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"CLOSE TO MADNESS" er kanskje det sporet på "Hot Line" som best tålte tidens tann. En uvanlig NJS-original med taktskifte og konstruerte overganger i arrangementet. Eigil Bergs tekst bringer tankene hen på Elvis Presleys død tre år tidligere, men kan også tas som en besk kommentar til hva som kan foregå i rock'n'roll-maskineriet. Musikken preges av stakkato tangentinstrumenter i et pulserende NJS-komp før refrenget bringer låta ettertenksomt ned og Ivar Hovden, Svein Finjarn og Håkon Vellesvik svarer " .... the story goes on and on". "CLOSE TO MADNESS" ble en gjenganger på NJS' scenerepertoar i lang tid.

I 2013 ble "CLOSE TO MADNESS" utgitt med NJS i et sceneopptak fra Oslo Konserthus i 1981, som viser at NJS behersker denne type arrangement også fra scenen!

Close To Madness

(Eigil Berg)

I saw him on the TV show

He was a rock'n'roller

You know it seems so long ago

But the story goes on and on

 

He used to live he used to love

He knew the pain from sorrow

You'd never dream he'd have to go

But the story goes on and on

 

Was he caught by a spell, was he burning like hell

In a world that was close to madness

Was he paying the price, was he fed up with lies

In a world that was close to madness

The story goes on and on

 

We see the dream they live the scheme

They know the morning after

It seems an everlasting theme

And the story goes on and on

 

Here's to a man who made the grade

Here's to a boy that follows

Try to avoid the grim parade

And the story goes on and on

 

He was caught by a spell, he was burning like hell

In a world that was close to madness

He was paying the price, he was fed up with lies

In a world that was close to madness

The story goes on and on

The story goes on and on

The story goes on and on

The story goes on and on

NEW JORDAL SWINGERS - Close To Madness - 1981
1981 Close To Madness
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