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about

There was a time of handmade music fanzine that came with a pin and a compilation on a cd-r in limited numbers, immediately disappeared with the first lucky ones to get to the show. And then music blogs of which the latest post dates back to the MySpace era and usually counted more authors than readers. Record labels that lasted the time of a love story. Indie-pop as a genre has a predilection for what's ephemeral and fleeting, and Soda Fountain Rag throughout her whole career has been the essence of Indie-Pop from the first to the last note of her countless songs. Active since the beginning of the century, the Norwegian songwriter has published 4 full lengths and an unknown number of EP, singles and cd-r everywhere around the globe: Cloudberry Records, My Honey, Anorak, are just few of the cult label that released her music, without taking into account all the free downloads spread around the internet. Now just before releasing her new EP (scheduled for the beginning of 2017), Ragnhild Hogstad Jordahl has decided to bring together all the songs that went "lost", in a chronologically organized album that goes from 2006 to 2013. Lo-fi is Soda's philosophy, with the toy keyboards, her candid voice and the most immediate and happy melodies you can dream about, floating between Rough Bunnies and Moldy Peaches, as they are supposed to be.

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released December 1, 2016

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Track Name: The Year I’m 17
Kissing my lower arm for practice
I don’t want to arrive so unprepared
Polishing my glasses
Waiting for my contact lenses to arrive by mail

But...
I’ll be pretty tomorrow
Or maybe next week
Or maybe the year when I’m 17
I’ll be pretty in jeans
I’ll be pretty

Brushing my hair, I might need a haircut
And I’m tying my boots so perfectly
Walking along, the party draws closer
And suddenly I am there

But...
I’ll be pretty tomorrow
Or maybe next week
Or maybe the year when I’m 17
I’ll be pretty in jeans
I’ll be pretty
I’ll be dancing tomorrow
Or maybe next week

Or maybe the year when I’m 17
I’ll be dancing in jeans
I’ll be dancing
I’ll be singing tomorrow
Or maybe next week
Or maybe the year when I’m 17
I’ll be singing in jeans
I’ll be singing
I’ll be pretty tomorrow
Or maybe next week
Or maybe the year when I’m 17
I’ll be pretty in jeans
I’ll be pretty
Track Name: Walking with My Angel
I was walking with my angel down the street
I was walking with my angel down the street
I was walking with my angel down the street
And maybe if we’re lucky we will meet

I’m dreaming of the softest bed
I am dreaming of the best soft ice
If I could get those two things combined
I would think I would be satisfied

I was walking with my angel down the street
I was walking with my angel down the street
I was walking with my angel down the street
And maybe if we’re lucky we will meet

I’m dreaming of the nicest day
I am still dreaming of the best soft ice
If I could get those two things combined
I would think I would be satisfied
For a while
Aaaaah

See I’m smiling, nothing can be dangerous
When I’m crying, leaving on the greyhound bus
When I’m laughing of your very childish jokes
Sun will shine above!

I was walking with my angel down the street
I was walking with my angel down the street
I was walking with my angel down the street
And maybe if we’re lucky we will meet
Track Name: Who Needs a Car?
Who needs a car?
I’m going fast in the sun
Babapapa!
Who needs a car?
I’m going fast in the sun
Babapapa!
’Cause I’m riding a huge, red bicycle!
And it’s like I’m flying into town
Aaaah

Come ride with me!

Who needs a car?
I’m going fast in the sun
Babapapa!
Who needs a car?
I’m going fast in the sun
Babapapa!
’Cause I’m riding a huge, red bicycle!
And it’s like I’m flying into town
Aaaah

Come ride with
Come ride with
Come ride with
Come ride with me!
Track Name: Turn Back Time
Tears on my pillow
I’m all alone again
Killing my time
With vodka and cigarettes
I’m reading books written two hundred years ago
Feeling as old as the paper itself

Walking on Sunday
Waltzing on Saturday
Drinking on Friday
Reading on Thursday night
A lonely Wednesday
Tuesday was doable
Then Monday I was working again

