Swimmers in the Arctic Sea

by Laura Rafetseder

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There is an island called Loneliness (остров Уединения, or Ensomheden) amidst the cold of the Kara Sea, which is part of the Arctic Sea. The island and its surrounding waters are background to "Swimmers in the Arctic Sea", second album of singer songwriter Laura Rafetseder.

A major theme of the album is the contradiction of being seperate and one at the same time, both on a personal level as well as on a political and social level. As far as society is concerned, it is solidarity and isolation that form the two antipodes. All of us are "Swimmers in the Arctic Sea", lost in the isolating chill of our times, headed for our very own island called Loneliness. Yet, there is also the longing for unity and a tendency towards solidarity in the global struggles of a crisis ridden world.

The Cover depicting the island was designed by artist Angela Dorrer, for whom maps have been a constant artistic theme. As an exclusive feature for the album launch she has created 33 unique handmade covers in a limited edition, numbered and handsigned. They can be purchased as part of the cd and viewed as part of the exhibition at AU.

Pre-Single beating hearts, key song of the album, was released in Febuary 2016 and made it to the top ten of this years "protest song contest" of Austrian Broadcaster FM4.

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released October 21, 2016

(c) Lindo Records

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Laura Rafetseder Vienna, Austria

Singer/Songwriter Laura Rafetseder has made herself a name among the Vienna Singer/Songwriter Scene with her band Laura & the Comrats and their debut album Creating Memories. In 2012 she released her first solo album The Minor Key Club, and in autumn 2016 second album Swimmers in the Arctic Sea. ... more

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Track Name: Beating Hearts
1) these days i dont even feel my fingers
these days i dont even feel misplaced

our fire burned so bright once
the flame is almost gone
the engine is almost empty
we need to burn on

2) we fought like knights in shiny armour
we slaughter lives on battle gournds
we cut each others arms like cattle
we march in silence on our own

this ocean is so deep now
its full of monsters too
im so scared for your life now
and that other life too

3) we are blind dancers in an alley
we mislead each other in the dark
we should be holding hands at midnight
we should be beating hearts at dawn

but we're driven, driven creatures
we cannot help but long
we should be links in a chain now
we should be holding strong

4) we could b so much more than we are
we could be so much more than this
we are more than the sum of our parts
we are so much stronger than we think

we carry human frailty
but never get too far
sometimes we catch glimpses
of who we really are
Track Name: Blues in your lover's eyes
1) and now there's loving you
with all my heart loving you
i never thought we'd make it through

i miss my lonelyness
my island named lonelyness
it's still out there in the northern sea

Bridge
i know you sail out there too
while i look out for you
oh i know you need it too
i do too, oh

2) love is a fairytale
recounted in record sales
it's pink and bright and sometimes blue

and underneath it all
it can't be chained at all
it moves and changes everyday

bridge
and sometimes it breaks the cage
lashes out and makes us rage
comes back and wraps us in
and we ride it, oh

3) and there you go again
hands in your lovers hands
blues in your lovers eyes

you feel a fool again
love made you blue again
oh baby they're just growing pains

bridge
and when they're gone there's just you
just yourself loving you
clouds they just come and go
but it's you who holds on
Track Name: Hostile Shore
1) In a time when living gets harder
and the struggle for survival too
you ask yourself what is wrong with this world
it used to be a place i loved

and i put my arms around you
and we hold each other tight
its the only thing that keeps us
that keeps us alive

oh oh oh

2) We fell in love as the world was going crazy
we talked and talked for hours
it was easy to collapse into your arms now
and your scent's still in my bed

driving through clouds of people on the cold floor
these are dark dark times
oh im so scared of the things that might come now
and i dont know what to do

oh oh oh

3) we spent the afternoon on rollercoasters
as the leaves turned brown
and the wind said autumn and the cold air
proved the blue skies liars

human bodies stranded somewhere on a cold shore
this could have been my child
what if we have to flee someday too now
into some rotten paradise

oh oh oh

4) these days we're writing poems and lighting candles
for our hearts and for our minds
im falling deeper and deeper as i hold you
this could have been my child

these days we're keeping our heads down low now
until we're ready to fight
we used to sing this song past midnight
this could have been my child

oh oh oh

5) and if we ever lose our fear now
together we will stand
we could end the pain and the hardship
it is divided that we fall

we're swimmers in the arctic sea now
we should b building ships
our anger is a starting point now
our pain is our guide
Track Name: We were young and wounded
1) do u remember what u said
When u kissed me long ago
Love shouldnt b a battlefield
But the battles we all know
In the blink of an eye
Ten years go by
And u never wonder why
We were young & wounded
And we sang songs of love

