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"The album tells stories in simple ways. The book of synonyms that we all love so dearly have been tossed out the window, focusing on a way more simple vocabulary. The stories talks about reflections of specific events or periods in our lives. The intention from our side was to write songs that wasn’t too open for interpretation, but as you read the lyrics you will get a view into our personal lives and thoughts, with the intent of having the listener being able to relate to the message the songs carry."

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released June 15, 2018

All tracks written, produced, recorded and engineered by Halcyon Days 
All lyrics by Robbe Madsen & Daniel Lorentsen
Vocal production by Robbe Madsen and Daniel Lorentsen
Vocals recorded and engineered by Marius Melleby at Red Line Studios, Drums recorded and engineered by Marius Melleby at Earport Studios.
Crowd vocals on track 1,6,,8 & 10 by Michael Enger,Jon Tangen Rasmussen, Jakob Skogli, Sarah Wogowitch Arnesen, Sofie Eidsmo and Halcyon Days
Editing and layer production by Lars Bjerke at Lars Bjerke Studio 
Mixed and mastered by Lars Bjerke at Lars Bjerke Studio
Additional mixing & mastering by: Stamos Koliousis
Artwork photos by Noe Alonzo
Artwork by Lasse Almqvist Scherven

Special thanks:
Family & friends, girlfriends, Rimfrost Clothing, Bandorg, Musikkens Studieforbund, Alive Music, Atena, Indie Recordings, Bendik Løvbrøtte, Fabian Fjeldvik, Morgan Staangstad, Marius Melleby, Lars Bjerke, Daniel Cutmore Figved (RIP), Busby and Walter
 
Halcyon Days is: 
Robbe Madsen - vocals/cleans
Daniel Lorentsen - vocals 
André Sørensen - guitars 
Steffen Johansen - Bass
Ulrik Linstad - guitars
Niklas Vestaby - drums

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Track Name: Fragments
// FRAGMENTS //

examine the possibilities
no time for regrets
retrace your step and
pick up the pieces
this is your reality
retrace your step
and pick up the pieces
this is your reality

a shattered image
forgot after birth
explaining the scenery
and which way to turn
open your eyes
and break the chain
bury your troubles
but carry the faith
along with the memories
of all that you've learned
piece it together
with fragments of hurt
you'll need to get off
this road Up ahead
the time to stand silent is up
So, don’t give in

and after all this time
break free and be alive
bury your conscience
break free and come back again
if it was up to me my friend
I wouldn't doubt it a second
just break free and come back again
Break free and come back again

lifeless oceans
clear blue sky
winds of winter
leaves that die
endless mountains
burning sun
ruthless desserts
let it pass and move on

reflect on your actions
there's no hope to turn
back to the time
when we lived and you learned
but I must confess
that it's better this way
together in spirit
with joy, hope and faith

behind the lies
recall the truth
of why we are alive
is this our purpose?
a curse without a reason?
beneath the surface
six feet deep
endless secrets
eternally
fragments from a distant morning

a shattered image
forgot after birth
explaining the scenery
and which way to turn
open your eyes
and break the chain
the time to stand silent is up
so, don’t give in

lifeless oceans
clear blue sky
winds of winter
leaves that die
endless mountains
burning sun
ruthless desserts
let it pass and move on

behind the lies recall the truth
of why we are alive
Is this our purpose?
a curse without a reason?
beneath the surface, six feet deep
endless secrets, eternally
fragments from a distant morning

and after all this time
break free and be alive
let go of grief and pain
no need for hate or blame
your disbelief my friend
I assure, this is not the end
as I recall, you once loved
sorry that it didn’t turn out as you'd hoped
Track Name: Lights Out
// Lights Out //

black eyes, it’s just a quarter to ten.
oh, man I’m at it again
an inch from defeat, and I pull myself in.
the backseat of your car always felt like a dream.

as soon as I stepped out of the door
the rain started drawing pictures on the wall
in a minute, it erased it all
streaming down the street, carrying away our thoughts

red eyes, and it's way past late
gone from the world for a second or less
an inch passed defeat, and you pushed me right in
the backseat of your car always felt like a dream

rain soaked pavements and fresh cut grass
will always have my heart over things that last

as soon as I stepped out the door
I felt regret, but I turned
and you were gone
I hoped a trail of empty bottles
would take me back
take me back I hoped
to the streets where we roamed, drunk and broke
but with hearts filled with hope
there’s nothing I would say to you
just let the silence speak
like it always did

as soon as I stepped out of the door
the rain started drawing pictures on the wall,
in a minute, it erased it all
streaming down the street
carrying away our thoughts

