All We Can Be

by Biggi Hilmars

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credits

released 01 October 2012

All songs written, arranged & produced by Biggi Hilmars, 
except Save Me From Me & Happiness co-written by
Scott Twynholm & Orphan co-written by Kjartan F. Ólafsson.
Famous Blue Raincoat written by Leonard Cohen.

Words by Biggi Hilmars, except Springflower by Hilmar Ragnarsson,  
Save Me From Me by Scott Twynholm, Home co-written by
María Kjartans & Famous Blue Raincoat by Leonard Cohen.
Lyrics link: www.biggihilmars.com/lyrics

String arrangements by Biggi Hilmars, except Lost Control co-arranged by Scott Twynholm & Now Is The Time co-arranged by Kjartan F. Ólafsson.

Biggi Hilmars - vocals, guitars, piano, wurlitzer, rhodes, bass, organ, synths & percussion.

With a little help from my friends:
Scott Twynholm - piano, organ & synth on Happiness & Save Me From Me.
Michael Graves - rhodes & wurlitzer on A Place For Us.
Arnar Guðjónsson - bass on A Place For Us, Now Is The Time & Home,
synth & backing vocals on A Place For Us, organ on Home.
Snorri Helgason - slide guitar on A Place for Us & backing vocals on
Save Me From Me & Springflower.
Sveinn M. Jónsson - guitars on Famous Blue Raincoat.
María Kjartans - vocals on Home, All We Can Be, Springflower & Lost Control.
Hera Lind Birgisdóttir - backing vocals on Home.
Jón Mar - drums on A Place For Us, Save Me From Me, Springflower,
War Hero & Famous Blue Raincoat.
Nói Steinn Einarsson - drums on Now Is The Time & Home.
Vincent Reck - drums on Lost Control.
Lárus Sigurðsson - earth harp & charango on Now Is The Time.
Kjartan F. Ólafsson - piano on Now Is The Time.
Simon Edwards - ukelele bass on All We Can Be.
Famous Blue Raincoat performed by Blindfold.

Strings performed by:
Rachael Lander - cello on Happiness, Springflower & War Hero.
Maddalena Branduardi - cello on Fool's Mate & Famous Blue Raincoat.
Ewan Campbell - cello on Lost Control.
Simon Perry - violins & viola on Happiness, Spring Flower, War Hero & Lost Control.
Edward Brenton - violin on Lost Control & Famous Blue Raincoat.
Neil Cameron - double bass on War Hero, Lost Control & All We Can Be.

Recorded at The Lab & Biggi Music Studios by Drew Horley & Biggi Hilmars, London 2009-2011. Now Is The Time, Orphan, Home & additional recordings took place at E7 & Ógæfa Studios, Reykjavik 2012, engineered by Arnar Guðjónsson & Hafsteinn Már Sigurðsson.

Mixed & co-produced by Arnar Guðjónsson at E7 Studios, Reykjavík in the summer of 2011 & early 2012. Lost Control mixed by Arnar Helgi Aðalsteinsson at Lalaland in 2009 & All We Can Be mixed by
Biggi Hilmars in June 2012. Famous Blue Raincoat recorded, mixed and co-produced by Sveinn M. Jónsson & Teitur Árnason at Great Eastern Studios, London. Mastered by Finnur Hákonarson at Finnland, Reykjavik in July & August 2012.

Artwork photos & illustrations by Maria Kjartans & Jean Paul Francisco.
Cover design by Isak Winther.

Special thanks to María & Hera Lind for your everlasting patience & support!
Arnar Guðjónsson for all your help, creative input & inspiration, Scott Twynholm, FTT, STEF and Rás 2, Michael Graves, Jón Mar, Maddalena Branduardi, Will Flisk, Vincent Reck, Olafur Arnalds, Matt & Nathan, Sharon Dean, JC Caddy, Simon Perry, Drew Horley, Isak Winther, Rachael Lander, Finnur Hákonar, Snorri Helgason, Lárus Sigurðsson,
Addi 800, Ampop, Blindfold, London, Paris, Reykjavik…& all the people that I am forgetting here that helped & inspired me in any way when making this album.

