your face

Through the city craze and sweet October breeze
I went walking through your town
Amongst those buildings facing out towards the sea
I was sure I’d let you down

But now these candles and Winter nights
Wash away your trace
And I’m blinded by parties and Christmas lights

As I confine myself to silent memory
I recall those towers roar
Your proud city facing out towards the sea
Greets a new day from the shore
Track Name: Low
LOW

It is you and I in shameless fantasy
We keep falling into heaven
And if you and I were ever meant to be
Then you can meet me after seven
Or right away

Into heaven, yeah
Into heaven, yeah
We’ll sink so low
Sink so low

Here we are again in helpless reverie
With just technology between us
And since we’re stuck right here
Dialing numbers, pushing buttons, being silly
At least we can be sure that no-one sees us
You in the heat, me in the cold
Talking too fast and moving too slow

Into heaven, yeah
Into heaven, yeah
We’ll sink so low
Sink so low

They say it’s by our mistakes we learn
So feel the heat while those bridges burn
You blew my mind and I just blew it
It couldn’t last, I think you knew it
Track Name: Watch The Show
WATCH THE SHOW

Finally a familiar place
Never have these naked walls been so uplifting
‘Cause speeding ‘round the world at your pace
Leaves you all so unimpressed while the scenery’s shifting
Those airports are just so depressing
Crowded and boring and cold
And your destination is never
Quite like you’ve been told

You wish you’d stayed at home

Take a seat in your favorite chair
Open up a window just to let the air in
It’s hard to believe that you once didn’t care
‘Cause now the hustle bustle of the world is so scary
So tired of waiting at airports
Fed up with standing in line
And rushing to get to the right gate
In the nick of time

You’d rather stay at home
You’d rather stay at home
And phone some friends
And watch the show

‘Cause airports are just so disgusting
Shiny and lonely and grey
And all of your great expectations
Are just swept away

You’d rather stay at home
You’d rather stay at home
And phone some friends
And watch the show
Track Name: Places
PLACES

Raindrops crashing on cobble stones
People rush inside
Sweet air embracing the city sounds
Secrets we all hide and hold inside

It’s a nice day for watching the clouds drift by
Or just walk the streets
Searching those soothing, familiar spots
Places where we won’t meet at all, I know
You’ve gone and I am safe again
Alone
Track Name: Sweet Lament
SWEET LAMENT

There is nothing we can do about the weather in this world
And the same old rule applies for the beautiful, young girl
Which your head desires to have, but your feeble hands can’t hold
It can really make you laugh

There are things you can’t deny, there are things you can’t explain
Certain issues to be solved requiring more than just one brain
Still the world keeps spinning ‘round, still it’s always out of hand
Should we laugh or should we die (?)

As I sing another song
As I open a new book
Or search for interesting films with my interested look
These poor things are just a means
Only manners of escape
It should really make you laugh
Track Name: The Place We Always Aimed For
THE PLACE WE ALWAYS AIMED FOR

You talk about your day
Saying everything is fine
You talk a mile a minute but I see it in your eyes
Something’s not the way it used to be and I think I know why
Could it be that you are telling me lies?
Could it be that you are telling me lies?

I recall how you would glow
When speaking of your dreams
I recall how your ambition was just bursting at the seams
Then reality crashed in on you and vapourised your schemes
And your pride just can’t take it
And your words just can’t fake it

Is this the place we always aimed for
We just didn’t know it then?
Maybe we’re just too ashamed for
Having spent our days in

Such utter denial
Our days spent in denial
Now our hearts are on trial
Our days in denial

There were times when you could reach
Something deep inside of me
Now I’m only reaching out for what I know will set me free
I just never could believe that you’d give up so easily
Is there nothing worth saving?
Not when everything’s caving in

Is this the place we always aimed for
We just didn’t know it then?
Slowly differences grew more and more
And we’ve been spending

Our days in denial
Track Name: Narcissus & Me
NARCISSUS AND ME

Indecision always was my biggest sin
So afraid of missing out I don’t begin
And now it seems like it’s gonna take forever

Well, anyway they’re making far too many songs
But who am I to talk? My list of crimes is long
And now it seems like I’m out of the game forever
The more I try it the less i like it

What doesn’t kill you can still really kick you around
You won’t be stronger
Neither will you learn anything profound

And so I lost all my ambition to the blues
Slid from higher goals to watching evening news
And so it seems like it’s gonna take forever

There’s no couple quite like Narcissus and me
Oh what a team! What perfect chemistry!
And now it seems like I’m stuck with him forever

I’m not partaking, I’m merely observing

What doesn’t kill you can still really kick you around
You won’t be stronger
Neither will you learn anything profound
What doesn’t kill you can still really kick you around
And on a day like today not even all the trash of this town
Could get me down
Narcissus and me
We’re meant to be