Life, Death and Everything in Between

by Stöj Snak

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1.
We walk through life dressed in its beauty with all we need beneath the sky But there’s so much built to be broken or just raised to tear you down The cruel world you will be facing, it breaks my heart to think about Because it’s tough to come to terms with how fucking ugly this place really is I know this world is not a place I would want to be born into But I hope you can forgive your mom and I ‘cause I know we will never regret you And I’m sure you will find your own reasons to smile
2.
Trees 02:51
We vote for changes and bright promises but only those promises seem to change We call the bluffs and we demand some truth so we’re fed with it till we choke on it We won’t be shattered by the things we hate but in a flood of all the things we love Do animals raised in captivity have the means to teach their offspring to be free The leashes are not forced upon our necks but they're passed down kindly by the ones we trust Pumped full of know-how and self-confidence but robbed of intuition and self worth We're like beautiful trees without roots in the ground We'll be blown apart when a storm comes around Just beautiful trees, exposed and alone Here comes the storm, here comes the storm Our kids have never seen the Milky-way and would rather shop than play to pass their lives Generic, screen-raised model citizens just buying swift entertainment with their time They won’t be spoiled by all the things we fear but in a flood of all the things they love We’ve planted these trees without roots in the ground We’ve been blown apart, we know where they're bound Just beautiful trees, swaying calmly in the breeze They’re beautiful trees without roots in the ground They'll be blown apart when a storm comes around Just beautiful trees, exposed and alone Here comes the storm Here comes the storm We work as our lives pass by us, lunatics run the asylum, we're all powerless and bridled, pray for rain, and watch the fires Seems becoming an adult is nothing but a series of seemingly small compromises Till we are unrecognizable
3.
How do we escape x3 This not so great depression? Is it the way that you sell out your values To impress people you don't like? Or how your kids are kept in locked institutions Because their parents are never home? Or how your chores leave you numb and exhausted Because you crave more than you can afford? Or how you fake it and polish the surface? Is it the way you can't turn this off? Do you feel anything? Do you feel anything at all? How do we escape this not so great depression? Is it the way you're disconnected from nature And apathy replaced your will to fight Or how bright screens and gadgets steal your attention And all your spare time just passes by? Or how your family slowly turn into strangers And how you barely see your friends? Is it that thought that nags in the evening; That maybe life could be more than this? Do you feel anything? Do you feel anything at all? The ice is thin but we all run So we won't hear when it cracks to pull us in All this work for what? How do we escape? Do you feel anything? Do you feel anything at all? "Life is what is happening to you while you are busy checking your news feed" John Lennon
4.
Here in the light of the burning Sativa and the last rays of the setting sun Under the sky, far from laws and surveillance, Only laughter breaks the silence We’re too drunk to plan tomorrow, still not completely numb As time dissolves we share pieces of mind We searched our souls and unbought explanations, danced to the beat of a sleeping world Filled up the void with drugs, art and music, More placebos and distractions There’s a hole inside my heart and it’ll only fill with love From someone not just waiting their turn We are spoiled boys, we get fed and fit and our newborns survive most of the time But sadness can only be measured from inside It takes courage to die for your ideals but dedication to live by them Where are the elders in this village I can seek out for the wisdom of a lifetime They are roller skating hipsters or pacified in homes Our roots are buried as our stories die The human race is almost over but who will be the winners? Those who finish first or last? Is everything okay or should we feel ashamed? Your thoughts won’t count but either way they will be used against you So board up your windows Is everything okay? Or is it just me? ‘cause I don’t want to leave - let’s live while we’re still breathing I don’t want to leave - And dream before we fall asleep The drugs won’t set us free and the world takes nothing back It’s up to us to make our time make sense I don’t want to leave - let’s live while we’re still breathing I don’t want to leave No, I don’t want to leave - allow ourselves to die a little I don’t want to leave - there is no sense in coming down We’re sitting on the ground
5.
Sometimes what you want are not the things you need X2 If you fall, I’m standing here right beside you Holding on, I'm standing here right beside you The masses will go to great lengths to preserve their hyper-normality, habits and malls The fences are painted and stories installed To postpone any questions Out of sight, out of mind,without sound, burning out Sometimes what you want are not the things you need X2 When you fall, I’m hanging here right beside you Holding on, I'm hanging here right beside you The flock’s pressing on and the end of the world will be caused by people just doing their jobs While those burning bright to enlighten the hob Will hang from the lampposts Out of sight, out of mind, without sound, burning out Sometimes what you want are not the things you need X2 While you fall, I’m hanging here right above you Pressing on, I'm hanging here right above you Hoping someone’s there to catch you (Nobody likes a sore loser who whines But the victors wrote all the history books And all the plot holes are getting too big To suspend any disbelief) Out of sight, out of mind, without sound, burning out
6.
I saw this little kid staring dead out through my screen, looking for a way to make her hunger end Scenes from some forgettable and foreign continent, clearly playing for my sympathy I felt a slight discomfort as I flipped the channel off Like a lurking question still remained I passed a homeless man sitting broken on the street without shelter, folded hands, begging for change Bloodshot eyes and troubled thoughts inside his bloated head, but nothing a steady job wouldn’t fix I felt a slight discomfort as I looked the other way Like a lurking question still remained We’ve got to fucking help them, don’t we? What kind of humans are we if we don't? We got to fucking help them, don’t we? But we can't save the whole world on our own One of my old friends came by my house the other day looking for a way out of his problems Bad decisions and bad luck had caught him in a ditch but I didn’t see how that would concern me I felt a slight discomfort as my door slammed in his face Like a lurking question still remained We got fucking help them don’t we...? Do we really share a common bound just because we share the same genome? How close do our problems need to be Before they can make us feel? "Strong people don't put others down, they lift them up" Darth Vader
7.
