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Never Is a Long Time

EMI Demo, 26–30 May 1987

Available on:

  • Look Sharp!
    • 30th Anniversary Edition 5″ CD in Gatefold Card Sleeve
    • The Demos 5″ CD

Demo, September 1987 3:44

Per: This demo was recorded in September 1987 at EMI Studios in Stockholm with Clarence in charge. All in preparation for the Look Sharp!-album. We never recorded “Never Is a Long Time” properly until we hit that closed São Paulo-nightclub making the Tourism-bonanza way later. I think the Tourism-version holds one of Marie’s finest vocal performance ever. I’m sure you all agree.

– Roxette Facebook, Friday, 20 September 2013

Demo - Reggae Version, January 1992

Per: January 1992 = the reggae day! Terrible version btw…

– Roxette Facebook, Friday, 20 September 2013

Original Version 3:44

You build it up and tear it down
There’s no reason to follow you
You left the song without a sound
You left the story I made for you
Softly angels bow and cry
In the stillness of the night

Never is a long time – goodbye
No answers for the asking
It’s a long time – goodbye
No mercy for the aching
It’s a long time
Oh I see no light on the forsaken
Never is a long time – goodbye
Let’s spend the night when this dream
Has come to an end

Sometimes you laugh sometimes you cry
And yes I’ve cried over you
You’ve left me blind in paradise
You’ve left me hungering for the touch of you
Snow white angels run and hide
In the blackness of the night

Never is a long time – goodbye
No answers for the asking
It’s a long time – goodbye
No mercy for the aching
It’s a long time
Oh I see no light on the forsaken
Never is a long time – goodbye
Let’s spend the night when this dream
Has come to an end

  • Words and Music by Per Gessle
  • Published by Jimmy Fun Music

Available on:

  • Tourism Songs from Studios, Stages, Hotelrooms & Other Strange Places
    • 5″ CD in Jewel Case
    • Rox Archives Vol. 4 5″ CD in Gatefold Card Sleeve
  • The Rox Box
    • CD 2 5″ CD