The Sweet Joy of Hunting Someone Down

by Niel Irson

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1.
05:36
Just sitting here waiting for tomorrow As the cool breeze is blowing in And I'm gonna stay put and wait for the morning Whether it's gonna come or not Oh our lo-fi marriage plans All the games we played All the strawberries of Scandinavia Heaps of music And a golden love Joleen Come, please come I tried to wrap my heart in a plastic bag Box it and hide it deep inside the fridge Still you managed to reach in And lure me out, somehow My banana crumble carrot cake And our army of little had-clad vikings Some fresh cream and a kiss on top Oh I wish it would always be like this Like this Like this Joleen Come, please come Did you have to go half a world away? Did you really have to run home? I just want you here Is that too much to ask? Is that really too much to ask? Joleen Come, please come
2.
The flames lie scattered across the yard And he sighs Just one more drunken firefight Slashing at flames that duck and hide But oh He has a heart of molten gold Sometimes it comes for him in the night Soft, soggy steps lingering in the back of his skull Sometimes it comes for him in the daze Of a lover's embrace But oh He has a heart of molten gold You might lay him on the anvil You might strike hard and bold You might feel that soft trickle Of gold The flames lie scattered across the yard And he sighs Couldn't manage even a sober firefight Soft, soggy steps across the yard Oh it comes to take him to a sacred place Into a lover's embrace But oh He has a heart of molten gold
3.
When I woke up The first thing I did was to try and remember When I got up The first thing I did was to try and look around Thinking "this place it looks to unfamiliar all sand and stone boy I, gotta get me out" Cos I know that you burned these holes in my eyelids I know that you put these scars on my wrists I'm sure that if I ever meet you again, dear It's gonna be over way too quick Can you feel it, That I've caught your scent now? Can't you smell it, That sweet smell of hunting someone down? I've sharpened my fangs I've caught your scent And this thing ain't over 'til Someone bleeds Cos I know that you burned these holes in my eyelids I know that you put these scars on my wrists I'm sure that if I ever meet you again, dear It's gonna be over way too quick Oh oh oh Where are you? Oh oh oh Come get your present dear... Cos I know that you burned these holes in my eyelids I know that you put these scars on my wrists I'm sure that if I ever meet you again, dear It's gonna be over way too quick
4.
03:42
I'm sorry if I said this a million times before And I'm sorry for being sorry I'm sorry if someone sang this a million times before And I'm sorry for being sorry But you My Julie It was a dark and rainy night A million years ago It was a dark and rainy night When I first saw you And we stumbled upon ice cubes And all my words jumped ship As I drowned in your eyes Oh and, I took you out The very next night Yeah, I got to take you out Whoo! And we drank and we drowned But tenderly so And then you Took Me Home Oh I'm sorry if I said this a million times before And I'm sorry for being sorry I'm sorry if someone sang this a million times before And I'm sorry for being sorry But you My Julie I love you
5.
I always thought we were meant for each other I always thought you were meant for me I always thought you were meant for my brother I always thought we were meant to be But somehow every time I see you I can't believe you, the things you say Oh, I don't want you anywhere near me Just scram, and let's not try this again Some other day I remember when you used to push me Off my swing and I though it meant love I remember when you stole my lunchbox Oh, I remember every bite you took But somehow every time I bite you I can't believe you the way you scream Oh I don't want to sink my teeth in you Just go and leave me be Insanity ad lib. And let's not try this again Ever Ever again Please
6.
04:09
I'm wondering, How many times must I go? How long before you might know if you're in for love? If you're with me my love? How many times must I fall? How many times must I crawl, pick myself up and light my own flame 'cos nothing ever stays the same You said my heart's not in it no more I don't know where it's gone to I tell you that a heart is so fickle and the mind Is so strong Just pick up the leash and your heart Just might follow along 'cos it's something you do Love is something you do And I'm wond'ring, How many times must I go? How long before you might know if you're in for love? If you're with me my love? How many times must I fall? How many times must I crawl, pick myself up and re-ignite my own flame 'cos noone ever stays the same
7.
04:28
