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Room Service /2001/
Za 2 roky od vydání desky "Have A Nice Day" se Roxette přihlásili se svým zatím posledním studiovým albem "Room Service". Do alba se vkládaly velké naděje, Roxette prohlašovali, že se vrací zpátky ke svým kořenům a že deska bude zvukově hodně podobná albu "Look Sharp!". Po nepříliš velkém úspěchu předchozí desky se od nového alba očekával lepší výsledek. "Room Service" však bylo velkým zklamáním. Já osobně si troufám album označit za nejhorší desku od Roxette. Kromě pilotního singlu "The Centre Of The Heart", druhého singlu "Real Sugar" a skladby "Jefferson" na albu prakticky nenarazíte na dobrý song, většina skladeb na albu jsou průměrné až podprůměrné songy, které neurazí, ale taky nenadchnou. Naprostým krokem vedle jsou slátaniny "Bringing Me Down To My Knees" a "Make My Head Go Pop". Album vygenerovalo pouze 3 singly - po pilotním singlu "The Centre Of The Heart" následovaly singly "Real Sugar" a "Milk And Toast And Honey". I navzdory ne zrovna vydařené desce však plánovaný comeback vyšel, Roxette se znovu po 6 letech vrátili na koncertní pódia. V rámci evropského turné "Room Service Tour 2001" vystoupili 9. října 2001 i v pražské Paegas Areně.
The Centre Of The Heart /2001/
CDM

01 The Centre Of The Heart
02 Entering Your Heart

Remix singl

01 The Centre Of The Heart (original version)
02 The Centre Of The Heart (Stonebridge Club edit)
03 The Centre Of The Heart (Stonebridge Club mix)
04 The Centre Of The Heart (Yoga remix)
05 The Centre Of The Heart (Stonebridge Peak Hour dub)
06 The Centre Of The Heart (Stonebridge More Vox dub)

"The Centre Of The Heart" měla být původně pilotním singlem z alba "Have A Nice Day", ale na desku se moc nehodila, takže nakonec skončila v šuplíku. V roce 2000 během nahrávání nového materiálu na album "Room Service" Roxette skladbu oprášili - nahráli ji znovu v rychlejším tempu s nově přidanými syntezátory (zde vypomohl Jimmy Monell alias Shooting Star ze švédské kapely The April Tears). Původní Mariiny vokály byly digitálně upraveny tak, aby odpovídaly novému tempu skladby. "The Centre Of The Heart" se stala velkým hitem v Evropě a Jižní Americe. K singlu byl natočen kontroverzní videoklip režírovaný Jonasem Akerlundem. Video Roxette natočili v legendárním kalifornském hotelu Madonna Inn. Kolem videoklipu vypukl jednak skandál ve Švédsku, kde se některým médiím nelíbily vysoké pořizovací náklady (mluví se až o půl miliónu dolarů), a jednak v Anglii, kde se zase britské televizní radě nezamlouvala lascivní scéna s golfovým míčkem a tak zakázala v Anglii videoklip vysílat. I tak se nakonec na britské MTV videoklip objevil.

Real Sugar /2001/
CDM

01 Real Sugar
02 It Will Take A Long Long Time (Modern Rock version)
03 Real Sugar (Shooting Star treatment)
04 The Centre Of The Heart (video)

Druhý singl z alba, který dokazuje, že Roxette jsou zase zpátky ve skvělé formě - zvlášť Mariiny vokály v refrénu jsou vynikající. K singlu Roxette natočili komické video ve stylu "Late Night Show", kde kromě Marie a Pera vystupují jen samí hadroví panáci. V evropských hitparádách si sice "Real Sugar" vedl o něco hůře než "The Centre Of The Heart", ale zklamáním rozhodně nebyl. Per dodává: "Songy jako Real Sugar strašně rád skládám. Tři akordy a v textu bye-bye baby-baby.".

