At night I still sneak out

by Jonas Selander

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Compilation of my songs up until 2014

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released May 3, 2014

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Jonas Selander Gothenburg, Sweden

I'm Jonas from Gothenburg Sweden. I write songs on my own and with my band The Rotten Pichas.

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Track Name: Secret mission
E A B B
Well every night I go out running
or riding my bike
I like to sweat, I like the flow I get
I like the feeling of the night air hitting my lungs
I like the feeling of rain while sticking out my tongue

Sometimes I like to pretend I'm on a secret mission
sometimes I'm just making sure
there's not something out there happening that I'm missing

And I swear to you I get a real high from it
fuck alcohol and fuck all that shit, and fuck TV

Let's meet up with our bikes down by the old train bridge
I'll race you downtown
and show you what you've missed from inside

And let's live our lives tonight
let's ride our bikes into the night
let's live our lives tonight
and that's all I had to say about that
Track Name: Land mines and tan lines
E A F# B
No child should never have to see
land mines dressed as teddy bears
moms and dads killed by dirty drinking water
there's conflict on every border

Corporations of "the civilized world"
copyrights on seeds and medications
while people are dying from treatable diseases
privilieged assholes preach about Jesus

making bombs that can destroy the whole world
Poisoned rivers runs like veins through our planet
wildlife traded for this months budget
there's a disease in their heads I don't doubt it

E B A B
In fact I wish it's no treatable
and I wish that you could die from greed
and I wish I was drunk and didn't feel
and I just wish that it wasn't for real

E E E E

E A F# B
And my grandma is dying now
she says she's wanna end it right now
Put a needle right through her heart
so she'll never have to feel again

It's beyond our dignity
to fade away in a hospital bed
amputating organ after organ
until there's just nothing left...

E B A B
Now I wish I was drunk in Havana
or I wish I could travel back in time
or I wish some god just gave me a sign
or I wish that we could live as one

I just wish that we could live as one
Track Name: Under unseen stars
D Bm G A
Now if we go to bed early tonight you and me
the moon would cast its pale light on nobody
and noone would feel the silent power of pine trees in the dark
and the crickets would be playing under unseen stars

and noone would feeling fear hearing wild thunder rolling in
excited and nervous when the lightning comes crashing
Raindrops running cold down nobodys sweet chin
the night is an adventure just waiting to begin

and ooooh (This is the chorus and it just goes oooh)

Do you remember those woods where the two rivers meet?
There's something magic about that place
about that night air we breathe
we used to lit a fire here by the river bank
but tonight it would just ruin how close we stand

And to feel the heat from your lips to mine
is the only thing now that comes to my mind
with my feet in the sand and your hand in my hand
and the raft we built that could take us anywhere tonight

Take us anywhere tonight
oooh

And when the stars comes out to play
let's dance this beautiful night away
and when the moon shines bright tonight
it is night on planet Earth and we are alive
and we can do whatever the fuck we decide
We don't need permission to live our lives
Tonight we can hear the roar of the Esamba
take a look into my eyes
see any signs of modern life?

No signs of modern life
ooooh
Track Name: Let's be friends!!
D D G A
Now if you're tired of working overtime for someone else's dream
Go pick up a guitar and go busking in the streets
and scream your heart out, sing it like you feel it!

Why do you need to work for money
when we could help each other out?
Why do you scream and shout inside?
You could be screaming that shit out loud

So if the rent's too high, fucking occupy!
Let's dumpster dive for furniture and apple pie
if we get some more friends
we could start an organic farm - somewhere!

And we wouldn't need to work for money
because we'd help each other out
we don't scream and shout inside
because we're screaming that shit out loud

So if you still got a job
you know you ain't been shoplifting enough
You know that we were born to rock
let's set this world on fire with our hearts
with our beautiful hearts

So if I help you and you help me
we could love each other
we could set ourselves free
and we wouldn't need your petty excuse of a society
No never!