Time turning backwards
Seeing familiar things
Meeting old friends
And seeing old places and
The writer dying hundred and some years ago
Is playing football and laughing again

Walking on Sunday
Waltzing on Saturday
Drinking on Friday
Reading on Thursday night
A lonely Wednesday
Tuesday was doable
Then Monday I was working again
Track Name: Hang Your Stocking by the Fire
I was making candy
The night when you arrived
When you told me that you were all alone
“My boyfriend has left me, now my Christmas will be shitty”
You said as I opened the door

I said “Come in, settle down
Hang your stocking by the fire
Rest your head for a while
I will bring you food and wine
And when you wake up in the morning
Everything will be fine
’Cause it’s Christmas time
Christmas time Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah”

Someone was calling
When the snow had started falling
’Twas my brother, he was home from Japan
“My girlfriend has left me
But I brought you this pine tree
Can I celebrate my Christmas with you?”

I said “Come in, settle down
Hang your stocking by the fire
Rest your head for a while
I will bring you food and wine
And when you wake up in the morning
Everything will be fine
’Cause it’s Christmas time
Christmas time Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah”
Track Name: I’ll Sing You to Sleep
We’ll wipe each others tears away
I know you’ll cry for many days
But I will wake beside you
I will guard you when you rest
And I will not sleep ’til you are OK
Count on me I’ll surely stay
But I won’t pretend I understand
Cause that would be a fraud

And I’ve got one quite stupid thing to say
At least you’ll feel that way today
But I promise you
That this is not the end of everything
And there is one thing far worse than pain
If I should once forget your name
Or how you are or how you smell
Or how you look at me

So we will
Wipe each others tears away
And you will cry for many days
But I will wake beside you
I will guard you when you rest
And I will not sleep ’til you are OK
Count on me I’ll surely stay
But I won’t pretend I understand
Cause that would be a fraud
Track Name: Red Tape
Hey, did you see?
I was sitting on his knee
With my nose in a 24 page book
Clearly not high quality
Did you see?
I was sitting in your tree
With my walkman on
Listening to some old song

And I feel
Do you feel?
Can you see?
We’ve forgotten all those years
And all the things we did
See?
Do you see?
Can it be?
We’ve forgotten how we played
Well, you have anyway...

Hey, I’m busy now
I got no time for you
Keep listening to old tapes
From 82
And later on
The red tapes spun and spun
Revealing one more childhood dream
Of fun

And I feel
Do you feel?
Can you see?
We’ve forgotten all those years
And all the things we did
See?
Do you see?
Can it be?
We’ve forgotten how we played
Well, you have anyway...

I never thought this dream would end for you
Seemed fun before, but now you’re so uncool
There’s more to life
Than work and boring things
Get your ass up of the chair
Come on and sing!
NANANANANANANANANANA
NANANANANANANANANANA
NANANANANANANANANANA
NANANANANANANANANA
Track Name: Dog
Knocking at your door
Not awaiting happy smiles
But a happy bark from your dog
We go for silly walks in rain and sun
Sometimes the wind goes right through our bones
We get so many stares
You’re envious ’cause I got so much fun
But all fun has to end
And then the darkness kills the sun

You eat too many pills
You’ve got no thrills
You should go and borrow someone’s dog!
You eat too many pills
You’ve got no thrills
You should go and borrow someone’s dog!

Walking in the park
It’s getting dark
But we don’t care
’Cause we are a pair!
We’re throwing sticks
We’re running fast
We don’t care about the tears in the past
We get so many stares
You’re envious ’cause I got so much fun
But all fun has to end
And then the darkness kills the sun

Bararararabapapapa
Bararararararapapapapa

You eat too many pills
You’ve got no thrills
You should go and borrow someone’s dog!
You eat too many pills
You’ve got no thrills
You should go and borrow someone’s dog!
Track Name: Tiny Waltz
I was walking through the woods one day
Walking slowly through the woods when I
Suddenly could see
That all I really need
Is someone who can see
That I am somewhat
Lonely, even when we are a crowd
The noise and fuss is really all too much
So take me to a nice and quiet street
A place for coffee and a slow talk

Sit with me and wait
It might not be too late
I know it’s much to ask
And quite a boring task
I hope the rest will wait
They noticed that I’m gone?
Well, who can really see the smallest one?