Milk And Toast And Honey /2001/
CDM

01 Milk And Toast And Honey
02 Milk And Toast And Honey (Active Dance remix)
03 Milk And Toast And Honey (Shooting Star treatment)
04 Milk And Toast And Honey (T&A demo August 2&3 ´90)
05 Real Sugar (video)

Třetí singl z alba se brzy po svém vydání stal navzdory pesimistickým prognózám velkým rádiovým hitem v Evropě a Jižní Americe. Ortodoxní fanoušci Roxette označili baladu za slátaninu, nicméně u zamilovaných teenagerů "Milk And Toast And Honey" zabodovala. Melodicky jednoduchá balada však nevznikala tak jednoduše, jak by se na první dojem mohlo zdát. Per nosil skladbu 6 měsíců v hlavě, než se ji rozhodl napsat a natočit demo. Marie si zpočátku myslela, že nahrávání pro ni bude hračka, ale nakonec měla s interpretací skladby trochu problém.



REAL SUGAR
Words & music by Per Gessle

Right at the front door
I recognised the perfume
The scent was perfect
In the dusk by the moon
There must be many ways
To ask her to my room
Why didn´t I dare?
Well, every hour
I try to get somethin´ done
Out on the weekend
When I´m just havin´ some fun
I´m windin´ up with none
Just zeroes, no 1´s
Just space with no air

I get: "Bye-bye baby-baby bye baby-baby bye-bye..."

Real sugar, I don´t wanna climb the walls
Real sugar, that´s what I want or none at all
Real sugar, sweet as a sweet can be
Real sugar, that´s what I want and what I need
That´s what I need

Yea, every Friday
I´m gettin´ ready to roll
I want her blue eyes
Start sayin´ "Hi" and "Hello"
But I can always tell
She´d rather be alone
With some other guy

I get: "Bye-bye baby-baby bye baby-baby bye-bye..."

Real sugar, I don´t wanna climb no walls
Real sugar, that´s what I want or none at all
Real sugar, sweet as a sweet can be
Real sugar, that´s what I want and what I need
Real sugar, I don´t wanna climb the walls
Real sugar, that´s what I want or none at all
Real sugar, sweet as a sweet can be
Real sugar, that´s what you´ve got so what´s for me?
Hey, what´s for me?

I turn myself in, turn turn turn
I turn myself out, outside and in

Gimme gimme real sugar
I don´t wanna climb no walls



THE CENTRE OF THE HEART
Words & music by Per Gessle

What am I gonna do when I get a little excited, a little in pain, tell me
What am I gonna say when I find the centre of my heart is a suburb to the brain!!

You wear them so well
Those innocent eyes
You´re putting on a wonderful disguise
I want you so bad
I´m pushing my luck
It feels like being hit by a truck
This is no place special
Don´t know why I came
If someone has a minute won´t you explain

What am I gonna do when I get a little excited, a little in pain, tell me
What am I gonna say when I find the centre of my heart is a suburb to the brain
Singing na na na na na na!

Being with you
Dealing with fire
Oh won´t you come around (come out), come out (today) and play
I want you so bad
Answer my calls
Let´s spend the night within these walls
This is no place special
Nothing for the sane
If someone´s got a minute do please explain



MILK AND TOAST AND HONEY
Words & music by Per Gessle

Milk and toast and honey
Make it sunny on a rainy Saturday, he-he-hey
Milk and toast, some coffee
Take the stuffiness out of days you hate, you really hate
Slow morning news pass me by
I try not to analyse
But didn´t he blow my mind this time
Didn´t he blow my mind?

(Here he comes)
To bring a little lovin´ , honey
To take away the hurt inside
Is everything that matters to me
Is everything I want in life

Milk and toast and honey
Ain´t it funny how things sometimes look so clear and feel so near
The dreams I dream, my favourite wishful thinkin´
Oh, he´s bookmarked everywhere, everywhere
True love might fall from the sky
You never know what to find
But didn´t he blow my mind this time
Didn´t he blow my mind?