And we don't need to work for money
no because we help each other out!
We dont scream and shout inside
because we're screaming that shit out loud!
Track Name: Ice age
C G F F
Life is short when you die at 24
and now these racist fuckheads try to blame immigration
for a white boys knife in your liver
sometimes I wake up crying, shivering
because you bled to death that night in the hospital

Am F F G
Can you hear from the other side of eternity my heart beat?
If you could just feel what I'm feeling tonight
then I'd be feeling alright 'cause you'd be feeling alive
F
but there's no turning back
G
nah you'll never be back

C G F F
It was you and me and Katrin almost ten years ago
we worked to keep the youth clubs from shutting down
in a torn apart society where everyone's afraid of each other
there's 50 people on this tram
but everyone's sitting alone

Am F F G
Can you hear from the other side of eternity my heart beat?
If you could just feel what I'm feeling tonight
then I'd be feeling alright 'cause you'd be feeling alive
F
but there's no turning back
G
nah you'll never be back
F G
And now you're alone again

End on Am.
Track Name: Bling bling for me!
C Am F G
My song is on the radio today
I'm so happy I could kill myself laughing at it
This is my new beginning of caviar, cuban ceegars
I am gonna drive a brand new car wearing bling bling
F G
The do-re-mi is on my side from now on

Am G F E
Don't intend to bore us, just get to the chorus
It should be catchy and cool and not too offending
People don't wanna think they wanna dance
They want romance, attitude and take a chance
and throw your hands in the air
like you just don't care about anything
about anything at all
My hair is standing straight up!
My golden tie is not too rough enough
Life is a party and I am invited

I do it three chord style
I do it computerized
I do it on the MTV with a lot of chicks showing their tan lines
I do it for the dance floors
I do it for the company's high scores
But mainly I do it to get rich
So goodbye normal people!
'cause I'm rich bitch!
Track Name: May wild thunder strike us down
A D A E, A D E A
well in my heart I'm already leaving now
and in my mind I left the modern world behind
the city lights are too bright to see the stars
and these city hearts too stressed to set a spark

D E A A x4
But this spark of mine I'm gonna let it shine
in this concrete graveyard they call a town
may our hearts be one
and may wild thunder strike us down!

A D A E, A D E A
Growing up we needn't even lock the door
we just ran through the summernights never to be bored
take a dive into the river, building huts in the woods
and these neighborhood parties lasted all night through

D E A A x4
Yea we rode our bikes through the twilight
and the night belonged to us, we belong to the night
we were happy, we were free
we never wanted things to be differently

A D A E, A D E A
But growing up you're gonna need a place to stay
and you know that you gotta make every month pay
A lot of different people makes this suburb pretty great
but everyone's too fucking tired to make something out of it

D E A A x4
This city brings people to their knees
the city was made for banks, malls and money
so may our hearts be one
and may wild thunder strike us down

A D A E, A D E A
Yea I know that this economy doesn't grow for you and me
and I know that we've been living on a lot of love lately
But I also know we can turn those malls into community centers
and the banks into common property

D E A A x8
And we can plant trees in those streets
tear down the parking lots and plant beans
burn the cars, ride our bikes
and dance around a campfire every night

And this spark of mine I'm gonna let it shine!
in this concrete graveyard they call a town
May our hearts be one
and may wild thunder strike us down
Track Name: This town on fire represents me
A E D E, A E D..... E

A E D E
I'm gonna need a job for the summer
maybe at the bank
I'm gonna need a fucking gun for the summer
at the same fucking bank!

