Song Lyric Sunday – 6 June 2021 – Heartbeats

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that includes the words Old, New, Borrowed, or Blue amongst the title or lyrics.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

Unusually, today I am chosing a cover version of a song. It was written by The Knife, a Swedish electronic music duo which consisted of siblings Karin and Olof Dreijer. They formed in 1999 and disbanded in 2014. If you look up some of their music I’m willing to bet that you will find some that you really like!

The group toured little and gained stronger international recognition when José González covered their song “Heartbeats” on his 2003 album, Veneer. The cover was used by Sony in a commercial for BRAVIA television sets, and released as a single in 2006.

Here is Heartbeats with lyrics, and fantastic graphics that mimic those of the official video of The Knife original. The word “BLUE” appears only once!


One night to be confused
One night to speed up truth
We had a promise made
Four hands and then away

Both under influence
We had divine sense
To know what to say
Mind is a razor blade

To call for hands of above, to lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough for me, no

One night of magic rush
The start, a simple touch
One night to push and scream
And then relief

Ten days of perfect tunes
The colours red and blue
We had a promise made
We were in love

To call for hands of above, to lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough for me, oh

To call for hands of above, to lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough for me

And you
You knew the hand of the devil
And you
Kept us awake with wolves’ teeth
Sharing different heartbeats in one night

To call for hands of above, to lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough for me

To call for hands of above, to lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough for me

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Olof Bjorn Dreijer / Karin Elizabeth Dreijer Andersson

Heartbeats lyrics © Bert’s Songs Ltd.

…..and here is the fantastic Bravia colour TV advert

San Francisco’s steep hills proved to be the perfect setting for Sony’s iconic Balls ad. The electronics company wanted to celebrate colour in order to promote their Bravia high-definition LCD televisions. This was the brief Fallon was tasked to visualise. And to do so, they hurled 250,000 bouncy, coloured balls down the rolling hills of the Golden City, which results in a glorious cascade of colour.

The ad was directed by Nicolai Fugslig (MJZ), who insisted on everything being shot live in camera.

The striking visuals are accompanied by the gentle acoustic sounds of José González which, along with the graceful slow-motion, gives the ad a daydream-like quality that remains with you well after the ad finishes. In fact, the music is so powerful that many people simply refer to the ‘Sony Balls’ TV commercial as the ‘José González advert’.

What you discover:

  • The shoot took three days
  • Around 50 students on roller skates were required to use brooms to clear all the balls at the foot of the hill at the end of each take

Agency: Fallon
Creative: Richard Flintham
Director: Nicolai Fugslig
Production Co: MJZ 

26 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – 6 June 2021 – Heartbeats

  1. I like how you did that! FInding a song with blue only mentioned once and not in the title. This song has become very popular being used in many movie/TV soundtracks. I love it! Super choice Peter!

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  2. You always pick the bestest songs to fit the prompts, Peter!
    I love Jose’s sweet comforting acoustic sound. And the vids are so fun to watch! (We lived in San Francisco! 🙂 )
    But, the words of the song, if I’m understanding them correctly, make me sad.

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  3. I love the advert, wouldn’t it be great if that happened for real – to walk down the street and find colour bouncing along around us almost like a colourful buffer from harsh realities.

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      1. To accompany the bed race perhaps?
        Guess where I went today –
        hardly a stone’s throw from your old Barracks, lunch at the Smiths Arms in Beckwithshaw.

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