Chorus
We were young & wounded
We were young & poor
We were young & wounded
And we sang songs of love

2) a womans heart is never hers
Its never hers alone
Ur always there
Ur everywhere
And i am mostly gone
I wish i could regain my heart
And find my peace of mind
Oh, we're still young & wounded
And we sing songs of love

3) theres a struggle to b seperate
And a struggle to b one
We kiss our kids goodnifht and then we wonder where they've gone
I once was a lady
I once was a girl
I am mostly me these days
And i like who ive become
Track Name: Those who made no sound
1) There was a time that i once lost
it was a time that knew no cost
and many days we spent in bliss
no need for pain no need for this

chorus:
And I'd have never thought
that we'd look back on days like this
and i'd have never thought
that we would ever fall out of love

2) Sweet and innocent like us
we feel the rain, we fell the loss
we count these days long as they last
as they swell and as they pass

chorus

3) We pick the fruits up from the fields
they're full and thick far as i see
we think of those who made no sound
after they shot them to the ground

chorus II:
And I'd have never thought
that we'd look back on days like this
and i'd have never thought
this world would ever fall out of love

4) There'll be a time to think of this
to tell them no, to stop them doing this
there'll be a time when we will shout
shout out our pain
shout it out loud
chorus II
Track Name: Late Autumn & Early Storms
1) come on into my kitchen
i'll put the kettle on
there are times when im unsettled
there are times when im at home

i'll light the candles when the day is done
we'll watch the trees as they fight the storm
outisde it's cold, inside it's warm
its late autumn and early storms

2) knock hard against my window
then i might let you in
the winds are getting stronger
but we'll defy the storm

we'll cook potatoes and we'll wash the dishes
we'll break the silence and we'll sing the songs
we listen closely to the wind a howling
in late autumn and early storms

3) you come and go so lightly
but im good where i am
you do know where to find me
you do know where im gone

and finally there is peace within me
the outside world is slowing down
and my heart it asks for nothing
but late autumn and early storms
Track Name: Lament
1) i lost another baby
in the most silent of months
it left me sorely wailing
this winter was so long

​chorus:
oh dear i cannot see thee
with u i cannot speak
oh dear i cannot see thee
and u cannot see me

2) i lost another lover
in the most silent of years
my loss it was my secret
and so were my tears

3) i lost another winter
seeking shelter from my pain
the years they passed in silence
​like a sad refrain

4) a woman knows the sadness
she cannot help but bleed
some might think men are stronger
but they are too in need
Track Name: Rocket Science
1) I wish i knew how to conquer planets
i wish i knew how to light my own sun
i wish i was a rocket scientist
i wish i was a sailor like u
and now ur here with me and i'm with u
i figured that science is easy to do





2) I wish i knew how to be a chess master
i wish i knew how to play my own game
i wish i knew how to sing my own voice
i wish i knew how to be my own song
and now ur here with me and i'm with u
i figured that songs are so easy to do

3) I wish i knew how to improvise failure
i wish i knew how to spell success
i wish i knew how to build my own castles
i wish i knew how to be my own friend
and now ur here with me and im with u
i figured that castles are easy to do

4) I wish i knew how to write my own story
i wish i knew how to tell my own tale
i wish that life was less like a mountain
i wish that life was more like a song
and now ur here with me and im with u
i figured that stories are easy to do

5) i wish i was a super hero
i wish i was an anthem or hymn
i wish that i had super powers
i wish that i could cast my own spells
and now ur here with me and im with u
i figured that heroes are like me and u
Track Name: The Day After Tomorrow
1) On the day after tomorrow we will all b homeless poets
we will all b angry marchers on the stage of history
we will keep our dancing demons in our bottles of red wine
we will sing our songs of sorrow to the dying buds of may

but we never will forgive what the greed bastards did
they stole our homes and children with their lies

