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released November 19, 2018

Joonas Holmén + The Lossy Codecs
“Sterner Stuff”

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Joonas Holmén - Vocals, guitars, bass & synthesisers

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Codex:

Matti Muhos - Drums
Oiva Ristimäki - Percussion
Johannes Tuovinen - Bass on “Acid”
Tom Holmén - Piano on “Solitary”

String quartet on “Outta Dis World”

Elsi Goesch - Violin
Josefiina Paasonen - Violin
Emmi Hakala - Viola
Aino Hannonen - Cello

Written, recorded, mixed and produced by Joonas Holmén. Mastered by Jaakko Viitalähde at Virtalähde Mastering. Art and design by Ella Kiviniemi. Made in Finland.

Joonas says thanks to: Jonathan Guillaume, Miikka Huttunen, Jussi Karhujoki, Santeri Keinänen, Joakim Keuru, Taneli Korpinen, Niina Lehtonen, Riku Mattila, Walter Metsärinne, Pekka Nisu, Aleksi Rantanen, Antti Samuelsson, Petri Vähäsarja & Joakim Vilja. Also my family and friends.

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Joonas Holmén is a singer-songwriter creating muddy, yet calculated, alternative rock songs. He performs with his band Codex.

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Track Name: My Fellow Men
for a while
I thought that I needed
a simple life
just like in most dreams

for a while
the sun was shining so clearly
in the sky
where vanity lies

but then those thoughts went away
and I started thinking that I’d stay
alone for a while
but now I’m old and dry

for a while
I thought that I was needed
for a while
I thought I meant something

but to my fellow men
I’m no proper reason
to get out of bed
and head for the unknown

in the eyes of my God
I have a purpose,
but for feeble me
it’s really hard to see

and I have no such courage,
as to be abandoned by my fellow men

and if I had a wife
I’d promise that I’d stay
by her side
even if I’m old and dry

and when she’d eventually start to die
I promise I’d retire
to spend some quality time
with my slowly decaying wife

but that’s just a chance
of one in a million
and I’d rather die
than try to live that life
Track Name: Come of Age
come of age you’ll want to die
and who am I to deny that impulse?
a faithless soul won’t realise
we are destined just to

die in this hell
and live as well
nothing ever changes for the good,
no matter how it should,
no matter how you think it could

the best of us ain’t here for long
and that’s how I know we ain’t a part of that group
the living go on to die
most of the dead wait for

a salvation gone
correct me if I’m wrong

but nothing ever changes for the good
so I pray it would
but I can’t feel my faith
like I should
death is afoot
stomping on my

lungs and brain
my dark and deranged
silent side I hate
that won’t save you
I wouldn’t save you
even if I could

cos when you were by that fire
hearing stories about desires
so bad that you could puke
it is all true

in this world
that gets worse and worse
nothing ever changes for the good
and the love that should
exist will one day surely cease to
Track Name: Acid
your head
cut and split
your dreams
purposely built

you can not forsake me
now that I’m all alone

your mind
lost in acid

now you can hardly breathe
here where you have no need

all feeling lost or plastic

you’ll never get out here alive and well
all’s well that ends well but this won’t

so now you know the truth
your future hangs around those things
that you can’t even do

and if you walk right through that vicious circle
you’ll be tied
the commoners declare that you are simply
out of your mind

you’ll never get out here alive and well
all’s well that ends well but this won’t
just keep on breathing with this beat severe
all’s well that ends well but this won’t ever
Track Name: Solitary
for one moment
in this young boy’s life
he felt like
he would be alright
just hanging with his mind
and no-one else by his side

for a fleeting second
this deceiving lie
was the truth for him
so he went along
just singing his own songs

and when it’s like that..
well, you don’t know what you lack

it’s so easy to be alone
when you only care about your own songs
and at night before you sleep
there’s nothing in your mind
you can be that way forever
you and I, we don’t know what we’ve lost
for we think about other lives
and no-ones ready for what they find

a severe concussion,
a ruthless strike
came along his life
and made him realise
that the world in his mind
has no company

and when it’s like that

it’s not so easy to be alone
when you don’t only care about your own songs
and at night before you sleep
there’s all this stuff in your mind
you can’t be that way forever
you and I, we don’t know what we’ve got inside
our deepest thoughts and desires
and no-one’s ready for what they find

there’s no darker place
devoid of light
how could have he realised

that the truth within
would be the end of him
but when he did
he refused to be
solitary
he refused his lies

cos it’s not so easy to be alone
when you don’t only care about your own songs
and at night before you sleep
there’s sterner stuff in your mind
you can’t be that way forever
you and I, we don’t know what we’ve got inside
our deepest thoughts and desires
and no-one’s ready for what they find

so we refuse to be
solitary
we refuse our lies
or at least we try
Track Name: The Measure of a Man
I’m forever in my place
but you are not in yours
I don’t care of my place
but you’re content with yours
it’s like heaven decided
that my fate is pain
while you remain in control
of your game
and you’re good at it too

