Gyllene Tider – Threnody

Original Version 4:43

Lilacs blossom just as sweet
Now my heart is shattered
If I bowled it down the street
Who’s to say it mattered?
If there’s one that rode away
What would I be missing?
Lips that taste of tears, they say
Are the best for kissing

Eyes that watch the morning star
Seem a little brighter
Arms held out to darkness are
Usually whiter
Shall I bar the strolling guest
Bind my brow with willow
When, they say, the empty breast
Is the softer pillow?

That a heart falls tinkling down
Never think it ceases
Every likely girl in town
Gathers up the pieces
If there’s one gone whistling by
Would I let it grieve me?
Let her wonder if I lie
Let her half believe me

  • Words by Dorothy Parker
  • Music by Per Gessle

Available on:

  • Puls
    • 5″ CD in Jewel Case
  • Radio Parlophone Andra sändningen!
    • Compact Cassette in Case
    • 12″ Vinyl in Sleeve
  • Andra Tider Bonuslåtar och alternativa versioner 82-84
    • Digital Download

Per: Jeezus, this is very old! Frida in ABBA was doing a solo-album in 1982 (produced by Phil Collins) and asked me to write a song for her. And she gave me a book of Dorothy Parker’s poems. I wrote music to two of them; “Threnody” and “Light of Love”. When her first single was released (“I Know There’s Something Going On”) she had the good taste of putting “Threnody” on the b-side. It became huge in the US and sold 4 million copies worldwide and . My first international success… Phew! PS. This version is played by Gyllene Tider and was made for some compilation album. There must be a demo version by MP and me somewhere as well.

– Roxette Facebook, Saturday, 28 September 2013