Urges

by Ragnar Ólafsson

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02:51
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released June 15, 2017

Written, recorded and produced by Ragnar Ólafsson.
Mixed & mastered by Ragnar Zolberg.
Mastered by Axel “Flex” Árnason

Clowns used in artwork Heiðdís Traustadóttir
Photographs: Julie Rowland
Graphic design: Hörður Ólafsson

Ragnar Ólafsson - vocals, guitars, ukulele, banjo, piano, rhodes, wurlitzer, synthesizers & percussion
Aldís Davíðsdóttir - vocals on track 10
Baldvin Freyr Þorsteinsson - guitar on tracks 4, 7 & 11
Björgvin Hjörvarsson - bass on tracks 1, 5, 7 & 8
Hálfdán Árnason, bass - upright bass and ambience on tracks 3, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 12
Höskuldur Eiríksson - drums & percussion on tracks 1, 4, 6, 9 & 11
Ívar Guðmundsson - trumpet on track 9
Jökull Máni Reynisson - synthesizers & programming on track 3.
Kjartan Baldursson - guitar on track 6.
Kristin Snær Agnarsson - drums on tracks 7
Kristján Kristjánsson - harmonica on track 1
Michaela Lucas - backing vocals on track 3
Ragnar Zolberg - guitar on track 1 & 7
Sólveig Ásgeirsdóttir - vocals on tracks 3, 5, 6, 7 & 8
Tómas Jónsson - rhodes & Hammond organ on tracks 6 & 9
Viktor Orri Árnason - violas on track 12
Þórður Hermansson - bass on track 4

Special thanks: Axel “Flex” Árnason, Árstíðir, Bartek Borowicz, Birgir Hilmarsson, Björgvin Hjörvarsson, Charlotte Kuyvenhoven, Curver Thoroddsen, Finnur Hákonarson, Guillaume Lagravière, Gunnar B. (Gussi) Guðbjörnsson, Guðmundur Ingi “blueberry” Halldórsson, Hörður Ólafsson, Janus Rasmussen, Jasper Van Gheluwe, Julie Rowland, Justyna Wilczyńska, Kevin “WhiteFingers” Galland, Kinga Świętek, Linda Iliste, Magnús Brynjar Orrason, Ragnar Zolberg, Robbin Gielen, Rósa Ásgeirsdóttir, Rúnar Sveinsson, Sakaris Emil Joensen, Sóley Ástudóttir, Stefanie Oepen, (King) Thomas Neuhierl, Unnur Björk Jóhanssdóttir, VGS guitars, Þorsteinn Kári Guðmundsson.
Everyone who backed my efforts through Karolina Fund and made this album possible.
My friend John Holdson for always believing in me.
My family for always supporting my music in every way.
And last but not least, all my amazing musical friends who brought their personality and energy to this project and helped shape my songs into something greater than I could ever do on my own.

For Elva.

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Track Name: SSDD
Another day
another day

another day
well, ok

A selfish sage
overcome with age

My selfish ways
my selfish ways

I knew the rules a little too well
I knew the rules a little too well

The old days gone
and the new are piling up

I resist the change
in every way

a manage de troi
a manage de troi

another night, spent
naked on the floor

I knew the rules a little too well
I knew the rules a little too well

I knew this day would come, like a familiar smell
I known these rules, a little too well
Track Name: Wine
I thought you'd be mine
when we were drinking wine
we were calling each other all the time

A hight altitude
a spectacular view
we we're, on top of the world me and you

I wished that in time
that we, we would find
the courage to call each other "mine"

So hold me my love
don't look down, there's nobody else around
so hold me my love, my dear
you can always find me here
my dear

I thought you you'd be mine
when we were drinking wine
we were chasing each other all the time

I hoped it was true
when I looked straight at you
we would see this thing all the way through

But time goes so fast
and even mountains never lasts
they too become, a part of our past

So hold me my love
you knew me better than myself, at the time
so just hold me my love, so pure
one thing you can know for sure

So hold me my love
inside of your heart after we done
and trust me me my love, so fine
I will always treasure the time we shared wine
Track Name: War
To tell the truth
I've had enough of this youth
it's time to see
there's a life there for me

A war since 1981
A war since 1981

From what I've learned
all this struggle and hurt
can be useful when
you come through for a friend

A war since 1981
A war since 1981

I felt like I’ve won
when I turned 21

Then jealousy
and aggravation
started turning me around

Unclear needs
took me down another
path in life, where I couldn't see

The hardest part in life is the art
of knowing where and when to share

A war since 1981

Then jealousy
and aggravation
started turning me around

Unclear needs
took me down another
path in life, where
it takes a grown up man just to see

The war has only just begun
Track Name: A Prayer
It's calm
a silence
without light
it's the way we lead lives

It's a feeling
without intent
that we may never repent

It's a wish
a poison
its a gift we've yet to deserve

It's a spell
a prayer
it's a knife, before it comes stabbing down

Without light
it's a silence
it's always been the way we lead our lives

Knowing what is right,
just us two
and now we truth
can lead us to our lives
and the knifes comes down multiple times

It's a wish
a poison
its a gift we've yet to deserve

It's a spell
a prayer
it's a knife, before it comes stabbing down

Knowing what is right,
just us two
and now we truth
can lead us to our lives
and the knifes comes down multiple times

