Ship's Bell

by LANAI

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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…
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Joanna 05:47
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
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Twister 04:25
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
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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
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June, 1941 05:22
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
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Ship's Bell 08:20
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
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For Signe 01:31
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Marble Eyes 04:08
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
10.
Tabu 04:14
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?
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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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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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