Det trækker ind af ruden og du trækker mig med Ud i skoven, vi løber, vi løber så rask afsted Og du er solen og jeg har tabt endnu et lille spil Og du smiler og stråler og vi giver aldrig op Men der er huller i jorden mens solen går ned Og vi famler os frem, famler efter friheden et sted Bare din ånde mod min nakke og kun feerne ser med Og vi danser og elsker og bliver ved og ved Helt ind i skoven Og ud igen Det regner sølvgrå stråler Men vi tager fat og bliver ved For det er sådan man gør Det' kærlighed Som et hul i jorden Trækker du mig med Men du ryster på hånden Giver slip og glider med Gennem mudderbrune blade Vi holder tæt, fast og ved Og jeg nyder din nye duft af mudder Og det glid der følger med Men det kribler på jorden mens solen går ned Og vi famler os frem, famler efter friheden et sted Bare din ånde mod min nakke og kun feerne ser med Og vi danser og elsker og bliver ved og ved Helt ind i skoven Og ud igen Det regner sølvgrå stråler Men vi tager fat og vi bliver ved For det er sådan man gør Det' kærlighed
8.
Lumsk farvand I lumsk farvand En piblen, et træk og vi er på vej Blåsort blæk under stevnen, tuschet mørke foroven Jeg tror dig når du siger at vi har langt igen Mens skroget fyldes centimet' for centimet' Det' lumsk farvand Lumsk farvand Jeg støder på grund i dit viltre hår Jeg farer vild et sted på dit allerinderste lår Det' lumsk farvand Lumsk farvand Mon du tror mig når jeg siger At det ikke er let At navigere med kun hjertet til hjælp? Mon du tror mig når jeg siger jeg er fortabt i dig og i et lumsk farvand? Lumsk farvand
9.
There's so many times I've let you down Oh so many times I've fooled around But baby, hear me when I whisper We're still here In spite of all the pain In spite of all our good intentions In spite of all of our differences We still remain, mostly the same Mostly in love Mostly in love Oh, every time you call me back And every time I scratch yours In every way we always seem to come Together In spite of all the pain In spite of our lost refrain In spite of all of our differences We still remain, mostly the same Mostly in love Mostly in love Mostly in love
10.
04:20
Give me one last taste of your knuckles Right here on my forehead Do me one last favour before I go And give it your best shot Oh, I dream of Crow Pulling me in two I never dream of you All benign, blonde and bloodshot Give me one last slice of your cake, honey cub Right here on my forehead Litter me good Give me something to do Recycling your misfortunes Oh, my dream is black And black's within my tongue I give you a taste and you hand me one back Right here on my forehead is a scar Right here on my forehead is my avatar Come join yours and let us Limb through this Forest Of tall Dark Handsome Lies All lies Give me one last taste of your knuckles Right here on my forehead Do me one last favour before I go And give it all you've got
11.
04:24
I think I'm going out Taking myself for a spin Trying on your sunshine but I'm not Letting it in Cos babe you know I'm Bigger than you Bigger than you you you and you I'm bigger than scream And I'm bigger than blue too And I might take you on Oh I might take you out for a spin Tonight Cos we are Nothing but bone Nothing but skin Just a sample of two-shine Look, it's simple: Knock. And I may, Or may not let you in And I might take you on Oh I might take you out for a spin Tonight Oh to, lick such a delicate neck Nip such a delicate oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh Snap back into man And keep your eyes on the road Cos I might take you on Yeah I might take you out for a spin Tonight
12.
06:36
I meant to tell you this long ago I never meant to cause a fuzz, turn it into a show But when I met you down the aisle at Tesco I just didn't have it in me, to hold i back Amidst these miles and miles of aisles I accidentally bit my lip as we were stading over a massive pile of fizz And you cupped my chin with your stocky little hand, the one you so loathe Somehow I'd forgotten just how much you fire me up T'was as if someone had plugged me with a mega-giga watt and cranked it all the way up And little lights were dancing, uh-oh Yeah, little lights were dancing uh-oh Right before my very eyes Amidst these miles and miles of aisles But you served me but one taste of you I didn't notice whether they carried passion fruit that day Or whether it was simply me, being me But I miss your long hairs clogging up my drain And I've tried so hard to forget, to fall in love, but it just doesn't feel the same So I spilled my guts over line number three Amidst these miles and miles of aisles My woman of heart of mind Oh, for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles Let me take you down this Tesco aisle
13.
I always thought that you would be the one to pass me by I always figured there was no reason to even try But here we are Here we are I was wondering about the brown in the blue of you eyes I was wondering what might be lurking in there About the plains, the sea And here I am Here I am And we fly And we float And we play like kites And we get lost We get lost I never thought that we would be in for such a ride And as your tide flushes me out I think that It's probably for the best So godspeed Oh darling Godspeed

