Synchronised Swimmers

by Hafdís Huld

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Singer-songwriter Hafdís Huld was born in Reykjavik, Iceland and now divides her time between the UK and Iceland. From the age of 15 she sang and toured the world with iconic Icelandic collective Gus Gus. Synchronised Swimmers is the second album from Hafdís Huld. It contains two Icelandic number one hits – Kónguló, which means spider in Icelandic and is about urban climber Alain Robert, and the title track, Synchronised Swimmers. The album finds that special place just left of center in the sphere of deliciously melodic and witty pop. The mood is playful and the touch is light on songs that sound like they were recorded with all participants sporting an ear-to-ear grin.

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released November 23, 2010

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Track Name: Action Man
I think he lives across the hall
And I don't know him at all
But I have a plan
In it he's the action man

He shifts across the street
I can't see his feet
He can save me anytime
From this little life of mine

I'm wishing, I'm wishing, I'm wishing
Away by my window every day
While he's on a mission
For a damsel in distress I'm almost
Happy and I guess
I can live without the action man

He will rocket and sky dive
In order to survive
Catch him if you can
He's the action man

Never needs a second chance
Brave with big strong hands
Makes everything okay
Always knows just what to say, what to say

I'm wishing, I'm wishing, I'm wishing
Away by my window every day

While he's on a mission
For a damsel in distress I'm almost
Happy and I guess
I can live without the action man

We'll have a moment in slow motion
And I replay in my head all the clever
Things I could have said

Wishing, I'm wishing, I'm wishing away
By my window every day
While he's on a mission
For a damsel in distress I'm almost
Happy and I guess
I can live without

Wishing, I'm wishing, I'm wishing away
By my window every day
While he's on a mission
For a damsel in distress I'm almost
Happy and I guess
I can live without my action man

Live without my action man
Live without my action man
Action man
Track Name: Oldest Friend
Over noodles from yesterday
I'm attempting some kind of a talk
Not that it matters anyway
It's a lonely road you walk
Life size cut-out in the living room
Of a woman that should be cold
I think it's safe for me to assume
That you need to be told

Not sure what I'm doing here
But you're my oldest friend
Things were so much easier at school
This grown up world is tricky
I'm holding out my hand
It's unwritten but it's the rule

The green clock on the table
Tells me you should be dressed by now
You might feel slightly unable
But you'll get back up somehow
Were it the other way around
I know you'd sit in the dark with me
Until the courage could be found
To get on with plan B

Not sure what I'm doing here
But you're my oldest friend
Things were so much easier at school
This grown up world is tricky
I'm holding out my hand
It's unwritten but it's the rule

There's a storm in the cup of coffee
I'm about to drink
In it you are treading water
Trying not to sink

Not sure what I'm doing here
But you're my oldest friend
Things were so much easier at school
This grown up world is tricky
I'm holding out my hand
It's unwritten but it's the rule
It's unwritten but it's the rule
Track Name: Kónguló
It was a swing from a cable
That sat by the tabourn EK
Suffer you for your even way

This could style and still betide the police
Just wait he'll come down on one heath
He's lucky poor that's the risk I note
Feeling almost tight as butterflies shows

They call him kongulo
You never see him in an elevator
It's most too slow
See you later, see you later
Let's hope the winds don't blow
Watch out
Here comes the kongulo

Afraid of hides when it comes to flights of sex
But when it starts to move
Nobody gets
No safety-line he takes his time out-there
Stops for coffee
And rests the first years there
The side before there is a risk I know
Feeling almost tight as butterflies shows

They call him kongulo
You never see him in an elevator
It's most too slow

See you later, see you later
Please don't make it snow
Watch out
Here comes the kongulo

It made us so even keener
When he hits the the right
With the window cleaner
Human kongulo say yeah
Now it's on tv who took him about his hand

