Ship's Bell

by LANAI

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Finnish Folk/Indie/Americana band Lanai's debut studio album, 'Ship's Bell' swirls around the theme of collective loneliness that also herds us closer together. It's a beautiful mix of timeless singer-songwriter moments going up against vast, cinematic dimensions with vocal harmonies, violins and lush guitar textures. Regardless of the melancholic undercurrent, the album bears a strong sense of hope and uplift.

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released March 1, 2019

Written & Composed by Tanja Torvikoski, Petri Kuusela

Tanja Torvikoski – Vocals, glockenspiel, Piano, Wurlitzer
Petri Kuusela – Producer, Vocals, Guitars, Engineer, Arrangement, chimes, Percussion, Drums, Harmonium, Mandolin, Baritone, Bass
Juuso Ahlroos – Drums, Percussion
Jaakko Konttila – Bass, Bass (Upright)
Katariina Kuure - Bass (Upright)
Rob Moose - Strings, String arrangements
Matias Kiiveri – Drum machine, Farfisa, Engineer, Mixing Engineer
Kim Rosen - Mastering engineer
Cameron Henry - Lacquer Cut
Pentti Amore - Engineer
Jari Niemi - Engineer

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Track Name: Hold onto Nothing
I’ve been holding onto something
On my mind
And though it seems like nothing
It’s been holding me down

You never meant to hurt me
But I used your words to feel
And oh, how bad it hurts to try to love
After all these years

My mother, my father
My brother, my brother
We did the best we could
When troubles aligned

I grew up with a story
That I still like to tell
To make people feel they know me
Without spoiling the end

That my history is a minefield
And I’m scared to make the run
Yet here you stand with your handpicked dandelions
To see the last blinking sun

My mother, my father
My brother, my brother
We did the best we could
When troubles aligned

My mother, my father
My brother, my brother
It was hard enough
Then troubles aligned

My mother, my father
My brother, my brother
We did the best we could
When troubles aligned

My mother, my father
Remember that summer
We drove through the night
As one family…
Track Name: Joanna
Just a closed door between us
And it feels the closest we’ve been in so long
I know we’re not talking but at least we’re honest
’Cause outside of honest there’s not much at all

I miss your rain, I miss your fire
As the smell of smoke it fills this quiet hall
Just a closed door between us
And it feels the closest we’ve been in so long

Here I’m staring cold at the ceiling
I’m a free man lost without you
What is this thing you’ve got me feeling?
You did the hardest thing a lover can do

The years we lost, the time I’ve wasted
I could see you only when you looked away
All your sadness I can handle
But it burns when you turn your open heart my way

I know we’re not talking but at least we’re honest

And here I’m staring cold at the ceiling
I’m a free man lost without you
What is this thing you’ve got me feeling?
You did the hardest thing a lover can do

Here I’m staring cold at the ceiling
I’m a free man lost without you
I get this thing you’ve got me feeling
You did the hardest thing a lover can do

Here I’m staring cold at the ceiling
I’m a free man lost without you
I get this thing you’ve got me feeling
(I get the thing you’ve got me feeling)
You did the hardest thing a lover can do
You did the hardest thing a lover can do
You did the hardest thing a lover can do
Track Name: Twister
He has no patience
He is wild
But he keeps me always
In the corner of his eye

Come here little twister
Soaring around my little finger

Come here little twister
Soaring around my little finger
Teach me to fly, I know you can
Pick me up like a weightless grain of sand
Come here, little kite
At the other end of a string so tight

He hates the way I stall
He’s a whirl
When the wind moves my hair
He sees me, I am still his girl

Come here little twister
Soaring around my little finger
Teach me to fly, I know you can
Pick me up like a weightless grain of sand
Come here, little kite
At the other end of a string so tight
Come here, little whirl
Mess my hair I’m still your summer girl
Track Name: Follow the Sun
A kids’ size heart
Is the largest part
It leaves no room for doubt

It turns on the light
Takes the whole tour
Makes fair questions just to be sure

It’s the pile of dreams on your table
It’s the sense of strength that you’re able

At night we follow the stars and the moon
At daytime, of course, we follow the sun


It’s a grown-up-thing
To try to win
A misunderstanding of the oldest game

We break the rules
Then call ourselves
For making up rules that have to be broken

It’s the voice that noise that we sidestep
It’s the joy that scares us off our feet
It’s the lead as close as a taillight
It’s the chance of losing everything

