Airing from Kolyma (2018)

 
 
 

Airing from Kolyma (2018)

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Airing from Kolyma, Lilou & John’s sixth release and third EP, was recorded from April to May 2018 and was made to move away from the punk rock sound of Patriot Child to an acoustic sound reminding of Dissidentica but with more focus on pop melody and voice. Lilou & John let the backbeat guitar move to the background to put emphasis on vocals and lyrics. The idea of the album is to move beyond mainstream and present a new kind of guitar-based pop as well as presenting a few love songs for the outside-the-box music gourmet.

The album was well received by fans, and Joakim Andersen called it “a soundtrack to our era”, and a number of Hungarian websites, such as Libsi Figyelo and 888 wrote about the track “Free Woman”. Tim Whale from “Emerging Indie Bands” claimed that Lilou & John were able to “bridge chasms of political difference” and Thomaz Wiberg from Pink Tractor wrote that the album gave him “revolutionary feelings and fighting spirit”.

Free Woman

“Free Woman” is a song about the Hungarian Revolution against the Soviet Union in 1956, as well as a song about being a woman who acknowledges her own innate freedom. The ”camp fire” feel of the guitar gave the song a very direct feel, while the melody and vocal style were inspired by ”Born in the USA”.

Text and music: Lilou & John

Chords verse:
D A D
D A D
D A D
D A D

Chords chorus:
D G A D
D G A D

We came from out of nothing they said when we were young
From the streets of Székesfehérvár off to Magadan
We wished we had the wings to fly like the Turul bird
And sing to all the Bolzheviks what they had never heard

Born a free woman
I was born a free woman

I was born an orphan and Kolyma was my home
That is what they told me and I walked off on my own
And when I sank down on my knees to cut my wrists and die
Reflected in the river I could see your colors fly

Born a free woman
I was born a free woman

For thirty years they killed us in the concentration camps
Like the ghosts of children all too young to understand
But one day they called us in and said that we were free
For the voice of liberty had spread from Hungary

Born a free woman
I was born a free woman

We saw the traitors hide in university and school
A new invasion army the same old foreign rule
Defenders of Europe, the hussar and the lance
The Turul bird is rising flying leading our advance

Born a free woman
I was born a free woman

Born a free woman
I was born a free woman

Szabad nő

A semmiből származunk, mondták fiatalkorunkban
Székesfehérvár utcáiról el Magadánba
Szárnyakat kívántunk, hogy Turulként repülhessünk
És az összes Bolseviknek hallatlant énekelhessünk

Szabad nőnek születtem
Szabad nőként születtem

Árvaként születtem, Kolyma volt az otthonom
Ezt mondták és egyedül kellett elvonulnom
És mikor térdre rogyva, ereimet felvágni készülök
A folyó víztükrében lobogótokra csodálkozom

Szabad nőnek születtem
Szabad nőként születtem

(Minket) harminc évig koncentrációs táborban gyilkoltak
Mint gyerekek szellemét, kik túl fiatalok hogy érthessék
De egy napon kihirdették, hogy mindnyájan szabadok vagyunk
Mert a szabadság szava Magyarországon elszabadult

Szabad nőnek születtem
Szabad nőként születtem

Láttuk az árulókat egyetemen és iskolában elbújni
Új megszálló erő, régi idegen vezetés
A huszár és a lándzsás, Európa védelmezői
Felszáll a Turul, s küzdelmünket vezeti

Szabad nőnek születtem
Szabad nőként születtem

Szabad nőnek születtem
Szabad nőként születtem

 
 

Revolutionary Road

“Revolutionary Road” is Lilou and John’s personal love story from their first date. They had already spoken six hours on the phone the day before and now John was driving 100 km to Lilou’s flat in Gothenburg. The chorus ”me ne frego” from the famous war poem by Gabriele d’Annunzio refers to this conviction to give everything for love or die trying.

Text and music: Lilou & John

Capo on fourth fret

Chords verse:
C G Am
C G C
C G Am
C G C

Chords chorus:
C G Am
C G C

Early one morning we opened my door
And did something I never dared to before
We never looked back and never returned
My life was a Rubicon bridge that I burned

We smoked a fag and went to my car
Saw in the mirror the death of a star
Minute by minute my life ceased to be
And on the freeway there was only me

And I kissed your eyelids caressed your white skin
Said this is where our new lives begin

Me ne frego

I drove to the sea where we saw the big blue
Under the red sun shimmering through
Clouds so fragile they weren’t almost there
Dancing like spirits with silverwhite hair

I took off my clothes and stood there alone
Watched the blue waves swallow my clones
That worked so hard to hide my old fear
That made me a ghost no one could come near

And I kissed your eyelids caressed your white skin
Said this is where our new lives begin

Me ne frego

I looked in your eyes and said “now it’s done
What so many ended has finally begun
My life is on fire it burns with a flame
I long had forgotten rejected my name”