rain soaked pavements and fresh cut grass
will always have my heart over things that last

clear eyes, and it’s already dawn
let’s head to bed and turn off the alarm
sleep until late and forget I was gone
tomorrow will be the day where I change and move on
Track Name: July
sit back and relax, take your time
we're not even in July
but summers gone, I mean the weather is nice
I'm just stuck in days that passed by

so, let me take a hit
I'll cut the story short
and tell a lie for the sake of it
wrong way on a one-way road
no time to turn back
we're all ghosts and were on our own

lost in these streets
the whole world is in reach
we all have our city dreams
just remember that small towns
and hometowns play for keeps
Our trips down memory lane
That end in disaster
and the ambulance is late at the scene
just let me take one breath
I'll let the punches roll
just to take a hit

sit back, relax, take your time
we didn't even get to say goodbye
now summers gone
and I'm stuck in my mind
in the last days of July
so, let me take a hit
it's how the story goes
keep telling lies to make sense of it
two wrongs don't make it right
no time to turn back
Track Name: Cerca Trova
// Cerca Trova //

don't wait up for me she said
I'm just out for some air
held it together for a month
destroyed in a year

I'm going out for a walk in the cold
I'm so used to the warmth
it's all I've ever known

everyone's so young
and I'm so old
maybe not in my skin
but I feel it in my bones

everyone's so full of it
and I can barely breathe
my battle is with myself
my cuts won't bleed

I thought I’d left my secrets

I thought I'd left my secrets back at the distant shores
but the waves brought them back to our new coast
and all these places look like home
but a different one from what I've known
and you can't jump all these fences
my lungs are cold
from breathing in this winter for way to long
so here I am defenseless
reality strike at the best part of the dream
just breathe and release

everyone's so old
and I'm so young
feel it from my fingertips
down to shaky knees

everyone's so empty inside
and I'm ready to burst
my battle is with all of you
my cuts are rivers and streams

I thought I'd left my secrets back at the distant shores
but the waves brought them back to our new coast
and all these places look like home
but a different one from what I've known
and you can't jump all these fences
my lungs are cold
from breathing in this winter for way to long
so here I am defenseless
reality strike at the best part of the dream
just breathe and release
Track Name: Catcher
// Catcher //

I’ll stand put, in one place
accept fear to make change
we turn heads, and eyes meet
you’re the one to change this
I’ll move on in one pace
end up last in the race
we lock eyes, and we greet
your words, changes everything

your soft words make sense to me
screams and shouts feed disbelief
to break the silence, there’s no need
heed the warning, it’s deafening
save your words for something true
a wall of lies keeps me from you
your soft words make sense to me
leave a file in the cake to break me free

as you realize your life lacks depth and purpose
it will bring you too your knees
pick the scabs and see
starting over won't surely bring you peace
but at the end of the road, what’s the harm in it

take me back to the road we started on
this one is a dead end and I want to go on and on
can’t see the forest for the trees, we set fire to it
I’ll pick you off your knees, and we’ll go on ahead

your soft words make sense to me
screams and shouts feed disbelief
to break the silence, there’s no need
heed the warning, it’s deafening
save your words for something true
a wall of lies keeps me from you
your soft words make sense to me
leave a file in the cake to break me free

take me back to the road we started on
this one is a dead end and I want to go on and on
can’t see the forest for the trees, we set fire to it
I’ll pick you off your knees, and we’ll go on ahead
Track Name: In Memoriam
// IN MEMORIAM //

I remember when I was a kid
didn´t want to grow up
played football till sundown
till my knees would drop
just having fun, out with my friends
not a single worry in the world but then

I remember when I was a teen
when music became my obsession and scene
having the time of my life with the crew
meeting new people and playing for you
creating something together with them
I almost felt back on that field again
I'll never forget the first time on that stage
a place to release all the love and the hate

the love and the hate

in memoriam of all that we've lost
we do this for you and we do this for us

just want to say thank you to family and friends
the ones who believed and the ones that gave in
to everyone that drove me to shows
to all that showed up and supported me on the road
I will never forget, all the support
I´m so fucking grateful
for the feelings, it brought
because of you I'm still that kid
I don't regret a single thing

we will always remember this day
and music is still our obsession today
having the time of our lives with the crew
meeting new people and playing for you
creating something together as friends
it's like being back on that field again
we'll never forget our time on this stage
a place we release all the love and the hate

