"Scoundrel Days" as written by Pal Waaktaar and Magne (mags) Furuholmen....
Was that somebody screaming
It wasn't me for sure
I lift my head up from uneasy
Pillows
Put my feet on the floor
Cut my wrist on a bad thought
And head for the door

Outside on the pavement
The dark makes no noise
I can feel the sweat on my lips
Leaking into my mouth
I'm heading out for the steep hills
They're leaving me no choice

And see, as our lives are in the making
We believe through the lies and the hating
That love goes free

For want of an option
I run the wind 'round
I dream pictures of houses burning
Never knowing nothing else to do
With death comes the morning
Unannounced and new

Was it too much to ask for
To pull a little weight,
They forgive anything but greatness
These are scoundrel days
And I'm close to calling out their names
As pride hits my face
See, as our lives are in the making
We believe through their lies and the hating
That love goes free through
Scoundrel days

I reach the edge of town
I've got blood in my hair
Their hands touch my body
From everywhere
But I know that I've made it
As I run into the air

And see, as our lives are in the making
We believe through the lies and the hating
That love goes free
Through scoundrel days


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"Scoundrel Days" as written by Pal Waaktaar Magne (mags) Furuholmen

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  • +1
    General CommentSuicide. The person in the song is troubled, and he ends it ("As I run into the air.")
    sailorrepublicaon January 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow, very beautiful song. I'm not sure what the lyrics mean. I don't think it's about suicide though...
    Vovinon October 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think sailorrepublica has it right, This song is about being totally screwed up with life and commiting suicide. 'I'm Heading out for those steep hills, There leaving me no choice'.


    One of A-ha's all time best tracks.
    Han_Soloon September 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentvery cruel words! it doesn't seem to me he want to suicide ... it make me think of a boy that find himself in a violent episode.... all this to talk about the viiolence times we are living in.
    "I'm heading out for the steep hills
    They're leaving me no choice "We believe
    Through the lies and the hating
    That love goes free
    Through scoundrel days "
    I've got blood in my hair
    Their hands touch my body"
    all I ask is 'who are "they"?' very hot song!
    seira70on November 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have a feeling a lot of this song is about the bandmembers feeling trapped by their fame after the earlier success (their hands touch my body, etc.) Watched the live DVD and interview last nite, so have a feeling their negative reactions to the initial fame might have leaked into this too.
    maqsimillionon July 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalthough metaphors seem quite personal, it might have some atmosphere drawn from ww2 escapes in their country as well
    schmilsenon August 10, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think that this song is very confusing... It's very metaphorical without anyone knowing what the metaphors mean exactly. The lyrics could be about suicide but I tend to doubt it, its not really A-Ha's style... I personally think it is just about escaping a very bad place.

    Beautiful song though... very deep and haunting. Another winner for A-Ha.
    sarge331on May 16, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentSuicide doesn't really seem like a-ha. And although the "trapped by their fame" idea is interesting, the demos for Scoundrel Days, as well as Cry Wolf, The Swing of Things, October, The Weight of The Wind, and Maybe Maybe, were all written in 1984, before the release of Take On Me. I would think it is generally about escaping a violent, hateful situation.
    TheLastHurrahon July 30, 2011   Link

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