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Fever Ray — If I Had a Heart
Album: Fever Ray
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Released: 2009
Length: 3:48
Plays (last 30 days): 2
This will never end
'Cause I want more
More, give me more
Give me more

This will never end
Cause I want more
More, give me more
Give me more

If I had a heart I could love you
If I had a voice I would sing
After the night when I wake up
I'll see what tomorrow brings

If I had a voice, I would sing

Dangling feet from window frame
Will I ever ever reach the floor?
More, give me more, give me more

Crushed and filled with all I found
Underneath and inside
Just to come around
More, give me more, give me more

If I had a voice, I would sing
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 rednred wrote:

Bill, You are so much a man of my own heart, and a true master of connections between the songs you play. As soon as I heard "Hall of the Mountain King", by Edvard Grieg, fellow Norwegian (well Norwegian-American in my case, but I have met many of my Norse relatives in Norway!) and Viking ancestor, I thought "How cool would it be to hear the theme song from "Vikings" right now? At that moment, you played  it! I have been listening to RP pretty much from the start (and to you for many years before that on radio in Northern California) and I love the connections you constantly make, many obscure, but I often get the obscure ones too, because that is how my musical brain works as well. I have been living in the mountains of central Mexico the past three years and Radio Paradise is my companion and soundtrack here. Gracias amigo! Tom


Well stated and I feel you echo the sentiments of the entirety of the RP community. Lind of course is a very old Viking name that stays in the background. While the paper work says we came over in the 1900's all evidence on the ground says that we made our way over to Milwaukee in the 1300's. I am adopted and do not have the blood line - I am 80% Irish and 20% German according to the genealogy on the adoption records, which I also suspect is more Roman than anything else.

I am trying to get a teams group together to listen and audio chat together at the same time. One day I will sit down and write the ppt plugin to play arbitrary AAC streams over a slide so that the music works. I attempted to play it off the phone, but the noise cancelling rendered the music unintelligible over teams and ppt only offers media plugins on the major video streaming platforms.  
Dammit Bill, I have work to do!
 rednred wrote:
Bill, You are so much a man of my own heart, and a true master of connections between the songs you play. As soon as I heard "Hall of the Mountain King", by Edvard Grieg, fellow Norwegian (well Norwegian-American in my case, but I have met many of my Norse relatives in Norway!) and Viking ancestor, I thought "How cool would it be to hear the theme song from "Vikings" right now? At that moment, you played  it! I have been listening to RP pretty much from the start (and to you for many years before that on radio in Northern California) and I love the connections you constantly make, many obscure, but I often get the obscure ones too, because that is how my musical brain works as well. I have been living in the mountains of central Mexico the past three years and Radio Paradise is my companion and soundtrack here. Gracias amigo! Tom
 
Que gusto tener un vikingo entre nuestras montañas. No se tu que piensas pero me hubiera gustado que mantuvieran sueco, o noruego o danés en la letra. 
"Toto... I'm not sure we should have eaten those brownies that Glinda gave us..."
Someone needs to teach Karin Dreijer how a Chinese finger trap works!   Or perhaps it's a Slinky?  agh, who knows...
Sound structure somehow reminds me of Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk"
 favrood wrote:
This is kind of creepy...sounds like Nico singing with some guy hiding his voice so as not to disclose his identity...weird.

Jackson Brown? (Well, Nico and Jackson were an item a long, long time ago...;-)

Tony in NJ
W.A.S.T.E.
 

ya'll keep saying Vikings .. that show started in 2013? ... Breaking Bad used it in 2011 :-)  that's where I immediately associate it ever time, and the madding numbness that Jesse Pinkman sunk into.  Season 4 episode 3.
Hey all you guys talking about Vikings. The series is very good indeed. But listen to this full album. Spirituality, vulnerability, the struggles of becoming a first time parent. A very brave and personal album. For me, one of the best of the 2000s.
B&W covers segue-Mezzanine-Rumours-Fever Ray

   rate 8

                   
 rednred wrote:
Bill, You are so much a man of my own heart, and a true master of connections between the songs you play. As soon as I heard "Hall of the Mountain King", by Edvard Grieg, fellow Norwegian (well Norwegian-American in my case, but I have met many of my Norse relatives in Norway!) and Viking ancestor, I thought "How cool would it be to hear the theme song from "Vikings" right now? At that moment, you played  it! I have been listening to RP pretty much from the start (and to you for many years before that on radio in Northern California) and I love the connections you constantly make, many obscure, but I often get the obscure ones too, because that is how my musical brain works as well. I have been living in the mountains of central Mexico the past three years and Radio Paradise is my companion and soundtrack here. Gracias amigo! Tom
 
I agree with all you have stated, Bill's songs connections are something above special !

