So where do we go from here?
Just about anywhere.
Disorientated but alive.
Boredom won't get me tonight.
Let's bring this city to life - to light - tonight.
There is no destination
But with a goal in mind we can all be realistic and demand the impossible.
Let's bring this city to life - to light - tonight.

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Tannhäuser/Derivé Lyrics as written by Dennis Sven Olof Lyxzen Jon Albin Brannstrom

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    General CommentYou can find out a lot about what Refused's songs mean if you read their manifestos in the liner notes of The Shape of Punk to Come:

    "A dream only lasts so long. Imagine the pyramids inhabited by aliens and the dark corridors and the dreams and the longing for better financial conditions. The sweat pours down your neck and you run and you run, heart beating, head pounding, alive tonight. The streets never sleep, they are glowing, vibrating with the echoes of laughter and joy, screams and curses. We just need to take the time and see what it can offer us and how we can break free from this boredom that the capitalist reign has forced upon us. Tonight we can be as mighty as tannhäuser and we can tumble excited down the labyrinths and the turns knowing that derive` is potent. So where do we go from here?"
    xdarknessfallsxon January 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commentloads of this song is missing....
    Tannhauser is some ancent legendary poet, but I don't know what derive is...anybody?
    inlieuon September 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTannhauser was a German knight/singer/poet from the 13th century who apparently gave into his sinful lusts one night (i don't know the details) and later sought absolution for his sins. To derive is to trace to a source. Perhaps Dennis has a similar story, and wants to know exactly what made Tannhauser give in, so he can find out why HE did whatever he did. Even the scarce lyrics here support this theory.
    "Boredom won't get me tonight"
    "Let's bring this city to life - to light - tonight"
    Nothingface555on September 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song makes me wish that I learned how to play violin
    ClicheGuevaraon June 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentDerivé is a situationist term. A lot of refused/t(i)nc lyrics borrow from situationist writings.

    Theory of the Dérive by Guy Debord:…

    Introduction to the Situationists: the next badge of intellectual elitism:…

    Spectacular Times:

    Situationist International on-line:
    skunkbythebrookon November 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree clicheguevera. and i love your name as well.
    atthedrive-inon December 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthanks for the links
    george_305on December 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol ClicheGuevara, i can play the violin but not well, this violinist is amazing.
    kissxonxaxfrownon December 26, 2004   Link
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    General Commentlol ClicheGuevara, i can play the violin but not well, this violinist is amazing.
    kissxonxaxfrownon December 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI believe they were inspired by the situationists, and "Dérive" is a concept of that movement that seems to match the lyrics, here's an excerpt from the wikipedia article on "Dérive": "Dérive is an unplanned journey through a landscape, usually urban, on which the subtle aesthetic contours of the surrounding architecture and geography subconsciously direct the travellers, with the ultimate goal of encountering an entirely new and authentic experience." Seems to match lyrics about "bringing the city to life" and "there is no destination". Don't know about Tennhäuser tho, but it always makes me think of the "tears in rain"-speech given by Rutger Hauer at the end of blade runner.
    bobby11247on May 17, 2016   Link

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