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Interview from April 16, 2015

Greg Prato (Songfacts): After hearing the leadoff single/title track, I was surprised by how heavy it was. Was it a conscious decision to go in a heavier direction?

Joey Tempest: I think it’s been an organic journey we’ve been on since we started up again 11 years ago. Just going on our own adventure musically. Every album’s got its own life. I suppose this record is – in ways – heavier than the others, but it’s also more tender in other aspects, like on “Praise You” and “Angels (With Broken Hearts).” It just happened that way, to be honest. The bass player supplied us with a few more riffs on this record to write music to. He has some heavy notes in there. It just happened this way.

Bag of Bones, the last record that we recorded with Kevin Shirley, that’s when we started recording live again – around the drum kit. It took about two or three weeks: just pick the best takes and move on. With War of Kings, we did the same but we also added a bit of vintage gear and Mellotron and Hammond. We wanted to create an atmosphere for the record.

But yeah, it is quite heavy in places, but it doesn’t surprise us – it’s more of a natural thing for us.

Songfacts: Let’s discuss the title track a bit, including its lyrical inspiration.

Joey: When we wrote the track, I was singing melodies. I was starting to think about an old book that I read when I as a kid called The Long Ships. It’s called something else in Swedish [Röde Orm by Frans G. Bengtsson], but it’s a Swedish book about the Vikings’ early beginnings and the big battles between Norwegians, Danish, and Swedish people, before they started traveling to Ireland and England. There were important battles early on, where self-proclaimed kings were fighting – elected kings. It was chaos in Scandinavia. I thought it was a fascinating background for a lyric, and the melodies and the riffs lend themselves to it. So that’s how it started.

 And then the title we liked a lot when we were in the studio, so we thought, “Maybe this can be the album title.” And everybody was liking the song, so we said, “Maybe it should open the album.” There was something new about it, something a bit “left field” for us, to do that kind of riff. And it felt fresh for us, because we want to be excited with every record. We changed the producer, we changed the studio – we wanted to be on a journey. And we felt, “This song could raise some eyebrows.” We were pleased with that one.

Songfacts: It sounds like you’re describing a trip into space on “The Final Countdown.” What did you have in mind with that lyric?

Joey: The music to that song was very much inspired by British rock bands – that sort of galloping tempo. But lyrically, one of the first singles I bought was “Space Oddity” by David Bowie, and I was really fascinated with his fascination with space.

So I was doing the lyrics for “The Final Countdown.” That was for our third album, and I had the demo without vocals, and I was singing it over and over again. The music was almost like a soundtrack to a movie, about leaving Earth, and that the Earth was spent. And one day, we’ll probably have to leave this place. It was kind of a dream-like lyric, but that was the backdrop for it.

Songfacts: What are some memories of filming the video? Joey: There was a TV team there. We did two shows in Stockholm. We had just started The Final Countdown tour, and there was a TV team filming us for TV, and the video team filmed them filming us. It was two live shows, two nights. It was at the beginning of everything. It was in early ’86, before it took off everywhere else. I remember a guy was over from New York from Epic Records, and he was really excited – he was going to bring it to America. It was an exciting time.

 Songfacts: Was there a real Carrie behind the song “Carrie”?

Joey: Not really. We were young then, the normal breaking up and finding a new girlfriend. It was more of a general thing, actually.

Songfacts: What inspired you to write “Cherokee”?

Joey: It was a book, actually, that [producer] Kevin Elson’s then-wife had. I think I saw it laying around, and I thought, “That would be interesting.” I started reading the story about the Cherokee Indians, and I thought it would be an interesting thing to write about.

It wasn’t so easy to write it, but I thought I had to give it a go. Musically, it was the last song written for The Final Countdown, and I remember having that riff, and we said, “We need to have one more song.” I showed that one and the guys said, “Yeah, let’s try that.” We built the solo part, which is quite nice, and recorded it with Kevin.

Songfacts: What about “Rock the Night”?

Joey: We started touring in Sweden – this was before The Final Countdown. It was just describing the feeling of having fun and the touring life.

Europe is not alone in re-recording a tune that they laid down on an earlier record. Case in point, Todd Rundgren with “Hello It’s Me,” Kiss with “Strutter,” and Gary Moore with “Empty Rooms.” However, Whitesnake may be the undisputed kings of the re-record, as evidenced by re-takes of “Here I Go Again” “Crying in the Rain,” and “Fool for Your Lovin’.” There was a version of “Rock the Night” recorded before Kevin recorded the song. That was when we were touring around in Scandinavia, we started touring Japan. It was just describing our lives at the time. It was crazy.

