Take on Me (partially lost instrumental demo version of A-ha song; 1983)

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The 1984 single cover of Take On Me.

Status: Partially Found

A-ha is a famous Norwegian Synth-pop trio that is best remembered as the creators of their 1985 hit song Take On Me. Some of their other hits include The Sun Always Shines On T.V., Cry Wolf, and The Living Daylights The band was formed in 1982 and is still around. The band has 10 albums and is one of the most successful Norwegian bands.

Their most famous song, Take On Me was originally known to have four different versions before the song we all know today, all of the earlier versions have been released on either a single or box set excluding one (which remains partially found). However, there is a Norwegian documentary from 2005 which has a clip in it with this lost instrumental.

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The final demo was recorded in 1983 at the Rendezvous studio Sydenham Australia it’s the first version of the complete song earlier versions of this song includes Lesson One and The Juicyfruit Song.

  • Lesson One song has a different refrain and it was recorded in Naersnes Norway between September-November 1982 which could also hint it was recorded on October the song also featured different lyrics and chorus.
  • The Juicyfruit song also has a different chorus from the previous one.
  • Lesson One and Juicyfruit are both sold on the internet and are illegally leaked both of these have different mixings and the vocal version is different from the one on the official release. Another instrumental version with backing vocals by Morten Harket harmonies is also illegally leaked and sold on the internet.
  • The song version on The Swings of Things Dvd is 5 seconds longer and you can hear one band member talking.
  • A remastered version was released on HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE (2010) and SUPER DELUXE (2015) editions.

The Original Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Do you take it ?
We're talking away
(Though) I don't know what
I'm to say I'll say it anyway
Today's another day to find you
Shying away
I'll be coming for your love, OK?
Take on me (Take on me)
Take me on (Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two
So needless to say
I'm odds and ends
But that's me
Stumbling away
Slowly learning that life is OK.
Say after me
It's no better to be safe than sorry
Take on me (Take on me)
Take me on (Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two
Oh the things that you say
Is it life
Just to play my worries away
You're all the things I forgot to remember
You're shying away
I'll be coming for you anyway
Take on me (Take on me)
Take me on (Take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two[1]

The only possibilities of this being found is either if the NRK station has the full demo in its archives, or if Viggo Bondi, the man responsible for their 2004 album, "The Demo Tapes" has a copy.

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The original 1983 demo with vocals.
The full documentary mentioned, containing the small portion of the demo.
0:10 The only recording of the demo that is available to the public.

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