I was walking through the town one day
Walking slowly through the town
When I suddenly could see
That all you think I’ll be
Is locked up far behind my reach
And I partly, honestly, agree with you
All I truly need belongs to you
Will you ever share?
And will I ever care?
Will I learn to be like you?

Sit with me and wait
It might not be too late
I know it’s much to ask
And quite a boring task
I hope the rest will wait
They noticed that I’m gone?
Well, who can really see the smallest one?
Track Name: The Heart Thief
I will take your heart
And keep it safe with my belongings
I will take it out every night
But no-one else but me can hold it
And you’ll dream of me
Slowly you will see
That your heart belongs
To no-one but me
You will dream of us
Yes, you will dream of us

When I take your heart
It feels like fire in my cold hands
And I swear
When I do take your heart
You’ll feel relieved
It will be sweet
And I swear
You’ll dream of me
Slowly you will see
That your heart belongs
To no-one but me
You will dream of us
Yes, you will dream of us

I will steal your heart
Just for fun
I’ll control all your laughs
Just for fun
I will steal your heart
Just for fun
I’ll control all your thoughts
Just for fun
You’ll dream of me
Slowly you will see
That your heart belongs
To no-one but me
You will dream of us
Yes, you will dream of us
Track Name: I Wanna Be Your Cat
Sleeping on your front porch
Scratching on your door
Sleeping again
This time it’s on the floor
You pet my head
You feed me every day
I get the feeling that it’s time for play
You let me step inside
And you will hide me from the storm outside
Do you love me?
Will you ever leave me?

Sleeping on your front porch
Scratching on your door
Sleeping again
This time it’s on the floor
You pet my head
You feed me every day
I get the feeling that it’s time to stay
You let me step inside
And you will hide me from the storm outside
And now you are here
But each day I do fear
That one day you’ll decide you will leave me!

All I would want is your hand on my belly
My head in your lap
If I was your cat!
And I swear I would stay
Several hours a day
Never leave you like that
If I was your cat!

Dreaming days away
I’m mixing night and day
I’m feeling lost
And still it’s all ok
You dry my tears
Extinguish all my fears
You make me laugh
And I see that
You, you are my only hope
You are the sole provider
Of my dope
And now you are here
But each day I do fear
That one day you’ll decide you will leave me!

All I would want is your hand on my belly
My head in your lap
If I was your cat!
And I swear I would stay
Several hours a day
Never leave you like that
If I was your cat!
Track Name: The Fall
We all go down in the fall
Slowly go down after all
Flowers grow wildly in the summer
And you were dancing along with the sun
When the hot weather brought along some thunder
And the fall came rumbling again

Slowly we drifted away
Hours with nothing to say
Riding along as lonely cowboys
A sunrise, one morning more
Who could care less!
If the world was still moving
We were dying
Together, yet still far apart

Must we all go down this road
The dusty and windy old road
The grass that was green is brown and ageing
The sunshine through clouds
Makes the shadows grow long
As we go
Disappear again in darkness
It’s true, he has come after all

We all go down in the fall
Slowly go down after all
Flowers grow wildly in the summer
And you were dancing along with the sun
When the hot weather brought along some thunder
And the fall was rumbling again
Track Name: Yesterday
Bapapapapapabarapapapa
Bapapapapapapabarapapapara
Bapapararapapabarapapapa
Bapapararabapa
Aaaah
Oooooh

You wake up in the afternoon
In make-up in the afternoon
And slowly all your thoughts start to spin
Aaah
Was yesterday worth this pain?
Was there something real to gain?
Oh yes, yesterday was fun

Bapapapapapabarapapapa
Bapapapapapapabarapapapara
Bapapararapapabarapapapa
Bapapararabapa
Aaaah
Oooooh

You can’t remember half the night
You think of this with little fright
But where did your money all go?
Aaah
Was it really worth this bill?
You drink some water, take a pill
Oh yes, Yesterday was fun