(Here he comes)
To bring a little lovin´, honey
To take away the pain inside
Is everything that matters to me
Is everything I want from life
(Here he comes)
Oh lay a little lovin´, baby
To feel you´re gettin´ close to me
Is everything that matters to me
Is everywhere I want to be



JEFFERSON
Words & music by Per Gessle

Jefferson was always out of luck
I remember when we both grew up
Jefferson got hit by a westbound truck
I guess that didn´t make him look like a million bucks
That night when Sally really stole the show
And every boy was captured diggin´ for gold
Poor old Jefferson was left in the snow

I´m gonna pray for Jefferson
Pray for Jefferson´s soul

Jefferson is always on my mind
When him and me were runnin´ out of time
Jefferson was sure enough left behind
The cops came in and took him by surprise
That night when Sally really showed her game
The neighbourhood would never be the same
Poor old Jefferson got the blame

I´m gonna pray for Jefferson
Pray for Jefferson´s soul

I do believe he didn´t do wrong
I say a prayer for someone I care for

That night when Sally really gave it all
And made us small boys look quite tall
Poor old Jefferson left the ball



LITTLE GIRL
Words & music by Marie Fredriksson

Once upon a time there was a little girl
Once she was mine
In my heart the only one
I wonder where you are
I know you´re somewhere in me
I can see your smile when I close my eyes

Oh little girl
Where did you go, little girl
I miss you so
I remember when she was mine

Once upon a time there was a little voice
Singing loud and clear
In my heart the only one
Once upon a time there were so many dreams
Once they were mine
Oh little girl, they´re with you now

Oh little girl
Where did you go, little girl
I miss you so
I remember when she was mine



LOOKING FOR JANE
Words & music by Per Gessle

Where did she go?
Where did she go from here?
The last time I saw her
She made all the clouds disappear
She said with a smile
Yea, the weather´s alright
She left her coat at home that night

Where do I begin today?
Where do colours never fade?
In the sunshine, in the rain
It´s quite the same
It´s never gonna change
I´ll be looking for Jane

Why did she come?
Why did she come to me?
There must have been millions
In the world she´d rather see
At least in my mind
As time has gone by
It´s always harder to laugh than to cry

Where do I begin today? (ba-ba-ba)
Where the summer never fades )ba-ba-ba)
In the sun and in the rain
It´s quite the same
It´s never gonna change
I´ll be looking for Jane



BRINGING ME DOWN TO MY KNEES
Words & music by Per Gessle

Been thinking about you
Without even trying, I´ve done it
There´s something about you
I can´t put my finger on it
Monday was fine and I was on a high
Oh you thrilled me
I should be alright but Friday I died
When you killed me

You´re bringing me down to my knees, oh oh
Love me forever or baby, just let it go, oh oh
I´m begging you please to ease, allow your feelings to show, oh oh
You´re bringing me down to my knees cos I love you so

If your love is strong
I want to be so sure about it
Oh is it all wrong
To go on talking about it?
Monday was fine, yea the hours went by
Like a summer breeze
But way down the line you might make up your mind
And it´s time to freeze

You´re bringing me down to my knees...

I´ve been thinking about you



MAKE MY HEAD GO POP
Words & music by Per Gessle

I don´t know much about you
But I´m pretty sure I wanna be with you
I haven´t got a clue
What is wrong, what is right, what is left to do
I read a magazine
I watch a TV screen
I dive into a dream
Only to find me in love with you

I wish you´ll never stop to make my head go pop
You make my head go pop pop pop pop pop pop
Every time you´re around

It´s a pleasant valley Sunday
And everything seems to be beautiful
People go to church
But I´m found contemplating by the swimmingpool
I´m gazing at the sun
I watch him bringing joy to everyone
I feed the ducks with a bun
Only to find me in love with you

I wish you´ll never stop to make my head go pop
You make my head go pop pop p-pop pop pop pop
Every time you´re around
Press to play and never stop to make my head go pop
Yea, you make my head go pop pop pop pop pop pop
Every time you´re around