 
Excellent !!!
 Lindo525 wrote:
Sounded different when the Tinman sang it....{#Stupid}
 Took me a minute... 
Vikings!!!!
so awesome! Can't wait to see what you will follow this up with
 rednred wrote:
Bill, You are so much a man of my own heart, and a true master of connections between the songs you play. As soon as I heard "Hall of the Mountain King", by Edvard Grieg, fellow Norwegian (well Norwegian-American in my case, but I have met many of my Norse relatives in Norway!) and Viking ancestor, I thought "How cool would it be to hear the theme song from "Vikings" right now? At that moment, you played  it! I have been listening to RP pretty much from the start (and to you for many years before that on radio in Northern California) and I love the connections you constantly make, many obscure, but I often get the obscure ones too, because that is how my musical brain works as well. I have been living in the mountains of central Mexico the past three years and Radio Paradise is my companion and soundtrack here. Gracias amigo! Tom
 
Agreed Bill is one of the best if not the best! {#Dancingbanana_2}
Bill, You are so much a man of my own heart, and a true master of connections between the songs you play. As soon as I heard "Hall of the Mountain King", by Edvard Grieg, fellow Norwegian (well Norwegian-American in my case, but I have met many of my Norse relatives in Norway!) and Viking ancestor, I thought "How cool would it be to hear the theme song from "Vikings" right now? At that moment, you played  it! I have been listening to RP pretty much from the start (and to you for many years before that on radio in Northern California) and I love the connections you constantly make, many obscure, but I often get the obscure ones too, because that is how my musical brain works as well. I have been living in the mountains of central Mexico the past three years and Radio Paradise is my companion and soundtrack here. Gracias amigo! Tom
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:
Karin Andersson. . . 



 
killer smile  : )       love Fever Ray
 rednred wrote:
"Vikings" is right up there with "Game of Thrones" for great TV watching. Ragnar Lothbrok may well be the greatest character in the history of television.

 
I love Vikings!  I don't think I would like this song as much if I hadn't heard it on the show.  
brb
I need this ... very very good
 Jota wrote:


Yup,. I've heard it. I have it.

 
I don't know whether to take that as a poor review, or just a person of few words! So was it any good? {#Lol}
 dc_zee wrote:

Given Bill's follow up to "If I had a Heart" with "Clap Hands", he may be testing your theory.  If he had followed with Sinatra, I would have been able to confirm this... 

 
Ha!  Now followed by Clannad!  {#Roflol}
 ziggytrix wrote:
I haven't listened to it yet, but she's put a new album out just this last month - has anyone heard it yet?

 

Yup,. I've heard it. I have it.
I haven't listened to it yet, but she's put a new album out just this last month - has anyone heard it yet?
 rednred wrote:
"Vikings" is right up there with "Game of Thrones" for great TV watching. Ragnar Lothbrok may well be the greatest character in the history of television.

 
  {#Beat}
 fredriley wrote:

Enya?!? You need to wash your ears out, mate - Karen Dreijer Andersson is as far from Enya as Tom Waits is from Frank Sinatra. For sure, this is a love it or hate it album - I love it to bits because it's so disturbing, different and quirky, but to others it's plain earache. It's a shame that this was just one of Karen's one-offs, as I'd snap up any follow-up. 9 from the unsettled Nottingham jury.

 
Given Bill's follow up to "If I had a Heart" with "Clap Hands", he may be testing your theory.  If he had followed with Sinatra, I would have been able to confirm this... 
 Alexandra wrote:
This would make an excellent mash-up with Alt-J's "Tesselate"

 
Exactly what I thought. Must be the early bass line...
Different, and with only 12 notes to work with, that's a good thing.
This would make an excellent mash-up with Alt-J's "Tesselate"
 rednred wrote:
"Vikings" is right up there with "Game of Thrones" for great TV watching. Ragnar Lothbrok may well be the greatest character in the history of television.