D E A F#m, D E A....
But why bother when the sun is shining?
I get along fine on shoplifted beer and borrowed weed
and there's a parkbench to sleep on when I succeed

A E D E
You talk about class-solidarity and you talk like a book
I don't wanna hold hands with fucking bank employees,
racists or cops

D E A F#m, D E A
And sometimes I think that the whole movement is just being me
and the only class war that I fight is me being out of money
My ideology is simply hate
and the only thing that represents me is a molotov
in the rich man's face
Track Name: Test monkey jive
D D G A
Well there's not as much time to life as I'd like to believe
set the birds free! and let the cages be
baskets or tables or whatever you like
I don't care as long as those chickens gets to fly free
up in the sky somewhere where they always longed to be

And there's not as much rainforest left as you might believe
you enjoy your bloody steak but is it worth the deal?
We're cutting down the forests to breed cows
That's insane! stop breeding cows!

And I'd like to spend eternity waking up in a tent and breathe
the fresh warm air of the summernight
was everything I ever needed to feel alright
And way over yonder I hear wild thunder rolling in
and it makes me a little bit nervous, but also excited
and when the rain comes crashing
I just wanna get out there and dance!

Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance!
Papapapapa papa pappapa
Set the (animal)s free so they can get out there and dance
set yourself free today so you can get out there and dance!
Track Name: It is night on planet Earth and we are alive!
D D G A x3
F# F# G A

A can of coffee in the morning makes me feel less numb
these pills calms my heart down
it's pounding in my ears when I try to sleep
I read books so I don't have to think about how I feel

Nervous breakdowns and panic attacks
sometimes I just start running thinking I'll never come back
So sick of feeling so far away from everything
so sick of people believing that they can't do everything

G A D D
But when the stars comes out to play
let's dance this beautiful night away
and when the moon shines bright tonight
it is night on planet Earth and we are alive!
and we can do whatever the fuck we decide
we don't need permission for living our lives
You are the most amazing person alive!

D D G A x3
F# F# G A
Hey kids! I'm sorry for the times I fail
keeping a good mood and I yell
I never meant to bring you down
you are the love of my life
and you always make me so god damn proud

Grown ups have to work until they go insane
to make every month pay
often I'm too tired when I come home
to make everyday with you an adventure into the unknown

G A D D
But when the stars comes out to play
let's skate this beatiful night away
and when the moon shines bright tonight
We can play Turtles and laser sword fights
and we can do whatever the fuck you decide
Don't let the grown up world ever get you down
'cause you are the most extraordinary person alive!

D D G A
End on D
Track Name: All for one, one for money!
Am G F C-G, Am G F F
Discourse against discourse - there's a world war
there's power and there's greed keping scores
there's arbitrary morals formed into laws
and there's politics of tactics rather than justice for all

HIV-economy! All for one, one for money
Animal testing and nuclear warheads
heading for our heads, heading for our death beds

Dm C G G
We wipe our asses with the forests
that once were our religion
We wipe this planet free from species
once we lived among them

Am G F C-G, Am G F F
All the power is in the hands
of the people rich enough to buy our lands
plastic hearts, souls and lives
plastic truths and plastic lies

Dm C G G
I try to escape and I try to find
some inner peace of mind
but my only hope is that we learn to survive
without this destrucion that we call a lifestyle

Am G F C-G, Am G F F
Must be a 1000 people living on my street
but when I go out at night the only ones I meet
is some kids with no place to be
'cause everybody is at home watching TV

Dm C G G
A mass movement of wasted time and wasted opportunity
A generation of crime against everything we have to be thankful for

Am G F C-G, Am G F F

Dm C G G
And when I look up at the sky tonight
there are no bombs a falling
and I'm so happy that I am alive
I hear a whisper from the pine trees calling

Am G F C-G, Am G F F

End on Am.
Track Name: My bike takes me places school never could
A C#m D E
Oh yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away
but today I'm in school and it fucking sucks, 'cause it's monday
and the teacher says bla bla bla bla bla...
and I'm looking out the window
and the sun is shining out there
and the rabbits are all jumping around
playing with each other in the greens

And I just wanna run, bla bla bla
and I just wanna jump around
and I just wanna have fun
riding my bike in the sun

And I ride it past the football field
past the pond in the green where the ducks lure and scheme
and yes I ride it past the factory where daddy used to work
before he got a better job in the city
And I ride it 'round and 'round and up and down the hill
and I ride it past the cancer hospital
where the sun is shining through the windows

And I just wanna run, bla bla bla
and I just wanna jump around
and I just wanna have fun
riding my bike in the sun

Instead of sitting here inside on a monday,
on a tuesday, on a wednesday
I'm writing on my bench by thursday
How would you think that I would feel on a friday?