All songs by copyright control STEF/NCB (Scandinavia), PRS for Music (UK)

© & ℗ 2012 biggi music

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Track Name: A Place For Us
A PLACE FOR US
(verse : B#minor - Emajor, chorus : F#minor -- Amajor -- Emajor - B#minor - Emajor)

Look at all the people
running around in circles
working to survive

Distress and all the pressure
the system has created
to complicate our lives

Where do we belong?
This doesn’t feel like home
There must be a place for us somewhere

All of life’s best pleasures
The little hidden treasures
are its simplest ones

Today we are united
Abandoned the shortsighted
Together all as one

Where do we belong?
This doesn’t feel like home
There must be a place for us somewhere
Track Name: Save Me From Me
SAVE ME FROM ME

Stay and save me from me
The party has diminished to just three
Please don’t go, stay and save my soul
Stay, and save me from me

At ease amongst the throng
But all at sea now that they’ve gone
Cause when the mist descends
My body defies my sense
Stay and save me from me

Hush, little voice
Can’t you let me be?
Why is it always, you and I and she?
Hush, little voice
Can’t you set me free?
Can’t you see I’m falling from the mist
into the sea

Stay and save me from me
The party has diminished to just three
Life can be unkind
But baby, so can we
Stay and save me from me
Track Name: War Hero
WAR HERO
(intro : Aminor-Emajor, verse/chorus: Aminor-Fmajor-Cmajor-Gmajor)

After all
you’ve gone through
It’s truly amazing
that you’re still around

Through darkness of wars
Across rocky shores
You’ve been to hell and back
faced life’s closing doors

Despite all the wait
and your enemy’s hate
You kept your hopes up
and held onto your faith

In the grey battlefields
You lost all your shields
But somehow you never
lost faith in yourself

After all
you’ve gone through
It’s truly amazing
that you’re still around
Track Name: Now Is The Time
NOW IS THE TIME

Now is the time
when our life begins
This is the moment
when we confess our sins

Nowadays everything’s put in a frame
You either take part or you’re out of the game

We have to feel good, be healthy and fit and very flexible
Competition makes it so hard to be sensible

Now is the time when all is possible
Feeling like I can do anything at all
Now is the time to open up, forgive
A time for redemption, so we can start to live

We have to feel good, be healthy and fit and very flexible
Competition makes it so hard to be sensible

This is the time, this is the moment we’ve been waiting for
This is the so called happiness that we’ve been searching for
Track Name: Fool's Mate
FOOL'S MATE

Western world, where have you taken us?
Recession hitting hard, after all the rush
I took a loan, which has been growing like a tree
I cannot pay my dues, will end up on the street

I had a home, a life and everything was sweet
Cause someone fucked up, gonna end up on the street

I lost my job, my faith and left with no excuse
How it’s done and dealt with, we don’t get to choose
Here is the key, I simply cannot pay my dues
You can have my pride, if I just get to keep my soul

I had a home, a life and everything was sweet
I cannot pay my dues, will end up on the street
I had a home, a life and everything was sweet
Cause someone fucked up, gonna end up on the street
Track Name: Happiness
HAPPINESS

If this is what you want
this is what you get
You sure it’s what you need?
It’s not what you deserve
It’s easy to accept
and gradually forget
who you really are
who you were

What have you become?
To whom do you belong?
You used to be complete
but lately been so weak
Please get on your feet
and get on with your life
and show me who you are
who you are

I know who you are
and how you hide away
For long I’ve been aware
of how you treat yourself
You surely have a choice
to get out and rejoice
and find true happiness
Track Name: Springflower
Every spring my life begins
I lift my head from the soil
To face the sun, embrace the wind
and kiss the rain
Brooks run down the hills towards the sea