cos when it comes down to it
I don’t think I belong
in this world of yours
where the good succeed
and the bad people don’t

cos the measure of a man
might be hard to understand
when we don’t even set where we are born

yet I’m not forever hopeless
like one might think
I put my faith in some other place
in some other King

it’s like heaven decided
that I won’t be alone
even amidst all this chaos
of the world you call your own

cos when it comes down to it
I don’t think I belong
in this world of yours
where the good succeed
and the bad people don’t

cos the measure of a man
might be hard to understand
when we don’t even set where we are born
and we have not seen the corners of it all
we can’t explain the power of a song
and even though we’ve tried
we can’t make up our minds
about the reasons behind it all
Track Name: Launching Down on Tracks
baby, how can you say
you’ll mess it up either way?
don’t dare your maker
Launching down on tracks
you’ll waste more than I can say

let me out
puny, soulless doubt
withering breeze
from the enemy
scream and shout
puny, soulless doubt
I ache to see
and I ache to feel

but in this land
it’s enough to understand
what it takes to be a man

baby, what’s there more to say?
you’ll take the risk anyway
bring yourself up
launching down on tracks
end all longing
end all hurt

while in this land
we can never understand
how we begun and how we’ll end

let me out
puny, soulless doubt
withering breeze
from the enemy
scream and shout
puny, soulless doubt
I ache to see
and I ache to feel

give or take
a few years, we’ll have a taste
and then it will be too late

so boast with all you’ve got
I don’t think I’ll mind you
it’s nothing new

so go ahead and gloat
it will come to haunt you
it’s nothing new
Track Name: Sin
we made this world a mess
You let us digress
You gave us hearts so pure
but let us ruin it all

at least by some kind of chance
perhaps by fate enhanced
You turned me around
and of Your wounds I am proud
they are a shroud

over sin, our disgrace and biggest fault
impenetrable, strong like a fort
only a true God can build
sometimes I can see no difference
in deities just as intense
as this world is
and You
but You allow me to see

You gave us your word
made us messengers on this earth
so we could be saved
and our sin erased

people claim it’s hard to reach you
people claim it’s hard to see through
our bodies and anxieties
that Your son is our saviour

He is our saviour

over sin, our disgrace and biggest fault
impossible to clean or to annul
at least by human means
sometimes I can see no difference
in a book about You or about someone else
but You allow me to see
You give me belief
Track Name: All this Suffering
your heartache dances with every word
the struggle’s endless, hope is no beacon
for your grind
ever again

love ain’t suicide
sue is lovecide
place your trust in sinners for some waste of time

there was a beginning,
there will be an end
to all this suffering

the earth keeps spinning its every turn
your lungs keep breathing even if you just waste your breath
again and again

love ain’t suicide
sue is lovecide
open your heart and return to find a fire

there was a beginning,
there will be an end
to all this suffering

and when you go
one will stay
by your side
there
where you are lost
you are found
again and again

there was a beginning,
there will be an end
to all this suffering
Track Name: The Loneliest Guys
the day that I get to heaven
I hope that I
get to know why

all good things had to die,
at least for a while
and why while in this life
you sometimes left me cry

and why while married men
only live for their wives
the loneliest guys
sit around and wait
for their only God
to recognise their pain of being alive

ain’t it real enough for you?

how many times will you cry
seemingly in vain
is how many times I will soothe your pain
how many times will you shout
through the dark of night
is how many times I will show you light

the day that I get to heaven
I hope that I
get to know why

all good things had to die,
at least for a while
and why while in this life
you sometimes left me cry

and why while married men
only live for their wives
the loneliest guys
sit around and wait
for their only God
to recognise their pain of being alive

ain’t it real enough for you?

how many times will you cry
seemingly in vain
is how many times I will soothe your pain
how many times will you shout
through the dark of night
is how many times I will show you light

how many times is someone’s chance
to help me on my way taken away
by my own selfish act
is how many times you will lead me back

the day that I get to heaven
I’m sure that I
get to know why

all good things had to die,
at least for a while
and why while in this life
you sometimes left me cry

and why while married men
only live for their wives
the loneliest guys
sit around and wait
for their only God
to recognise their pain of being alive,
the darkness that’s inside them
they need the saviour
that originally gave them their painful life
Track Name: Outta Dis World
gotta get me some
outta dis world
you’ll know when I’m gone when I’m not
out there

now that you know where I’ve gone

outta dis world
there’s no place like home when your mind is
out there

now that you know where I’ve gone

I’m gonna step on it
and be on my way out this town
I’m gonna go for it
and fly all the way to the sun

and outta dis world
I’m already lost, why not go
out there?

now that you know where I’ve gone

I’m gonna step on it
and be on my way out this town
I’m gonna go for it
and fly all the way to the sun

yeah, I admit
I’m guilty as charged
yeah, I am
yeah, I admit
I’m in some deep shit, ain’t I?

now that you know where I’ve gone
will you listen to my songs?

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