100 Faces (2016)

Lilou & John
 
 
 

100 Faces (2016)

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100 Faces was Lilou & John’s first album and everything was made in a haphazard manner. Lilou got a cold a week before recording, John hadn’t practiced playing to a metronome and none of them had ever visited a recording studio. The end result was however an EP that stretched beyond mainstream pop and marked the beginning of a new kind of music.

Swedish indie site Meadow Music was “hypnotised” by Lilou’s vocals and Emerging Indie Bands wrote the vocals “chill the marrow-bone”. The band was praised for its new sound but the sound was also said to be “too outside of the box” and some indie sites turned the band down simply because it was too unorthodox.

 
 

He Broke My Neck, Joséphine

“He Broke my Neck, Joséphine” started out as one of Lilou’s vivid dreams one night, and the characters from the dream, the young girls Elizabeth and Joséphine, were immortalized the day after. The song marked the start of the band’s concept of being “outside the box” with a combination of operesque vocals, pop background and dark lyrics. The song was also one of the first where Lilou was in complete charge of the melody and John wrote the entire text. The song is something as odd as an attempt to describe the thoughts going through the head of a ghost who is mourning her love.

Text and music: Lilou & John

Chords verse 1,3,5,7:
Am C Em Am
C Am G Am
Am C Em Am
C Am G Am

Chords verse 2,4,6:
Am Em Dm Am
Dm C G Am
Am Em Dm Am
Dm C G Am

He broke my neck, yes he did Joséphine
This cannot be, it must be a dream
I see you cry beyond the black veil
You are so beautiful and yet so frail

For months I have tried to take you away
But you were too scared and decided to stay
You said that we could not survive on our own
Two ten year old girls without any home

He broke my neck, yes he did Joséphine
You wonder how everything could might have been
But sweet love do not blame yourself for my death
I will always be your ‘Lizabeth

Every time he hurts you my love
I look down at you like a star from above
So close to you but not there by your side
I would have kissed you had I been alive

He broke my neck, yes he did Joséphine
Your father who found the small space between
The roof and the wall where you kept me from him
Waiting for our new life to begin

You are so hungry, too pale and too cold
I know, Joséphine you will never grow old
Slowly he breaks down your body and heart
Your father that killed me and tore us apart

He broke my neck, yes he did Joséphine
But I can still reach you throughout every dream
Someday you’ll find me, your ‘Lizabeth
Then we will be free in the silence of death

Yes we will be free in the silence of death

 
 

Six Year Farewell

“Six Year Farewell” was written in self-retrospect and the idea of the song was to show the extreme tragedy of running away from emotions and traumatic events. The original idea was that John would do the singing, but considering John’s lack of vocal talent – and Lilou’s abundance thereof – the duo decided it was best that John concentrated on the lyrics and the guitar.

Text and music: Lilou & John

Chords intro:
D F#m A Bm D F#m G A D

Chords verse:
D F#m A Bm
D F#m G A D
D F#m A Bm
D F#m G A Bm

Chords chorus:
D G A Bm D G A Bm
D A Bm F#m D A Bm F#m
D A Bm F#m D A Bm F#m
D F#m G A D

Chords outro:
D G F#m A Bm

Let’s go to Paolo’s, walk in the rain
Go to the zoo today, catch a train
Go anywhere we want to go, drink ’til dawn
Forget that I was one day even born

Let’s do a nightclub or picnic in the parks
Sit there in the grass, listen to the larks
Pretend they are in love, though they are not
Let me forget I saw what I forgot

That’s it what I want is what I get
Yeah I’m only happy when I forget
Yeah I’m only happy when I forget

Let’s say I love you, fingers crossed
Let’s say I know what I’ve lost
I wanna get away, stay anyway
Forget what I desire, cut the pain

I’ll buy myself a ton of sleeping pills
Call it accessories for deeper thrills
Pretend I’m happy, need no break
Lie and forget that I am fake

That’s it what I want is what I get
Yeah I’m only happy when I forget
Yeah I’m only happy when I forget

Let’s say we go separate ways
We could meet again someday
It’s a lie I know, that is true
My biggest lie is “I love you”

That’s it what I want is what I get
Yeah I’m only happy when I forget
Yeah I’m only happy when I forget

Yeah I’m only happy when I forget

 
 

100 Faces

“100 Faces” came to life under one single afternoon and tells the story of commercialism and surrogate meaning. It deals with the conflict within the individual trying to be herself and at the same time trying to fit in. After John had written the lyrics – that were heavily inspired by Orgasmatron by Motörhead – the duo sat down together and Lilou created a melody while John was strumming four chords repeatedly. That was the first time Lilou sang like a real rock star, John claims.

