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November 2011: Saddened Yet Hopeful

We're going back in time this month. Way back into the vaults of Viola where we find this gem that has survived for 10+ years without getting captured on tape save for some live renditions.

Some long time Viola friends might remember this one: Saddened Yet Hopeful.

This is the second recorded proverbial fruit of the labour with the six most amazing viola players in Finland that helped us realize Heartstring Theory in June and gave us the most amazing night on Viola's Day 2011. The strings were arranged by Jussi Tuhkanen and played by Jussi, Atte Kilpeläinen, Pisku Ristiluoma, Lilli Maijala, Lotta Poijärvi and Martta Tolonen. Recorded by Ilai Rämä.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
76bpm

Lyrics

SADDENED YET HOPEFUL

gone, my love
if it ever was
worthy of calling such
I'm still holding onto a memory
for I fear it's all that I got

I'll wait in my bed
she'll soon be here
she'll come like she said
I'm so saddened
yet hopeful

come, my love
as I know you must
come and take me away
you might get this far if the sky is clear
straying from your star to here

I'll wait in my bed
she'll soon be here
she'll come like she said she would
I'm so saddened
yet hopeful

soon, soon
if it will ever happen
if it will ever happen
it will be today
soon, soon
if it will ever happen
if it will ever happen
it will be today
soon

March 2010: Fade To White

Winter 2010 has been a pretty thorough one in Finland. Especially snow has been quite plentiful and has caused quite a bit of chaos in people's everyday lives, so we decided it deserved a song dedication from us, so we give you a piece of orchestral goodness: Fade To White.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
88bpm

Lyrics

FADE TO WHITE

the world covered in snow sighs in its sleep
all colours have gone and hide in defeat

we wait surrounded by white with our lives on hold
snowploughs serenade outside the window

just don't go outside
the blizzard will try to eat you alive
and cover you with a beautiful shroud
you'll fade to white

white is the wind that rips through the bones
how lucky we are in the warmth of ourhomes

just don't go outside
the blizzard will try to eat you alive
and cover you with a beautiful shroud
you'll fade to white
fade to white

lost in the frost
the season has it's cost
we are in its thrall
the winter takes it all

no don't go outside
the blizzard will try to eat you alive
keeps you in the whiteout
sooner or later it has to get clearer
oh don't fade to white
don't fade to white
we'll be alright in the spring

November 2009: No Connection

Hi everybody!

To conclude our autumnal triptych of holy melancholy, we present to you a track by the name of No Connection, which might lyrically be one of the darkest Viola tracks yet, so it's fitting we're releasing it on All Hallows' Eve.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

no connection
can't get through
inside the box
no space to move
stuck in the night
with this lonely sound
there's no connection
there's no way out

isolation creeping in
yet it gets too crowded
within the skin

no connection
time stops soon
I hibernate in this steel cocoon
cut off from life
and the line is torn
there's no connection anymore

when you're left with just your thoughts
captured by the walls
you start to wonder
if there is a world at all
even the boy in the bubble
was able to see through
and the love leaked in
and the started to bloom

no connection
no rainbow
no sky up above
no breeze of hope
claustrophobic inner voice
too much information
head filled with noise

no connection
the line is dead
tangled around my throat instead
communication cut off like claws
of a tamed old beast in it's time-worn cage

but there's a message coming through
I can feel it in the air
how can it be true
if there's no connection
a signal pushing through
emerging from the noise
the air is getting thin
there's still no connection

everyone needs protection from themselves sometimes
so I drift into sleep
when amber light illuminates I am connected
but until then there's no connection
no connection
no connection
no connection

nothing else could get through
couldn't pierce it's way into this non-room
nothing else could get through
what if all this time I was waiting for - - - - -

September 2009: Sea Curtain

Greetings, good people, followers of Viola Music Club!

Sadly, we had to kiss the shimmery summer of 2009 goodbye yesterday as we're now stepping into September and as always, it brings autumn along with it.

So obviously this means it's time to quiet down here at the club as well. It's been a particularly sweaty summer this year as far as our music goes, so it's definitely about time to cool down a bit with some far more mellow sounds.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

this must be the end of the play
the end of the way we thought would never change
so let flow let flow let flow over it all
take my hand for the final bow
no applause no curtain call
let flow let flow let flow
let it flow

let it come down at the end of the play
after the last line comes the last wave
so let flow let flow let flow over it all
the weight of the ocean, the deepest bow
leave only the ghost light on
let flow let flow let flow
let it flow

Anything Can Stop Us

The mandatory mid-record weepie. Rhodes with glitchy electronics. Good times.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

once in our life
we thought we could evade goodbyes
just by choosing the perfect design
to hide behind our cold disguise
we got it all wrong

anything can stop us now
we can't fight the chance
anything can stop us, anytime

time slips away from our hands

did we lose our heart
on our journeys that led us so far, too far
or did it just dry away like clay
and now sleeps with the dust bunnies
under our lonely bed

anything can stop us now
we can't fight the chance
anything can stop us, anytime
anything can stop us now
there's always chance
anything can stop us, anytime

time slips away from our hands
but there always is a fighting chance
if you're just willing to try
there's a treasure for you to find

Elevator Into The Sky

A slightly surrealistic track where we actually imagined each vocal line as an animal or a muppet of some sort and tried to act them out while singing. The lead line is more or less based around Gonzo from Muppet Show, but there are frogs, pigs, chicken and all sorts of silly things in the backing vocals.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

last night it rained sparks
and the people ran wild
I hid in the basement
and thought about life

how only one moment is enough to decide
how to spend the rest of your time

I've had my time of this ground life
where's my elevator into the sky?

I waited forever
for the streets to calm down
as I've been waiting for a chance to
rise above my life

don't you want to at least find out
what will wait you above the clouds

I've had my time of this ground life
why some sleep in sewers and others get to ride
the elevator into the sky?

Last Chance

Melancholic three-minute epic that aims high yet falls a little short. Our tribute to Autour De Lucie? Nowadays sometimes played in our acoustic set.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

"I will find you my light
it will happen eventually
I want to touch your frail heart
and then we'll escape

if you're the last one I'll choose
I'll do anything
fulfill your secret dream
you're the last chance I lose

endlessly beautiful
nothing else just can't compete
I'll take half of your loneliness
and give you mine

if you're the last one I'll choose
I'll do anything
fulfill your secret dream
if you're the last one I'll choose
I'll do anything
to catch you from falling
you're the last chance I lose

oh my ghosts of chances past
set yourself free

if you're the last one I'll choose
I'll do anything
fulfill your secret dream
if you're the last one I'll choose
I'll do anything
to catch you from falling
you're the last chance I lose"

Sensitive Youth (demo version)

A hymn to all underdogs and sensitive people who stay young no matter what age they are. It found a new home on our acoustic set where it suited better - recorded version became maybe too pompous. A solid tearjerker when all things click.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

give me a perfect design
to beautify this sad pale life
sleepy hours, let them pass
I'm not like other boys in the class

we finally slip away
this dream comes to an end
we just wanted to stay
where hearts will never break
to look for love you'll never find
such a waste of time
but if you wait your youth will fade away

we keep our tornadoes inside
always giving up in style
we have a vision, we have the sound
one day we'll set our songs unbound

we finally slip away
this dream comes to an end
we just wanted to stay
where hearts will never break
to look for love you'll never find
such a waste of time
but if you wait your youth will fade away