Rockland

CREDITS

Old de Spain: Lyrics / Mel: Mats Rybø & Anne Marit Bergheim
Curvaceous Needs: Lyrics: Marianne Sveen Mel: Odd Nordstoga & Marianne Sveen
Oh My God: Lyrics / Mel: Solveig Heilo
Lady Grey: Lyrics / Mel: Marianne Sveen
My Own Tune: Lyrics: Turid J. Honerud & Ole-Kristian J. Honerud Mel: Turid J. Honerud & Stian Kårstad
Shine Like Neon Rays: Lyrics / Mel: Solveig Heilo & Mats Rybø
Driving After You: Lyrics / Mel: Marianne Sveen
Flash In The Dark: Lyrics / Mel: Mats Rybø & Anne Marit Bergheim
My Dear: Lyrics: Solveig Heilo Mel: David Burn & Solveig Heilo
Bad Girl: Lyrics / Mel: Solveig Heilo
Rockland: Lyrics: Mats Rybø Mel: Anne Marit Bergheim

All instruments played by Katzenjammer
Katzenjammer is Marianne Sveen, Turid J. Honerud, Solveig Heilo & Anne Marit Bergheim

Additional musicians:
Amund Maarud, guitar licks
Men´s choir: Frithjof Hungnes, Kåre Chr. Vestrheim, Mike Hartung, Hans Andreas Horntveth Jahnsen, Kristoffer Bonaksen, Marius D. Hagen, Chris Samson, Jacob Dobewall
Extra hands and feet for stomping and clapping: Hanne Mari Karlsen & Frithjof Hungnes

Produced by Victor Van Vugt
Recorded at Phat Cat and Propeller Music Division, Oslo, Norway by Victor Van Vugt
Additional engineering by Jacob Dobewall at Propeller Music Division, Jon Halvor Nysveen at Phat Cat, Marianne Sveen at Livingroom Studios and Solveig Heilo at Press Play On Tape

Mixed by Georg Tanderø
Mastered by Morgan Nicolaysen at Propeller Mastering

Photos by Jørgen Nordby
Artwork by Solveig Heilo

LYRICS

OLD DE SPAIN
Old de Spain oppressing me
Promised wealth and fields of gold
Bright sunlight has blinded me
He ran my life, mankin style
So now I burn burn burn burn burn
To never return

Ohhohh…

Old de Spain has a harvest mind
His cracking whip had marked my back
Oh I was taxed for piles of cash
So I got a can of gazoline
To burn burn burn burn burn
And never return

Ohhohh…

Old de Spain hiding ´neath his rug
Stop pulling my strings you smug ol’ thug
Oh, this can is ripe for my revolt
This brand of fire and flames is now meant for you
So you’ll burn burn burn burn burn
And when the sky is colored red
And I’m on my way to another town
Oh I will get my freedom sir
Make my own rules play my own strings
So burn burn burn burn burn
And never return

Ohhohh..

bird

CURVACEOUS NEEDS
COMING SOON…

bird

OH MY GOD
Oh my God
I see a policeman is coming after me
Cause he knows I´m braking bad
I can´t hide away my push pen anxiety
And the sirenes makes me mad
Everybody in my head knows that I´m crazy
I push the envelope, I´m a rad
And all the people in my head think I´m racy
Going «Oh my God»

Oh my God

I can´t see why he´s always on my derriere
It must be super trooper hot
But when I look behind myself in the mirror
I kinda know that it is not
He´s walking ´round just like a snuffleuphagus
That makes my people uneasy
He´s gonna win this chase again, win over us
In emo prison I´ll be
Cause you´re an Alpha Dog
I´m just a Beta Baby
You know my heart is flogged
You bite till I get rabies

Oh my God

Somebody hand out Hello Kitty first aid kit
Cause my sweet bleedin wont stop
I think this time we got us seriously bit
And my blood´s already slopped
I´ll be a brat and you´re a condescending brit
«But she will share it with her crowd»
You´re a rabiafaw and you know I love it
But I also know how!
Now I´m the Alpha Dog
And you´re the Beta Baby!
You know my heart is flogged
And now my heart got rabies
Cause I´m an Alpha Dog
and you can be the Beta, baby
And I´m about to slog
an underdog with rabies

bird

LADY GREY
Lady grey you tell a smile
What is your secret
What’s your lie
You lived a long hard life
Your memory may fade
But you´re still wise
I wonder where you’ve been
What you’ve accomplished
What you’ve seen
In such a long hard life
Did you ever dance?
Where you someone’s wife?

