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The Pop Hits /2003/
Po 7 letech se Roxette rozhodli znovu zrekapitulovat svou dosavadní kariéru - kompilaci svých největších hitů tentokrát rozdělili do dvou samostatných alb. "The Pop Hits" bylo druhým z nich. Na desce jsou zařazeny téměř všechny pop hity, které byly vydány jako singly. Album navíc obsahuje dvě novinkové skladby - "Opportunity Nox", která je první skladbou na albu a vyšla rovněž jako singl, a "Little Miss Sorrow", která celou desku uzavírá. Album bylo distribuováno jednak ve standardní 1CD verzi a jednak v limitované edici, která navíc obsahuje bonusové CD se 4 dříve nevydanými skladbami. Album vyšlo i navzdory skutečnosti, že v září 2002 byl Marii diagnostikován zhoubný nádor na mozku a musela podstoupit náročnou operaci a následnou radioterapii a chemoterapii. Vokály k "Opportunity Nox" nazpívala po operaci ve svém domácím studiu.
Opportunity Nox /2003/
CDM

01 Opportunity Nox
02 Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave) [live]

Jediný singl z alba "The Pop Hits". V březnu 2002 Pera posedly múzy a ve velmi krátké době napsal 10 nových skladeb, z nichž dvě byly adepty na singl - "Opportunity Nox" a "Monster Hangover". Volba nakonec padla na "Opportunity Nox", která díky drobným úpravám v závěru získala rockovější zvuk. K singlu vznikl první animovaný videoklip Roxette. Per dodává: "Může se zdát, že napsat krásnou smutnou baladu je mnohem obtížnější než složit triviální pop song jako je "Opportunity Nox", ale u mě to bylo vždycky naopak. S jednoduchými popovými melodiemi je to těžké - když vás okamžitě nedostanou, pak nestojí za nic.". Singl je jedinečný hned ze 3 důvodů. Jednak je to první skladba nazpívaná po Mariině operaci, jednak k němu vznikl první animovaný videoklip a hlavně je to po dlouhé době první singl, který sklidil pozitivní ohlasy od hudebních kritiků, kteří Roxette nikdy nebyli příznivě nakloněni. Známý švédský hudební kritik Per Bjurman prohlásil: "Fanoušci měli pravdu a já se mýlil, když jsem Roxette předpovídal při vydání desky "Room Service" brzký konec. "Opportunity Nox" je nejlepší song od dob "Dangerous" a jeden z Gessleho absolutně nejlepších songů. Roxette ještě zdaleka nejsou mrtví.".



OPPORTUNITY NOX
Words & music by Per Gessle

Well I liked you
I couldn´t think of anything but you
For a week I was in love with your hair-do
I couldn´t chew the smart things I used to
I knew I was way over the moon

When I met you
When I met you
I didn´t know what to do
When I saw you
When I saw you
You said

O-o-o-ooh
I´m living in a box
But I´m out when opportunity nox
I´m living in a box
But I´m out when opportunity nox
I´m dying in a box
But I´m out when opportunity rox on

I´m sleeping and I´m dreaming so solo
I saw you in the crowd in the front row
You couldn´t get it right at the disco
You´re dancing so much better in slo-mo

When I met you
When I met you
I didn´t know what to do
When I saw you
Yea when I saw you
I said

O-o-o-ooh
I´m living in a box
But I´m out when opportunity nox
I´m living in a box
But I´m out when opportunity nox
I´m dying in a box
But I´m out when opportunity rox on



LITTLE MISS SORROW
Words & music by Per Gessle

She had those magic eyes you could see from miles around
She wore her summer dresses bright, quite like the sky
She always came in colours, all smiles and daffodils
She let her hair down in the breeze

But every little thing has changed today
Little Miss Sorrow
Every little thing turned pale then faded
Little Miss Sorrow
The sunlight doesn´t show
All the colours go out through the window

She used to go out dancing, cool silver fingernails
I used to watch her from the bar, following her car
She always came in colours, she always kept control
She painted yesterday in gold

But every little thing turned grey today
Little Miss Sorrow
Every little thing turned pale then faded
Little Miss Sorrow
The sunlight doesn´t show
All the colours go, even the rainbow

Allow me to introduce myself
I´m just a local boy
She was my Little Miss Joy
I want to call her name
My life won´t be the same
Dear God

Every little thing has changed today
Little Miss Sorrow
Every little thing turned pale and faded
Little Miss Sorrow
Yes, every little thing turned grey today
Little Miss Sorrow
The weak replaced the strong
The bird forgot the song
What´s going on?
What´s going on?
Tell me, what´s going on?



