VNV Nation, European electronic act led by Ronan Harris, began releasing commercial albums in 1995 and has since been a favorite among EDM lovers. From melancholy serenades such as “Illusion” to power tracks like the instrumental “Lost Horizon,” VNV Nation captures both hope and sadness through music that emotes even without words. This article takes a look at some of VNV Nation’s best lyrics.
5. “Space & Time”
Released on 2011’s Automatic, “Space & Time” finds Harris in a nostalgic state, looking back on life and memories hanging on to ever piece of the past. Despite having those memories, life continues to move on regardless and human nature naturally wants to have those moments last forever.
“One and all let us celebrate the rise and fall
Celebrate the life and times of splendor
Desire and love constant and ever-changing
The flow of times, closed in lines
Can’t tell if I’m just
Lost in thoughts on open seas
Let the currents carry me
If I could would I remain
Another life or another dream
No turning back, face the fact
I am lost in space and time
Turning here, looking back in time”
Also taken from Automatic, “Streamline” is hopeful in that a better future can be achieved through better ideologies, technology and better strategies that advances a more peaceful humanity.
“Discard the old regimes, failed ideologies
Draw the lines and start again
Build towers that pierce the sky
The figurehead of individual minds
Horizons unlimited and unified
Free thought and open minds
As if beams of photons lit the night”
“Illusion,” track 8 on 2007’s Judgement, kicks you in the gut and can be intrepreted many ways. It creates emotions of sadness, happiness, hopeful hopelessness, and tears of pain and joy. “Illusion” remains a fan favorite over 10 years later.
“Being like you are, well, this is something else
Who would comprehend? But some that do lay claim
Divine purpose blesses them, that’s not what I believe
And it doesn’t matter anyway
A part of your soul ties you to the next world
Or maybe to the last but I’m still not sure
But what I do know is to us the world is different
As we are to the world, I guess you would know that”
“Defiant” comes from Of Faith, Power and Glory and is just that. The track is uplifting and a declaration to be the best person you can be. At times, people think life is already predetermined through fate but Harris is saying, “No, don’t surrender.”
“I think back upon the past
And I knew you to be
Righting the wrongs in the name
Of all you believed
The one who brought the fight
Who never said die
Never letting fate decide
Be all you hope for
You were the best you could be
All that in tribute
All that you had achieved
No time for words
From those with nothing to say
Never letting fate decide”
Ronan Harris has always had a way with writing about both internal conflict and external struggle while questioning our own humanities. “Sentinel” seems to wrap all three in one powerful message.
“To the songs that sing of glory and the brave
Are we dreaming there are better days to come?
When will the banners and the victory parades
Celebrate the day a better world was won?
On the day
The storm has just begun
I will still hope
There are better days to come”