Who gives a crap about math?
When I love you and you love me
and who gives a shit about history
well there's no history where I now be
and who needs biology?
Not the birds nor the flowers nor the little bee
and in none of them books that they let me read
there's a description of the way that I feel

And I just wanna run, bla bla bla
and I just wanna jump around
and I just wanna have fun
riding my bike in the sun
Track Name: Things fall apart
E B
Well because I rode my bike all the way
A E
from Gothenburg city
E B E A E B
I never had but that one, one thin dime

E
Gonna give away all my things, except for this bike
A
and I'll ride away straight into the night
E B
and I'm never coming back to this god forsaken town

Tell my boss to shove it, tell the state I'm dead
I'll live on wild berries and this song in my head
You'll find me by the end of the road

Well everybody's at home alone watching TV
Eating dinner in the couch, but I know you can break free
Tonight there's a barbecue out on the street
Tomorrow the whole world lies to our feet!

E A
So freight train - come and take my worried soul away
E
I've been lying here watching the stars
B
but now I think it's time to set me own spark

You gotta pick a lot of cotton to smoke a cuban ceegar
gotta need them lot of money to drive a brand new car
but you wont need it to spend your whole life working hard

Sure I'll miss paying bills like I'd miss a gun to my head
I'll miss the toxic fumes like I miss being dead
I'll miss concrete
but these holes in my shoes will soon turn back into feet

E A
So freight train - come and take my worried soul away
E
I've been lying here watching the stars
B
but now I think it's time to set me own spark

E B A E
Well I rode my bike all the way from Gothenburg city
E B E
I never had but that one, one thin dime
Track Name: Island time
E B A B
Now there's a war burning out there
and it comes to tow your heart away so watch out!
Watch out people now!

It's a good day to take one's life
but I rather fall in love than fall in line
They say we gotta defend our freedom
but the only freedom from their fire is to run run run

So we're gonna steal a rich kids bike
and me and Jessica are gonna take it for a hike
we're gonna fight for as long as our hearts beat
we're gonna make it for that island in the summer heat

And we're gonna make it for the skies tonight
we're gonna make it for the skies tonight
we're looking at the same stars way up high
but we don't need to confuse our stars with exploding fire


Well I'm watching the war on TV
and I'm watching children die
So I switch the fucking channels to a comedy show
to avoid to start to cry
I don't know what goes on in peoples minds
how can you drop a bomb over someone elses life?

There was this clip of a girl whos heart stopped
when the bombs began to fall right over her neighborhood
they said she died from fear of dying
but I believe she died because all of her love for this world was gone

She's gonna make it for the skies tonight
she's gonna make it for the skies tonight
she's gonna make it for the skies tonight
and I hope she wont confuse those stars with exploding fire

You're all tense and so stressed up
your heart is beating so hard and fast, will it ever stop?
I think you need to come with us on our bike
maybe you can bring a tent to sleep in for the night

We will need it on that island in the sun
eating fruits on the beach all day long
You know there's a thing called island time
and it's not as uptight as usual time - it's more relaxed
So when the night comes a sneaking to tow your heart away
I wanna run in the sand with you
'cause tonight we're gonna make it for the skies alright

We're gonna make it for the sky tonight
we're gonna make it for the sky tonight
we're gonna ask the sky fucking why tonight!!
But I'm afraid we wont get our answers from way up high
Track Name: End of the tunnel, light!
E A B E
On this train heading north
we left our lives for a dream of something better
a dream we could achieve tonight

