All We Can Be

by Biggi Hilmars

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
War Hero 03:30
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
4.
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
5.
Fool's Mate 03:56
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
6.
Happiness 04:42
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
7.
Springflower 04:03
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...
8.
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
9.
Home 02:38
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
10.
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
11.
Orphan 02:36
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
12.
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?

credits

released January 4, 2017

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)

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