Winter Sun

by Snorri Helgason

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Winter Sun is Snorri Helgason's sophomore solo album and his most daring work yet. It is produced by indie pop wunderkind Sindri Már Sigfússon (of Sin Fang and Seabear) and presents Snorri not only as a sincere songwriter but also as a musician willing to experiment with his soundscape. A few notable Icelandic musicians lend their talent on Winter Sun, Mr. Silla sings backing vocals, Sóley plays piano and Guðmundur Óskar of Hjaltalín plays bass.

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released 04 August 2011

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Snorri Helgason

Snorri Helgason’s music is heartfelt and introspective, yet universal, a highly relatable exploration of his personal struggles and emotions. An avid student of pop history, Snorri keeps a firm foot in the past and a clear eye on the future, bringing forth a constant stream of timeless folk-tinged melodies and carefully constructed songs that are very much of the time. ... more

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Track Name: River
D D/C# Bm Bm/A
Down, down, down
G G/F# Em Em7/B
We’re floating down a river
D D/C# Am Am7 G Em
and the river’s wild and cold.
But on we go
In a vessel made of silver
With oars of shiny gold.

The wind blows hard
and the rain just keeps a-pouring
But our boats warm and dry
Just keep keeping on
I hear the wind a-calling
you’ve got to live before you die

F#m
Let’s find a way
Bm
To kill the cold and gray
A A7
Let’s just walk and don’t look back
G Em D
Walk and don’t look back

So down, down, down,
We’re floating down a river
And the river is wide and deep.
But time, time, time
Is all it’s gonna take
And you know that time is cheap.
Track Name: Mockingbird
Mockingbird

E C#m
Mockingbird
Sitting on my windowsill
The whole wide world
B
in his eyes
but he tells me lies

I close my eyes,
think of her and count to three
Broken smiles
broken mind
words I can’t find.

Stomach pain
Oh I’d give the heavens just to see you smile
I wash in the rain.
Burn my clothes
Free us both.
Track Name: The Wild Blue Yonder
Esus A/C# A
Standing on that old dusty road
in the land I know all too well.
Where it leads and how its rivers have flowed
Here it’s easy to dwell.
Bm7 D A
But I will lay me another road
To somewhere I’ve never been before
F#m C#m
And I won’t let you down, my friend
Bm D A
I hope I won’t let you down.

There’s a new sun rising in the wild blue yonder.
And its rays will soon hit my face.
I’ll make a spell to put you under
And then we’ll get out of this place
All I need is another road
And a pair of brand new shoes
I can’t let myself down.
Can’t let myself down.
Track Name: Julie
F C Dm
Shut the door and kill the lights,
Gm C
this is where we’re meant to be.
I know it’s late and you are tired
but just sit down and hear my plea.

There’s a box in my old room.
One loose floorboard beneath the bed
There’s something in it meant for you.
You’re green eyes, lips cherry red.

Bb Am
So won’t you take this trip for me?
Bb F G C C7
And I will be here when the morning light shines and you will see.....

F Bbmaj7
Julie don’t you know
F F/E Dm
There’s something waiting behind that door.
Gm Eb
But soon the tide will turn
Gm Bb
And then you better run
Am Dm
But we can run together.
Gm C
Burning up the streets towards the dawn.

And in your purse you’ll find the key
to that old forgotten box.
Take what you want and leave the rest
Then I’ll be waiting at the docks.

So won’t you take this trip for me?
And I will be here when the morning light shines and you will see.....

Julie don’t you know
There’s something waiting behind that door.
But soon the tide will turn
And then you better run
But we can run together.
Burning up the streets towards the dawn.
Track Name: Boredom
C#maj7
Evening has come
G#7sus4 G#7
a day is done
C#maj7 Fm Em Ebm
And I haven’t done a thing
Ebm7b5 G#7 G# C#maj7
not a thing

Stayed up too late
plotting my fate
And I couldn’t drag my ass
out of bed.
(C#7 C7+5)

F#maj7 F#m7
I pray the night
F#m7/B B E
Will slap me in the face
E+ Bb7b5 Eb7 G#7sus4 G# G#7sus4 G#
and tell me there’s no time to waste

::C#maj7 G#7sus4 G#7::
Boredom

A million and one
ways to have fun
and I sit here and watch the rain
I’ll go insane.