I’ve got this condition, thoughts boil in my head Clinically sane, there's not diagnosis Please don't remind me I'm better off than most Like it's supposed to cheer me up Maybe these songs will never really matter And the times never change Maybe we're stuck here repeating patterns, All the mistakes of yesterdays Should we just stop and simply give up? I am brought up with food, education and toys Can I justify that I speak up or complain? My mind is sane and my judgment is sound So others must feel the same Maybe these songs will never really matter But it matters that we try First step to change is seeing a pattern That we can break if we rise The future belongs to those holding on When you sing along, I'm holding on Na na na Let’s sing along! I’m holding on if you’re holding Let’s sing along, the future belongs to us
8.
We’re building walls on a shaking foundation but we’re too busy to notice And when we’re done here we will leave pretty houses for a world where no one can live With happiness always just out of reach, we follow the trails that run into the ground To become kings of ashes we will burn the whole world down But once we could drink from the well We’ve sprayed our fields till the weeds grew resistant, pulled dragnets through every ocean Replaced our forests with deserts and landfills to ensure a steady growth We've poisoned the waters and ruined the crops so what do we say our kids turn to us And ask us to justify all this mess - they will reap what we saw Once we could drink from the well The sky will open up and flush out all the filth To settle the score Soon our bloated remains, stuffed with plastic bits will wash upon the shore And form a new foundation in all colors and shapes For future generations To build their shaking lives and be reminded of us Once we could drink from the well “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” Greek proverb
9.
I used to be hopeful that if we kept believing then all of these mountains could be turned around Once our generation became cops and politicians then we would make a difference and make the world change But ideals turn to hope and hopes turn to dust, and it gets in your eyes and it gets in your thoughts Now the names and faces have changed but somehow all of the shit piles up exactly the same But we used to sing for the whole world to hear, open our hearts and forget our fears We would rather die standing on our feet than live on our knees If it mattered once to dream like this, we can make it matter now Cause we might be broken but we're still not beaten and we never fought this fight just to win There’re are mistakes waiting to be made and thoughts and ideas still left to get So fuck all this talk about getting older, we should be talking about getting better Yeah, where is your anger? You see the same things as me and no one will do it if we don't stand up And we can sing for the whole world to hear, forget our depressions and challenge our fears And overcome impossible odds, get back on our feet If it mattered once to dream like this, we can make it matter now Let's make this matter Rise and sing, all of my fallen friends If just for tonight, live our beliefs Rise and sing, all of my fallen friends Let’s be the change we want to see Yeah, let us sing for the whole world to hear, expose our hearts, our hopes and ideas And for once be true to ourselves and make things matter If it mattered once to dream like this, we can make it matter now
10.
Smoke 01:04
Thick smoke rises above the trees The heat is closing in with a familiar smell of ashes Invisible machinery In the unknown we are so easily seduced by hatred We thrive among the things we know So in our search for reason we see patterns where there are none Divide until we’re all alone Ignite the world with hatred, kill till there’s nothing left to kill
11.
Fire 04:00
You've fought this war on your fears for so long That you forgot the reason why A call to arms so loud that it drowns out all senses And making monsters of you You kill the culprits and shake up the grounds But not the ideology It feeds on grief, unawareness and hatred and grows with every casualty Fight fire with water if you really want to put it out x2 The flames will burn through everyone, leave all you know in ashes Mistakes that cannot be undone so fight the fire Before all you ever loved is gone It's you and them, you sacrifice for your cause You both build caskets for your young Your flags are different but your tears are the same kind The kind that turns hearts to stone So maybe time has finally come to forgive And forget your differences and gods Look at each other and lay down your weapons Approach your problems in peace Fight fire with water… They prosper from division so they want you to hate them But fuck all the weapons and fuck all the hatred If your beliefs are worth killing for then set an example and start with yourself Stop killing people you and go to hell “We kill people who kill people because killing people is wrong” Unknown
12.
I was born in a country too small to fit in Its rivers and fjords are running through my mind It sent me off floating and carried me through my youth But fed me distrust and insecurities And it’s streets of eternal summer no longer wear my name I wore many faces, some fell, some got stuck Now, I have to look close to recognize myself But may my deeds be remembered by the people I loved And all my mistakes all serve to educate Don't judge me on all my answers But on how I found them How tall can you grow without tearing off your roots And stand without breaking in the wind? Sometimes the old must die to leave room for the new May I grow into myself and float on But remember the place I came from I've chosen battles and let chances slip by And had many days soiled in compromise But also days full of music were the tunes were all mine Now, All of my songs are for everyone to take Let my time leave scars and wrinkles And memories worth losing May my time not be wasted prolonging my days And may the time I have left leave me feeling loved I found an island with roots deep in the ground And we rode off the storms in our intertwining rivers Though, it’s too rarely that I tell you It’s with you my heart belongs How far could you fall without falling apart? How well would you walk on through the fire? How hard would you fight for things already lost? Life's not about the destinations we reach But the journeys we take in between (Solo) May my footprints be shallow on the ground that I’ve walked but deep in the minds of everyone I’ve known I hope there will be laughter and song when I die In room full of friends all celebrating life Let our deaths be quick and painless And in the right order How far could you fall without falling apart? How well would you walk on through the fire? How hard would you fight for things already lost? I don't count on my life to be perfect at all But I hope it’ll worth all its flaws I hope you'll dance till you drop Sing back at the madness Let the tune lift you up Carry you on so you keep on smiling I hope you'll dance till you drop Punch holes through the sadness Give all you’ve got When shadows fall, burn like a fire Burn like a fire (solo) I hope you'll dance till you drop Bring light to the darkness But when the sun comes back up Take a brief break to hear the silence

