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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

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