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About Norway

"Norway" is a song by American dream pop band Beach House, from their third studio album, Teen Dream. The song was released on January 18, 2010, with "Baby" as its B-side. The song was released as a free download on the band's site on November 17, 2009, before its commercial release.


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We were sleeping till
You came along
With your tiny heart
You let us in the wooden house
To share in all the wealth

Don't you know it's true? Oh
Norway-ay-ay, ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay
Norway-ay-ay, ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay

Seven figures leap the hungry mouths
The beast, he comes to you
He's a hunter for a lonely heart
In the season of the sun

Don't you know it's true?
Norway-ay-ay, ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay
Norway-ay-ay, ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay

Where you thinking that you gotta run to now
With the beating of a tiny heart?
Hang on to the things that you're supposed to say
Millions of stars, they open to your fate

Norway ay-ay, ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay

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Beach House

Beach House is a dream pop duo from Baltimore, Maryland, formed in 2004. The band consists of French-born Victoria Legrand and Baltimore native, Alex Scally. The group's self-titled debut, Beach House (2006), was critically acclaimed. This was followed by its second release, Devotion, in 2008. The band released its third studio album, Teen Dream in January 2010, to critical acclaim and commercial success.[citation needed] Their fourth album, Bloom, was released in 2012 and garnered positive feedback. more »

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Written by: Alex Kristian Scally, Victoria Garance Alixe Legrand

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16 facts about this song

Album Classification
"Norway" is a song from the album "Teen Dream" by Beach House.
Release Information
The song was released on January 26, 2010, as part of the album.
Genre Classification
"Norway" can be classified as a song from the Indie pop or dream pop genre.
Band Composition
Beach House, the creators of the song, is a duo that consists of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally.
Critical Reception
Many critics praised "Norway" for its dreamy, ambient sound and emotional lyrics.
Song Popularity
"Norway" is one of Beach House's most popular and frequently streamed songs.
Live Performances
The band has performed Norway live at many of their concerts, often using it as a show opener.
Unique Sound
The song is notable for its unique sound, which incorporates ethereal keyboard, echoey guitar, and Victoria Legrand's husky, emotive vocals.
Music Video
The music video for "Norway" was directed by Matt Amato and features abstract, visually stunning shots that match the song's dreamy aesthetic.
Production Information
"Norway" was produced by Chris Coady, who also produced albums for other popular indie artists such as Grizzly Bear and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Album Success
"Teen Dream", the album that houses "Norway", was Beach House's breakthrough album and received several positive reviews from critics.
Song Meaning
Though the lyrics can be abstract, many fans suggest "Norway" deals with themes of longing, transition, and the desire for escape.
Song Composition
The song widely uses atmospheric synth and closely harmonised vocals, which is a signature element in most of Beach House's music.
Chart Performance
While "Norway" didn't top mainstream charts, it has been consistently popular in indie and alternative music circles.
Key Signatures
The song "Norway" is in the key of E major.
Fan Interpretations
Listeners often cite the song as having a powerful emotional effect, praising its dreamy, nostalgic sound and emotionally resonant lyrics.

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