Oh lord

Life, show me what is right
just us two
just let us know the truth
can lead us back to our lives
but the knifes comes down multiple times
Track Name: Relations
My sister and my mother
never got along

She tried to resist her
but she was always gone

I was a grown man
when I found out, I was an only child

The future is a mirror
the past, a measurement of time
Track Name: Bravery
Her compass is asking me to walk her way
but I'm not in the mood for the night

And the sunlight is desperately shining my way
but I don't feel like seeing it today

When the game starts hurting and the bruises too
no bravery in the land of the free

Despite the ways I'm yearning I know it's true
the summer is over for me, and for you

Do you ever wonder
what have become of you

Now she is asking me to walk away
or perhaps stay for just another day

And the sunlight is trying to change mind
but I don't feel like changing it today

When the game starts hurting and the bruises too
no bravery in the land of the free

Despite the ways I'm yearning I know it's true
The fire that forged our love

A feeling that remembers two arms
and forgets

Do you ever wonder
and I hope you do
because we were meant to believe it was true
when summer came over for me, and for you
Track Name: Urges
You'll always be my girl
the one I don't deserve

Saw the world through different eyes
out of focus every time we cried

Full of love and lacking words
We never talked and never really tried
oh, tried

The damage has been done
still I feel you're the one

Crying as we fell asleep
we'd wake up to a new and brighter day

Full of love and lacking words
so many things that we could never say

Looking back I realize
we were simply having too much fun

We were like a universe
over shadowed by my urge to run
Track Name: Petals
You never seem to stay here too long
still I count the hours till you’re gone
till you’re gone

Your poison is knowing when I’m wrong
ignoring the mistakes that you had done
that you’ve done

We are just two petals from rose once in bloom
we did what we had to
we are just two petals from a rose once in bloom
I threw away the key when you entered my room

You never seemed to try at all
leaving me sad and appalled

You always seem to point out my wrongs
ignoring all the damage you had caused
that you’ve caused

We are just two petals from a rose once in bloom
we did what we could, but
we were just two petals that faded too soon
I threw away the key when you entered my room

Falling like two petals from a rose once in bloom
and it happened too soon
we’ll keep on being petals longing for the truth
but you threw away the key
when I walked out of your room.
Track Name: Vegetate
A white and health boy
with an affinity for noise

And I don't own a car
but I can pretty walk far, if I'm inclined to
and I own three or so guitars
I keep them locked away in a pawn shop

I get about twenty likes
when I post something clever on social media

At nights I go to a bar
and knock back six rounds or so, on average
and weeks just seem to come and go
I can't keep track and I'm not trying

Save me from all this choice
and freedom to dispose my free time
I have no choice
cus I grow old over night

Just a white and health boy
shy but coy

I went out and bought a car
and celebrated with a cigar, the cheaper kind
and weeks just seem to come and go
I keep them locked away in a pawn shop

Save me from all this choice
freedom to dispose my free time
I have no choice
cus I grow old over night

And years just seem to come and go
I keep them locked away in a pawn shop

Save me from my own choice
freedom to dispose my free time
I have no choice
cus I don't own the right to vegetate
Track Name: Dozen
I raise my glass
to my my dry lips
what will become of this

The show is on
I’ll do anything it seems
by the look of things

You cast the spell that made made it all go sour

There's a dozen of me
but only one story of how we became to be

With you it's three
oh, you’re perfect and I love your dialect

You cast the spell that made made it all go sour
I just made it last another hour

Trust me I've seen both sides
been through all the segments
I know what is wrong from right
I've learned by the way of failing
and I am

I raise my glass
to my my dry lips
what will become of this

You cast the spell that made made it all go sour
I just made it last another hour

Trust me I've seen both sides
been through all the segments, and I know
I know what is wrong from right
I've learned by the way of failing
and I am

And one day I'll show what's right
I'll go through the different segments, oh,with you
and we'll know what's wrong and right
we'll learn by the way failing together, and we

We’ll raise our glass
Track Name: Scar
And there I was a baby
in the twilight between the the now and what became before

I must admit I was young boy
in the dusk of lust and tainted thoughts of doubt
when first learned to get it out

I could not choose while I
felt had I something to loose

I must admit I was still a young man
when I finally admitted to being scared
of the thoughts in my young blond head

And there I was, an old man
in the dusk of lust and tainted thoughts of doubt
when I finally let it out

Beggars can’t choose, but it's OK
it ain't blues until you pay the dues
It's a grinning mouth of a healing scar
humming to the sound of a banjo guitar

When you wish upon a star
burning bright won’t get your far
Track Name: Red Wine
The bleeding is getting worse now
but the show has just begun
and darkness follows the sun

The breathing is getting irregular
but it's business as usual
and true love ends in the singular

Red wine won't save you
only you can
it takes a drunk to be a man

Silence falls like the snow
but even the snow flakes know
from here there’s no where left to go

Red wine won't save you
only you can
it takes a drunk to be a man

Red wine won't save you
only you can
and I'm to drunk to be a man

But time can save you
help you understand
all the things you never thought you'd would

And though I can't be with you
be in all your plans
think of me
I'd really appreciate it if you would