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mind the gap

I wrote the lyrics to match my latest backing track, 2019-03. When I tried to sing them I found I couldn't squeeze in all the lines, but needed an additional syllable in others. After rewriting and adapting it the resulting text it looks like this:


come on, don't wait too long
come on, get a move on

try to get out of the mess
see if you can stand the test

grit your teeth and get to it
it is stand or fall

hurry up
get off now
don't stay put
don't hang around
run away
watch your step
take the tube
mind the gap
watch your step
mind the gap

you have got no second chance
do not make a song and dance

you have got to go for broke
or you'd just go up in smoke

grit your teeth and get to it
it is stand or fall

hurry up
get off now
don't stay put
don't hang around
run away
watch your step
take the tube
mind the gap
watch your step
mind the gap

you have got no second chance
do not make a song and dance

you have got to go for broke
or you'd just go up in smoke

maybe take the tube
but do mind the gap



And here is the link to my first song after the album "rock-hard & soul":
mind the gap


one friend

I'm a loner
I get along
I'm a fighter
can be headstrong

maybe I need support
once in a while
maybe I need a friend
once in a while
but I am sure
when this happens
one friend will do
if this friend is you

I don't need love
can do without
I'm a strong guy
there is no doubt

maybe I need support
once in a while
maybe I need a friend
once in a while
but I am sure
when this happens
one friend will do
if this friend is you

If there's no money in it do it for the praise

Y'all know that there is no money in creating music. Maybe if you perform live regularly you get your gear paid, but that'a about it. "Collecting" the fractions of US cents from Spotify, iTunes, or Youtube (0.03 cent from Spotify per stream, 0.01 from Youtube - but only if it comes with ads) would take longer than an ordinary man's life span to make any sense. So, why do we keep up creating songs, posting them on the internet, and expectantly observing the access rates... Coud it be for praise - if not money?

I love being praised - but then, who doesn't ;-) The other day a long years songwriting partner from the US wrote to me:
"I've always liked your unconventional style of writing. I think that when the words are interesting and well-written like yours, it makes the song and melody more interesting."
Reactions and comments like that keep me going! Simple as that.

Cheers!

three verses

The lyrics don't look finished at all, but somehow feel complete to me. I have no idea yet what to make of them:

silently the forest lake lies in the morning mist
an early bird sings his song about a life of bliss
I close my eyes to see you smile
while aware it's been a while

the sun comes up awakening my lazy, dreamy mind
but my thoughts keep drifting back to what I left behind
I close my eyes to feel your touch
it's not real but means so much
to me

time passes it doesn't linger, neither does it rush
there's a time for everything, not too little, not too much
there was a time for you and me
that my heart still feels and sees


[one day later]
I think I'll just repeat the last verse, maybe after an extended solo.

[two days later]
I'll add a line at the end:

you're not real but mean so much
to me

5 years Rock Bernd, 5 albums, 70 original songs





If you count the songs you will get the sum of 88. But then, on both "rockin' up" and "rock-hard & soul" are remixes of formerly published songs. Also, on "rock-hard & soul" one particular song occurs twice, once in the 'rock' version, once just accompanied on an acoustic guitar. Hence, there are 'only' 70 original songs.



And here is the link to Rock Bernd on Youtube
(while you're listening maybe keep in mind that Youtube pays the artists even less than Spotify - but it's easier accessible. Should you like a particular song please buy a download from Amazon or CD-Baby)