»Without lyrics, my music would mean nothing« – Stu Larsen sound so.


Stu Larsen kommt aus Australien und bereist seit Jahren die Welt. Ein festes Zuhause hat er nicht; er zieht mit seiner Musik umher – sie zieht ihn fort, wie er in seinem Song The Mile beschreibt. Er kehrt aber auch wieder mit ihr zurück. Ich habe ihm Ende 2013 das erste Mal in München gelauscht. Seither war ich bei mehreren seiner Konzerte auf verschiedenen Bühnen in der Stadt. Einmal ist er dabei mit seinem guten Freund Mike Rosenberg alias Passenger aufgetreten, der auch sein aktuelles Album Vagabond (2014) produziert hat. Zuletzt habe ich im Frühjahr sein Konzert in Kopenhagen besucht und mich dort mit ihm über das Interview unterhalten. Seine Antworten hat er mir dann von unterwegs geschickt; ich weiß nicht genau, von wo. Ich weiß aber, dass ich seine Musik immer wieder gerne höre und auch, dass Thirteen Sad Farewells nach wie vor mein liebstes Lied von ihm ist.

schreibstation: Why do you make music?

Stu Larsen: Because it feels right. I love seeing the world and singing about it.

schreibstation: Do you write the lyrics yourself?

Stu Larsen: Yes. If I am the person singing the songs, I want to believe every word and sing from my heart.

schreibstation: How do you come up with the lyrics?

Stu Larsen: I usually just think about what I want to say and start to play guitar and write a song.

schreibstation: Are you often talking about your lyrics?

Stu Larsen: Not really, I think once I write the song I like it to speak for itself. Sometimes I’ll tell a story to give the song context, but mostly I like to let the lyrics do the work.

schreibstation: What makes great lyrics for you?

Stu Larsen: When a story is told in a way that you maybe haven’t heard before.

schreibstation: Does literature influences your writing?

Stu Larsen: I don’t read many books. My songs are inspired by real life experiences I have had along the way.

schreibstation: What is the importance of the lyrics in your music?

Stu Larsen: Without lyrics, my music would mean nothing. With meaningless lyrics, I would not want to do what I do. Lyrics are of paramount importance.

schreibstation: What is the story behind The Mile?

Stu Larsen: It’s about growing up on a farm where the mailbox was one mile away at the end of the driveway. I always wanted to leave and explore but I never really went further than the end of the driveway. The song is about dreaming of bigger things but at first, not really knowing how to get there. I eventually found a way.

schreibstation: Is there a favourite line in the song, you like to sing?

Stu Larsen: »I’ve only got one pair of shoes comforting these weary feet, because a man who owns too much is like a song without a beat, left feeling incomplete.«

The Mile – reinhören und rauslesen:

i had never seen the snow

never sailed upon the seas

i was busy making plans

to build a fortress in the trees

i’d ride my bicycle

down the lane and back again

talking to the birds and my

imaginary friends

and i’d want to run away

go as far as i could see

but i’d always turn around

to find familiarity

right where it should be

i’ll be gone, running on the mile

oh my love, is there hope for yesterday?

cos i’m following my heart

and it’s taking me away

i am moving on, i do not know where i will go

but i’m beckoned by the sky

in the river down below

i’ve only got one pair of shoes

comforting these weary feet

cos a man who owns too much is like a song without a beat

left feeling incomplete

i’ll be gone, running on the mile

oh my Lord, running on the mile

Thirteen Sad Farewells – reinhören und mit mir genießen:


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