I remember when I was a kid
didn´t want to grow up
played football till sundown
till my knees would drop
just having fun, out with my friends
not a single worry in the world but then

in memoriam of all that we've lost
we do this for you and we do this for us

we want to say thank you to family and friends
the ones who believed and the ones that gave in
to everyone that drove us to shows
to all that showed up and supported us on the road
we will never forget, all the support
we're so fucking grateful
For the feelings, it brought
because of you were still those kids
we'll never regret a single thing

we won't regret a single thing
we do this for you, we do this for us
we won't regret a single thing
we do this for you, we do this for us
Track Name: Keeper
// KEEPER //

maintain appearances
behind the mask lurks darkness
you choose to blame you choose to lie
betrayal and hate is in your eyes
playing them like fools
to get appraised
no disregard for those who paid
attention to make you elevate
let's take a ride and play high stakes

close your eyes and count to ten
and hide inside your empty shell
your disbelief and lack of shame
is nothing more than scrutiny
what have become of conscience?
at least a drop of empathy
a desperate man with no content
let's make this country great again

It's all going away

what goes around comes around
like a cut right to the bone
it will scar and weigh your thoughts forever
with hate as your disguise
polluting people's minds
divided by one cause together

close your eyes and count to ten
and hide inside your empty shell
a desperate man with no content
let's make this country great again

it's all gone away

we see right through
your desperate acts
there's nothing true
about being you
a dark charade, aligned a lie
condemned to fail
no shame, just pride

what goes around comes around
like a cut right to the bone
it will scar and weigh your thoughts forever
with hate as your disguise
polluting people's Minds
divided by one cause together
Track Name: Monument
// MONUMENT //

just think of all we have overcome
and the dreams we made ourselves
watching the setting sun
what we created
had an atmosphere surreal
brought out by our suffering
turned into creativity

this is the moment of clarity
we need to open our eyes and see
let's read between the lines
no fucking compromise
building walls brick by brick
we'll endure through all hardships

this is our city
this is our home
this is our monument
these are our walls

hold fast and make waves
one of these days we may
leave home and move on
to seek out better days
on broken wings, we sway
but our hearts
still remain
and our hope gives us strength
this is our monument

a long way from home
this path I walk alone
what lies beyond these shores?
the cure to save us all?

your numbers count for nothing
we'll carry on keeping our dreams awake
you're all playing with fire
behind the veil of lies your spirit breaks
so, let's crush down corruption
and butcher greed
we are the last resistance
let's crush this foul disease

hold fast and make waves
one of these days we may
leave home and move on
to seek out better days
on broken wings, we sway
but our hearts
still remain
and our hope gives us strength
this is our monument
Track Name: Winter
// WINTER //

enjoy the silence, I'm certain it won't last
a storm is stirring up, it has been from the past
we ignored the signs, no questions asked
the present reveals, we shouldn't stand bias

I feel it in the air
and I can feel it in my bones
my knees are getting weak
the breeze is turning cold
we have to brace ourselves
for times to come ahead
so, put your brave face on
cause panic and fear will soon spread

the great depression two point-O
our governments are overthrown
collapse of the economy
what has become of society?
all pointing fingers
none take the blame
how will things ever be the same?
but we know how this story goes
the poor will suffer, rich will grow

riots in the streets, I pray that it won't last
the storm has to calm down, it has done in the past
we're stuck on repeat, with no end in sight
there is no chance to leave this planet alive

we should have listened
we should value that we're living free
cause all that is left behind
is suffering and misery

I feel it in the air
and I can feel it in my bones
my knees are getting weak
the breeze is turning cold
we have to brace ourselves
for times to come ahead
so, put your brave face on
cause panic and fear will soon spread

the great depression two point-O
our governments are overthrown
collapse of the economy
what has become of society?
all pointing fingers
none take the blame
how will things ever be the same?
but we know how this story goes
the poor will suffer, rich will grow
Track Name: Friendship
// Friendship //

I'll be the first one to admit
that I can never see anything for what it truly is
mind clouded by emotions and body tied down by it
I wish I had thanked you all every single fucking day, but I didn't

my pent-up anger
isn’t from a broken home without holidays
"everything’s fine" my biggest and most frequent lie
it feels like I’ve battled hordes of my own god damned clones
and now I see our enemy is in our pulmonary artery

take it all back and return as one

black anger turns to red
in the abstract void, I find myself
twist the thoughts back to a dream
a familiar figure in an unfamiliar scene
I don't need my eyes to see
to know that you know best for me
had my back against the wall
but you’re always there to push me forward

please all my friends, keep me alive and well
I don’t care about what wise men say
your words ring truer to me, and they always will
please all my friends, keep me alive and well

take it all back and return as one

I didn't know our secrets would be the bricks to our new homes.
and the waves we made ourselves would push us further along
houses will shelter dying men, but my home will stand after the end
so, don't blame me if I’m restless
restless

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