1994 – Shapes That Go Together

official song VI WINTER PARALIMPICS GAMES Lillehammer, Norway

CD, BSIDE “COLD AS STONE”

video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV8soEbJE0g

The music video to “Shapes That Go Together” is directed by Barry Maguire. It was a simple Black and White Studio film with Sepia tones, it is also one of the few times you see a backing band with drummer and bass player. The video was not commercially available.

CD1 “Shapes That Go Together” (4:13) “Cold As Stone (Remix)” (4:32) “Shapes That Go Together (Instr. Version)” (4:23)

CD2 “Shapes That Go Together” (4:13) “Slender Frame (Live)” (4:05) “Touchy! (Live)” (6:46) “Rolling Thunder (Live)” (6:13)

The “Cold As Stone” remix on CD 1 was originally created as a potential follow-up to the “Lie Down In Darkness” single in the US. Unfortunately that single did not chart, so this was the only known release of the remix until the 2010 compilation “25″ was released. The live tracks on CD 2 are taken from the video “Live In South America”.

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When a new A-ha album did not appear, and solo albums began to be released, it was fearedthat this was to be A-ha’s last song. Ironically entitled “Shapes That Go Together”, there was a significant amount of discord within the band at the time of the song’s release. This single was the official song of the Paralympics ’94 which was held at Lillehammer, Norway. The single was written by Magne Furuholmen and Pål Waaktaar, who from now onwards refers to himself as Paul Waaktaar-Savoy, produced by Christopher Neil and arranged by A-ha and Kjetil Bjerkestrand. This song was released in February 1994. It reached #27 on the charts in the UK, and was in the charts for three weeks total. Also reached #57 in Germany, #28 in Poland and #15 in Japan. The single was not released on an album until 10 years later, when it was placed onto The Singles: 1984-2004 hits album and a year later appearing on the UK version The Definitive Singles Collection 1984-2004 which is practically the same album with just a few track differences. The song, as well as its B-side “Cold As Stone”, is also placed in the new compilation 25. The German-made disc is silver and green depicting the Paralympics emblem, while the A-ha-logo and track listings are printed in white letters. It has sold 275,000 copies worldwide. The second 5″ CD-single is a limited edition numbered CD. It comes in an album style case with a card insert. The front is in various shades of pinks and purples instead of greens and blues, but has the same cover design. It contains three 4½” × 4½” photographic prints, one of each band member (taken from the video “Dark Is The Night”). The spine is black with white titles. The CD is silver `matte effect’ with black titles and A-ha-logo. The back cover of the CD is black with white text and has the same group picture as on the back of the 7″.

“Shapes That Go Together”
When you were wrapped in tangles
I was free
And when you were undecided
I believed
It’s alright, tonight
On a deep blue mountain high
The shapes that go together
You and I
When you were filled with longing
I belonged
When you were weak from trying
I was strong
But it’s alright, tonight
On a deep blue mountain high
The shapes that go together
You and I
The shapes that go together
You and I
Childhood winters
Come to me
Whisper softly
So tenderly
I know, I walked 25 miles to hold you
Just to find you’d moved away
When you were wrapped in tangles
I was free
And when you were almost blinded
I could see
But it’s alright, tonight
On a deep blue mountain high
The shapes that go together
You and I
The shapes that go together
You and I
You and I
The shapes that go together

Country Position
UK 27
Germany 57
Poland 28
Japan 15
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