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on the smartphone (yet another quick one)

something could have happened
while I wasn't looking
so I'd better look right now

check my social media
messages on whatsapp
something sure came up somehow

sorry if I have no time
to look you in the eye
I have no time to listen
ask questions, or reply
please stop getting on my nerves
while I communicate
my online friends might need me
for things that cannot wait

a friend just posted new gifs
they are really funny
got to send her a 'thumbs up'

I must have a watchful eye
so I'm reacting swiftly
while a post is still on top

sorry if I have no time
to look you in the eye
I have no time to listen
ask questions, or reply
please stop getting on my nerves
while I communicate
my online friends might need me
for things that cannot wait

don't give me that bullshit
talking 'bout reality
I'm not the one who lost it
that you should doubt my sanity

sorry if I have no time
to look you in the eye
I have no time to listen
ask questions, or reply
please stop getting on my nerves
while I communicate
my online friends might need me
for things that cannot wait

Soldier

When you get older your thoughts get a tendency to turn towards the past. Once your thoughts are reaching back to your own birth that might mean your last day on earth has finally arrived, I guess. Anyway, I was a conscientious objector in my youth (had to look that one up - someone who refuses to enter the army). Somehow this might have inspired today's spontaneous lyrics...


I fought for freedom
I fought for fame
for my home country
and for its claims

the more I fought the more
I helped advance insanity
each single day I fought
I fought against humanity

I fought the rebels
I fought the jews
fought foreign armies
fought Cree and Sioux

the more I fought the more
I helped advance insanity
each single day I fought
I fought against humanity

a soldier by profession
what else could I do
war is my obsession
tomorrow I'll fight you

the more I fight the more
I help advance insanity
each single day I fight
I fight against humanity

Announcement: a comprehensive lyrics collection is coming

... early next year.

It's been a while since I published the last full collection, "the Lot" in 2013, and two supplements, "still there'll be more" early 2015 and "more than meets the ear" early 2017. Since then I have added 57 new song lyrics to my ever growing collection (the last one published right here right now), and rewritten another 19. Therefore, I think, it does make a lot of sense to republish the whole lot together with the added content.

My lyrics are free for all to use - non-commercially. Please note that public performances are considered 'commercial' (think of the beer that is sold, not of the empty hat). But that need not worry you. Should you not be affiliated with a PRO (performing rights organization) I will register the songs for you (you won't receive any royalties, though, as long as you are not a member). The licences are being paid by the concert promoter. Musicians never pay for the songs/lyrics they use. All that you would have to do is hand in your setlist (which is mandatory anyway in most European countries, albeit optional in the US).

immortal

A quick one - for elderly singers like myself ;-)

you're too young to be true
I am dead meat to you
I belong in a pine box
I am long overdue

how come we crossed paths
and fell in love at last

you're young
you're immortal
invincible
- for a while

you're so cute and so strong
I don't think I belong
I could be your father
how will we get along

how come we crossed paths
and fell in love at last

you're young
you're immortal
invincible
- for a while

you've made a mess of my life
I'm all over the place
you make the sun shine at night
I may not hold your pace
I wouldn't mind to pass now
in your deadly embrace

you're young
you're immortal
invincible
- for a while

An acoustic Blues for FolkBernd

I'm adding to my live repertoire. This time it's a simple acoustic blues. Lyrics:

Don't be late

you are not quite sure
you feel inscure
things may need more thought
so I will have to wait
Baby, take your time
but don't be late

you need to unwind
and make up your mind
cut the Gordian knot
and stop to hesitate
Baby, take your time
but don't be late

girl, make up your mind
and don't be too late
Baby, read the signs
and don't be late

Baby, I'm a man
I've done what I can
I want to be your lover
and not just your mate
girl, make up your mind
and don't be late