Make my head go pop pop pop
Make my head go pop pop
Go pop pop
I feed the ducks with a bun
Only to find me in love with you



TRY (JUST A LITTLE BIT HARDER)
Words & music by Per Gessle

I left and wrote down this song
Cos my life looked so shattered
I thank the Lord I´m still strong like before
I picked myself up from the floor and tried
I tried just a little bit harder, oh yea

If someone wants you to bleed
And it feels like you´re dying
Don´t make the moves, you don´t need
Don´t cry, just say ba-ba-bye-bye and try, try
Try just a little bit harder, you´ll survive
Try just a little bit harder, go ahead and try

Mondays and rainy days were in my pocket
I don´t want to send them on to you
Bring them home to you



FOOL
Words & music by Per Gessle

I was alone
I told my mouth to shut up
Cos I was talking to myself
Like I always do when I´m stuck
Well, I was crying
You could be crying too
I was screaming through the window
I keep missing you
And the tears came down from the sky
And the rain fell hard on my eyes

Now you know what I look like, I´m feeling like a fool
I lose on my own, I´m going back to school
And I will pray, Hallelujah, you´ll be breaking every rule
And come back to stay, I´m feeling like a fool

I really tried so hard
To design my life
There´s a big black void in my head
Like it´s been cut by a knife
Every time your name comes around
This stupidity follows me down

Now you know what I look like, I´m feeling like a fool
I thought I could swim I´m drowning in the pool
And I will pray, Hallelujah, you´ll be breaking every rule
And consider to stay, I´m feeling like a fool
Please, come back to stay, I´m feeling like a fool

I feel like a fool in my heart
I feel like a fool



IT TAKES YOU NO TIME TO GET HERE
Words & music by Per Gessle

Why don´t you take the rest of the day off
You do deserve a break
Follow that road, it ain´t long
Just cross that silver lake
Yea, pass the pond, the off-white fence
When you see the mailbox to the left
You´ve made it all right, no way to go wrong
All you do is blow that horn

It takes you no time to get here
Just drive out of town today
It takes you no time to get here
And when you´ve arrived you might as well stay
You might as well stay

Why don´t you leave your desk for a short while
You do deserve some time
Enjoying the other side of life
You forgot to memorize
Stay in the sun, reach for the moon
Make a little love in the afternoon
You´re doing all right, no way you go wrong
This is the place where you belong

It takes you no time
No time to get here



MY WORLD, MY LOVE, MY LIFE
Words & music by Per Gessle

Some days are covered in rain
While other days are made for glory
And you are the summer sun
The only one who knows the story
Do you want to talk about it? - I don´t know
Do you want to say some words? - Oh, I can´t let go

I´m talking about my world, my love, my life
Every time I try to close my eyes
You just enter my mind and you lay yourself down beside me... oh why?

Some streets are covered with sweat
There are no regrets just new connections
And you are the Summer Son
And I´m the one who wants affection
Do you want to talk about it? - I don´t know
Do you want to speak some words? - Oh, I can´t let go

I´m talking about my world, my love, my life
Every time I try to close my eyes
You just run through my head and you lay yourself down beside me... oh why?



ENTERING YOUR HEART
Words & music by Per Gessle

I came in crawling
With an absent-minded smile
I had so many things untied that summer night
When I decided it was worth another try

Entering your heart... oh yeah

The clock turned seven
It was cold and damp outside
But sort of strange considering it was July
But it helped convincing me I had, I had to try

Entering your heart...

Close your eyes
Don´t say a word
All your thoughts must go unheard
And I have failed so many times
Entering your mind...
Entering your mind...

I´m not the most important one under the sun
I don´t have any power connections to the Pentagon
But I´ve got something of my own
That must get done

Entering your heart...ohhh
Entering your heart...

Close your eyes
Don´t tell a soul
All your dreams must be told
And I have failed so many times
Entering your mind...
Entering your mind...

Ohhh...
Ohhh...

I have failed so many times
Entering your mind...
Entering your mind...

Ohhh... entering your heart
Woah... entering your heart

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