They call him kongulo
You never see him in an elevator
It's most too slow
See you later, yeah see you later
Let's hope the winds don't blow
Watch out
Here comes the kongulo
La-la la-la la-la la-la-la
Watch out
Here comes the kongulo
La-la la-la la-la la-la-la
Watch out
Here comes the kongulo
La-la la-la la-la la-la la-la la-la la-la la-la a-la la-la la-la la-la la-la-la
Track Name: One of Those Things
When you're angry
And you're walking away
Waiting for them to stop you
But they don't

Then it's ok
To wait for a while
Before you go back there again
With a smile
It's just one of those things
I wish someone had told me

If you're hurting
Needing a tear
That is the time when they just don't
Seem to fall

It gets better
You give up the wait
And they come streaming down your face
When it's too late
It's just one of those things
I wish someone had told me

If I had the answers to all my questions
There wouldn't be anywhere to go from here
If I had the answers to all my questions

There wouldn't be anywhere
There wouldn't be anywhere
To go from here

When you're happy
And you just don't know why
Don't waste precious time
Don't even try

If you're dancing
And nobody's there
Enjoy the fact that you don't
Even care

It's just one of those things
I wish someone had told me

If I had the answers to all my questions
There wouldn't be anywhere
There wouldn't be anywhere
There wouldn't be anywhere
To go from here

It's just one of those things
I wish someone had told me
Track Name: Boys & Perfume
Nothing makes sense in the mornings anyway
So feelings are back in demand from today
Close my eyes and hope for a better one
'Cause life goes on

Boys and perfume from a pound store
Cheap Mona Lisa print on the wall
And I feel like the girl who's got it all
I feel like the girl who's got it all, got it all

Misery feels so out of place
Moment's happiness staring you in the face
Can't find love, then lust will do
I'm playing with you, I'm playing

Boys and perfume from a pound store
Cheap Mona Lisa print on the wall

And I feel like the girl who's got it all
I feel like the girl who's got it all

Nothing like my boy needs to be
It all happened so soon
They can't tell me what works for me
Let's have Christmas in June
Christmas in June

Boys and perfume from a pound store
Cheap Mona Lisa print on the wall
And I feel like the girl who's got it all
I feel like the girl who's got it all
I feel like, I feel like I've got it all
Track Name: Synchronised Swimmers
Like synchronised swimmers
In an ocean of sounds
We're only beginners
Still looking around
It's a little bit deafening
How my inner voice is shouting out

What a lovely mess
Through the days we walk
There's liberating loneliness
In how you never talk
It's a little bit deafening
How my inner voice is shouting out

They'll come around
Just leave you be
Feet firmly on the ground
When you're standing next to me
Feet firmly on the ground
When you're standing next to me

Maybe we're different
Different from who
They so wanna tell us
When they thing we should do

It's a little bit deafening
How my inner voice is shouting out

They'll come around
Just leave you be
Feet firmly on the ground
When you're standing next to me
Feet firmly on the ground
When you're standing next to me
Shouting out

It's a little bit deafening
When my inner voice is shouting out
It's a little bit deafening
It's a little bit deafening
It's a little bit deafening
When my inner voice is shouting out

Shouting out
We're synchronised swimmers
Shouting out
Track Name: Daisy
I don't want to smile
You can't make me
I've been dumped for a girl called Daisy
And it hurts
I picture her eating apples
All glowing happy and healthy
Girl next door

My blue bikini's faded
And I don't even care
I think she's over rated
With really stupid hair

I think the sun is wasted on me
I think the sun is wasted on me
I've taken a vow of misery
That's why the sun is wasted on me

I wear my purple dress
And walk like I mean business and I do

She sounds like a greeting card phrase
Little Miss Daisy at the door

Not the best beginning for my fantasy catfight
I've painted on a smile
But I'll be back tomorrow night

I think the sun is wasted on me
I think the sun is wasted on me
I've taken a vow of misery
That's why the sun is wasted on me

I think the sun is shining on me
I think the sun is shining on me
I've broken the vow of misery
That's why the sun is shining on me
Shining on me, shining
Track Name: Time of My Life
Orange car people sit in trees
Hard to digest all the memories
Fell off a bike the blood still fresh
Focus on saving my party dress

I'm in bed it's after dark
Still hear them playing in the park
Run around and laugh out loud
That is it I'm sneaking out

