One time, to know that it's real.
One time, to know how it feels.
That's all.

One call, your voice on the phone.
One place, a moment alone.
That's all.

What do you see?
What do you know?
One sign, what'll I do?
Just follow your lifeline through.

What if it hurts, what then?
What do we do, what do you say?
Don't throw your lifeline away

Don't throw your lifeline away

One time, just once in my life.
Yeah one time, to know it can't happen twice.
One shot on a clear blue sky.
One look, I see the reasons why you cared.

One chance to get back to the point where everything starts.
One chance to keep it together,
Things fall apart.

One sign to make us believe it's true.
What do you see, where do we go?
One sign, how do we grow?
By letting your lifeline show.

What if we do, what now?
What do you say, how do I know?
Don't let your lifeline go.

Don't let your lifeline go.

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Lifelines Lyrics as written by Morten Harket Magne Furuholmen


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  • +1
    General CommentFolks, I am's such a terrible shame A-ha were never REALY heard. I will come around to doing an interpretation of this song eventually.
    I will be doing one for all of them. I've been a life long fan from day 1 of the release of Take on Me.
    Shadowsoal2000on January 24, 2005   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me, there are 2 meanings to this song.

    The first meaning is that things in life only happen 1 time. It is about making the best out of every situation and hold on to those relationships that mean the most.

    My second interpretation comes from being a parent. If you look at the lyrics as a conversation between a child and a parent it would look somethine like this.

    Child, " What if it hurts, what then? What do we do, what do you say?"
    Parent, "Don't throw your lifeline away"

    This is a parent passing on wisdom and life lessons to their child. This is where the song holds a more deeper meaning for me.
    widget68on March 31, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA beautiful song. Too bad nobody's heard it....
    MrMaroukaon September 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think I'm gonna buy some A-Ha records. What're the best ones?
    Nick Tonicon October 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is really wonderful... yeah, no one really listens to A-ha since that one hit they had..
    eucilon December 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's true! it's a shame these songs couldn't be heard more. well I think there's much to say for this song. it seems to be about the paower to live, without leting go or think about suicide (don't llet your lifeline go)
    seira70on September 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know what you mean that not many people know them, but ah - they have apparently sold over 80 million albums, so actually, sh!t loads of people have heard them. Awesome song!!
    cageofmanon May 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIm only 17 and I am completely in love with A-Ha's music!! People look at me funny when I tell them that though, or they dont know who they are until I mention take on me! (Even though they have so many better songs than that one!!)

    But yeah back to the point. I think this song is about how important the people you love in your life should be to you and how no matter what happens everything is ok.
    sarge331on May 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTry the Morten Harket's solo album, Wild Seed. A real treasure.
    janglemon November 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningIt's about realizing a mistake in leaving your love & your relationship with them.
    And hoping that maybe you can get back together and make it work..
    It's about the importance of having a person in this world that truly loves you..
    Without your "lifeline" keeps you 'alive' without that person you have no hope.
    It's about the beauty in true love and personal growth.
    (I'm 17 and love Morton and paul and mags of a-ha)
    christianbro9pon February 13, 2013   Link

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