Take me
Take me away
Way back to the days
When you were crazy
Crazy for living
Oh sweet 29
And you looked fine

Lady grey
Dressed up so nice
Where do you go when you close your eyes?
Do you hear the words I say?
And can you remember yesterday?
What do you comprehend?
Can you even feel me in your hand?
Lady grey with your knock out smile
Hoping you feel it was worth the while

Take me
Take me away
Way back to the days
When you were crazy
Crazy for living
Oh sweet 29
And you looked fine

Lady grey
No doubt that time
Has withered your hands
But still your smile
Is as sparkling as way back when
You broke the hearts of all young men
Lady grey, when I see you now
Sick in your bed
But still you smile when you hear the music play
Wonder how it would be if you could

Take me
Take me away
Way back to the days
When you were crazy
Crazy for living
Oh sweet 29
And you looked fine

Take me
Take me away
Way back to the days
When you were crazy
Crazy for living
Oh sweet 29
And you looked fine
And you looked fine
And you looked fine
My Lady Grey

bird

MY OWN TUNE
Get up sit down, move around like a king without a crown.
System breakdown with a chum
doing long nights on the town
No happy ending is near so it’s time to face the fear
It’s time to move move along and make music on my own

On my own

I like to walk , walk ahead
And eat up my dirty shred
I wish the strings that are played
were connected with a thread
But what is done and is not is a very different game
I have to sit down and try to stay sane and make a frame

And put memories to a tune
Have you experienced the same
It’s done tomorrow or in June
Or in June

Come Sing Along

It’s time to sing sing along time to make another song
But what I would like is sit down and play a cover song
Now I’m left here with cords and piano on my own
I have to sit down and try to stay sane and make a frame

And put memories to a tune
Have you experienced the same
It’s done tomorrow or in June

Come Sing Along
On my song
Come Sing Along
This can´t go wrong
And put memories to a tune
Have you experienced the same
It’s done tomorrow or in June

bird

SHINE LIKE NEON RAYS
You’re waking up at 5am, you’ve dreamt the factory dream again oh oh
The grinding of the great machines with shining steel like guillotines
oh oh
And someone saying to you oh, don´t let go, I´ve been just like kinda caught in a roll never getting out
But the morning is here on your stairs, he´s holding up his sharp golden spears and tries his very best, to put on airs,to get you out.

And he is coming for you, to brighten bleaker days. And all the things that you do, are never lost in space. But they shine like neon
rays, to spell liberty ohohoh-oh
Oh oh oh oh! Eeny meeny miny moe, catch yourself by the toe oh
oh oh….oh oh oh
So afraid you had a choice, to speak with someone else’s voice.

Oh oh oh

But it’s coming with a cost, to climb the wall, the outside it is steep if you fall. You’re walking on the blade of a knife, oh what a gift to get!

And it was given to you, to brighten bleaker days. (Oh! You know you´re shinin, you know you) And all the things that you do, are never lost in space. But they shine like neon rays, to spell liberty

ohohoh-oh

So eeny meeny meeny my miny moe, I think you have caught your pinky toe, but some day soon, you will grow, and your neon rainbow will start to glow

Oooooooh

And he is coming for you, to brighten bleaker days. And all the things that you do, are never lost in space. But shine like neon rays,to spell liberty ohohoh-oh to spell victory oh oh oh oh oh to spell freedom

oh oh oh oh oh!

bird

DRIVING AFTER YOU
My baby I fell for you
And lately I’ve been crawling too
Consistent is the heart line
And you know your way around mine
How I wish I could redefine
And get you off my mind
Cause if you’re leaving
I’m driving after you
I’m driving after you
My heart is abusive
And my soul is aching too
So won’t you take me back home with you

