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10 days countdown: rock-hard & soul

September 1st. is the official release date for my 5th digital 'album', "rock-hard & soul". Two songs will be available before that date: the rock version of "cold as the mountains" (only on Spotify; but I also already published an acoustic version in my series "Folk Bernd live at home" on Youtube), and "rock the boat" (on several other portals).

don't cross the line

I sang it this morning. While doing so I decided that less is more. Longer rests in the vocal line did seem to do the song good, so I deleted nine lines of text and added three words - "but I believe..." - in the repeated part (sort of a refrain, but since it is Blues...). The result reads like this:


I don't know what will come to pass
I don't know if our love can last
thoughts of vengeance, bitter feelings
frenzied raging, your head reeling
sure, that I am the one to blame
I was shameless, you are blameless
but I believe we can be fine
if you don't
cross the line

it was not such a big affair
we just enjoyed some hours we shared
maybe I was in a muddle
needed solace, a little cuddle
what do you want? what can I say?
I'm repenting, you're resenting
but I believe we can be fine
if you don't
cross the line

I understand that you are stirred
I understand that you feel hurt
what we're feeling, what we're having
lies worlds apart from my brief fling
let's talk a bit, let's have a drink
let's get tipsy, let's get cozy
'cause I believe we can be fine
if you don't
cross the line

tracklist for my new album bar one song

I am working on the last song that I intend to add to my next album. The backing track is done, the lyrics are done, and I will check out how well they fit in a minute. Its title will be "don't cross the line". The other songs are recorded, mixed and mastered (as good or bad as I am able to do it myself):


tracklist

escort

... is the title of my latest 'baby'. I wrote the words to match a backing track that I had recorded and mixed over the last two weeks.

There are many 'rules' to lyrics writing. One particular rule says that you must not switch the persons like from second person to third. Which is what I am doing in the bridge. When I started singing that part I wondered if I should replace the word 'you' with 'they' on the fly. I decided against it because I like the text as is, never mind the rules. The song structure doesn't comply with any rules anyway. Its structure is similar to "come real". In both songs the bridge comes rather soon, and in both songs there is no real chorus but just parts that are repeated.

Here are the lyrics:

she came to me
she came fast
she was not the first
nor the last
she wanted more
I complied
she was the boss
I got time

whatever they wish
that I will give
what they were denied
that I provide
what they dream up
I make come true
what they dream up
comes true

what they pay for
they will get
the time we spend
they won't regret
word of mouth
says I'm the best
my wealth is proof
I've stood the test

I'm your
escort
I charm
I court
willing
servant
toy boy
serpent

whatever they wish
that I will give
what they were denied
that I provide
what they dream up
I make come true
what they dream up
comes true

what they pay for
they will get
the time we spend
they won't regret
word of mouth
says I'm the best
my wealth is proof
I've stood the test

what they pay for
they will get
the time we spend
they won't regret
word of mouth
says I'm the best
my wealth is proof
I've stood the test