Songfacts: What about “Superstitious”?

Joey: I don’t remember that, but I do remember it was the first single after The Final Countdown, from Out of This World. It sort of went back to the day when we used to see early Whitesnake, with Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody. It was a song that had that sort of hard rock with a slight blues feel, but it was also a big chorus. It was just a cool track. It was a good song to start off with afterThe Final Countdown record. I don’t remember the lyric inspiration. I would suspect I was interested in superstitions at the time… I don’t know!

Songfacts: Do you feel it was difficult following up the success of The Final Countdown album?

Joey: We just decided not to emulate it. We tried to go on our own journey after that. Out of This World is slightly different: more guitar driven, more classic rock driven. I don’t remember having a big problem with it, because we took the decision not to try to write another The Final Countdown. It was just moving on, really. Out of This World was quite a good album and a great tour, I remember.

Songfacts: Something I’ve always found interesting is quite a few Swedish music artists have been very successful in the US: Abba, Europe, In Flames, The Hives, Opeth, etc. Why do you think this is?

Joey: It is fascinating that Scandinavia and Sweden can produce these bands. I don’t really have an answer. Maybe it’s the long, dark winters.

It’s kind of a melancholic kind of streak to the music that comes from old Scandinavian boat music, perhaps. And the work ethic… I don’t know. I know that in other fields we’ve succeeded. We’ve had some big tennis players, and then 10-20-30 years after, there were a lot of tennis players. So maybe we get inspired by bands that make it, and we want to do the same thing. Maybe that gives us the drive. There were a lot of bands after Europe that tried to do the same thing, and some of them were successful. I don’t know. I can’t explain it.

Songfacts: Who are some of your favorite singers and songwriters?

Joey: These days, I really like the new bands that carry the torch for classic rock, bands like Rival Sons, White Denim. I do appreciate what Jack White is doing, too. But in the past, I was very thrilled when Audioslave came out with “Cochise” just after the millennium. That’s when we re-started, and we used that record as a benchmark. It’s amazing.

In the past, I was a huge fan of Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin. But I also have another side: I did three solo albums in the ’90s when I was very much influenced by Jackson Browne, Randy Newman, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan. I did a few years just going to those shows and buying all those CDs. It gave a new perspective lyrically when we started Europe up again.

Songfacts: Do you feel that John Norum is one of the more underrated guitarists in rock?

Joey: Absolutely. He’s not much into self-promotion, he’s very laid-back in that sense. He knows everything from cables to how to set up a guitar – he works on guitars himself. And as a player, he’s one of the best of his generation. I’m so lucky to play with that guy. I saw him play when I was 15 and he was 14, and we’ve been brothers since then. He’s an amazing guitar player – I’m so proud to stand on the same stage. He’s one of the best of his generation, without a doubt.

Source: songfacts

 

 

 

 

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NOT SUPPOSED TO SING THE BLUES

 

From the album “BAG OF BONES”,  2012 – EUROPE

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Born in 1963
In the shadow of Kennedy
I’m still a kid when the levee breaks
Man, oh man, that’s all it takes

And I’m on my way

Boy, you’re not supposed to sing the blues
Where you come from
If you walk across those railroad tracks
Son, you’re on your own
But all I know is what I feel, and it can’t be wrong
Boy, you’re not supposed to sing the blues
Where you come from
Where you come from
It’s just not done

Back in black and I’m 17
I’ve been told, son, let it be
I got these lines upon my face now
A room at the heartbreak hotel
Yeah yeah

Oh well, oh well
Ah yeah

Boy, you’re not supposed to sing the blues
Where you come from
If you walk across those railroad tracks
Son, you’re on your own
All I know is what I feel, and it can’t be wrong
Boy, you’re not supposed to sing the blues
Where you come from
Where you come from
It’s just not done

Oh well, oh well
Alright

Boy, you’re not supposed to sing the blues
Where you come from
If you walk across those railroad tracks
Son, you’re on your own
But all I know is what I feel, and it can’t be wrong
Boy, you’re not supposed to sing the blues

Where you come from
Where you come from
It’s just not done

 

 

 