Playing a tune in nature’s symphony
Waiting for the spring to come

I love the summer under blue sky
listening to bees and singing birds
In the end I lie down on the ground

Prepared for the long wintersleep
Waiting for the spring to come
Playing a tune in nature’s symphony
Waiting for the spring to come

Every spring my life begins.
I lift my head from the soil
In the end I lie down on the ground,
prepared for the long wintersleep
waiting for spring to come

Cause every spring my life begins...
Track Name: All We Can Be
ALL WE CAN BE

This must be a dream
what is happening?
Searching the extreme
What life really means

Guess I must confess
Delaying happiness
has been my main obsession
and caused you much distress

I have misunderstood
the meaning of this world
Thought I'd be the king
and you would be the queen

Illusion my best friend
Awaiting the godsend
What it's to be free
is all that we can be

What is reality?
A stop in infinity
What it's to be free
is all that we can be

Life is like a stream
Running towards the sea
Created to enjoy
Too short to destroy

Illusion my best friend
Awaiting the godsend
What it's to be free
is all that we can be

Illusion my old friend
Awaiting the godsend
What it's to be free
is all that we can be
Track Name: Home
HOME

Home, where is home?
This isn’t home anymore
I’ve lived in many places
Nothing compares
when I’m with you

Yet I wonder, and I wonder, and I wonder why I keep moving on
Yet I wonder, and I wonder, and I wonder why I keep travelling on

Home, home sweet home, home sweet home

Did I dream, did I live, did I learn, did I love?
I found a place, that I love, where I live
Been here for a while now
now it’s time to hit the road again

Yet I wonder and I wonder and I wonder why I keep moving on
Yet I wonder and I wonder and I wonder why I keep travelling on

Home, home sweet home, home sweet home

Home, where is home?
Everywhere is where we belong
Track Name: Lost Control (from 'How I Live Now' movie trailer)
LOST CONTROL

I lost control, connection to my soul
Deep down within, there lives a beast
Been locked up for years
trying to get out

I've lost control, I've lost control...
does that make me crazy?

I lost my soul, yeah I lost control
without you I'm lost
without you I'm lost

I lost control, I lost control...
does that make me crazy?

Do you think I'm crazy?
Maybe I'm crazy
Track Name: Orphan
ORPHAN

I need someone to hold me, feed me
I need someone to be around me
I want someone to charm me, surprise me
I need someone understand me
I want someone to show me, teach me
I need someone to understand me

I’m so alone and I can’t help it
Cause noone wants to be around me

Nomatter how nice I try to be
Noone seems to care about it
What does it take to make you miss me
Why don’t you come along and take me home

I’m so alone and I can’t help it
Cause noone wants to be around me
Track Name: Biggi Hilmars & Blindfold - Famous Blue Raincoat (cover by L.Cohen)
FAMOUS BLUE RAINCOAT (cover by L.Cohen)

It's four in the morning, the end of december
I'm writing you now just to see if you're better
New york is cold, but I like where I'm living
There's music on clinton street all through the evening

I hear that you're building your little house deep in the desert
You're living for nothing now, I hope you're keeping some kind of record

Yes, and jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
That night that you planned to go clear
Did you ever go clear?

Ah, the last time we saw you you looked so much older
Your famous blue raincoat was torn at the shoulder
You'd been to the station to meet every train
And you came home without lili marlene
And you treated my woman to a flake of your life
And when she came back she was nobody's wife

Well I see you there with the rose in your teeth
One more thin gypsy thief
Well I see jane's awake
She sends her regards

And what can I tell you my brother, my killer
What can I possibly say?
I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you
I'm glad you stood in my way.

If you ever come by here, for jane or for me
Your enemy is sleeping, and his woman is free

Yes, and thanks, for the trouble you took from her eyes
I thought it was there for good so I never tried

And jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
That night that you planned to go clear
Did you ever go clear?