Text and music: Lilou & John

Chords all through the song:
Bm G F#m D Bm G F#m D

You think you know the part of me that is not skin and bone
Trapped behind my 100 faces I am all alone
I stare out through a veil of glass that’s never gonna break
On the outside I am just the one you want – a fake

Rainy day
The umbrellas are up and running all along the street
First of may
Puddles of water splashed onto my naked feet
I walk alone
I wear no clothes I wear no make up no perfume
Just a dream
Where I can be the one no one has ever seen

You think you know the part of me that is not skin and bone
Trapped behind my 100 faces I am all alone
I stare out through a veil of glass that’s never gonna break
On the outside I am just the one you want – a fake

Bird of prey
I walk into the park and see the hawk with silicon eyes
Seize the day
Be hungry for more and passionate and live your life
Polished chrome
My face is like a 50’s big American car
Just a dream
I am a faded memory a perfect sunshine machine

You think you know the part of me that is not skin and bone
Trapped behind my 100 faces I am all alone
I stare out through a veil of glass that’s never gonna break
On the outside I am just the one you want – a fake

A fake
A fake
A fake
A fake

 
 

God

“God” was originally called “Song to My Father” and is based on John’s early childhood idealization of his own father, believing that in a world of absolute darkness there must also be an absolute light. The song deals with the desperate need for a father figure for support, identity and meaning. Lilou’s melody is still one of the most beautiful melodies John has ever heard. “It is like a slow walk over green hills in a fairytale country” he says. “Just like my childhood daydreams.”

Text and music: Lilou & John

Chords verse:
D Bm G D Bm G D
D A F#m G D A F#m D
D Bm G D Bm G D
D A F#m G D A F#m D

Chords chorus:
D Em C G D Em C G
D Em C G D Em C G

I saw you on the night sky in a space suit from Soviet
I saw you climb for freedom over the Berlin wall
I saw you drive a racing car, sign up for New York Jets
More than that I cannot recall

I saw you in a uniform on sepia photographs
I saw you in your glasses at Charles de Gaulle
I heard you had negotiated peace in Vietnam
More than that I cannot recall

But I know your life was just a mesmerising dream
I told myself to hide away all that I had seen

I saw you talk to natives in Papua New Guinea
I saw the world cup final when you scored that goal
I saw you win the marathon on our color TV
More than that I cannot recall

But I know your life was just a mesmerising dream
I told myself to hide away all that I had seen

I saw you race to Antarctica on the open seas
I heard you on the radio the god of rock and roll
I saw you with a Nobel prize in white laboratories
More than that I cannot recall

But I know your life was just a mesmerising dream
I told myself to hide away all that I had seen

But I know your life was just a mesmerising dream
I told myself to hide away all that I had seen

 
 

When Murder Victims Die

“When Murder Victims Die” was inspired by Motörhead’s “Lost in the Ozone” and Lilou’s Tim Burtonesque melody gave the song a new dimension. The wacky da-da-da chorus was furthermore created by Lilou to transform the dark song into a burlesque. The song is based on John’s early childhood memories from his grandparent’s cellar and the text could perhaps explain why he has “an interest in odd people who see the devil in the shadows and god in the ray of light”.

Text and music: Lilou & John

Chorus verse 1,3,5,7:
Em Am B C Em
Em Am B A B
Em Am B C Em
Em Am B Am Em

Chorus verse 2,4,6:
Em B C Em
Em Am B A B
Em Am B C Em
Em Am B Am Em

My eyes they mesmerised me
When I was a kid
Saw beyond the seas of blue
Saw beyond the lids
Caught by my own torture
Isolated by
My own wish to survive where
All I could was die

Mirrors they deceived me
Told me who I was
Said to me remember
All that you have lost
This is your life abandoned
By your family
Cast out into the abyss
Of a raging sea

Voices caught me freezing
Coming from the dark
Of the bedroom corners
The whisper from my heart
Beware oh little soldier
Your sword is made of wood
Just remember when you die
You did the best you could

Endless was the long line
Of empty shallow days
Behind the wall of self deceit
Where I chose to stay
I came out to the starlight
The nights that were so clean
Just the fading torture
From a mesmerising dream

At night the wind was chilly
At least I wasn’t home
Werewolves out for children
Left my mind alone
I wasn’t scared of ghosts there
They hid within the walls
Of the house where death awaited
Behind the wooden door

Hallowed be thy name they said
But I knew they were wrong
There is pit where gods and devils
Will not stay for long
A fear so deep and painful
It makes a demon cry
Alone it is, alone when
Murder victims die

My eyes they mesmerised me
When I was a kid
Locked myself out from the world
Scared behind the lids
Caught by my own torture
Isolated by
My own wish to survive where
All I could was die

My own wish to survive where
All I could was die