Markus Hultcrantz & The Just Woke Ups

Markus Hultcrantz & The Just Woke Ups

 Göteborg, Västra Götaland, SWE
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

You could go a lifetime not experiencing artistic craftsmanship like this, don't miss out if opportunity befalls you!
Beards will drop, hounds may howl and kings might kneel...

Biography

The Just Woke Ups was created for a studio session when band leader/songwriter/singer Markus Hultcrantz called the musicians to set the time and date, one after the other answered groggily, woken up by the phone. True for each call - the name was pretty much self written.

Markus is influenced by americana and country artists like Johnny Cash, Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, Willy Clay Band, M Ward, Allison Krauss etc. All genuine musicians with a preference for acoustic instruments and well written harmonies as well as a deep textual focus.

There is besides american influences a strong connection to swedish folk music in Markus' songs. It's a very traditional swedish twist on the americana genre. And mixing the swedish folk music roots with the american country roots - the blend shows deep connection between countries and eras witch transpires into human roots music, rather then various countries different "folk" sounds.

Lyrics

Promises

Written By: Markus Hultcrantz

I want to write you one more song
but it's so hard to be so strong
and if I stumble on a string
promise me one little thing

'cause I want this to be the time
I'll get some time up on the line
but if I fail before I try
promise me that you won't cry

Like Lately you've cried

I want to hold you when you sleep
and whisper promises I can keep
but if my aim's a little high
promise me that you won't cry

Like lately you've cried

It runs so deep in me
and so obviously
I am trying to hide
'till all there's left of me
is armored agony
crying muffled but wild
"promise you won't cry"

Like lately you've cried

I want to write this song for you
'cause after all that's what I do
and then I'll swirl another pen
and write one all over again

Let Me Die While I'm Alive

Written By: Markus Hultcrantz

I can't make my silver
turn into gold
can't turn the time back
so I'm growing old

These wrinkled fingers
struggle with the chords
barely bring a song anymore

But all I'm asking is to get to go while i strive
let me die while I'm alive
then, when these old features wither there will be a smile fading away

I won't do tomorrow
what I can do today
my time here is present
'cause distant is to far away

I aint got time to tremble
no shaky fears
I've got to much to see
and to much to hear - yea

And all I'm asking is to get to go while I strive
Let me die while I'm alive
then, when these old features wither there will be a smile fading away

All my time is up
I can't get enough
You can't make me stop
though all my time is up

Oh Love

Written By: Markus Hultcrantz

Oh love, fill me
walk beside me
hold and comfort me
oh love

Oh love, teach me
know and guide me
show me how to be
oh love

Oh love, fill me
try to save me
Oh love, love me
take me, take me

'Cause I see
Through the burning noose of my flaming lies
I see the truth through my devilish eyes
and the more I see, the less I can feel
I believe in the devil in me

Oh love, free me
exorcise me
oh love, reach me
hold me, hide me

Through the burning noose of my flaming lies
I see the truth through my devilish eyes
and the more I see, the less I can feel
I believe in the devil in me

Oh love, change me
cut and kiss me
oh love, drain me
save me, save me

Discography

2007 Markus Hultcrantz (solo) - Gustaf Fröding
2011 (coming nov) Markus Hultcrantz & The Just Woke Ups - Songs & Stories