about

Some people see things that are, and ask, why? Some people dream of things that never were, and ask, why not? Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that.
- George Carlin

"Life, Death and Everything in Between" is the Danish, screamer-songwriter quartet Stöj Snak's sophomore album. 12 tracks of heartfelt, folky troubadour-punk infused with plenty of raw energy and melodic catchiness.

Released four years after the debut, this album completes the transition from one-man-band to four-piece. The songs still revolve around singer/songwriter Niels Højgaard Sørensen's raspy yet melodic voice but are clearly built to be performed by a band - full of instrumental finesse and ripe with washboards, double-bass and other trash instruments (counting members from Mighty Midgets, Columbian Neckties, Batolit, and the record collective 5Feetunder Records).

The album sees the band pushing its folk-punk sound up a notch, blending in almost thrash-sounding riffs and plenty of screaming while still maintaining a catchy, melodic edge in the songwriting on the more action-packed songs such as "Trees" and "Fire". But the album also ventures in a more experimental and tender direction on the piano-driven "Songs About Beliefs" and the closing 11-minute title track.

The lyrics also remain an integral part of the songs. And while the album (like its predecessor) has a great deal of social commentary, the lyrics this time take a more personal approach and tackles how our culture and societal structures affect us all on a more intimate level (e.g. "The (Not So) Great Depression" and the sarcastic "Sensible Utility").

Singer/songwriter Niels Højgaard Sørensen has the following to say on the album's lyrical themes: "The songs on this album seem to circle around family and relationships in the modern, societal structures and how we, the inhabitants of these systems, are affected by them. How the constant chase after validation, possessions, and careers constantly diverge our attention from the people and moments that are the most important to us. And make us forget ourselves."

The album will be distributed worldwide as a collective effort by the following (awesome) DIY labels:
- 5FeetUnder Records
- Angry Music Records
- D.I.Y Koło Records
- Entes Anomicos
- Geenger Records
- Heartland
- Make-That-A-Take Records
- Incredible Noise Records
- La Caliya Project
- Make-That-A-Take Records
- Maniyax Records
- TNSrecords
- YLLS records

So this album is dedicated to our kids, families, and lovers! Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

credits

released October 23, 2020

GNGR086

All songs are written, produced, recorded, and mixed by Niels Højgaard Sørensen.
Co-produced, recorded, and mastered by Rasmus Glassau Clausen
Additional set of ears, eyes, and taste buds by Kasper Vestergaard
Constant inspiration and enduring voice of reason by Jill Juul Jacobsen

Beta-tested by Mads Krogh and Troels Højgaard Sørensen

On this record Stöj Snak are
Niels Højgaard Sørensen
Rasmus Glassau Clausen
Jeppe Nørgaard
Jesper Olsen

Additional musicians
Sara Harrington
Tobias Dahl Nielsen
Troels Højgaard Sørensen
Frederik Glassau
Numsi
Slagterens Tove

Artwork and layout by Niels Højgaard Sørensen

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