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My new lyrics collection - current status

I combined the three separate collections* in a new one, added the lyrics I have written since, replaced the rewritten ones, and also edited quite a few. Next I formatted the alphabetically arranged lyrics so there is one text per page. Some needed columns, for others I used a slightly smaller font, in a few cases I needed both measures to make them fit on a page. This makes it easy to count and thus checking for completeness and possible dublicates since I changed a few titles over the years. Things look good: there should be 545 song lyrics - and I've got 545 pages :-)

to my advance - time to advance

I have begun gathering my new lyrics and rewrites since March 2017, and combining them together with my former separate lyrics collections into one comprehensive collection. Doing this I also read and check each text to correct or modify it where necessary or desirable. For example, I just changed a title from "to my advance" into "time to advance". The original text went:

I must use the time to my advance
I must not screw up this one-time chance
this could be the start of our romance
must use the time to my advance

The expression "to my advance" was meant as a 'creative' combination of "I should advance" and "to my advantage". But I'm afraid it could come across as a simple mistake - "advance" instead of "advantage". That's why I changed the song's title and chorus to "time to advance":

I must use the time to advance
and not screw up this one-time chance
make this the start of our romance
must use the time to advance

(before "to" a little rest should be provided to make the first line match the meter: "I must use the time _ to advance...").

I expect quite a few more rewrites and corrections in the course of the process. There are more than 550 lyrics to edit, many of which I hardly remember.

love to dust

I needed yet more lyrics for my track 2018-08. It only has room for two verses in a blues manner - 16(!) bar blues. Browsing my 'scrap book' I found a text that I could easily adapt. The sketches became "love to dust":

you're the coldest of all fishes, when I'm ready you are not
with your thousand special wishes, your rejection when I'm hot
I can't tell you how I'm feeling, but then, I guess, I must
you're the last nail in my coffin, you've turned our love to dust
love to dust

with your overheated temper you are cooling down my lust
to your fury as you enter I'm not able to adjust
I can't tell you how I'm feeling, but then, I guess, I must
you're the last nail in my coffin, you've turned our love to dust
love to dust

track you down

These days I began and completed yet another RockBernd backing track. And as always at the end I needed a 'vocal line' and words to sing. In the pop industry that would be called topline-writing. Fortunately, I had not left much room for verses etc. ;-) so the lyrics are rather short:

nothing is forgotten
no veil of oblivion
nothing is resolved
nothing is forgiven

I will find you out 'cause I can feel you
I will track you down 'cause I can see you
I will find you out 'cause I'm inside you
I will track you down 'cause I'm beside you
I will track you down
I will track you down
track you down

there's no way to whitewash
what you have tried hiding
the weight is going to crush you
the guilt you have been piling

I will find you out...

I will find you out...

blood rain

Some of my lyrics are rather difficult to 'sell', that is, it is hard to find someone who would be willing to set them to music. Fortunately, every once in a while somebody actually does pick lyrics that I never had given any chance. Clemens ("Beyolie") did "pool of blood", "Diogenes", and "looking down at you", for example. Now, Craig Pavone wrote a great 'rocker' using "blood rain". Actually, "blood rain" was a failure trying to write lyrics for Gothic Rock. Thanking Craig for the 14th song that is based on my words I told him the story behind the words:

I had been asked to write lyrics for Gothic Rock. I wasn't sure if I could do it as I have no palate for Death Metal, Black Metal, Dark Metal - or Gothic Rock. In "blood rain" I might have done okay in the first two stanzas, but after that I screw up. The butterflies are one of a few rational (!) explanations of what could have lain behind the superstituous Medieval perception of a blood rain that God sent to punish the sinners. Every once in a while there is a mass occurence of black-veined-whites that pupate in the trees. After the imagos, the adult butterflies, have hatched from the chrysalis they excrete a reddish fluid that drips from the trees. When there are very many butterflies hatching at the same time it rains 'blood' from the trees. Other explanations for 'blood rains' are fallouts after volcanic eruptions or sand storms that carry sand over fast distances in high altitudes which then comes down as red or - mostly - yellow rain. Sahara sand sometimes drifts up to Germany and comes down as yellow rain. Anyway, I added this piece of scientific or rational explanation to song lyrics that were supposed to be all gloomy and superstitious. I never tried to write for any of those genres again...

These are the words (slightly edited by Craig):

lust and pride
greed and gluttony
have driven us too long
jealousy and wrath
bringing pain and death
that's the road we’re on

we ignored the signs
the voices from on high
we refused to see
when the clock struck twelve
deluding ourselves
we clung to wrong beliefs

a blood rain
is falling from the trees
all white butterflies
are gathering to flee
the doomed, yeah
and dying land

unable to learn
without any concern
for our genesis
we moan and fret
while blindly we head
toward our nemesis