Waiting for things to run around
Summer should have a different sound
Sad situations too much of a wait
The time of my life is starting late

With mum in the early morning rush
People watching the on the bus
Day after day always the same
And they don't even know my name

Waiting for the things to run around
Summer should have a different sound
Sad situations too much of a wait
The time of my life is starting late

Dreams of impossible happiness
Sugar coated truth
I need to wake up
And shake off my youth

The time of my life is starting late
The time of my life is starting late
The time of my life is starting late
The time of my life is starting late
Track Name: Homemade Lemonade
A girl in a nylon apron serves me cinnamon toast
On a plate with a picture of a cat
The man on the next table pretends to read the paper
We all know he's asleep under his hat

Look out on the street
And I see a lady feeding birds too fat to fly

Everything is basic in a town like this
You get your picture in the paper if you catch a fish
Dwelling on if onlys on a rainy day
Just like Dolly I will get away

Goodbye to homemade lemonade

The girl with the apron talks way too loud on the phone
About a boy she wants to snog
They still have that sign up
But someone has decided that
Patch doesn't count as a dog

Look out on the street
And I see a lady feeding birds too fat to fly

Everything is basic in a town like this
You get your picture in the paper if you catch a fish
Dwelling on if onlys on a rainy day
Just like Dolly I will get away

Goodbye to homemade lemonade

Everything is basic in a town like this
You get your picture in the paper if you catch a fish
Dwelling on if onlys on a rainy day
Just like Dolly I will get away

Goodbye to homemade lemonade
Track Name: I Almost Know a Criminal
Flying high as a kite
With proper starts there in the night
Just when she's starting to shine
Gets tangled on a power line

From looking at her face
She's the nicest person in this place
They clearly don't know
She's putting on a little snow

And she tries so hard to prove
She's got nothing to prove
Every little fall is a signature move
She's made a deal with the devil
You can't take those back
She will always be
The prettiest insomniac around here

I almost know a criminal

Pushes them out of her head
Thoughts when she's alone in bed
She'll get away with it
Looks nothing like her photo fit

And she tries so hard to prove

She's got nothing to prove
Every little fall is a signature move
She's made a deal with the devil
You can't take those back
She will always be
The prettiest insomniac around here

Fear eats my sanity
I say I like her dress
This time she doesn't shout at me
We must be making progress

Tries so hard to prove
She's got nothing to prove
Every little fall is a signature move
She's made a deal with the devil
You can't take those back
She will always be
The prettiest insomniac around here

I almost know a criminal
I almost know a criminal
I almost know a criminal
Track Name: Robot Robot
I'm gonna build a robot and I'll name it after you
I've got everything I need
Using nuts and bolts and just a little bit of glue
And some tin foil on his feet

We'll go for walks
And feed the ducks with bread
He scares them off
With the lasers on his head
Remote control
Needs no compromise
The look of love
In this bright red eyes

I'm gonna build a robot and I'll name it after you
I've got everything I need

Using nuts and bolts and just a little bit of glue
And some tin foil on his feet

He doesn't breathe
And never needs to sleep
His hardware heart
Never skips a beat

I'm gonna build a robot and I'll name it after you
I've got everything I need
Using nuts and bolts and just a little bit of glue
And some tin foil on his feet
Track Name: Vampires
We live in a house with a blue door
When we're going out, they're coming home
And if sometimes all day, the curtains are drawn
It's just that we'd rather be left alone

They think we're vampires
That could be cool
But we're not vampires

We're just me and you
Here in the dark
Me and you and our little spark
They think we're vampires
Track Name: Winter Sun
Somehow it hurts to be happy
In your head
I see your seasonal sadness setting in
So much unsaid

Somehow it hurts to be happy
In your head

Learn to let it go

I tell you things will better
Just wait and see

You shake your head in disbelief
And whisper not for me

Learn to let it go
Learn to let it go

As the days become longer
Glimpse of winter sun
I see you smile
Spring has begun

Learn to let it go
Learn to let it go
Learn to let it go
Let it go
Let it go
Let it go