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Music / Lene Marlin

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Lene Marlin (b. 1980) is a Norwegian musician who rose to fame with her first album Sitting Down Here in 1999. She is known for writing very personal lyrics without being autographical about it. She has published four albums.


  1. Playing My Game
  2. Another Day
  3. Lost in a Moment
  4. Twist the Truth


  • Dissonant Serenity: Her voice and singing style are so calm, it's easy to miss the dark topics of her songs.
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  • Grief Song: "A Place Nearby" is about someone close to you dying, with the parting words:
    Heaven is a place nearby
    So there's no need to say good-bye
    I'm gonna ask you not to cry
    I'll always be by your side
  • Lyrical Dissonance:
    • "Sitting Down Here" is a cheery song about waiting for her chance to take revenge.
    • "Playing My Game" sounds serene despite it's cynical lyrics.
  • "Maybe I'll Go" is a calm song about how much critics suck.
  • Near-Death Clairvoyance: "Flown Away" is about flying high "on borrowed wings".
  • Parental Neglect: "Unforgivable Sinner" calls out an unspecified person for their daughter being a drug addict. Made more explicit in the video.
  • Translated Cover Version: "Still Here" is this of Faye Wong's song "Hong Dou".