Bapapapapapabarapapapa
Bapapapapapapabarapapapara
Bapapararapapabarapapapa
Bapapararabapa
Aaaah
Oooooh
Track Name: Jullåten 2007
Long time ago when the world was still new
Long time ago when you were new too
Close your eyes
Lean back slowly
Just dive through the snow
Taste every memory
Of Christmases long long time ago

Where all the children hope for snow
At Christmas time
A postcard-looking town
Where people are kind
And childhood caused by heart not age is ok
If snow will fall we’ll sing and play

If Christmas now is sad
Close your eyes instead
Somewhere far back
Find a memory of a girl
Who fell asleep that night
With new earmuffs on
Who dreamt of Christmases to come

What if it doesn’t turn out like you thought?
Maybe you think too much of unimportant things
Go home, settle down, eat some nuts all alone
Taste every memory of Christmases long long time ago

And all the children hope for snow
At Christmas time
A postcard-looking town
Where people are kind
And childhood caused by heart not age is ok
If snow will fall we’ll sing and play
Track Name: Work
Dreams, where did you go?
Work, what did I know?
All I wanted was to live OK
Dreams, where did you go?
Work, who could have known
Should have kept the dream of becoming a

Carpenter
Dancer
A professor of astronomy
Writer
Egyptologist
Carpenter
Dancer
A professor of astronomy
Writer
Archaeologist

Home, where did you go?
Peace, how could I know?
All I wanted was to live OK
How fast can I run far?
There’s no more fun!
Time erased the dream of becoming a

Carpenter
Dancer
A professor of astronomy
Writer
Egyptologist
Carpenter
Dancer
A professor of astronomy
Writer
Archaeologist

Teachers please read my lips
’Cause you taught me NOTHING
Always an empty stare
Always overlooking
Torture for little kids
A playground
A mine field
Gave your silent support
To some vulgar Darwinism

Dreams, where did you go?
Work, what did I know?
All I wanted was to live OK
Dreams, where did you go?
Work, who could have known
Should have kept the dream of becoming someone
Track Name: The Christmas Where It Ends
And when it’s over
Where do you hide away
When it’s all over
Where do you plan to stay
Hide by the curtains
You sleep uneasy
Hardly eat
You feel rather tense
It’s the Christmas where it ends

Seven years, and how young you seemed back then
Seven years, the old streets were your best friend
Walking for hours
Examining a new found love
You bring all your friends
For the Christmas where it ends

Grey hairs emerging
You live like an old man now!
Sit by the window
You care all too much somehow
But if you could
You would live the same life one more time
You’d be always there
Until the Christmas where...
Track Name: Neverending Coffee Break
Waiting for the day to come
Waiting for the special one
Who will take her far away
Waiting for the special day
Neverending coffee break...
Staring at the street all day
Watching life go by
While it’s hard to tell the weeks apart

It seems
She don’t try
She don’t try
She don’t try
Disappointment’s the only thing surely left by
By her side
By her side
She could never have known
How fast meaninglessness
Becomes the world’s strongest force

Waiting for the week to end
For a phone call from a friend
For a postcard in the mail
For a sign of spring — a snail!
Everlasting coffee break
Nothing’s really happening
Yesterday was just the same
Evenings waits for mornings, and

Then, when the night comes
She sings a song to make her sleep
Quite pathetic
Trying to feed her dreams with this:
Please don’t die yet!
Someday your life will be of worth
To somebody
Somewhere
Now sleep and dream of

Someone who will own a horse
Someone with a castle
Where there will be one million doors
That will lead to rooms
Filled with books from floor to ceiling
I’m sure you know the feeling
One endless source of happiness
Endless source to dreams about
Someone who will own a horse
Someone with a castle
Where there will be one million doors
That will lead to rooms
Filled with books from floor to ceiling
I’m sure you know the feeling
One endless source of happiness
Endless source to dreams about
Someone who will own a horse
Someone with a castle
Where there will be one million doors
None will lead to this
She is sure
Track Name: Revenge
“In my mind I’m a fighter”
Sit alone, playing with my lighter
Thoughts go spinning by themselves
Drifting back to old times, dusty shelves
A place I seldom visit
Almost only in angry lyrics
A nightmare
A small piece of hell
My childhood school
No place to dwell