 
Vikings is good, but I wouldn't go as far as to put it on the pedestal as GOT.  (Vikings lost me in the first episode when they put the rudders of the boats on the left side.  Steering boards, or starboard, were always on the right of the ship. After that, I treated it as a good drama rather than anything historical.)
"Vikings" is right up there with "Game of Thrones" for great TV watching. Ragnar Lothbrok may well be the greatest character in the history of television.
 westslope wrote:


 
Skol!

VIKINGS!!!
Frankenstein lab
 fredriley wrote:

Enya?!? You need to wash your ears out, mate - Karen Dreijer Andersson is as far from Enya as Tom Waits is from Frank Sinatra. For sure, this is a love it or hate it album - I love it to bits because it's so disturbing, different and quirky, but to others it's plain earache. It's a shame that this was just one of Karen's one-offs, as I'd snap up any follow-up. 9 from the unsettled Nottingham jury.

 
Seconded!  This album is still in heavy rotation in my car.
 SierraTangoHilo wrote:
This music invokes a feeling of adventure, courage & mystery for me. It's mixed well and sounds great on my Marantz speakers. Turn it up, I say. It's just fun.  

 
I can hear it from here :)
Oooooh, Scary stuff....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEjdt_n1l-4
  Pedro1874 wrote:

Ha 😁 thought the same today when I heard those same opening notes 😊

 
{#Yes} but (even...) "Tessellate" is more fresh and pleasant
This music invokes a feeling of adventure, courage & mystery for me. It's mixed well and sounds great on my Marantz speakers. Turn it up, I say. It's just fun.  
 NicJohn wrote:
It's not really "music", is it?  Just because you can record something doesn't mean you should subject others to the recording.  Sucko-barfo and droning.

 
I do disagree 
Very emphatically.
Childish opinion.
Sounded different when the Tinman sang it....{#Stupid}
 sheeelaaa wrote:
Vikings!  Now I know the words!  

(great TV show ... highly recommend)

 
Me too!
gif of Ragnar Lothbrok with blood on face saying "You want to live?"
 onelittlemoose wrote:
Darn, and I can't find my black lipstick.
 
A sharpie will do in a pinch.
Vikings!  Now I know the words!  

(great TV show ... highly recommend)
Nirvana - You Know You're Right?
 fredriley wrote:

Enya?!? You need to wash your ears out, mate - Karen Dreijer Andersson is as far from Enya as Tom Waits is from Frank Sinatra. For sure, this is a love it or hate it album - I love it to bits because it's so disturbing, different and quirky, but to others it's plain earache. It's a shame that this was just one of Karen's one-offs, as I'd snap up any follow-up. 9 from the unsettled Nottingham jury.

 






i am with you fred.i love it.a bit sceary it is also

Ah, Vikings....
 
She taps into something eternal here, whether good or evil I cannot say.
Anybody up for some pillaging?

See also - Led Zepplin - Immigrant Song 
Keeps on getting better each time I hear it.
This reminds me...Vikings season begins in 2 weeks!!!
 leathepea wrote:
Anyone feeling like raiding a village?

 
Can't wait for that to start again.


I just watched S1 of Vikings last weekend.

Hail ODIN.


Darn, and I can't find my black lipstick. 
 JasondotG wrote:
The Knife. 

 
Sort of; she was one half of the musical duo known as "The Knife".
Anyone feeling like raiding a village?
Makes me want to grab my warhammer and slay some anglos.
Great album. 
The Knife. 
 Pedro1874 wrote:
Let's tessellate! {#Ask}
 
Ha 😁 thought the same today when I heard those same opening notes 😊
 Rockstable wrote:
After three minutes of listening, I'm expecting it change into drums, bass, rhythm and lead. Instead it drones on until Enya joins in singing. I don't want to hear anymore. Thank goodness for the PSD option!
{#War}{#Bananasplit}{#Crashcomp} 