On this train heading for the border
Praise! the new world order
Safety for the rich - trickle down economics

But hide! 'cause cops are coming, hide!
The world is running wild
I hope we'll make it alive

You know I can see at the end of the tunnel - light!
Just hope it ain't police flashlights

On this train bound for glory
please at least let me tell my story
I never wanted to be living like a criminal
be dying like a dog at the age of 14
all I wanted was a job and a place to call my home

But hide! 'cause cops are coming, hide!
The world is running oh so wild
I hope we'll make it alive

You know I can see at the end of the tunnel - light!
Just hope it ain't police flashlights

On this train heading for the sky
when they shot me down I never bothered asking why
but now I fly fly fly fly fly

You know I can see at the end of the tunnel - light!
just hope it ain't an oncoming train

On this train heading north
we left our lives for a dream of something better
a dream they took away from us tonight
Track Name: Bam Bam is alive!
E
Well it's raining outside today
it's really pouring out there today
A
but I am inside
E
drinking wine
B A E B
and singing to myself, things that are on my mind

We went to the hospital today
but don't worry about it though
Noone is hurt, but we're gonna have a baby
Jessie and I - so we went and saw it
with that ultrasound machine that they have there

And we saw it kicking and the heart it was beating
and it was sucking on it's thumb today
So I don't care if it's autumn outside
and the rain is pouring down
'cause Bam Bam is alive!
in Jessie alright, yeah!

Yea it's raining outside today
it's really pouring out there today
Yes but I am inside celebrating life
and singing to myself, things that are on my mind
Track Name: Blue bruises blues
E B E E - Once every verse
A B E Ex2 - Multiple varying times

One day we will all be dead
but today the cheap wine we stole still spins through my head
as we run from the security guard
with the sunshine in our eyes and skate burns on our thighs
We're so happy just to get out of there alive!

Here's to this town and all its shitty basements
here's to the many bands that we thought would have a chance
High on the smell of sweat and the lack of oxygene

And I hope this old world drags us down
to the point of no return where there's no reason not to burn
our old spoiled comforts and start taking care of this Earth

And I hope that I'll never find a job
because being out of money, yea it teaches you a lot
about hunger, love and what matters and what not

My bike takes me in any direction I want
it's blue as the sea and it carries you and me
from wherever we ever want to leave

From this hill we can see the whole town
with the dark woods behind
and the bright lights downtown
and the summernight air in your hair smells just fine

If we make out now we'll wake up tomorrow
naked in this field
just wondering what to feel and how to get a bite to eat!
Track Name: Aniara
Am
Am G F F
Sometimes it helps me when I feel down
to think back to carboniferous times
my ancestors 300 million years ago
amphibians hiding from a tropic storm

Your world looked a lot different than mine
but it's the same ground that we still walk upon
Thank you for taking care
Although I bet you were scared!

Dm F Am Am
Ooooh oohoh ooh x2

Am G F F
Also when your first ever child is born
rich in mind but so weak and so small
for months and months you just carry them around
realizing this has been done since ancient times
connecting you to people just like you
loving their kids millions of years ago

Dm F Am Am
and oooh oooh ooh x2

Am G F F
When this civilisation has been brought down
skyscrapers and bubble gum
humans defeated by climate change
I bet life will find a way

with shuttles of steel we escape through space
on a vast jungle planet we set up our base
a dozen of people trying to survive
spending our days finding new ways to stay alive!

Dm F Am Am
And oooho ooh ooooh x4

Am G F F
At night we all take turn guarding the camp
everywhere there are noises that we can't understand
Some plants try to eat you, some shine a light
Silent creatures wander through the jungle at night
The stars here are different from planet Earth
When we think back now, oh how it hurts!

Dm F Am Am
Ooooh oooh
Oh how it hurts, when we think back now oh how it hurts