At night we follow the stars and the moon
At daytime, of course, we follow the sun
At night we follow the stars and the moon
At daytime, of course, we follow the sun
Track Name: Sottunga, 22nd
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Track Name: June, 1941
Easy to say that I saw it coming, but you might’ve turned around
Easy to think I know where I’m going till somewhere lost I’m found
Easy to love but so hard to breathe when the airplane leaves the ground
Your heart is brave and my heart is proud, I nearly crushed the flowers in my hand

Never made a vow, never until now, never will I let you go

Today the wait has been to long, time is dust landing on your chair
The yard is bare and the birds have gone, my heart can’t find enough to wear
So hard to breathe but easy to love, when you find someone you truly care of

Never made a vow, never until now, never will I let you go

Yes, I do, the story makes sense when I am with you
Yes, for you, I don’t have to wait to feel like I do
Take my word, it’s all that I am, all that I’ve learned
Have my heart, it was yours anyway right from the start
Have my heart, it was yours anyway right from the start
We were young, it was raining that day in June, 1941

Waltz and pray
I waltz and pray
Easy to say that I saw it coming, but you might’ve turned around
Easy to think I know where I’m going till somewhere lost I’m found
Track Name: Ship's Bell
The water’s grey and a little green
Where boats come and go
It’s hard to tell the sky from the sea
Down at the harbor

I long for adventure while I’m young
To be at the mercy of it all and some
I’m dying to see what I can be
But until then I’m just me

As I turned to leave I heard the ship’s bell
Jealous, like a man, I wished them all well
As I turned I thought I heard a farewell
Down at the harbor

Flags like arms point to horizon
To loneliness and longitude intercept
I live my life from where I’m standing
With my hands in my pockets

As I turned to leave I heard the ship’s bell
Jealous, like a man, I wished them all well
As I turned I thought I heard a farewell
Down at the harbor

I want to change my mind
Can I change my mind, mm

As I turned to leave I heard the ship’s bell
Jealous, like a man, I wished them all well
As I turned I thought I heard a farewell
Down at the harbor
Track Name: For Signe
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Track Name: Marble Eyes
Something about just being here has me torn
I don’t know why I ever came back at all

Something about this love makes my heart turn black
But as much as it hurts there’s light shining through the cracks

You had me hypnotized by your marble eyes
I read your clear blue mind like an open sky

I was once told that I would soon face my worst fear
Now I only trust myself in the arms of an old chair

Mm

I was once told that I would soon face my worst fear
Now I only trust myself in the arms of an old chair

To the other side
Through these endless gates
To get in and out
How much beating must one heart take

Mm

I chose this long before I knew of your time
I myself brought you all the tools to break me down

I let you have my trust and then use it the way you please
Cause I still remember what your marble eyes showed me

To the other side
Through these endless gates
To get in and out
How much beating must one heart take
Track Name: Tabu
Is he good to you?
Does he make you smile?
At least more than he makes you cry
Us girls we talk about everything
But the two of you are a tabu

You know that we love you
You could tell us anything
Sad eyes and a broken smile
They say it all to say the least

Everything alright?
Do you wanna come by?
Do you need a place to crash tonight?
Everyone goes through some ups and downs
Don’t be afraid to let it slide

I can see you holding on
Hold on if you like, aa…
Sad eyes and a broken smile
It’s been a while since you’ve been here
Won’t you tell me all about it dear?

I can see you holding on
Hold on if you like, ooh
Sad eyes and a broken smile
It’s been a while since you’ve been here
Won’t you tell me all about it dear?
Track Name: I Have Been There
In your mind everything’s so tangled up you don’t know who you are no more
Locked up in your pretty head and you can’t find the door
Say you cry all the time ‘cause you’ve got something in your eye love, you don’t have to lie
It’s a long day laughing through your tears, but then it’s a long day anyway

Oh I have been there
Yes I have been there
Believe me I have been there
I know…
Oh I have been there
Yes I have been there
Believe me I have been there
I know…

The morning comes too early and for the night you might have to wait
It’s hard to explain how lonely the days can be
No matter how lovely the weather, under my covers I prefer to stay
When it’s dark inside, it’s dark outside

Oh I have been there
Yes I have been there
Believe me I have been there
I know…
Oh I have been there
Yes I have been there
Believe me I have been there
I know…

Sometimes it feels we give too much but love can’t be wasted
What ever we do is enough
We do our part when it’s our time
We get up when we’re ready to start the climb

Oh I have been there
Yes I have been there
Believe me I have been there
I know…
Oh I have been there
Yes I have been there
Believe me I have been there
I know…
(Too scared to make a sound, staring at the ground, dying to sing your tune, I know)

Believe me I have been there
I know

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