Music Mondays ~ 7 Years

Friends are the family you choose to keep in your life. And you’ve got the friends that are there since childhood to back you up. But a good friend can walk into your life from nowhere, too. ~ Lukas Graham ~

SU and I have taken to listening to Spotify playlists on our Kindles.  Those little readers/notebooks have great speakers on them, and they work well for us.  Our favorite playlist is “chill”.  There are several “chill” lists, and they have a few songs that are similar.  One of my favorites is today’s Music Mondays song.

Lukas Graham is the Danish quartet behind “7 Years,” one of 2016’s ­biggest global hits.   The band is composed of singer-songwriter Lukas Forchhammer, 27, drummer Mark Falgren (28), bassist Magnus Larsson (26) and keyboardist Kasper Daugaard (33).

Forchhammer does not look like the typical front man for a band, but he not only sounds good he writes most of the music the band performs. He started singing at age 3 and began ­classical ­training at eight, performing in the Copenhagen Boys’ Choir.  By the time he was in his teens, he had started writing pop songs, and by 2010 had taken on the name Lukas Graham (Graham was his father’s middle name) and recruited his band mates, all childhood friends.

The song “7 Years” is autobiographical in context, tracing life’s challenges and tales.  The video was filmed in Copenhagen and Los Angeles. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do…in the campo.

7 Years

Once I was seven years old my mama told me,
Go make yourself some friends or you’ll be lonely
Once I was seven years old

It was a big, big world but we thought we were bigger
Pushing each other to the limits, we were learning quicker
By eleven smoking herb and drinking burning liquor
Never rich so we were out to make that steady figure

Once I was eleven years old my daddy told me,
Go get yourself a wife or you’ll be lonely
Once I was eleven years old

I always had that dream like my daddy before me
So I started writing songs, I started writing stories
Something about that glory just always seemed to bore me
‘Cause only those I really love will ever really know me

Once I was twenty years old my story got told
Before the morning sun when life was lonely
Once I was twenty years old

I only see my goals I don’t believe in failure
‘Cause I know the smallest voices they can make it major
I got my boys with me, at least those in favor
And if we don’t meet before I leave I hope I’ll see you later

Once I was twenty years old my story got told
I was writing ’bout everything I saw before me
Once I was twenty years old

Soon we’ll be thirty years old, our songs have been sold
We ‘ve traveled around the world and we’re still roaming
Soon we’ll be thirty years old

I’m still learning about life, my woman brought children for me
So I can sing them all my songs and I can tell them stories
Most of my boys are with me, some are still out seeking glory
And some I had to leave behind, my brother I’m still sorry

Soon I’ll be sixty years old, my daddy got sixty-one
Remember life and then your life becomes a better one
I made a man so happy when I wrote a letter once
I hope my children come and visit once or twice a month

Soon I’ll be sixty years old, will I think the world is cold
Or will I have a lot of children who can warm me
Soon I’ll be sixty years old

Once I was seven years old, my mama told me,
Go make yourself some friends or you’ll be lonely
Once I was seven years old

Once I was seven years old

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6 Responses to Music Mondays ~ 7 Years

  1. Catherine Virgenock says:

    I saw an article about him; this song (7 Years) was about his father who died suddenly at age 61; he said if his father had not died the band may not have had this success. He said ithe song was a gift from his father. Such a sweet sentiment.

    • indacampo says:

      I read that his father was Irish. There was no mention of his father passing. Thank you, that makes the song even more poignant. 🙂

  2. Love this song. Reflects my feeling that life is short … live it NOW! Anita

  3. I just discovered Spotify and love it!

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