"Stay On These Roads" as written by Pal Waaktaar, Magne (mags) Furuholmen and Morten Harket....
The cold has a voice
It talks to me
Stillborn by choice
And it has 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 these roads
We shall meet I know, I know

Where joy should reign
These skies restrain
Shadow your love
The voice trails off again

Old, 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 at my home

Stay on these roads
We shall meet, I know
Stay on my love
We'll meet, I know

So stay on
I know
Stay my love, stay on
We'll meet, I know, I know
Love, I know


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"Stay on These Roads" as written by Morten Harket Magne (mags) Furuholmen

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    General CommentI can't believe no one's ever commented on this one! Wish I wasn't the first one for a great song like this. This one's probably about how two people need to go their own ways cus of where life takes them, but he's asking the other to "stay on these roads" and that they will meet again.
    Looking from another POV, it seems like the singer is old and about to die and then go meet his love in heaven. Askin her to hang in there for him. "Old man feels the cold. Where joy should reign, these skies restrain." "Winter's callin on my home" (Btw that line hasn't been mentioned above) would probably indicate the end of his life.
    Still doesn't explain "stillborn, by choice".
    I just love such songs, that have a heavenly feel to them.
    mananson December 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentVery touching song, makes me cry...

    To me, this song is about not giving up (despite age, time passing, etc), it's about believing (I know I know...) and about being strong (You feel so weak, be strong, Stay on, stay on).

    Life has parted two people who love each other (Stay on my love) but who believe they will be together again some day, on Earth or in Heaven.
    venera1122on July 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI feel this song is about a life of loneliness, and it's written to his future love who he has never met before, he is saying if we keep on the paths that we are on we will eventually find each-other, and our loneliness will finally end.
    ChristianBrownon January 16, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is a beautiful song indeed. And a sad one [like most beautiful ones tend to be].
    I interpret it as being an old man watching his loved one [spouse] dying, and here's why:

    "The cold has a voice / It talks to me" -- he feels her body getting colder, it is she who is speaking her last words to him.

    "Stillborn by choice / It airs no need to hold" ---- I believe this is about the inevitability of death; or better yet, the frailty of life it self.

    "Old man feels the cold / Oh baby don't / 'cause I've been told" ---- the old man feels her getting colder and colder and begs her to stay because she said the following words to him before:

    "Stay on these roads
    We shall meet, I know
    Stay on my love
    We shall meet, I know
    I know" ------ she wants him to keep on living and not to worry about her cause she believes they will meet again in another life.

    "Where joy should reign / These skies restrain ------ the joy of living with her is taken away by heavenly fate.
    "Shadow your love" ------ her words to him; she recognizes her death brings him sadness.
    The voice trails off again ---- she feigns again from weakness after her words

    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" ---- and these words are his to her. He feels she is getting weaker and begs her to be strong just for a little while more and stay; assuring her that he wants to believe they will meet again just like she said they would.
    freeking24on March 20, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan anyone hear this song and not want to just belt out that chorus? I mean, ANYONE?! A very powerful song, both in conviction and actual craft.
    jasoninvividcoloron October 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentMan, this is one I really love! It's so simple of form, yet the... I don't want to call it a scream or a wail, as that'd not be doing it justice. The... soul, it is so brutally beautiful. Morton Harket is the example I have always aspired to set as a vocalist. It literally pulls the heart-strings when finally those words emerge. Portland.
    Jordo013on July 19, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI thought the line was "stillborn my child"...oh well my bad.
    redshiftdazzleron July 19, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI wonderfully beautiful song and with stunning lyrics. And yes, I sometimes well up with tears when I hear this song especially when I'm by myself, alone, which is often. It touches a very deep cord within me. I paints picture far beyond the song itself. I have heard a lot on music in my 62 years, this song is the best. A-Ha has given me a gift. - John Guild
    jguild2120on December 07, 2012   Link
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    General CommentTo me it's about two lovers with one older, married and very much in love with a girl. It gives me this idea when he says "Cause I've been told 'stay on these roads'".. he had probably been thinking about ending his marriage but was told, begged even by his spouse to stay on the roads of their faithful marriage, which he finally decided to do, bringing an intense and painful relationship to an end.
    Billy Pilgrim, unstuck in timeon November 10, 2016   Link

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