LAST LOOK AT EDEN

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EUROPE – Last Look At Eden, studio album, 2009
I’m calling out tonight
For what I feel is right
And I won’t be quiet
‘Cause I’ve seen the truth
Modified for you
And we just can’t buy itThis is your life
Are you gonna stand by and takeOne last look at Eden
Just stop believing and walk away
This could be our moment
It’s time that we owned it
I wanna hear you say
Come with meAre you still out there
The ones who really care
Who’s open mindedThis is your life
Are you gonna stand by and takeOne last look at Eden
Just stop believing and walk away
This could be our moment
It’s time that we owned it
I wanna hear you say
Come with me

One last look at Eden
Just stop believing and walk away
This could be our moment
It’s time that we owned it
I wanna hear you say tonight
Come with me

NEW LOVE IN TOWN

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EUROPE – NEW LOVE IN TOWN, singer – JOEY TEMPEST

 

Nothing looks quiet the same
I see people and places in a new light again
There’s a grace ascendant to a broken sky
Now I know, there’s a reason why
I feel so alive

Cause tonight, there’s a new love in town
Waking emotion, I thought I’d never find
Yes tonight how you turned it around
I wanna tell the whole world
There’s a new love in town

It’s been a strange kind of low
Always held my head up high
Little did I know
That my rose-tinted reality
Would soon fall apart
Just by holding you gently
There’s a hope in my heart
I’m out of the dark

So tonight there’s a new love in town
Waking emotion, I thought I’d never find
Yes tonight, how you turn it around
I want to tell the whole world
There’s a new love in town

And everyone I met has made me what I am today
And every choice I made has led me here today
And every time I see your face
I find my way

Yes tonight there’s a new love in town
It’s waking emotions thought lord I never thought I’d find
Yes tonight how you turned it around
I wanna tell the whole world
There’s a new love in town
There’s a new love in town

HERO

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HERO –  EUROPE – singer – JOEY TEMPEST

It’s not like I wouldn’t dream
If you had not shown the way
It’s not like I wouldn’t fight
Not knowing ’bout your life
It’s not like I wouldn’t stand
Right here with my friends

You threw us all alive
When our days slipped away
You gave us of your time

‘Cause you are my hero
My Friday night
You wrote the soundtrack to my life
And gave me something
To hold on to
When i was growing up
You were the rock
In my life

It’s not like I live my days
By every word you spoke
Like I’m up every night
Drinking with your ghost
It’s not like I can’t look back
Without movin’ on

You threw us all alive
When our days slipped away
You gave us of your time

You are my hero
My Friday night
You wrote the soundtrack to my life
And gave us kiss
A chance to dream
Days when I had enough
You were the rock
In my life

You still throw me that like
As my days slip away
You give me of your time

You’re still my hero
My Friday night
You wrote the soundtrack to my life
You give me something
To hold on to
As I’m still growing up
You are the rock
In my life

 

WE WILL BE STRONG

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JOEY TEMPEST & JOHN NORUM

1992 Sony Music Entertainment (Sweden)

You know that we belong,
we belong together,
together we’ll be strong
You know that we belong,
we belong together,
together we’ll be strong

Oh is it true, it’s down to me and you

I’ve been thinking about the days we had
We were younger then
Didn’t need nobody else
I’ve been waiting for this day to come
It was magic then, it could be again

I was looking at the sky
Before I knew your name
Needed something to believe in
Something to ease the pain

When I’m down feeling lost and blue
When I’m down I hear you whisper
When I’m gone, all I want to do is to talk to you
It’s down to me and you

I’ve been thinking about the choices we made
Without a word we went separate ways
Now here we stand after all this time
It’s plain to see
It was meant to be

When I’m down feeling lost and blue
When I’m down I hear you whisper
When I’m gone, all I want to do is to talk to you
It’s down to me and you

You know that we belong…

 

CARRIE

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Album, THE FINAL COUNTDOWN, 1986
When lights go down, I see no reason
For you to cry. We’ve been through this before
In every time, in every season,
God knows I’ve tried
So please don’t ask for more.Can’t you see it in my eyes
This might be our last goodbyeCarrie, Carrie, things they change my friend
Carrie, Carrie, maybe we’ll meet again,
Somewhere againI read your mind, with no intentions
Of being unkind, I wish I could explain
It all takes time, whole lot of patience
If it’s a crime, how come I feel no pain.Can’t you see it in my eyes
This might be our last goodbye

