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work in progress: call me John

I came up with the first four lines on the way to the gym. Fortunately (?), I remembered them, so I could key them in after my workout, and also add some more lines:

my name is Brad, but you can call me John
today I may be Eric, but not for very long
I love to feel your love, I hate to feel your hate
soll I will be forgotton, I guess it's just my fate

they take me seriously, adressing me as sir
maybe that it's my coat that I made of fake fur
what looks like high esteem, may really be contempt
I'm trying to live my dream if in a vain attempt

call me John, and I'll be John for you
XXX* and that is what I'll do
call me weak and I will cry for you
call me strong and watch me coming through


*no idea yet

I need three or four more songs for my upcoming Rock Bernd album. These words just come in handy. They are inspired by an interview that Keith Moon of the Who once gave ("My friends call me Keith, but you can call me John").

leaving

These are the words for the first part of the trilogy I mentioned in the last entry. The working title is "intro" - the part that sets the stage. I've named it "leaving":

with tears in my eyes
but a smile on my face
I am leaving behind
this familiar old place
I am leaving behind
the first girl that I loved,
my old friends, and my old beliefs

I try to
open my mind
to what is lying ahead
to what I may find
on the path that I tread
to what I may find
in a future unknown
what it is that's in store for me

there's no marching band
neither fanfare nor cheers
as I'm leaving the land
of my fathers and peers
as I'm leaving the land
I have hated and loved
to find the one place where I belong

there is no marching band
neither fanfare nor cheers
as I'm leaving the land
of my fathers and peers
as I'm leaving the land
I have hated and loved
to find the one place where I belong

I am leaving the land
I have hated and loved
to find the one place where I belong

feeling like a stranger

This is the second song in a trilogy that I wrote lyrics for. Actually, Christian was not happy with the verses that to him seemed to reach to far back in time. Small wonder, since I'm about twice his age ;-) Lines like "hedges made room for fences and wire" do indeed go back about 50 or 60 years. He kept the chorus but wrote new verses himself.


when we were kids there were myst'ries and miracles
we were free and kept roaming around
the land was wide, and the forests were mystical
we were heroes and princes uncrowned

but over time meadows made room for building land
the hedges made room for fences and wire
the trees were chopped down to meet the town's new demands
the time of innocent freedom expired

feeling like a stranger
in the town where I was born
blank looks on the faces
of the friends I thought I'd known
I saw only one way out

buildings grew higher and spread 'cross the countryside
open space became concrete and tar
motorways zigzag through the land far and wide
where we once played the land now looks scarred

the air we breathe smells of poison and gasoline
the words we speak sound of lies and betrayal
we keep busy ignoring the state that we're in
what else could I do but turn and set sail

feeling like a stranger
in the town where I was born
blank looks on the faces
of the friends I thought I'd known
I see only one way out

when I tried to breathe I felt like choking to death
should I join in or should I protest
when I tried to speak up my friends acted like deaf
they seemed to think I was possessed

feeling like a stranger
in the town where I was born
blank looks on the faces
of the friends I thought I'd known
I see only one way out

feeling like a stranger
in the town where I was born
blank looks on the faces
of the friends I thought I'd known
I see only one way out

separate ways

I'd never thought
that we'd break up
we'd come to naught
it had to stop
the precondition
to make up

we lead different lives
we go separate ways
knowing it's okay
knowing it's okay

I took my life
in my own hand
I own my time
own my plans
go my way
but stay your friend

we lead different lives
we go separate ways
knowing it's okay
knowing it's okay

you have your life
miles away
in your own right
you own your days
go your way
but stay my friend

we lead different lives
we go separate ways
knowing it's okay
knowing it's okay

superstar - current state

To Erjan's taste there are too many repetitions of the word "superstar" in the chorus. I tried to come up with a proper full rhyme - well, I referred to all the rhymig dictionaries at hand, online and offline. I gave up. It had to be a strong rhyme because it's the chorus. In the verses I omitted a possible rhyme deliberately, providing an internal rhyme instead for more variety, because it's the verses. But that approach would do no good in the chorus. Rather live with more repetitions. We are talking pop music here after all. Remember? Rhythm - Rhyme - Repetitions!

This is what I have at the moment. Not (yet) approved by Erjan:

VERSES
when I hear you on the radio
when they're announcing your next mega show
I remember how as kid you played star
at school, tryin' to look cool

when your face smiles down from the facades
when your new hit's climbing up the charts
I think about the time when you just sang
for me spontaneously

LIFT
that were the times when you just dreamt about
becoming who you're now
how far you have come, the masses going 'wow'
so close, but out of reach
so far from me

CHORUS
now you are a superstar
tour the states and play Qatar
you are in the spotlight
your shows sell out, you're the superstar

now you are a superstar
fans flock in from near and far
you are in the spotlight
you rock the crowds, you're the superstar

will you remember
remember your old friends
now as a superstar

VERSE
the lights come down in the concert hall
the audience gears up to have a ball
I try to envision our times of innocence
our dreams when we were teens

VERSE
your home now is where you perform
your music takes the audience by storm
far away the people in your hometown
devour all news about you

LIFT
there were the times when you just dreamt about
becoming who you're now
how far you have come, the masses going 'wow'
so close, but out of reach
so far from me

CHORUS
now you are a superstar
tour the states and play Qatar
you are in the spotlight
your shows sell out, you're the superstar

now you are a superstar
fans flock in from near and far
you are in the spotlight
you rock the crowds, you're the superstar

will you remember
remember your old friends
now as a superstar