"Riding The Crest" as written by and Paul Waaktaar-savoy Magne Furuholmen....
You search your mind
That's what it's there for
Check all the whys
And all the wherefores
In your mind
You're tall and brave
Riding the crest
Of a high and beautiful wave

You make your movements known
And where you want to be
And everybody knows
That's how it's got to be
In the sheltered morning sun
In the sheltered morning sun

You make your own rules
You'll have excuses
The ones that you choose
In the end
You deem unsafe;
Riding the crest
Of a high and beautiful wave

You make your movements known

There comes a time
You don't even know what's missing
Some sugar to make the pill go down
You need a line
A push in the right direction
The sugar that makes the pill go down

True to form
True to pre-existing norms
Truly wasted
At a rave
Riding the crest
Of a high and beautiful wave

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"Riding the Crest" as written by Morten Harket Magne (mags) Furuholmen


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    My InterpretationThis song is about using drugs. In the first verse, “check all the whys and all the wherefores” is talking about the rationalization and justification that goes on inside the mind of the drug user. This justification is talked about again in the song, “Internally you make your own rules you’ll have excuses the ones that you choose“. The part of the song,” In your mind you’re tall and brave” is a reference to the initial confidence the drug user has when he or she first starts using.
    The repeated line, “riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave” was also used in the move Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. In the move, Johnny Depp’s character is referring to the drug culture in America during the 1960’s. Riding the crest is a metaphor for the height of the drug culture when most people involved and where having fun and embracing. Then the character speaks of the wave crashing and rolling back, signifying the end of the 1960’s culture and it’s morphing into today’s society full of left over freaks. It is clear the band had a similar meaning here. I would love to hear who got the inspiration from whom. I have not been able to find that out.
    The second to last verse of the song is reflective of the drug user starting to have problems. A sense that things with drug use is not going quite right. “You need a line” could be looked at drug use progression. The old stuff is not working as well so something stronger like cocaine or meth is needed to try to maintain the initial response of drug use.
    If you did not catch any of the drug references in the first verses, the last verse makes it clear.
    Overall I feel that H-Ha is a positive band and is condemning the drug use, trying to dissuade the listener from falling into the trap or to get out of it if they are using.
    judyhason October 03, 2013   Link

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