And when the moon rose above the high ground
I saw in the palm of my hand looking down
The lines I could trace back to where I belong
And said to myself I must right what is wrong

And I kissed your eyelids caressed your white skin
Said this is where our new lives begin

Me ne frego

Now we sit under the open night skies
Wrinkles around your wonderblue eyes
And sometimes I think back to that early dawn
At the big blue when I was reborn

And I kissed your eyelids caressed your white skin
Said this is where our new lives begin

And I kissed your eyelids caressed your white skin
Said this is where our new lives begin

Dead Girl Walking

“Dead Girl Walking” is a modern Guy Fawkes tale. The story spins around media and politics, asking the question of censorship and truth as well as the tipping point where public discontent in a society has grown too big and people start acting violent for they see no other alternative. Originally, the vocal style was almost cynical but later turned into anger during the recording process, and the catchy melody and guitar were meant to give the tragic story a party wrapping that could emphasize the absurdity of the whole situation.

Text and music: Lilou & John

Capo on first fret

Chords verse:
G C
G D
G D C G

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

And she walked cross the field
By the church of St George
And the wind was as warm as the day

But the moon was so cold
Far away like the day
And the green grass led her away

To the docks on the rocks
She laid down like she had
All her seven summers but tonight

Just a girl without a name
Just another “woman” slain
That longed to be mother and wife
But the “child”, 33
Who just loved liberty
Took poor young Mary-Anne’s life

She was gone and the long
Night would not ever end
And there would never shine down any light

And they found her next day
Naked in the grass
And her eyes could not see anymore

Raped and murdered, Mary-Anne
And the anger they felt
In the neighborhood sealed every door

Just a girl without a name
Just another “woman” slain
That longed to be mother and wife
But the “child”, 33
Who just loved liberty
Took poor young Mary-Anne’s life

In the papers they read
”We all need to calm down”
”He’s a good boy”, ”anger is so bad”

Media they covered up
The entire story
After all it was just one more dead

Someone from the government
Talked about compassion
And ”this boy has seen a lot of pain”

But compassion is a bitch
When he finished speaking
Someone put a bullet in his brain

Just a girl without a name
Just another “woman” slain
That longed to be mother and wife
But the “child”, 33
Who just loved misery
Took poor young Mary-Anne’s life
Took poor young Mary-Anne’s life
Took poor young Mary-Anne’s life

 
 

Soft Collision

“Soft Collision”, called “the best love song of 2018” by Joakim Andersen, is the story of two hearts melting together. It was originally based on an older love song and was slightly rewritten to match Lilou and John’s relationship of ups and downs. The singing was like “breathing air from a cloud” and the video was later filmed in Gdynia.

Text and music: Lilou & John

Intro:
D Dsus Bm Em A D

Chords verse:
D Dsus
Dsus Bm
Em A D

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

A touch he would never regret
He felt that day in june
At the door when she gave him a kiss

Skin soft like a feather
Touched his fragile lips
And he felt the soft collision of their tongues

Her arms
His skin
Nothing between
Just love at first sight

Summer came to split them
One month is eternity
For two that want to be one

Every time he closed his eyes
She was close to him
And he sucked her fragrance into his lungs

Her arms
His skin
Nothing between
Just love at first sight

Union day was close
But seemed more far away
For every day it wouldn’t come

She sent him a postcard
From far far away
And he knew a new life had begun

Her arms
His skin
Nothing between
Just love at first sight

Her arms
His skin
Nothing between
Just love at first sight

Just love at first sight

Alpha Dog

“Alpha Dog” deals with many different topics such as Capitalism, sex and liberty. The country feel of the song came natural and added to the Libertarian aspects. The depth of Lilou’s voice was highlighted due to the soft hills-and-valleys melody and the scarce arrangement.

Text and music: Lilou & John

Chords verse:
A D A
D E A
A D A
D E A

Chords chorus:
A D E A
A D E A

Rolling down the freeway guided by a star
Heading for tomorrow the trucker and the bar
See the morning sunshine the crescent cross the bay
We built this road and baby we are here to stay

Staying in a motel eating sloppy food
Staying up til daybreak cos I’m in the mood
Hit the gas and move your ass or there’ll be hell to pay
We built this road and baby we are here to stay

My will be done for God is gone and we were born to fight
We built this land from dust and sand and baby it’s our right

The crimson fields of flowers the factories and smoke
The coastline and the cities a burger and a coke
Got the highway fever and I am on my way
We built this road and baby we are here to stay

Turn me on at midnight and I will turn the wheel
This girl is made of chrome and sex and got a mind of steel
Smell the rubber burning and honey make my day
We built this road and baby we are here to stay

My will be done for God is gone and we were born to fight
We built this land from dust and sand and baby it’s our right

My will be done for God is gone and we were born to fight
We built this land from dust and sand and baby it’s our right