But now we’re free!
No more gymnastics!
No more fear
No more humiliations
No more snowballs hitting hard when your mind wandered for a while
No more laughter at outfits
No more laughter ’cause you know things
Hope the others feel the same
I hope somebody feels the blame

Will she ever stop complaining?
This is like her seventh lyric
On this very well used subject
Will she ever stop this blaming?
Can’t she see they were just kids
Just having fun with other people
All those fat and stupid kids
And all those nerds and geeks
And all the

Other kids they might have messed up!
’Cause they saw no worth in none of us
And still my heart is bitter
Still I want to see you bleed
To see you suffer just like we did
See you beaten up like we were
To see the fear in your eyes
When bullied kids come back
You pay the price!

Am I too mad?
Is this just sad?
Well, I don’t care
I think I’m fair!
No justice was done
For all this “fun”
The backs were turned
T’wards those who yearned

For some adult who’d take notice
But you couldn’t care less for us
You’re just as bad as all the bullies
No, you’re worse!
You were supposed to be
The guardians of the small kids
Ended up as such a joke!
Now stand back
’Cause we’ve grown in time
We’re someone you should fear

We are the kids you messed up long ago
Because you saw no worth in us
And still my heart is bitter
Still I want to see you bleed
To see you suffer just like we did
See you beaten up like we were
To see the fear in your eyes
When bullied kids take their revenge
You pay the price.
Track Name: Snow Will Fall
They say that the winter is harder to fight
When the darkness gets whole
It’s like eating your soul
Denying a soul makes it easier
Still, some cakes and some soda
Cannot remove the chill

Then snow will fall
And I’ll lay down
And make an angel
On the ground
So blue, so still
She looks alive
An angel has been found

You wake up quite early
Your bus leaves at eight
You dress in a hurry
You cannot be late
Then while on the bus
You look out as you sigh
The stars in the windows
Are waiving goodbye

Then snow will fall
And I’ll lay down
And make an angel
On the ground
So blue, so still
She looks alive
An angel has been found

Then snow will fall
And I’ll lay down
And make an angel
On the ground

Then snow will fall
And I’ll lay down
And make an angel
On the ground

Then snow will fall
And I’ll lay down
And make an angel
Then you’ll come by
And take me home
An angel has been found
Track Name: Go Bus Baby Go
Surely you trapped her
She’s longing more and more to leave
And not with another
Solitude knocks out your company!
But how do you leave
When you don’t want no-one to follow?
Pay cash, and then let the driver take you
To a less crappy tomorrow

You want her to stay
To hide her away
I told her to go
But you do not know
You can search hi you can search lo
She’s thinking Go Bus Baby Go!
You want her to stay
To hold her hand
You’ll keep her safe
From all that you can
You can search hi you can search lo
She’s saying Go Bus Baby Go!

What an adventure!
Snow falls outside the window
And all the street lights
Follows her on her flight
She reads books by Jim Carroll
And Frank Miller
She feels no sorrow
Leans back whilst the driver takes her
To a less crappy tomorrow

You want her to stay
To hide her away
I told her to go
But you do not know
You can search hi you can search lo
She’s thinking Go Bus Baby Go!
You want her to stay
To hold her hand
You’ll keep her safe
From all that you can
You can search hi you can search lo
She’s saying Go Bus Baby Go!
Track Name: I Watch the Boats
The summer night is friendly and warm
A pirate telescope, only on loan
I watch the harbour
This boat is called The Crystal

You say I never leave my place
I stay inside for days and days
I’ll sell my shoes, I’ll sell my coats
And stay inside and watch the boats

I’ve waited long for my secret boat
It’s like the bus in Ghost World
Only it floats
And when I see it
I guess I’ll know for sure

You say I never leave my place
I stay inside for days and days
I’ll sell my shoes, I’ll sell my coats
And stay inside and watch the boats

Then sail away
Be gone one day
You never heard
I never said a word
When I am gone
Will you be mad?
I didn’t know
I used to make you feel glad