Carrie, Carrie, oh things they change my friend
Carrie, Carrie, maybe we’ll meet again

Can’t you see it in my eyes
This might be our last goodbye

Carrie, Carrie, oh things they change Carrie Carrie Carrie
Carrie, Carrie, maybe we’ll meet again
Oh somewhere, again

When lights go down

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROCK

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Album, OUT OF THIS WORLD, 1988

 

You say that you want me
I hope that you do
Cause tell me just where I would be in this world
Without someone like you

When you say that you need me
Like only you can
Oh baby you don’t really know what you’ve done
To the heart of this man

So baby tonight we will celebrate
And talk of the times til it gets real late
Yes baby tonight we’ll appreciate
Just what we’ve got
So let the good times rock

Oh when you squeeze me
And say that you care
There’s nothin’ I know that could drag me away
When that feelin’ is there

Oh the way that you move me
And makin’ me feel
Well I could have sworn that I lived in a dream
If it wasn’t for real

Oh baby tonight we will celebrate…

SUPERSTITIOUS

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Album OUT OF THIS WORLD,  1988

Keep on walkin’ that road and I’ll follow
Keep on callin’ my name I’ll be there
And if a mirror should break it’s easy to take
Cause deep down I know that you care
I’m not superstitious

I’m not superstitious, I have no doubt
That there’s a reason, how things turn out
While things are changin’ from day to day
I’ll keep this feelin’ with me all the way

And I want you to know
That you’re on my mind
Every day, all of the time

So keep on walkin’ that road and I’ll follow
Keep on callin’ my name I’ll be there
And if a mirror should break it’s easy to take
Cause deep down I know that you care
I’m not superstitious

There might be times of wonder
When I’m on my own
Tryin’ to find out if love has gone
It might make a difference
It might bring me down
But no superstition is gonna turn things around

And I want you to know
That you’re on my mind
Every day, all of the time

So keep on walkin’ that road and I’ll follow
Keep on callin’ my name I’ll be there
And if a mirror should break it’s easy to take
Cause deep down I know that you care
I’m not superstitious

So keep on walkin’ and we’ll make things right
Yeah, keep on dreamin’ each and every night
We’re gonna make it, that’s what we’ll do
Right to the end girl, we’re gonna walk on through

So keep on walkin’ that road and I’ll follow
Keep on callin’ my name I’ll be there
And if a mirror should break it’s easy to take
Cause deep down I know that you care
I’m not superstitious

ON THE LOOSE

 

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Album, THE FINAL COUNTDOWN, 1986

 

Running out on the streets
He lives from day to day
Looking for someting to do
He needs to get away.Hoping that maybe one day
He could be someone
Praying that maybe someday
He could be number one.In his world of make believe
He always tends to beOn the loose, so young, so tough, so wild

On the loose, again.

Dreaming, dreaming about
All the things he’d like to do
Trying, trying so hard
To make it all up to you.

ROCK THE NIGHT

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Album, THE FINAL COUNTDOWN, 1986
I’ve gone through changes
I’ve gone through pain
But there’s not enough reason for me to go insane
I know the feeling, when it grows
I’m in a rage up from my head down to my toes.You know it ain’t easy
Running out of thrills
You know it ain’t easy
When you don’t know what you want.Rock now, rock the night
‘Til early in the morning light
Rock now, rock the night
You’d better believe it’s right.I know my limit
Just what it takes
When things ain’t good enough
I just pull the brake
Sometimes it’s easy
Sometimes so tough
But just have one thing clear
I can’t get enough.

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

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Album, THE FINAL COUNTDOWN, 1986
We’re leaving together,
But still it’s farewell.
And maybe we’ll come back
To earth, who can tell?
I guess there is no one to blame
We’re leaving ground (leaving ground)
Will things ever be the same again?It’s the final countdown.
The final countdownOh!We’re heading for Venus (Venus)
And still we stand tall
‘Cause maybe they’ve seen us (seen us)
And welcome us all, yeah.
With so many light years to go
And things to be found (to be found)
I’m sure that we’ll all miss her so.

It’s the final countdown…
The final count down [2x]

The final count down
Oh!

It’s the final count down
The final count down [2x]

It’s the final count down
We’re leaving together
The final count down
We’ll all miss her so.
It’s the final count down.

Oh!
It’s the final count down.