I love A-Ha. Even though it’s been years since their last album Even though I haven’t bought their 2005 album, Analogue, I still love, love, love them to bits, next to Spandau Ballet and Tears for Fears, which has just released their 2006 Gold album.

A-Ha’s Stay On These Roads is my absolute favourite A-Ha ballad. It is a love song for that person you somehow, against all odds, believe is out there, who’s desperately searching for you. It’s a hauntingly beautiful tune that calls out to you to never give up.

I was so thrilled to find that BestAudioCodes, a cool site I got from Queen Beth, had the concert, unplugged version. Morton Harket sounds so tired here, and yet, he stays on.

 

The cold has a voice
it talks to me

Still-born by choice
and it airs no need to hold.
Old man feels the cold
oh
baby
don’t

’cause I’ve been told:

Stay on these roads
we shall meet
I know

Stay on
my love
we shall meet
I know
I know.

Where joy should reign
these skies restrain

Shadow your love
– the voice trails off again

The voice trails off again.
Old man feels the cold
oh
baby
don’t

’cause I’ve been told:

Stay on these roads
we shall meet
I know

Stay on
my love
you feel so weak
be strong.
Stay on
stay on
we shall meet
I know
I know

I know
my love
I know.

Feel the cold
winter’s calling on my home
yeah.
Stay on these roads
we shall meet
I know

Stay on
my love
we will meet
I know

So stay on! I know!
Stay
my love
stay on
we will meet
I know
I know!

What was your favourite ’80s band/group?