My baby, you got me good
And lately a little more than you should
A finger has no magnetic force
Still I find myself wrapped around yours
How I wish I could redefine
And get you off my mind

Cause if you’re leaving
I’m driving after you
I’m driving after you
My heart is abusive
And my soul is aching too
So won’t you take me back home with you

Cause if you’re leaving
I’m driving after you
I’m driving after you
My heart is abusive
And my soul is aching too
So won’t you take me back home with you

If there’s one thing you should know
There are lengths that I would never go
Unless you promise to follow
Cause now you got me on my knees
And you know I’m rarely begging please
But if could ask for one last thing
Cause you distort my velvet mind
You’re releasing all my roller blinds
Got my rhyme and reason all wined
So if I’m driving after you
It’s cause no one else will ever do
So you must always take me back
Always take me back

bird

FLASH IN THE DARK
These are the things that I love in life
Songs of a war and a friday night
So close to you, in the car, in the dark aha
I play the local hero part
Eyes fixed on me I never let you down
But this is it, I want more, a big score aha

Down through the ribbon highway I will go
Searching for a brighter spotlight a brighter sun
I am out on the open road
I am more than a kick and I’m more than a spark
I am more than a flash in the dark

A bright new morning in Neonville
In my cowboy boots and my leotard
I’ve got my lips all red the drama’s on aha
The day has burned out at the quickest pace
I wanted to win but I lost the race
So this is it, I want more, the noble floor aha

Down through the ribbon highway I will go
Searching for a brighter spotlight a brighter sun
I am out on the open road
I am more than a kick and I’m more than a spark
I am more than a flash in the dark

I am more I am more than a flash in the dark
I am more I am more than a flash in the dark
I am more I am more than a flash in the dark
I am more I am more

Down through the ribbon highway I will go
Searching for a brighter spotlight a brighter sun
I am out on the open road
I am more than a kick and I’m more than a spark
I am more than a flash in the dark

Down through the ribbon highway I will go
Searching for a brighter spotlight a brighter sun
I am out on the open road
I am more than a kick and I’m more than a spark
I am more than a flash in the dark yeah

bird

MY DEAR
When the night is over
When the moon light´s gone
When seductive rhythms
of the storm die down
When the white wild horses
are laying down to rest
When your mind is sober
And I am getting dressed

Will you still kiss my neck, my dear my dear?
Will you dance when I ask, my dear my dear?
Will you walk out ahead, my dear my dear my dear?
Or will you stay in bed?

When the house is crowded
When you´ve got no space
When the baby´s crying
When I´ve pulled my ace

Will you still kiss my neck, my dear my dear?
Will you dance when I ask, my dear my dear?
Will you walk out ahead, my dear my dear my dear?
Or will you stay in bed?

When my white face withers
When my skin turns gray
When the drama´s over
then will you still stay?

Will you still kiss my neck, my dear my dear?
Will you dance when I ask, my dear my dear?
Will you walk out ahead, my dear my dear my dear?
Or will you still stay in bed?
Will you stay in bed?

bird

BAD GIRL
Bad girl bad girl

Go hide away go hurl that friggin skirt of yours that is way too short for my mama and me
Bad girl Bad girl don ́t be too comfy with yourself, we ́ll be at your back with a hack to stand and watchin ́ you bleed

High on lies, my tongue is tired and dry I wish for you to come and buy my whiskey

Give me some of that old lovers song I need my fix but not your flack now, honey

Go hide away, go home you biggie, bawd
Go hide away, go home you ball of odd, we ́ll weed you out like a bug, like a punk, like a bawdy, little bad girl

Bad girl Bad girl

Go hide away go hurl those friggin friends of yours, we ́re short of those but we ́ll mock you for it

HEY!

