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Summermoon

Slightly haunting yet upbeat tune, sort of a sequel or seasonal update to "Late Autumn Early Winter". Initially inspired by mighty Grant Lee Buffalo, though in some people final version has evoked scarier associations of certain recent Finnish film theme song... Was conceived and first performed during winter 02-03 and release delayed to following autumn, so our "summer hit" calculations went terribly wrong, as always...

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

"summer moon caught you in a lie
summer moon shone silver in the sky

as I went for you I knew it was too late
the night had covered swiftly all your trails

but moonlight will follow you
you must feel it too
moonlight will find the truth from these silent woods

summer moon led me through the night
summer moon shone silver in the sky

and when I found you, frail, inanimate
flies were humming softly in the shade

and now moonlight will follow you
it will always stay true
moonlight will follow you
you can never fool it
moonlight will find you
summer moon"

Dreaming Of The Ultimate Girl

One of the oldest songs in our repertoire, this composition by Esa came into existence in 1995. During its eight-year journey into the surface of a vinyl, it has changed surprisingly little - only the violin and glockenspiel are more recent additions. The lyrics represent a certain kind of wistful high school romanticism (so practically nothing has changed during the years!) -the ultrapathetic title comes from Jack Keroauc's poem "Rimbaud" and there's a line stolen from Rimbaud himself somewhere in there (though sentimentalism of this song would have certainly made Jean Arthur puke...).

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Music:
Esa Mikkonen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

rain falls down her shoulders
her hair moves in slow motion
under sad dark sky her eyes
mirror all that glows inside
she dissolves so softly
her figure still and sublime
but I know all this will flow

there's a horizon between us
but armed with glowing patience
I will cross these cursed spaces
following her dim traces
and with a hint of a smile
she'll lighten the whole sky
it's getting closer every time

all alone, I'm standing on a brink
dreaming of the ultimate girl
but never believing in the world I don't belong

I can't give you more
than dreams I have let grown
yet time is always on our side
as we are out of reach forever

all alone, I'm standing on a brink
dreaming of the ultimate girl
all alone, I'm standing on a brink
dreamíng of the ultimate girl
you're so alone
dreaming of the ultimate girl
but never believing in the world I don't belong

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"

Angelic

Bouncing pop with surprisingly optimistic lyrics and some mighty double bass drum action. When this was new, we thought it sounded like Eskobar, whatever happened to them? Has allegedly been played in Brazilian radio. Sometimes we play a "rockin'" version of this in our unelectronic electric (phew!) set.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

"you make me dream again
I'm living fast asleep
life keeps sliding 'til something good will come our way
my love's so true only in songs in my head

so will we ever believe
I'm going to wait forever
the less we fear the more we see
that we're beautiful together

you make me so aware
there's angel here somewhere
you're still trying to define the world with pretty words
your love's so true, it whirls into everybody's head

so will we ever believe
I'm going to wait forever
the less we fear the more we see
that we're beautiful together
oh, make me change into something better
oh, make me change"

Deepspeed (Escapist Pioneers version)

Palindrome-titled disco track with lyrics about how motorway cruises correspond with dysfunctional relationships ("Art Of Driving", "Crash" (book and film, not the band..), anyone?). Or something like that. Still a live regular and always almost gets the people dancing...

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

"we're driving so fast now
sceneries blur
lights all flash by like ghosts
how the enthralling speed keeps us close
if we stop all ceases to glow
oh how the world is so slow

there are no words to say on cruel motorway
no further delay when all flows away
there's no better way

we're chasing the traces of passing faces
aching to feel something new
the deepest sensation of losing temptations
strips the life of false meanings
maybe the next one, darling

there are no words to say on cruel motorway
no further delay when all passes away
no reason to stay, drive me away
there's no better way

and it all feels just the same
until you throw yourself away

no further delay, when all passes away
no further delay, drive me away"

Late Autumn, Early Winter

Closing weepie with very vague lyrics. Apparently haunted by the astral spirit of Robert Smith. It grows and grows... and grows some more. The guy who mastered said it sounded like Pink Floyd!

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

"it's the season you love
it won't keep you warm
if you have to go
the night is so chilling and black
the wind could get mean
maybe it will snow

when they found her this time
frost in her hair
where had she been?
when they found her in tears
from deep in the woods
they understood

no, you don't get along with anyone
you walk the long road on your own
and if the season you love is over too fast
then you have to go, alone

when they found her this time
frost in her hair
where had she been?
when they found her in tears
from deep in the woods
they understood"

Always Never Lasts (demo version)

A light disco-pop "hit" with bittersweet lyrics. Classic Placebo/New Order -esque bass line and an eurodance beat. The first Viola song played in national radio! Still a live favourite, an updated version is being planned on our debut album.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

"forever is over too fast and always will never last
so pull me out from your schemes
words sever us so painfully
however hard we choose to do without
it all flows back tomorrow
all the tears we've swallowed

and true love can fade away ever so gently
yet real hurt is as far from this as tears from the rain

you pierce me through and through
I was already yours (how true)
our kingdom is a jewel in the bottom of an ocean

and true love can fade away ever so gently
yet real hurt is as far from this as tears from the rain

you said "we were so close"
so terribly close
that there was nothing between us

and true love can fade away ever so gently
yet real hurt is as far from this as tears from the rain

always never lasts
always never lasts
always never lasts
yet never might be soon"

Violentia (demo version)

This is as goth disco as we get (and it got some nice airplay at a bunch of those). An old one-chord anthem from the Lieksa days that we used to play on our every show (recently we played a scary "a-ferry-to-Sweden" -version of it.)

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Esa Mikkonen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

"this cruel bliss, violent kiss
I'm on my knees that's all she needs
fierce desire like barbed wire
she and I we play at night
malicious games with innocent names
figures of sin carved onto her skin

you poison my nights, you drown my days
and we will never understand
our love is so pure, our love is so cruel
and we will never understand
you and I, cold as the sky, colder than death
you are mine, diabolic divine, so violent

clandestine, hidden from light
this is how we wear our pride
we go all depths, all lenghts tonight
I have a feeling I've lost all my feelings
and it feels so sweet
you silent thirst - violent outburst

You poison my nights, you drown my days
and we will never understand
our love is so pure, our love is so cruel
and we will never understand
you and I, cold as the sky, colder than death
you are mine, diabolic divine, so violent

I'll never let myself go"

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