2) on the day after tomorrow we will take our bleeding hearts
to the debt collectors castle just to watch it burning down
there'll be angry screaming widows they'll be tearing down these halls
there'll b no more scattered hopes cos we will make these fuckers crawl

and we'll take all their belongings and divide them between us
and the tide of time shall wash them away

3) on the day after tomorrow we might finally arrive
at conclusions that were always in our hearts and in our minds
they have only been forgotten as the wheel of history turned
and the dust that kept them hidden is now swiftly blown aside

and we'll believe no more lies and we'll believe in ourselves
and the world that we create will b ours

4) on the day after tomorrow all the thieves will be deprived
of everything they took from us and everything they hide
and the burned soil that they left will b made furtile again
we will finally take our own fate into our own hands

and we'll believe no more lies and we'll believe in ourselves
and the world that we create will b ours
Track Name: Stone Cold City
im a mother and a lover
im a worker and a friend
ive been through all this shit before
im not running anymore
i am a tree
and i'll stay here
i am an artist
i dont take the world for granted
we can change it if we want it

and i know that ur around somewhere in this stonecold city
i know ur nights are lonely too
oh my heart it sees so clearly
sees the pain that uve been through
sees the the times that uve been blue

all my cards are on the table
all my words are in this song
if ur strong enough to take me
if ur strong enough to stay
if ur strong enough to hold me
come stormy weather come what may
if all these feelings do not scare u
if ur mind is moving too
if u wonder if this world is either crazy or in pain
we might stand and breathe together
heads on shoulders
heart on heart

and i know that ur around somewhere in this stonecold city
i know ur nights are lonely too
oh my heart it sees so clearly
sees the pain that uve been through
sees the the times that uve been blue
Track Name: This sounds like a song
1) feeling close tonight
with just half the world between us
as if we were in one single skin
how crazily amazing
He said babe sad songs light up parts of us that feel
and i feel u i feel u i feel u

2) i said funny how u can feel so alone
while being with someone
and how u can feel close to someone
u havent even met
He said babe i already know u
and i feel u i feel u i feel u

I said baby this sounds like a song
and i cant stop singing it
he siad we got under each others skin
and into each others mind
i said we should write a song together
give it a name, give it a heart
and i feel u i feel u i feel u
Track Name: Love will find you too
Love will find you too
and there's nothing you can do
you might toss and turn
but we all have to learn
love will find you too

Love will blind you too
and there's nothing you can do
you might toss and turn
but we all have to learn
love will blind you too

Love will hurt you too
and there's nothing you can do
you might toss and turn
but we all have to learn
​love will hurt you too

Love will leave you too
and there's nothing you can do
you might toss and turn
but we all have to learn
love will leave you too

Love will find you too for a new
and there's nothing you can do
you might toss and turn
but we all have to learn
love will find you too
Track Name: Broken Free
1) baby ive been thinking of u
thinking of u in a world that dont exist
baby ive been feeling lost and lonely
lost and lonely cos i just dont seem to fit

ref
no i dont fit in this world no not me
i dont fit with what this world wants from me
they give me shoes that are too small for me
so baby lets break free

2) baby ive been wondering lately
if there is anyone who feels they way i do
and if they do why dont they tell me
why dont they tell me that they hate it in here too

​ref
no we dont fit in this world no not us
we dont fit with what this world wants from us
they give us shoes that are to small for us
so baby lets break free

ref
and if this world doesnt fit anyway
if it dont fit with what we all want to be
we should make shoes that will let us be a bit bigger
broken free
Track Name: We will reach them all
The mountains that we're climbing
turn out to be too small
for us to reach the stars
we want to reach them all

the one thing that we can do
is build a stairway hall
i dont know how we'll make it
but we will reach them all

we will build a wall
for every castle in the air
for each and every moment
we will count the fools that stare at us

the one thing that we can do
is build a stairway hall
i dont know how we'll make it
but we will reach them all