By and by my skirt will stay up high and there is plenty of room for more acquaintance
Cry and cry but not for your remarks so you go put that in your pipe and smoke it

Go hide away, go home you biggie, bawd
Go hide away, go home

You ball of odd, we ́ll weed you out like a bug, like a punk, like a bawdy, little bad girl

Bad girl Bad girl

Don´t be too sure we´ ́ll stick around for you no more on your dirty floor not papa nor me
My oh my you pry into my mind I´m gonna riddle yours till you turn scarlet

I ́ll revolt and you ́ll deceive your souls, it´s to yourselves you are not true you harlots

Go hide away, go home you biggie, bawd
Go hide away, go home

You ball of odd, we ́ll weed you out like a bug, like a punk, like a bawdy, little bad girl

Bad girl bad girl

Go hide away go hurl that friggin skirt of yours that is way too short for my mama and me

Bad girl Bad girl don´t be too sure we ́ll stick around for you no more on your dirty floor not papa nor me

Bad girl Bad girl
Go hide away, bad girl

Bad girl Bad girl
Go hide away

Bad girl

bird

ROCKLAND
I am with you in Rockland it´s true
that we just had to be friends
We share the same pretentious mind
we´re blind and sing together
I am with you in Rockland it´s true
In a dark room with moon beams okay
We believe in the holes not the zeroes
Escaping like moles or like heroes

Songs of love and megalomania
Songs of hope and ecstasy

Oh a room of our own, and
A key into space
A door that is locked
I´m naked and bruised

Freedom

I am with you in Rockland it´s true
Shakespeare laughing outside
Building a wall with his ol´ Les Paul
With friends that all sound the same
He´s a hipster elusive his power abusive
His friends are concealed behind a force field

Oh a room of our own, and
A key into space
A door that is locked
I´m naked and bruised

Freedom

There´s lights out in Rockland
While we sing our songs
Yeah there´s lights out in Rockland
While we sing our song

Oh a room of our own, and
A key into space
A door that is locked
I´m naked and bruised

Oh a room of our own, and
A key into space
A door that is locked
I´m naked and bruised

Oh a room of our own, and
A key into space
A door that is locked
I´m naked and bruised

Freedom

ROCKLAND

ABOUT ROCKLAND

“This is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to devote a lot of time to songwriting, giving us a lot of material to choose from”, says Marianne Sveen about Rockland, Katzenjammer´s latest album. “Everyone´s contributed, and seeing as we’re four very different people, we are also fairly different as songwriters. For the first time, I feel we come across as individuals, while at the same time we are definitely a band, and that feels very right”.

Marianne´s summation of Katzenjammer´s third album recording works excellently as a description of the band´s ten year run – four strong personalities who function unusually well as a unit.

This recipe has brought the quartet round the world, from Australia via The United States to ever larger stages in Europe. Katzenjammer in concert is a colourful experience, bursting with energy. Four girls who seamlessly juggle exotic instruments such as domra, balalaika, melodika, ukulele and harpeleik, constantly switching places within the basic setup of bass, drums, guitar and piano from one song to the next, and singing four-piece harmony while they’re at it.

Hundreds of shows around the world have turned Anne Marit, Marianne, Turid and Solveig into a well-oiled steamroller of a live act, coasting through a multitude of instruments, genres and influences, quite often within the same song.

Back to Marianne Sveen and Rockland: “As I hear it, our sound has become clearer and perhaps more to the point, without compromising on the spontaneity and enjoyment that has always been important to us. The ten years we have spent playing together also shine through”.

“In addition, we’ve worked with a new producer this time, and also recorded in a different studio. This contributed to a fresh energy that fits well on a third album. Victor van Vugt was instrumental in letting the four of us shine, keeping the best of the old Katzenjammer, and cheer on the new”.

Not so strange, perhaps, that the affable Melbournian Victor van Vugt and Katzenjammer have found each other in this process. In addition to both parties having a somewhat hard-sounding, central-european name, the producer and the band have a fairly eclectic musical CV in common. But where Katzenjammer have held artists like Nick Cave, Gogol Bordello, Kirsty MacColl, Beth Orton and P.J. Harvey as heroes and sources of inspiration, Victor van Vugt has produced and worked with all of them, and many more.

“He truly is a fantastic producer, and he really knows people, which is a plus when your´re working with a band where everyone´s the front person”, says Marianne.

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