"Oslo in the Summertime" as written by and Kevin Barnes....
Oslo in the summertime; nobody can fall asleep, staring out the window from my bed.
At 4 A.M., the sun is up. Look, the sky is peppered with sea birds and with crows all cackling.

Up in treten Heimdalsgate, me and Nina making fun of footballers in Rudolf Nilsen Plass.
I practice my Norwegian on poor befuddled waitresses, who shake their heads completely at a loss.
Oslo in the summertime -- the streets are strangely quiet 'cause everyone's away on holiday.

Oslo in the summertime; Pakistani children play locked inside of the courtyard all day.
Pretty people everywhere, sun-lamp tans and flaxen hair -- just tell the American not to stare.


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"Oslo in the Summertime" as written by

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    General CommentI live in Oslo, but the song doesn't remind me of Oslo, actually. Maybe because I live outside the city? This is true, though: "Oslo in the summertime Pakistani children play locked inside the courtyard all day".
    Linnaon June 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOslo in the summertime the streets are strangely quite ’cause
    everyone’s away on holiday


    ahhhhhh so perfect
    supermariaaaaaon June 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWatch Al Pacino's Insomnia and this song will really come alive. In Insomnia, Al Pacino's in Alaska during the summertime. Lots of great visuals, like sun up at 4am.
    philosophistryon November 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song has a really alienating feel to it imo. To me the narrator feels extremely uncomfortable in this unfamiliar and strange place. "the sun is up at 4am" "nobody can fall asleep" "just tell the american not to stare" "i practice my norwegian on poor befuddled waitresses who shake their head completely at a loss." The lyrics and sound of the song lead me to believe that the narrator really does not enjoy it. I was told that the reason for Barnes' depression during the recording of Hissing Fauna in Norway was at least partly due to culture shock, and that's what this song sounds like to me. I dunno, I was just lying down listening to the Sunlandic Twins by myself in that lethargic and tired mood where I was bored but at the same time didn't feel like doing anything, and the song seemed to match my mood perfectly. When I hear the line "staring out the window from my bed" I think of that.
    mylifesuckson October 05, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is awesome.
    coheedandcambriaon July 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song encaptures the carefree quality of summer, especially in a foreign land. I've never been to Norway, but, listening to these words, I feel like I have.
    enjoytheeightieson October 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a cool song! I love "At 4 a.m. the sun is up" So cool!
    Shurbaon January 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song sounds somewhat eerie to me, I dunno why. But I still like it, it's a really neat song.

    I like "look the sky is peppered with sea birds and with crows all cackling". I can just imagine white and black birds flying around. Nice imagery. :)
    SINKINGx3HEARTSon January 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentoh oh i think its eerie as well. in a very provocative and enchanting way.

    i love it
    the_oceanon February 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentKevin married his wife, Nina, in Oslo one summer.
    brainseatloseron February 06, 2006   Link

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