 
Enya?!? You need to wash your ears out, mate - Karen Dreijer Andersson is as far from Enya as Tom Waits is from Frank Sinatra. For sure, this is a love it or hate it album - I love it to bits because it's so disturbing, different and quirky, but to others it's plain earache. It's a shame that this was just one of Karen's one-offs, as I'd snap up any follow-up. 9 from the unsettled Nottingham jury.
I just don't get Fever Ray.  It's not really "music", is it?  Just because you can record something doesn't mean you should subject others to the recording.  Sucko-barfo and droning.
PSD button every time.
After three minutes of listening, I'm expecting it change into drums, bass, rhythm and lead. Instead it drones on until Enya joins in singing. I don't want to hear anymore. Thank goodness for the PSD option!
{#War}{#Bananasplit}{#Crashcomp} 
 scootmagapril wrote:
This is the also theme song for the History Channel show, Vikings, and I love that they went in this direction.

 
Yes, well chosen.
 ench wrote:
Fantastic song, but the sound of the singer opening their mouth is driving me absolutely nuts. One of the few problems with upgrading to better headphones, but I cannot listen to this song anymore.

 
Ah! Someone else who is distracted by the trend developed over the years of equating breathiness with emotion - Muse are a prime example. I guess it is the rise of the vocalist over the singer, who has breath control and a mic further away so that the voice is heard and the breathing not. My parents used to despair of 'modern' singers (40 years ago!) thrusting microphones down to their tonsils. Alas it is aggravated by the brighter treble sound of which I think Cliff Richard was one of the prime exponents. I recall a choir master teaching us all to breathe at different points and to breathe in slowly to avoid a massed inrush of air noise. I'll get off my soapbox now...
My former flatmate used to listen to it ALL DAY LONG, especially in the morning. Waking up to this an hour earlier than planned every day made me hate it so bad!! 
Now that I'm gone, 'm just starting to appreciate it at its right value!
Great Album, not one miss on there: 10!
{#Dancingbanana_2}

Let's tesselate!
This is the also theme song for the History Channel show, Vikings, and I love that they went in this direction.
Fantastic song, but the sound of the singer opening their mouth is driving me absolutely nuts. One of the few problems with upgrading to better headphones, but I cannot listen to this song anymore.
 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:

damned dadaists. touching everything they can get their hands on.

 
Man Ray is feeling better too, or was in the summer of 76.
btw... loved the transition from hall of the mountain king to this.
 Proclivities wrote:

That's good news; I didn't know he had been feeling poorly.

 
damned dadaists. touching everything they can get their hands on.
 TerryS wrote:
I went to see a Man Ray exhibition recently, he was better.

 
That's good news; I didn't know he had been feeling poorly.
6→5
 fredriley wrote:
This album is a highly distinctive one-off, and is one that I'll never part with. I often write that there's nothing original in 000s of years of human music-making, but in terms of modern music this is approaching originality. The quirkiness and distinctiveness makes it a love/hate type of album, so I could understand a ratings spread skewed to the extremes.

Thanks yet again to RP for playing Karen Dreijer Andersson, whom I'd never, ever have heard otherwise, and my musical life would have been very much the poorer.

 
Absolutely.  Hugely enjoyable album, for me, from start to finish.  I enjoy it in the car particularly, because she who must be obeyed cannot understand why I would listen to such tripe.  Carry on listening to Mickey Bubble then, me luvver.
Love this song and the Vikings series. Can't wait for Thursday nights to watch! 
A bit Boeing...
Karin Andersson. . . 


https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tin_man.jpg
This album is a highly distinctive one-off, and is one that I'll never part with. I often write that there's nothing original in 000s of years of human music-making, but in terms of modern music this is approaching originality. The quirkiness and distinctiveness makes it a love/hate type of album, so I could understand a ratings spread skewed to the extremes.

Thanks yet again to RP for playing Karen Dreijer Andersson, whom I'd never, ever have heard otherwise, and my musical life would have been very much the poorer.
 Pedro1874 wrote:
Let's tessellate! {#Ask}
 
mmm hhhmmm
I am part Norwegian (Sweden, Nova Scotia too). So the apparent Viking association is good.

and... Breaking Bad!?  Love it.  I've only seen first 4 seasons but great stuff. Anyone know what episode?

Liked it before I read all that, tho.  Good stuff. 
My fiance plays this on the bass. It's really spooky.{#Devil_pimp}
If you do not hail Ragnar, Do not mess with him!

