Spain Roskilde Festival 4 July 1999

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1.
Nobody has to know Girl we've fallen so in love It was just a year ago And you've kept it to yourself Nobody has to know Nobody has to know Nobody has to know Girl our love has grown so strong Close the shades Unplug the phone How can our love be so wrong Nobody has to know Nobody has to know Nobody has to know Girl we've fallen so in love It was just a year ago And you've kept it to yourself Nobody has to know Nobody has to know
2.
Ray Of Light 07:36
Ray of light I never see Through the passing clouds Or through the trees When you left Into the pouring rain I knew I’d never See you again Ray of light Won’t shine through When love is through When love is through Late one night I heard you at my door But I pretended like I wasn’t home Please forgive Me for what I’ve done But you know I would’ve done it Like I did before Ray of light Won’t shine through What can I do What can I do Ray of light I never see Through the passing clouds Or through the trees When you left Into the pouring rain I knew I’d never See you again Ray of light Won’t shine through When love is through When love is through
3.
Some people say she is cursed More trouble than she is worth More trouble than she will ever be worth I knew I could get away Knew it wasn't good to stay Knew it wouldn't ever be good to stay I couldn't leave her if I tried For I have touched her deep inside Why can't these people understand Why I am so sad, so sad They ask me if I can see She'll lead to the death of me She'll lead someday to the death of me But they may have overlooked That I have become so hooked That I have now become so hooked I couldn't leave her if I tried For I have touched her deep inside Why can't these people understand Why I am so sad, so sad
4.
It was love Only love Only love Oh then why Do I feel So alone Love Only love It's only love I'm waiting for you to come It was you Only you Only you Oh then why Did I cry The whole night through Love Only love It's only love I'm waiting for you to come
5.
Spiritual 08:43
Jesus I don’t want to die alone Jesus, oh Jesus I don’t want to die alone My love wasn’t true Now all I have is you Jesus, oh Jesus I don’t want to die alone Jesus If you hear my last breath Don't leave me here Left to die a lonely death I know I have sinned But lord I’m suffering Jesus, oh Jesus If you hear my last breath Jesus I don’t want to die alone Jesus, oh Jesus I don’t want to die alone My love wasn’t true Now all I have is you Jesus, oh Jesus I don’t want to die alone All my troubles All my pain Will leave me once again
6.
I Lied 04:12
Holding hands down by the shore And I know, God knows it feels so fine Holding hands down by the shore And I know, God knows it feels so fine I said I loved you, I said I loved you Holding hands down by the shore Leaned over and whispered in your ear But I lied, I lied I couldn't love you if I tried Holding you in my arms, in my bed God knows it feels so fine Holding you in my arms, in my bed God knows it feels so fine I said I loved you, I said I loved you Holding you in my arms, in my bed I whispered in your ear But I lied, I lied I feel so dead inside I couldn't love you if I tried
7.
Walked away Released from all my crimes Walked away Released from all my crimes But I could never hide What I kept inside Walked away Released from all my sins Walked away Released from all my sins But the cruelest thing Was all my suffering When I held you that night I knew it felt so right I knew it felt so right Walked away Released from all my crimes Walked away Released from all my crimes But I could never hide What I kept inside

about

Spain recorded live at Roskilde Festival, Denmark, 4 July 1999.

High quality radio broadcast recording

1. Nobody Has To Know
2. Ray Of Light
3. Bad Woman Blues
4. Waiting For You To Come
5. Spiritual

Encore

6. I Lied
7. Untitled No. 1

4th of July, 1999. The 223rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In America, barbecues. Hot dogs. Hamburgers. Flag waving. Fireworks. Nationalism. Cholesterol.

In Roskilde, Denmark. US slowcore pioneers Spain. On the “White” Stage. 19:00. Capacity: 5,000. On the “Orange” stage: UK alternative pop superstars Blur. 19:00. Capacity: 60,000. It was war. They were the American rebels. We were the outnumbered British troops from across the ocean.

The band. Josh Haden (me), bass and vocals. Merlo Podlewski, acoustic guitar. Björn Olsson, electric guitar. Shon Sullivan, keyboards and guitar. Will Hughes, drums. Our sophomore album, She Haunts My Dreams, had just been released. We were well into the first leg of our 1999 European tour. Merlo and I were the only survivors from our first album, 1995’s The Blue Moods Of Spain. Björn the estranged brainchild and lead guitarist of famed Swedish psychedelic band The Soundtrack Of Our Lives. Shon the wunderkind multi-instrumentalist; this was his first time in Europe. And Will the experienced drummer-as-cynic, formerly of the big band celebrity-infused Low & Sweet Orchestra. He’d seen it all.

Blur were touring on their sixth album, 13. Certified platinum. Spain’s She Haunts My Dreams. Certified coal. Blur: Certifiably Breaking Decibel Limits. Every time I merely touched a bass string our stage would shake, and I had nothing to do with it. Merlo mouthed the words from across the stage, I can’t hear myself. Our intrepid soundman, the normally legendary Johan Rutjens, hanged his head, There’s nothing I can do. And yet. We soldiered on. With great power comes great responsibility. At the Orange Stage, over capacity. Loudspeakers wobbled with intensity. Men drank beer. Women drank beer, got on the shoulders of men, and spit out the beer. And you should’ve seen the beach balls. Our fans wanted to hear “Ray Of Light”. We gave it to them the best we could.

I was proud of us. Roskilde gave us a coveted spot at the festival. 19:00 July 4th was the final set of the “White" Stage on the final day of the Roskilde Festival 1999. Our work was done. We didn’t stay to watch Culture Club (21:30 Orange Stage headliners). We disappeared into the night. The next day we were on a plane to Britain. The war continued.

—Josh Haden 14 January 2020

credits

released January 15, 2020

Josh Haden - Bass, Vocals
Björn Olsson - Electric Guitar
Merlo Podlewski - Acoustic Guitar
Shon Sullivan - Keyboards, Guitar
Will Hughes - Drums

Live sound: Johan Rutjens for Waterland.

Photos: © 1999 Martin Dam Kristensen, used by kind permission.

All songs written by Josh Haden and published by Angel Heurtebise

Special thanks to Jan Saghaug

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Spain Los Angeles, California

Founded in 1993 by Josh Haden, Spain is a band from Los Angeles, CA. They've released seven studio albums over the past 25 years, the first being 1995's Blue Moods Of Spain, available from Warner Bros., the most recent being 2018's [spain mandala brush], available from Dangerbird Records (North America) and Glitterhouse Records (Europe). ... more

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