It’s so very strange
what one little change
can do if only you
see it through.

I hope the light
that shines on the ones who do
will find it’s way to my bald head

::C#maj7 G#7sus4 G#::
::Boredom::
Track Name: Winter Sun #2
G C/G Dsus/G G
Who’s gonna be your lover?
Who’s gonna warm your bed?
Who will hold you underneath the covers
and say the things I never said?

C Bm
We’re like the leaves that fall from the trees
Am Bm
and float with the wind.
C Bm
And when it rains we’ll fall to the ground
Am G
and slowly rot and be joined once again in the dirt.
Track Name: Caroline Knows
A F#m A F#m
If she thinks my love won’t wait
Don’t tell her it’s not so.
For if our souls are going to mate
She can’t ever know.

G Em
Caroline knows
G D C#dim A
Caroline knows I know.

If she found out how deep it goes
She’d feel too much at ease
That’s why I have to keep her on her toes
Then she’ll stay next to me.

Caroline knows
Caroline knows I know.

I still recall that fateful night
The smell of sweat and beer.
Two renegades of that relentless fight
United against all fears.

Caroline knows
Caroline knows I know.
Track Name: Winter's Day
E6 A6 A A+
There aint nothing like a sunset over the park
B B7 E6
coming down on a winter’s day
B A E6
coming down on a winter’s day

Shades of pink and purple, the sky drawing dark
You feel so small on a winter’s day
Makes you feel so small on a winter’s day

F#
And if I promised not to leave you
B B7
would you do the same for me?
E F#m E
I’d get on my knees
F#m E
begging you, please
C#m A B C6, B6, E
Put my heart at ease.

There are diamonds on the water, shimmering blue
I watch the birds go fly on high
Oh wish I was a bird sometimes.

And if I promised not to leave you
would you do the same for me?
I’d get on my knees
begging you, please
Put my heart at ease.
Track Name: 99 Songs
F
99 songs up in my head
gotta get ‘em out before I’m dead

F Bb
Laying in bed in the late afternoon
F Bb
with death on my mind and hung over too
Eb Bb
ooo hoo

I’m not getting younger and I’m going bald.
All the progress I’ve made seem so very small
all in all.


Eb
What am I supposed to do?
Bb
What am I supposed to say?
F
I do not know.

There’s hope in the future or that’s what I’m told
At least I’m not starving, at least I’m not cold
Oh no oh no

What am I supposed to do?
What am I supposed to say?
I do not know.

99 songs up in my head
gotta get ‘em out before I’m dead
Track Name: The Butcher's Boy
Dm Dm/Bb F
She went upstairs to make her bed
And not one word to her mother said
Her mother she went upstairs too
Saying, "Daughter, oh daughter, what troubles you?"

"Oh mother, oh mother, I cannot tell
That butcher's boy I love so well
He courted me my life away
And now at home he will not stay"

"There is a place in London town
Where that butcher's boy goes and sits down
He takes that strange girl on his knee
He tells her things he don't tell me"

Her father he comes home from work
Saying, "Where is my daughter, she looks so hurt"
He went upstairs to give her hope
Found her hanging from a rope

He took his knife and he cut her down
In her bosom these words were found

"Go dig my grave both wide and deep
Place a marble slab at my head and my feet
And on my stone, place a snow white dove
To warn this world I died for love"
Track Name: Winter Sun #1
G F#m F# Bm
Once I knew your heart
C E7 E7/G# Am
And I knew when we were apart
C Bm G Am D D7 G
You missed me about as much as I missed you

I'll be good, I know I can change
Though it may never be the same again
But I don't mind, I'll take it with a smile

What we have others crave
And I just know it can still be saved
Though I'm sure you'd be fine without my love