Roxette – Vulnerable

Notes

Per: The whole song was written around this wonderful word. Marie: Hard to say for a Swede, though. Per: Yeah, vlnrbl… vullnr… it’s quite tricky. This was written a week too late for the Joyride-album and it didn’t really suit the Tourism-sessions, so we kept it in the drawer until we started the Crash! Boom! Bang!-project in London. It’s a very dear song to me.

– Don’t Bore Us – Get to the Chorus! liner notes, 1995

Also from the album Crash! Boom! Bang!, “Vulnerable” is one of very few Roxette ballads with Per on lead vocals. Written in 1990, but kept in the vault for nearly four years until the “vibes were right”. Spent almost a year on the radio charts in Scandinavia and Europe.

– The Ballad Hits liner notes, 2002

Versions

Demo, 28 December 1990

Per: This song came to me very easy. I had the title and most of the lyrics, the chords and the melodies in my head for a long time (about a year or so…) before I made any demo-recording. Wish I had sung it better, though. Can’t remember why Marie didn't want to sing it. A few changes in the lyrics and it would have sounded fab with her.

– Roxette Facebook, Sunday, 22 September 2013

Original Version 5:03

Everywhere I look I see her smile
Her absent-minded eyes
And she has kept me wondering for so long
How this thing could go wrong

It seems to me that we are both the same
Playing the same game
But as darkness falls this true love falls apart
Into a riddle of her heart

She’s so vulnerable
Like china in my hands
She’s so vulnerable
And I don’t understand
I could never hurt the one I love
She’s all I’ve got
But she’s so vulnerable
Oh so vulnerable

Days like these
No one should be alone
No heart should hide away
Her touch is gently conquering my mind
There’s nothing words can say

She’s coloured all the secrets of my soul
I’ve whispered all my dreams
But just as nighttime falls
This vision falls apart
Into a riddle of her heart yeah

She’s so vulnerable
Like china in my hands
She’s so vulnerable
And I don’t understand
I could never hurt someone I love
She’s all I’ve got
But she’s so vulnerable
Oh so vulnerable

Don’t hide your eyes…

  • Words and Music by Per Gessle
  • Published by Jimmy Fun Music

Available on:

  • Crash! Boom! Bang! [Album]
    • 5″ CD in Jewel Case
    • Compact Cassette in Case
    • 5″ CD in Jewel Case
    • 12″ Vinyl in Sleeve
    • Rox Archives Vol. 5 5″ CD in Gatefold Card Sleeve
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Single Version 4:30

  • Words and Music by Per Gessle
  • Published by Jimmy Fun Music
  • Produced by Clarence Öfwerman
  • Recorded at EMI Studios, Stockholm, Sweden in 1993 by Anders Herrlin and Alar Suurna and at Mayfair Studios, London, United Kingdom during Friday, 26 March – Monday, 12 April 1993 by Anders Herrlin and Alar Suurna
  • Mixed by Per Gessle, Alar Suurna and Clarence Öfwerman at EMI Studios, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Lead Vocals: Per Gessle
  • Backing Vocals: Marie Fredriksson
  • Bass: Anders Herrlin
  • Electric Guitar: Jonas Isacsson
  • Keyboards: Clarence Öfwerman
  • Programming: Anders Herrlin and Clarence Öfwerman
  • String Arrangement: Mats Holmquist and Clarence Öfwerman
  • Whistling: Per Gessle

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Tímida [Original Version] 4:44

Es así
La veo sonreir con ojos distraidos
Quieta en una esquina
Como si yo no estuviera allí

Creo yo que el juego para dos
Los dos el mismo juego
Pero no se da
De pronto ya no está
Y no me deja ni un adiós

Ella es tímida
Se esfuma si la ves
Ella es tímida
Por eso es como es
Yo no soy capaz de lastimar su corazón
Ella es tímida
Más que tímida

Fíjate
La quiero pero sé
Que es dulce
Y vulnerable tan frágil como hilos de cristal
No quireo hacerle mal

Conozco sus secretos pero no
La voy a hacer sufrir
Porque es tan débil como un pétalo de flor
Y su dolor me duele a mí

Ella es tímida
Se esfuma si la ves
Ella es tímida
Por eso es como es
Yo no soy capaz de lastimar su corazón
Ella es tímida
Más que tímida

¡Yeah! Ella es así

Ella es tímida
Se esfuma si la ves
Ella es tímida
Por eso es como es
Yo no soy capaz de lastimar su corazón
Ella es tímida
Se esfuma si la ves

Ella es tímida
Por eso es como es
Yo no soy capaz de lastimar su corazón
Ella es tímida
Más que tímida

  • Words by Luis Gomez Escolar
  • Music by Per Gessle
  • Published by Jimmy Fun Music