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about

This song is the second single from Spaces Between Memories. It started from a sheet of lyrics that Saara had sent me. I think it had been lying in my inbox for a while before I actually wrote the music to it. For me the song is about seeing yourself in someone else much younger than yourself. You might feel envy because that person has all the opportunities still before him and how he is admired because of his youth. At the same time you know that the world is going to break him at some point and that he’s gonna experience his share of sorrow and hardships. You wish him all the best. Musically the drums are a bit cheesy and remind me a bit of Phil Collins. Bratislava Symphony Orchestra plays on this track and I'm very happy how the arrangement worked out. The staccato strings in the chorus represent my love for Enya's music.

lyrics

He's standing on a doorstep
and he's innocent and beautiful
My heart is full of envy
and my thoughts are inexcusable

For him the doors are open,
beyond lies a hidden universe
I've closed so many doors, but
he is still unspoiled by time's great curse

How can a man so young seem
like he's seen things I will never know,
when he has no tales to tell,
no wounds to heal, no scars to show?

His eyes are wise and sad, they
do not hide their curiosity.
I kneel before him, and I beg
he'd teach me his philosophy.

Hey, sweet boy,
can I walk with you for a mile?
Hey, sweet boy,
let me see through your eyes for a while?

There's an unspoiled perfection in his presence
Strange enlightenment in his essence
Be gentle, world, when you take him
Be gentle, life, when you break him

credits

from Spaces Between Memories, released May 8, 2015
Composed and arranged by Ville Laaksonen
Lyrics by Saara Honkanen

All instruments and voices by Ville Laaksonen
Bratislava Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Hernando Rico

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Boy With Strings Helsinki, Finland

Born in Helsinki, the northern capital of cold and cool, Boy With Strings is the musical alter ego of Ville Laaksonen. His powerful and emotional vocals are combined with looped violins, string orchestra, subtle beats and warm ambient synths. His story is a musical fantasy written in the form of ear-catching pop songs, chasing after moments that were not, spaces between memories. ... more

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