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Europa

by Molly Nilsson

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1.
There’s nothing like it, can’t be described There’s nothing like it even if you do survive and let’s say, we never met, we never will and let’s play, with our regrets from here until… Eternity is a dangerous word One of those words I wish I never heard, when the time is now It’s now or never, from here until forever  I’ll be here until forever The stars may glow but they’re too old to know When the sky says wait, it’s already too late The stars say no, but I’m too young to know when the sky say wait, it’s already too late I heard a scientist said my lucky star might be dead ­ Something stolen, something blue I’m in the mood for a tattoo Something borrowed, something new I’m in the mood for a tattoo And like the stars will follow you wherever you are your lucky scar will follow you wherever you are And once you know just how it goes, it’s not so scary anymore so close the windows and shut the door! I want revenge, I want something sweet and it hurts so good, with every bite I eat Let’s say, we never met, we never will and let’s play, let’s play… Something stolen, something blue I’m in the mood for a tattoo Something borrowed, something new I’m in the mood for a tattoo And like the stars will follow you wherever you are your lucky scar will follow you wherever you are The time is now, now or never from here until forever  I’ll be here until forever
2.
The first time I saw you, you never saw me But now I couldn’t care less if my hair was a mess the last time you saw me And now you say you love me now, you love me now you love me now, you love me now you love me now, you love me now do you love me now? do you love me now? Love might turn to hate, if you let it wait, now it’s too late I’m not upset at all, I must have missed your call I used to long to see, you at every party or rather gallery opening cause you’re so f*n “arty” It’s been two full years, and now time is up my dear isn’t it a coincidence that we meet, out here on my street and you ask me when’s my next show cause you would like to go you said you liked “my sound”  (hey, have you been following me around?) Cause apparently you love me now you love me now you love me now, you love me now do you love me now? you love me now? do you love me now? do you love me now?
3.
I was young but I didn’t know it Oh, I was young, that’s what they told me Everything looks so small when it’s far away My minds an open road and I’m leaving today More certain than death, I’m more certain than death Pack your bags with your favourite dresses  and your sorrows Once I get my license I’ll drive you to tomorrow More certain than death, I’m more certain than death I was young but I didn’t know it Oh, I was young That’s what they told me
4.
When I have no words I stay in bed If I had no heart, I’d be dead Every scar has its history two letters and heart carved in a tree Every scar has its history two letters and heart carved into me Sweet Benjamin, don’t cry Things we do to survive Sweet Benjamin, don’t cry Sweet Benjamin, don’t cry Things we do to survive Sweet Benjamin, don’t cry When I have no words, I stay in bed (Burning cars and bridges,   bleeding hearts and stitches) If I had no heart, I’d be dead (Burning cars and bridges,   bleeding hearts and stitches) Every scar has its history two letters and heart carved in a tree (Burning cars and bridges,   bleeding hearts and stitches) Every scar has it’s history two letters and heart carved into me Do sirens keep you awake, like wah wah wah Does the silence keep you awake, like why why why
5.
Alla sevärdheter, staplade på hemligheter Drömmarnas stad är en sömnig stad och när hon vill gå hem följer jag med med leendet på sned Jag såg din dans,  i den mörka natten såg jag min chans Alla andras pengar, har delat alldeles för många sängar Var inte rädd men du är rädd för mig nu var bara tyst och stilla jag vill inte göra dig illa Du är så fin,  Berlin, Berlin Berlin, Berlin Berlin, Berlin Sluta att streta emot,  ska jag behöva komma här med onödiga hot Du har ju redan varit med alla andra,  tror du inte jag hört vad dom berättar för varandra Här kommer dina tårar, nu kommer alla dårar Berlin, Berlin Berlin, Berlin Berlin, Berlin Nu har det blivit kallt, men du har ju redan sett allt Du är hårdare än mig alla söker ju skydd hos dig Det finns vackrare städer än du men alla vill ha dig nu Dina ärr, dina smutsiga lakan alla nätter som du höll mig vaken Du kommer förstå,  när det blivit ljust måste jag gå Berlin, Berlin Berlin, Berlin Berlin, Berlin
6.
Europa 04:30
The borders are only lines in the sand, the borders are divided by land (and invented by men) The birds all fly high in the sky but the birds have never heard About Europe About you, about Europe About Europe About you, about Europe the girls with bright eyes ride away on dreams of lies (Into Europe) The sun has always been setting in the west  so the sun must know where the setting is the best What mother’s nightmares can’t bear a cruel world does on its own She said she’d call once she’s there (Must be something wrong with the phone?) The phones all over Europe In E.U., in Europe In Europe, E.U., in Europe Is the future any brighter? Is the darkness any lighter? In Europe? I met Joy in London, she used to love to sing but now she’s not singing about anything You gotta work to make your way, you better work if you wanna stay so now she’s working for you Now she’s working for you, for Europe No matter how many times that story has been told how history repeats itself and some stories never grow old (And they call her Europe) Is the future any brighter? Is the darkness any lighter? In Europe
7.
When I whisper in my ear: “One day I’ll get you far away from here” In my ear “One day I’ll get you far away from here” When I whisper in my ear, I tell myself all the things I need to hear In my ear I tell myself all the things I need to hear   When I whisper in my ear, I’ve been doing it for years When I’m low, lower than the ground I always hear, I hear a whispering sound Then I know I’ll keep whispering when I’m older Then I know I’ll keep whispering when I’m older I feel a warm hand on my shoulder,  a warm hand on my shoulder And I whisper this too shall pass, and everything will work out at last I’ll keep my promise to this kid,  I’ll keep my promise to this kid, I always did I put a warm hand on its shoulder,  a warm hand on it’s shoulder When I whisper in my ear I tell myself all the things I need to hear and not to fear, cause  “I’m right here” When I whisper in my ear When I whisper in my ear
8.
The Crisis 05:01
C.R.I.S.I.S. It’s all over the news even the millionaires are getting the blues When you ain’t got nothing to lose You ain’t got no reason ain’t got no reason to be blue   C.R.I.S.I.S. And the depression, depression under pressure Cry cry cry  - crisis And the depression, depression under pressure Cry cry cry - crisis C - The Complexity R - Requires expertise I - International S. I. S. SOS And the depression, depression under pressure Cry! Cry! Cry! Crisis! And the depression, depression under pressure Cry! Cry! Cry! Crisis! Is it a disease? No no no Is it affecting me? Yeah yeah yeah The Crisis!  Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! And the depression, depression under pressure Cry! Cry! Cry! Crisis! And the depression, depression under pressure Cry! Cry! Cry! Crisis!
9.
I’m glad to see the snow is back cause the nights were too black without it And now the streets all glow, covered in snow  and I wanna catch a cab, but I’m only catching a cold It was packed with people at the show some of them said hello Some of them I think I know You know the drill, you go out there try not to get killed The stage is the loneliest place I’ve ever been I was looking for your face,  you’ve got the friendliest face I’ve ever seen But I couldn’t find it in the crowd, which isn’t so strange considering how you’re probably asleep in Stockholm now But the audience was nice,  they wanted me to sing the last song twice,  but I didn’t Afterwards I realized, it’s a fact the backstage belongs to the friends of the opening act (Which strangely wasn’t me) Then they gave me insanely many drinking tickets I had to finish all on my own Of course, I’ll have an profanely wicked depression tomorrow If I find myself alone I’m gonna call you on the phone The stage is the loneliest place I’ve ever been I was looking for your face, You’ve got the friendliest face I’ve ever seen But I couldn’t find it in the crowd which isn’t so strange considering how you’re probably asleep in Stockholm now

