Yesterday I was kept busy by work, and then I went to The Black Keys at Terminal 5 right after (post on that coming later..). So I didn’t have anytime to blog for once. Sorry about that. I missed out posting the new song from the lovable Swedish man known as Jens Lekman. He decided to share a new song with the world titled “The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love”. It’s really great. Jens knows how to craft a beautiful melody or two, and this song is no different. Jens sounds sad, but in a reflective, time to move on sort of way. His voice sounds as strong as ever. No official word if the song will be on his new album, but I’m assuming/hoping so.

It’s good to have you back Jens.

Download the song for free, below:

[mp3]: Jens Lekman – The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love

The song also came with a note that Jens himself penned. It tells the story behind the song,

“It was the day before the American election 2008 and I was filled with a hopelessness that only a McCain supporter could have shared with me at the time. I was in Washington DC to perform for Swedish TV, sitting in the couch with a professional smile on my face, joking with the hosts and discussing the lobster with the TV chef. I saw the clips online sometime ago, it’s amazing what an actor I can be if I really make an effort.

I lived in America back then, up in New York. At the time I felt like everything I touched was turning to shit and I had decided to put everything on one card. Subconsciously I knew I needed to hit the bottom so I could work my way up again. I needed confirmation, I needed someone to tell me it wasn’t going to work out, not this way. Yes, there was a girl involved in this. I was very much in love with her.

Some things you just go through. You don’t write about it, you don’t turn it into art because it can’t be turned into art. I didn’t write any songs that year because you can’t pour manure into an espresso machine and expect a cappuccino to come out. When they announced the results and the streets filled up with people celebrating I felt happy to be part of something bigger than myself. It was a feeling that lasted me until the very last days of December 2008 when I finally sat down in my old teenage room at my parents house and I wrote this song. Then the year ended.

It’s a song of hope. When love turns it’s back on you it’s nice to know there’s a world out there that doesn’t give a shit about your problems. That forces you to keep your head held high and move on. A world that is fragile and beautiful. Maybe it can sound cold to some of you, but let me make it clear that I believe in love, I just get so wrapped up in it sometimes that I need to put it into proportion. It’s something you have to do a lot when you’re Jens Lekman.”

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