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About the Journey
Most of us are familiar with the feeling. On the surface everything seems fine and dandy, but below the facade something is wrong. Terribly wrong. This was the exact situation Niel Irson was in when he left his native Denmark behind and headed to Portugal in 2011. Not only was his long-term romantic relationship slowly coming apart, but there was something about his life situation that just wasn’t right. He had a sweet, beautiful girlfriend, an admirable job as a self-made game designer, and seemed on the path to the good life. But at some point he’d lost track of himself. So, off to Portugal he went to start over on a new, inspired chapter of his life.

On the brink of the Atlantic in tiny, charming, bankruptcy-threatened Portugal, songs suddenly started to pour from him. He settled his accounts, quit the all-consuming dream job and started from scratch. Withdrew his pension funds and spent them on studio equipment, which he snuck past airport security as hand luggage weighing in at around 25 kgs. And in May 2011 he started recording what would one day become “The Sweet Joy of Hunting Someone Down” - a dusty, DIY indie-folk travelogue album from the borderlands of love.

About the Album
From the sunny southern coast of Portugal to the cold Danish shores Niel Irson has recorded a travelogue of sound. A dogma-style album with guitar and song always recorded in one take. And while some songs grew into more complex pieces, they have all been written and recorded on the dusty roads and in small spaces around Europe. The best ones have been condensed into the intensely personal album “The Sweet Joy of Hunting Someone Down” - a strong debut which demonstrates not only his ability to write an array of intriguing, modern songs, but also his talent for infectious melodies and personal, poetic lyrics that are sung from the heart.

On “The Sweet Joy of Hunting Someone Down” Niel Irson combines folk, indie pop and folk punk and defines his own artistic space in between the Ryan Adams’ songwriting, the vulnerability of Damien Rice’s “O” and a tinge of something that smells like Soundgarden grunge. It’s an intensely profound album that invites you to travel along from the puffy, pink clouds of a love in its infancy to the deep vale of despair of said love lost, and all the way to the brink of insanity.

About Niel Irson
More than anything, Niel is a songwriter. Oh, and he’s got a voice. A special kind of voice. He goes it solo as a travelling troubadour, adventurer and romantic. With his feet on the ground, his head in the clouds and his hands holding onto his lonesome companion; an acoustic guitar.

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released March 8, 2013

A big, huge thank you to all the talented people who've been involved in the making of this album: Jesper, for being such a talented guy and as much of a making music-soul mate as I'll ever have; Mette Rankin for Harold, investing a tiny piece of her soul and her immense graphical talent; My family, Sofie, Anine, Finn and Lisbet, for lending their ears, time and undying support.

Also a big, loving thank you to everyone who've made me believe that I can make this dream come true: Tinzinha, Jenn and Eva; Lília and Claudio; Joe and the Faro gang; Elsa; João Ramos; Barb; "Uncle" Christian; Der Brandt; Jason; Harold; Julie (of the) Wind; Julo; Jols; Stender; Sue and Jim; Jen, Mal and Miki; Liv; Biljana; Asta Banja; Mantas; Aggerbæk; Petina; Karen S & the CSSA Crew; Everyone who has supported me at my dozens of live gigs; All the people I hopefully haven't forgotten; And perhaps most of all Mari Caine who showed me back onto my one, true path: That of music and touching souls. This record is for you.

Eternally grateful,
N.

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