about

“Is the future any brighter? Is the darkness any lighter?

25% of all profits will be donated to sea- watch.org, A non-profit organization that conducts civil search and
rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean.

When Molly Nilsson began recording her second album Europa in 2009 the world seemed to be at a turning point and
she along with it. In the aftermath of a global financial crash, at the dawn of a new decade, the Stockholm-born, Berlinbased
singer was busy moulding her songwriting into an idiocyncratic, personal mythology that would take her to every
continent, speaking directly to hearts in every corner of the globe. The first album on her own Dark Skies Association
imprint, the first recorded in her home studio The Lighthouse, Europa broke new ground for Molly Nilsson at the time. But
also it spoke earnestly to the world about an idealism, an openness and hope that has not dimmed in the 11 years since
its release. Europa contains the songs of a young, idealistic songwriter coming to terms with her genius for cutting to the
chase, saying it as it is and, most importantly, as it should be. Over 10 years on the artists’ vim and urge for change has
only got stronger but here you can see the bright hope begin to dawn.
Europa saw Molly Nilsson move away from the minimal primitivism of her debut These Things Take Time and
remastered by James Plotkin for it’s 2021 reissue it reveals a growing depth in her songwriting. Opener In The Mood For
A Tattoo, with synth overdubs on top of impeccable vocal harmonising, boasts a killer chorus hook before melting into
The Revenge Of The Stalker, with its shades of 80s synth pop building layered dynamics out of simplicity. More Certain
Than Death is a song of youthful rebellion, even if you didn’t know it at the time, forever searching for a way out of youth
while young. Of course now, over a decade since their release, these songs have been canonised in the alternative pop
realm like all of Molly Nilsson’s catalogue. The DIY aspect of these recordings may place them firmly in the milieu they first
gained popularity – the exploding world of DIY pop, blog-based music discovery and the seemingly endless possibilities of
the beginnings of of social media – but Europa’s songs are really made to be sung to and by people, they’re statements of
intent, of togetherness and defiance.
The album’s title track is a kernel of righteousness, an archetypal Molly Nilsson moment that contains all hope in its fist,
which steadily opens outstretched to everyone who listens. Europa was written in 2009 about the ongoing refugee crisis,
an open love letter to humanity. “The borders are only lines in the sand, the borders are divided by land (and invented by
men.)” Europa praises the idea of people coming together to make things better, to help each other. It’s not about this
Europe but the idea of having no borders to imprison people. Think of Europa as an alternate universe, where no one is
illegal, but free. It’s heady stuff to sum up in a song but of course Nilsson’s effortless chorus-writing render all these
notions and feelings in a few simple words. This is of course her chief talent, whether singing about heartbreak or global
financial meltdown and it is in abundance here.

Europa is idealism never dimmed, hope never blunted.
Europa is the final album in Molly Nilsson’s catalogue to be reissued.

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released March 12, 2021

Written and Recorded by Molly Nilsson at The Lighthouse, Berlin, 2009.

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