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Teitur: Home is a song I've always remembered

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For musician Teitur, singing is about giving away a piece of yourself to others. "If your intentions are to impress people or to get the big applause at the end," he says, "then you are taking, not giving." Listen as he plays on stage at TED2015, offering two songs about love, distance and home.

- Singer-songwriter
Whether they’re sung in in English or his native Faroese, Teitur laces his deceptively innocent songs with often stinging hooks. Full bio

(Guitar music)
00:18
I was just thinking
00:27
that I have been missing you way too long
00:32
There's something inside this weary head
00:37
that wants us to love just instead
00:42
But I was just thinking,
00:47
merely thinking
00:52
I've got loads of pictures,
01:00
I've got the one of you
in that dancing dress
01:05
But man I feel silly in that dim light
01:11
Just after doing you
by the sight of my Kodak delights,
01:16
I am sinking,
01:21
merely sinking
01:26
I think about long distance rates
instead of kissing you babe
01:33
I'm a singer without a song
01:39
If I wait for you longer
01:44
my affection is stronger
01:47
and I ... I was just thinking,
01:50
merely thinking
01:59
that this boat is sinking
02:04
I'm tired of postcards,
02:19
especially the ones
with cute dogs and cupids
02:25
I'm tired of calling you and missing you
02:30
and dreaming I slept with you
02:34
Don't get me wrong
I still desperately love you
02:37
inside this weary head
02:42
I just want us to love just instead
02:45
But I was just thinking and thinking,
02:50
merely thinking
02:56
I think about long distance rates
instead of kissing you babe
03:04
and time is running me still
03:10
If I wait for you longer
03:15
my affection is stronger
03:17
I ... I was just thinking
03:21
I ... I was just thinking
03:30
that I'm tired of calling you once a week
03:39
thinking of long distance rates
instead of kissing you
03:43
So baby I'm sinking,
03:50
merely sinking
03:55
(Guitar music ends)
03:59
(Applause)
04:02
Thank you.
04:09
Singing is sharing.
04:12
When you sing, you have to know
what you're talking about intimately,
04:16
and you have to be willing
to share this insight
04:20
and give away a piece of yourself.
04:23
I look for this intention
to share in everything,
04:26
and I ask: what are the intentions
behind this architecture or this product
04:30
or this restaurant or this meal?
04:36
And if your intentions
are to impress people
04:38
or to get the big applause at the end,
04:42
then you are taking, not giving.
04:44
And this is a song that's about --
04:48
it's the kind of song that everyone
has their version of.
04:50
This song is called "Home,"
04:53
and it's sort of a "This is where
I'm from, nice to meet you all,"
04:55
kind of song.
04:59
(Laughter)
05:00
(Applause)
05:02
(Piano music)
05:09
Home is the sound of birds
early in the morning
05:55
Home is a song I've always remembered
06:01
Home is the memory
of my first day in school
06:06
Home is the books that I carry around
06:11
Home is an alley in a faraway town
06:16
Home is the places I’ve been
and where I’d like to go
06:20
Home
06:30
I'm always gonna feel at home
06:32
No matter where I may roam
06:37
I'm always gonna find my way back home
06:41
No matter how far I’m gone
06:46
I’m always gonna feel this longing
06:50
No matter where I might stay
06:57
Home is a feather twirling in the air
07:07
Home is flowers in a windowsill
07:12
Home is all the things she said to me
07:17
Home is a photo I never threw away
07:22
Home is the smile on my face when I die
07:27
Home is the taste of an apple pie
07:32
I met a woman, she always lived
in the same place
07:44
And she said home is where
you’re born and raised
07:51
And I met a man, he sat
looking out to the sea
08:00
And he said home is where you want to be
08:07
I met a girl in some downtown bar
08:16
And she said I'll have
whatever he's having
08:23
And I asked her how come
we never met before?
08:32
And she said all my life I’ve been trying
08:38
to get a place of my own
08:45
I’m always gonna feel at home
08:49
No matter where I may roam
08:53
Always gonna find my way back home
08:58
No matter how far I’m gone
09:02
I'm always gonna feel this longing
09:06
No matter where I might stay
09:13
(Piano music)
09:22
(Piano music ends)
10:28
(Applause)
10:37

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About the speaker:

Teitur - Singer-songwriter
Whether they’re sung in in English or his native Faroese, Teitur laces his deceptively innocent songs with often stinging hooks.

Why you should listen

Teitur crafts songs with unexpected lyrical twists portraying everything from awkward love affairs to lost weekends. Although he’s written hits for singers like Seal and Corinne Bailey Rae, the best interpreter for Teitur’s songs is himself: his half-dozen solo albums have won him accolades from the Danish Royal family, the Guardian and fans around the world.

His album Story Music (recorded in a former ice factory) features contributions from legendary Beach Boys arranger Van Dyke Parks and 78 musicians gathered from his native Faroe Islands.

More profile about the speaker
Teitur | Speaker | TED.com