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Merry Christmas & a happy New Year!

I hope you are enjoying your holidays and will have a good start into 2018!

What will the New Year bring for Rock Bernd, Folk Bernd, and me?

Rock Bernd has prepared three backing tracks that just lack vocals. Well, two also don't have lyrics yet, the third one will become "what's next to me".

Folk Bernd has three new songs in his repertoire: "ladies from the past" (originally a Rock Bernd song), "doomsday morn" (as well Folk Bernd as Rock Bernd), and "close your eyes" (whose lyrics I have rewritten). Maybe also "spring", my very first song from early 2001 that I've also rewritten.

One song with my lyrics will probably be published early 2018, it is called "there is one thing".

It looks like a good start, doesn't it? What are your plans and resolutions for next year? May our dreams come true! See you next year!

last orders - done

After quite a few rewrites, shifting and swapping lines I am happy with the result - for the moment...

the punk shouts out obscenities
the fool acts as lord mayor
the soldiers killed all enemies
the priest forgets his prayer

the storyteller tells a myth
the wise man's lost his mind
the friends we shared our whole life with
are leaving us behind

the bell is rung: "last orders, please"
we start feeling ill at ease
all at once the people freeze
the saying goes "last orders, please"

dudes run 'round the chicken yard
rattling at the fence
business men stare at their cards
trying to make sense

the bell is rung: "last orders, please"
we start feeling ill at ease
all at once the people freeze
the saying goes "last orders, please"

we had our song, we had our dance
we had our pomp and circumstance
but looking back it all looks black
when was it that we lost our track?

the bell is rung: "last orders, please"
we start feeling ill at ease
all at once the people freeze
the saying goes "last orders, please"

last orders

I only had a few lines or phrases in mind, like

the punk shouts out obscenities
the priest forgets his prayer

and felt that this should become yet another end-of-days song (like "doomsday morn", but with some abstruse lyrics). I came up with (part of) the hook instantly:

last orders, please
...

what's next to me

After playing the solo on my latest backing track I found that vocals only could damage the music. On the other hand the complete backing track, a blues progression, would be too samey. Therefore, I had it discussed on a songwriting forum. Someone suggested to use words sparingly so as to leave room for the guitar fills, so that is what I did:

I see her frown
I hear her talk
but I stay lost
in my own thoughts

although I feel
I should respond

I do nothing
but look beyond

what's next to me
I cannot see

what's next to me

[solo]

it's been a while
that things felt right
that we made love
or talked all night

I've grown apart
from her and me

I feel like blind
so I can't see

what's next to me
I cannot see

what's next to me

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Here is the backing track

off the track

I worked on this text on and off over about 9 months. First I only had the title. Many if not most of my lyrics start off with just a phrase or a line of text, more often than not the title/hook. Months(!) later I added what I intended to become the chorus. When, at last, I added two verses I found that I had used the same meter as in the chorus. Finally, I decided to also use the same rhyme structure and simply scrap the idea of a proper chorus. I had to swap and edit two or three lines to achieve this. To get a hook I simply added the lines "you're off the track" and "off the track". Depending on the resulting song theses lines might have to be repeated. Here is the result:



you say that you've had it with this stuffy town
the dreary day-to-day life drags you down
you say that you've had it with our way of life
that you wouldn't dream of playin' the faithful wife

you got to live your own life is what you say
you've made up your mind to go your own way
but how do you think that you'll find your way back
when you keep on walking off the track

you're off the track
off the track

why should you work your ass off for chicken feed
no one but yourself to see to your needs
you hang out with other drunks in sleazy bars
maybe have a shag - that way you won't get far

you got to live your own life is what you say
you've made up your mind to go your own way
but how do you think that you'll find your way back
when you keep on walking off the track

you're off the track
off the track

oh, when will you come back
I pray that you'll come back
I pray that you'll come back