You say I never leave my place
I stay inside for days and days
I’ll sell my shoes, I’ll sell my coats
And stay inside and watch the boats
Track Name: Train to Heaven
He used to watch TV in the 80’s
Dreaming every day to do as they did
To take the train up to heaven
Or at least to Oslo
Then to Madrid

The window seat is free
The sun is not to be seen
We’re going fast, but
But never fast enough
This train will take him home
The next train follows
One day he’ll never get there
No train goes far enough

He does believe he isn’t running away
He’ll tell you that he’s running towards!
To take the train up to heaven
Or to Barcelona or Camden...

The window seat is free
The sun is not to be seen
We’re going fast, but
But never fast enough
This train will take him home
The next train follows
One day he’ll never get there
No train goes far enough

And if you see him
He doesn’t want to be known
He doesn’t want to
Hear about your crummy town
And if you see him
His wish is simple
So just ignore his face
Keep to your own place
And, most important, shut up!

Durututururutururu
Durututururururu
Shut up!
Durututururutururu
Durututururururu

The window seat is free
The sun is not to be seen
We’re going fast, but
But never fast enough
This train will take him home
The next train follows
One day he’ll never get there
No train goes far enough
Track Name: The Other Side
As I step out in the morning light
I walk around on the other side
Where mail nor coffee or cigarettes
Means anything any more

I’m staring out with allergic eyes
To see if anyone’s walking by
But no-one calls
And no no-one writes
Erasing me...

Did I lose all my pride
I forgot how to write
How to talk
How to call
To respond at all!
How disappointing to see
What is left now of me
Eating dinner alone

I’m staring out with allergic eyes
To see what’s new on the other side
Where nothing stays
And where nothing goes
Where do you hide anyway

As I step out in the morning light
I walk around on the other side
Where mail nor coffee or cigarettes
Means anything
Track Name: Pray for the First Time
Rest in your arms tonight
The wind is cold
And I forgot how to fight
Close the door
Then throw the key
I got food to keep me going
In eternity

Stay inside
Stare out of the window
Run and hide
From the cold eyes
Whisper low
“No-one will come”
Then you pray for the first time
In years

Get lost!
Go on, be gone!
The thoughts you fear
The silence alone
Stretch your legs and arms out now
This was how they would be saved
A thousand years ago

Stay inside
Stare out of the window
Run and hide
From the cold eyes
Whisper low
“No-one will come”
Then you pray for the first time
Track Name: To the Mailbox
See this fog
There’s no sky
Bless them, I’ll stay inside
Call no-one, ask no-one
Strength to be all alone

And then go outside the house
Once a day
Check the mail. Oh.
And then go outside the house
Feel the wind
Stroke your chin
Oh

Did you choose?
Did you hide?
Was it fun to stay inside?

Missed the morning dew
The rain
Me and you
Just the mail. Oh.
Miss to say hello
To smile
Choose to go
Tell them no
Oh

Aaaaaaaaaaaah
Missed the morning dew
The rain
Me and you
Just the mail. Oh.
Miss to say hello
To smile
Choose to stay
Be ok
Oh.
Track Name: Through the Night
Through the night you’re sitting in your window sill
Staring, your eyes end up dry and red
True, the night might reveal some secrets
But all in all, all that you knew is dead
And you’ve been lonely for days now
Do you still recall how the snow
Melts when it lands on your nose
And on your cheeks and the cold wind blows you home

Through the night, staring into darkness
The mountains behind you are strangers now
Seven seas lies around your cottage
They’re hidden beneath hundred tons of snow
And you’ve been lonely for weeks now
Do you see how this year will end?
The snow is the lock on your door now
In the spring you might open it again

But you’ve already moved
A thousand meters towards the
Heaven you never could see
A thousand meters towards the
End

And through the night you are dreaming
Of evenings long gone, you can see them now
Close your eyes, can you smell the way that it
Used to be endlessly long from now?
And you’ve been lonely for years now
But the darkness is closing in
Still you are closer to heaven
To the ones that you never thought would win