ALICE MERTON – No Roots




Alice Merton (born 13 September 1993 in Frankfurt), is a German-British singer who had a European hit with her debut “No Roots” in 2017.

Merton has an Irish father and a German mother but didn’t live in either country until her family moved to Munich …

… when she was 13 and had to learn the language.

She studied at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg.

She spent her early life in Canada and the United Kingdom before starting her career in Germany.

She released her first EP No Roots on February 3, 2017.

Her first single “No Roots” reached number two on the German charts, number 1 on the French charts.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Growing up around the world, singer/songwriter Alice Merton was as influenced by other cultures as much as transience itself.

Born in Frankfurt and raised in Canada and England, Merton’s absorption of different styles and sounds …

… helped craft the worldly progressive pop leanings on her debut, which came out in 2017.

As a child, she learned classical piano and singing while in Canada.

When Merton was a teenager, her family moved to Germany, where she would pick up the guitar and write her first song.

While in Germany, she also studied at the Mannheim conservatory of music.

Later, the family would relocate again, this time to England.

These frequent international shifts would play a key role in the songwriting process for her first output, 2017’s No Roots EP (Mom+Pop Records).

The four-track effort included the groove-heavy title track and “Hit the Ground Running,” which won Merton the Jugend Kulterell Prize for Acoustic Pop.

~ Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi / Spotify


Discography


EPs

Title Extended play details
No Roots

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
GER
AUT
FRA
LUX
Dig.

SLO
SWI
ISR
“No Roots” 2017 2 3 1 2 4 12 6 No Roots
“Hit the Ground Running”
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


“No Roots” is Alice Merton’s first single and the first track from her EP of the same name.

In the song, Alice addresses her feeling of having no “roots”— …

… born in Germany to a German mother and an Irish father and raised in Canada, …

… then coming back and going to school in Germany, …

… in between moving to England to live with her parents before studying in Germany again and currently living in Berlin, Alice has no place to call home.

Having moved eleven times and having lived in four different countries, she lacks identity and belonging in terms of nationality and origin.

” If you listen to the song, you basically know my story ”

The song became a hit on Spotify, reaching #1 of the Global Viral Charts on December 10, 2016.

From GENIUS

English/Canadian singer Alice Merton pretty much lives her life in boxes.

She’s moved 11 times and has lived in four different countries, taking piano and vocal lessons somewhere in between.

Channeling Florence Welch and Sia, Merton’s debut single “No Roots” sums up her nomadic existence.

“If you listen to the song, you basically know my story,” she tells us. And what a relevant tale she tells.

“I think a lot of people can relate to this situation of never really feeling at home in the world, especially with everything that’s going on nowadays,” she says.

But instead of focusing on the negative aspects of gypsy life, Merton chose to focus on the positive.

“I wanted to write an upbeat song where I could feel good about the fact that I’ve moved around so much,  …

… and not sad about all the goodbyes I’ve had to face,” she says.

She does this with lyrics like, “I’ve got no roots, but my home was never on the ground,” sung over an energetic bass and drum pairing.

From NYLON






No Roots


[Intro]
I like digging holes and, hiding things inside them
When I grow old, I hope I won’t forget to find them
Cause, I’ve got memories and travel like gypsies in the night

[Verse 1]
I build a home and wait for, someone to tear it down
Then pack it up in boxes, head for the next town running
Cause, I’ve got memories and travel like gypsies in the night

[Pre-Chorus]
And a thousand times I’ve seen this road
A thousand times

[Chorus]
I’ve got no roots
But my home, was never on the ground
I’ve got no roots
But my home, was never on the ground
I’ve got no roots
I’ve got no roots
I’ve got no roots
But my home, was never on the ground
I’ve got no roots
But my home, was never on the ground
I’ve got no roots
I’ve got no roots

[Verse 2]
I like standing still, but that’s just a wishful plan
Ask me where I come from, I’ll say a different land
But I’ve got memories and, travel like gypsies in the night

[Verse 3]
I count gates and numbers, then play the guessing game
It’s just the place that changes, the rest is still the same
But I’ve got memories and, travel like gypsies in the night

[Pre-Chorus]
And a thousand times I’ve seen this road
A thousand times

[Chorus]
I’ve got no roots
But my home, was never on the ground
I’ve got no roots
But my home, was never on the ground
I’ve got no roots
I’ve got no roots
I’ve got no roots
But my home, was never on the ground
I’ve got no roots
But my home, was never on the ground
I’ve got no roots
I’ve got no roots

[Bridge]
I like digging holes, hiding things inside them
When I grow old, I won’t forget to find them
I like digging holes, hiding things inside them
When I grow old, I won’t forget to find them

[Outro]
I’ve got no roots!
No roots!

I’ve got no roots
But my home, was never on the ground
I’ve got no roots
But my home, was never on the ground
I’ve got no roots
I’ve got no roots
I’ve got no roots
But my home, was never on the ground
I’ve got no roots
But my home, was never on the ground
I’ve got no roots
I’ve got no roots

No!




































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