STUPID
Words & music by Per Gessle

Everything you do you do so right
The clothes you buy are awfully nice
You wear your image bullet~proof
Your stocks are always through the roof

You make me feel so stupid
Make me feel stupid

And you grew up made in the sun
They all loved you from Day One
You always remembered everyone’s name
You always won the guessin’ games, oh yeah

You make me feel so stupid
Make me feel stupid
And I’m not gonna take it anymore
Not gonna take it anymore

You always picked the perfect wine
Your money’s shunuf greener than mine
Your wit pours out when you open your mouth
My hometown is smaller than your house

You make me feel so stupid
Make me feel stupid
And I’m not gonna take it anymore
Not gonna take it anymore
Not gonna take it anymore
Not gonna take it anymore
You make me feel stupid, so stupid
You make me feel so stupid
Make me feel stupid, oh oh



MAKIN´ LOVE TO YOU
Words & music by Per Gessle

If there was a night to say
Something to cherish on a rainy day
If I close my eyes and go blind
I’m in the middle of the rush, rush

Makin’ love to you
Is all I ever wanted to do

And I leave the world behind
I laugh at all the things I’ve done for you
If there was a dream to say
I’m in the middle of the rush, rush

Makin’ love to you
Is all I ever wanted to do

Makin’ love
Makin’ love to you
Makin’ love
Makin’ love to you

Your love is so sweet to recall
The greatest of them all
I’m easy on my knees for you

Makin’ love to you
I couldn’t love you anymore than I do
God knows it’s all I wanted to do
Makin’ love to you
Is all I wanna do
Is all I wanted to do
Is all I ever wanted to do



BETTER OFF ON HER OWN
Words & music by Per Gesle

My girl came home to me
Just the other day, actin’ OK
I was readin’ alone
In my favourite room, the TV was on
May I be excused
For not tellin’ the truth?

Cause she’s gone
She said she’s better off on her own
She turned her head
Much better off on her own

My girl knocked on the door
To the place I usually refer to as home
I dived, shoelace untied
She looked in my eyes, small and surprised
And Got closed every gate
The moon fell into the lake

Boy she’s gone
A-drift she’s better off on her own
She closed then she left
Much better off on her own

Sittin’ naked by the window sill
Watchin’ cars upon the hill
Am I sleepin’ , I was dreamin’
For just a moment time stood still

Better off on her own
Better off on her own

Now she’s gone
She said she’s better off on her own
She turned her head
Much better off on her own
She’s gone, she sighed
She’s better off on her own
The tears I’ve cried
Much better off on her own

My girl came home to me just the other day...



BLA BLA BLA BLA BLA (YOU BROKE MY HEART)
Words & music by Per Gessle

You promised me it will last forever
You said there’s no way it could die
Everything you’ve ever told me
Was a bunch of lies
Hey Mum I’m back from the outside
You know that’s not where I belong, no
Every truth, everything I’ve believed in
Has turned out wrong

It’s all bla bla bla bla bla
You broke my heart so many times
A lot of bla bla bla bla bla
You broke my heart

It’s so clear when you scratch on the surface
Goin‘ deeper deeper down
All I wanted was to make you happy
But baby what’s that sound?
Well baby what’s that sound, hey?

It’s all bla bla bla bla bla
You broke my heart so many times
A lot of bla bla bla bla bla
You broke my heart
You broke my heart
You broke my heart

All you’ve ever cared for
Was to make you stronger
No one I have known
Has looked so weak
Oh yeah

It’s all bla bla bla bla bla
You broke my heart so many times
A lot of bla bla bla bla bla
A lot of bla bla bla bla bla
You broke my heart so many times
A lot of bla bla bla bla bla
You broke my heart
You broke my heart
You broke my heart
You broke my heart
You broke my heart so many times

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