"Normandie" as written by and Adam Olenius....
I tear my jacket off
A construction Nordic city make me sweat
I'm out and find more colors but
This blistering headache makes me wanna quit, wanna quit

And now it's said and done
Say goodbye to people we don't know
Go back to sleep
Let's sail away to the beaches of Normandie

The lights are blinding my eyes
Are you unhappy, I am unhappy too?
Your neck smells just like Hearst
And do you want someone, are you lonely to?
Are you?

And now it's said and done
Say goodbye to people we don't know
Go back to sleep
Let's sail away to the beaches of

Now it's said and done
So never mind that, never mind at all
Go back to sleep
Let's sail away to the beaches of Normandie
To Normandie

Too many secrets, too many ways
I should have called her, have I been all blind
I gave up sleep just to find your name
You stayed home I should have done the same

Now it's said and done
Say goodbye to the people we don't know
Go back to sleep
And let's sail away to the beaches of

Now it's said and done
So never mind that, never mind at all
Go back to sleep
And let's sail away to the beaches of Normandie
To Normandie

And oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, to Normandie


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"Normandie" as written by Adam Olenius

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    General Commenti've always pictured this as him walking around the morning after a one night stand. The only reason he was with this girl is because she reminded him of the one he really wanted to be with, for instance "Your neck smells just like her's did". and now he wants to just forget about it "you stayed home, I should have done the same". The you this time being the other girl, the one he wanted to be with. if i'm not a 100% right about the song, i'm at least in the right neighborhood i think.

    this song deserves a few more comments. it's a catchy, one of my favorites off the new album.
    lisasauruson December 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe first verse throws me off, but I'd have to agree with Lisa - it probably refers to someone after a one-night stand. It also hints at an anxious or nervous feeling, which has a tendency to cause sweating. Shortly after, a "blistering headache makes me wanna quit" - in other words, this isn't his first one-night stand.

    "Now it's said and done, so say goodbye to the people we don't know." refers to the act being over with goodbye being a finality. In other words, he wouldn't want to see her, the person he's singing the song to, or the one-night stands, again. "Go back to sleep and lets sail away to the beaches of Normandie" seems to imply that he wants to sleep and dream to be alone - the reasons behind this are potentially many, from being alone with his thoughts, thinking of happier times or just getting away.

    "The lights are blinding my eyes." makes a reference to the sunrise or perhaps those while he's out, presumably downtown or in a club - I'd lean toward the latter since the next lines say

    "Are you unhappy, I am unhappy too.
    Your neck smells just like her's did.
    Do you want someone,
    are you lonely too - are you?"

    It almost looks like a pickup attempt, or something he's saying in his head when meeting/trying to pick up a girl. Maybe he senses she has no one, just like himself, and the fact she reminds him of someone from his past makes her that much more attractive.

    "Too many secrets, too many nights,
    I should have called, where have I been all night?" at this point he's reminiscing of the person he still has feelings for and the things they went through. From the sound of it, he lied about where he was going in nights past while they had a relationship. He's regretting this in a way saying he should have called then answering a rhetorical question by saying "where have I been all night?"

    "I gave up sleep just to find your name,
    you stayed home, I should have done the same."
    The first line implies he went out on the town looking for a girl like the one he had. In the meantime, she didn't look for anyone and, hindsight being 20/20, he wishes he too stayed home.

    Overall, the song has a catchy beat. It seems like whoever is singing is tired and looking for something that he won't find while regretting the one that got away.
    jasonz0rzon June 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn an interview, Adam said that Normandie is a place you go when you want to be alone.
    kaitlingraceon January 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI like this song alot. Not sure about the meaning, since I agree that the first lines set a different tone. Probably my favorite song on the album, which overall is a great LP. The best part of the song comes at 1:48
    jimmyazon August 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI just discovered this song. It's beautiful. I love the part where he says, "Your neck smells just like hers did."

    Totally a morning-after song. I think his singing is an interior dialogue with himself, which explains why he is able to sing to the one night stand girl, but then close the song by singing to his ex. I picture him dragging himself out of bed and doing the walk of shame on his way home, and these are the thoughts going through his head as the normal comings and goings of weekend life are all around him -- people walking their dogs, city buses going by, kids laughing at the park...

    I think the "adding 5 colours" verse may be metaphorical for his shame (blushing, anger, sorrow, etc.) the next morning when he wakes up next to a strange girl and realizes what he has done. But his hang over is so strong that it is requires much effort to continue any moral assessment of his actions.
    mjennin23on August 25, 2008   Link

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