 TerryS wrote:

The Lee Miller exhibition wasn't in Paris. Man Ray's was.........so he wins, besides, Miller doesn`t meme on Ray.

 
Ray's stuff was silly and cool. Miller's was amazing (perfume? Hitler's bathtub?) and she went to Europe during the war and documented that. Paris is just a town. the work speaks for itself.
 jeffaze wrote:

Also used as the opening theme of "Vikings" series on the History Channel.
 

 
Hail Lord Ragnar !!!!
 Also .. the theme song for the History Channel's Vikings.

Makeuya wrote:
Wonderfully used in Breaking Bad

 



Strangely interesting...
Wonderfully used in Breaking Bad
 LifeIsMusic wrote:

You are right - it was absolutely used in an episode of the Following. Fit perfectly too.

 
Also used as the opening theme of "Vikings" series on the History Channel.
 
 mrstyke wrote:
Brilliant track.... Rattling my brain trying to figure out what TV series this was featured in... Correct me if I'm wrong but I think it was used in "The Following"..?
 
You are right - it was absolutely used in an episode of the Following. Fit perfectly too.
Very strange, very good.  Who are these people?
I keep expecting the drums to start thumping (like in a similar sounding alt-j song)
Awful!
Let's tessellate! {#Ask}
 oldsaxon wrote:

Man Ray was great but Lee Miller was better.

 
The Lee Miller exhibition wasn't in Paris. Man Ray's was.........so he wins, besides, Miller doesn`t meme on Ray.
The Gods say I should like this song.

But my wolf guardian wants to slip quietly into the bush.


{#War} 
Excellent song. This entire album is quite good, in fact.
 Egrey wrote:

 I watched a couple of episodes of the Vikings, but my interest soon waned...I kept rooting against the Vikes and for the forces of civilization.

 
Despite their reputation for plundering and pillaging, the Vikings were actually a very civilized people.  They assimilated with other cultures, were very lawful, and brought agriculture and commerce to many parts of the world that didn't have it at the time.


Bill, the music you've been playing these last 2-3 hours is absolutely brilliant. Including this.
 Imkirok wrote:
Anyone know when Vikings starts up again?  After I gave up on it being anywhere near historically accurate, I enjoyed it for the entertainment value.

 
It starts in first part of 2015.  One of the best TV shows out there.  But I am part Norwegian and part Danish so I can relate to it. 
Give me more Breaking Bad !!! (Jesse driving Kart)
 jhorton wrote:
LOVE this song, LOVE Fever Ray!

 
Me too, but people are stupid. They like mainstream... easier to assimilate. . .
 TerryS wrote:
I went to see a Man Ray exhibition recently, he was better.

 
Man Ray was great but Lee Miller was better.
I went to see a Man Ray exhibition recently, he was better.
If they had a tune
If they had a melody
If they could write lyrics


 Siljanus wrote:
Makes me want to thump my fist on my desk in a slow beat like I was banging my sword on my shield before my enemies.  But my co-worker would probably flee the room.

HAIL RAGNAR!  And HAIL LAGERTHA!

 
 I watched a couple of episodes of the Vikings, but my interest soon waned...I kept rooting against the Vikes and for the forces of civilization.
 MojoJojo wrote:
As soon as the kitten union can come to terms with them. I'll keep ya posted. 

Imkirok wrote:
Anyone know when Vikings starts up again?  After I gave up on it being anywhere near historically accurate, I enjoyed it for the entertainment value.

 



 
It's been on since late February.  Awesome stuff!
reminds me of an anthem of sorts
As soon as the kitten union can come to terms with them. I'll keep ya posted. 

Imkirok wrote:
Anyone know when Vikings starts up again?  After I gave up on it being anywhere near historically accurate, I enjoyed it for the entertainment value.

 


Caught this within an episode of Breaking Bad, season 4.  It was perfect for the scene... awesomely atmospheric.
My flatmate used to play this all the time... As I couldn't stand him, couldn't stand the song either. And then, 6 months later, it pops on RP and sounds surprisingly good! When you're not forced to listen to it sixty times a day, it's actually a pretty good song! Thanks for makin me realise :)
 jhorton wrote:
LOVE this song, LOVE Fever Ray!

 
this is a song?