Lyrics

Wildfires (2014)

Broken

He drinks
like something
is broken inside of him.
Nobody knows why.

Falling

He felt the shades,
he heard the echoes
of her movements around him.

If I’d only known some way.

If I’d only had other thoughts.

Like a whisper from far away
he thought he heard her voice.

If I’d only known some way.
If I’d only had other thoughts.
If I’d only known a better word
than falling.

Falling without you

What I did to you -
most memories now shine bleak
with black shades

Falling without you

of Silver and Gold

From white to black.
If I could take it all back.
My mind is too slow
and I can’t let her go.

I should have written more songs
of silver and gold.

She came undone.
She came undone.
I saw it in her eyes
she came undone.

I should have written more songs
of silver and gold.
Now it all remains -
remains untold.

Find Me.

Reverend

As I watched the fire catch.
I watched it catch.
Standing ’round the burning wood
I see how it lights he sky.

Though my heart is quite calm,
I feel it coming.

Did you find a way out?

Did it spread like flocks of birds
on the falling sky?
You wear the mask of the dead poets

Did you find a way out?

Here With Me Tonight

We walked through the trees
- the oak, the pine and the beech -
while the colors and light
shaped the shadow of your face.

Well, isn’t it strange?
How words and music can change - you,
burn marks on your skin 
of sorrow and happiness.

You are here with me tonight.

Glasses and broken chairs
the squeaking sound from the wooden stairs
the light bulb without the shade
bleaching my walls.

We’ve been through this before.
We’ve been through this before.
We’ve been through this before.

You are here with me tonight.

Hopkins and Hemingway
I wonder what they’d say
are some meant to stray?

Well, the spell is gone
broken by the break of dawn.
I’ll lay down to rest,
but I’ll keep this song.

You were here with me tonight

It Hasn’t Healed

I’m more than a call away from you now
and most of the time
I want to call you up.

And as the clouds may gather
on your distant autumn sky,
I’ve gathered my guilt
in this lonesome cry.

It hasn’t healed 
and for all I know
it never will.

As the rain comes down heavily
on this dry September day,
I’ll take whatever you have
to ease it and not to stray.

Should there be somebody else
how could I tell
if I’d be able not to
throw it all away?

It hasn’t healed 
and for all I know
it never will.

Seven Ravens

If you see them coming.
If you see them from afar.
They’ll be flying low,
they’ll be flying high.

You’d better run, 
you’d better hide,
before they spread their wings
and they’ll fly high.

Black feathers from the sky.

As the shadows grow longer
have you lost your way?
Can you count the feathers?
Make a pair of wings!

If you hear them screaming,
can you tell the words?
If you hear them screaming,
can you hear your name?

Black feathers from the sky

You’ll see them fall,
see them rise from below.

I Saw Her Face

When you awoke
I saw your face
When you fell apart.

From high above
Above everything
I see the lake
And the forest below me.

Through the trees
I see you coming
Through the streets
In the city 
We lived in.

Through the streets
I see you
And I hear your voice
Before we fall asleep.

Some strange kind of silence.
Some kind of emptiness.

When you awoke
I saw your face
When you fell apart.

From high above 
I see the lake
And forest below me
Through the streets
I see you
Before we fall asleep.

Wildfires

Wildfires were burning
as we drove through the smoke.
My mind was turning inside out.

I heard you laughing
in the strangest way.
When wildfires are burning
they can lead you astray.

All I’ve been through.
All I’ve seen.
The things I long for.
The places I’ve been.

Wildfires were burning
and as I awoke,
my eyes were hurting 
from the air thick with smoke.

I saw you dancing
in the strangest way.
When wildfires are burning
they can lead you astray.

From all I’ve been through
All I’ve seen.
To the places I long for
The places I’ve been.

Pulling Away

A black hat of felt
and the pre-First World War khaki suit
and the trenchcoat itching me
with the rough woolen surface of its fabric.

Or maybe it could have been
in the 20’ies in Paris
where I saw her staring through 
the crowded, smoky room.

You seem to be pulling away from me
with the light of your eyes.

Wow, does it come in other shapes
than the blue and gray shady corners
of the back street alley?
My bloody heart is a mess.

All this seriousness holds
my burdened mind down
to a minimum of expression
mmm.

You seem to be pulling away from me
with the light of your eyes.

Did I see you
in the backstage just after I…
or was it someone else?
How foolish it all may seem to be!

You seem to be pulling away from me
with the light of your eyes.

Wintergut

I awoke in the middle of the night
where everything is so quiet.

The sounds outside are strange 
and the lights shine too bright.

I cross the bridge and walk into the city
and I see the trees
dark and green
like silhouettes of the night.

This silence,
it makes me feel so alone.
But when the leaves fall again
I’ll be with someone else.

That’s when I see her
next to me.
She’d walk in silence
with me through the streets.

This silence,
it makes me feel so alone.
But when the leaves fall again
I’ll be with someone else.

Climb to bed

Climb to bed before dawn.
The last whispers of the fallen night.
I tend to drink a bit too much.

Dark December,
white snowfall.
The heaters at max.
I tend to think too much.

Climb to bed before dawn
Last whispers
of the fallen night.

We fight, 
not about much,
a fallen word
or a broken glass.

You fall asleep
though you said
you wouldn’t.
I stay up 
fightin’ the dawn

Climb to bed before dawn
Last whispers
of the fallen night.

Carry Me Down (2013)

1. In Water and Salt

And you - where did you hide? 
Crossing through the country 
in the flickering lights
Trembling with the thought 
of touching your skin
Are you too fallen through 
with the thought of it? 

I was falling into your arms
and you into mine
I was falling into your eyes
and you into mine

In water and salt 
Was it on your breath?
Was it life or the sudden fear of death?
The way the wind blows through the trees
We were two fallen through 
with the thought if it

I was falling into your arms
and you into mine
I was falling into your eyes
and you into mine

2. Looking for a Reason

I saw you picking up apples
that fell down from the tree
We laid next to each other
in the shadow of the leaves

I hear the fall is coming 
I see it in the sky
With stories to be told
on cold November nights

And if you’re looking for reason
be sure, I’m not to tell
I’ve been falling out of season
I know that very well
I fell in love with you
and you with my soothing voice 
when I sang
if you’re looking for a reason
you won’t get it today

All my pride and honor
slowly decay
You saw it in my face
as it began to fade

I hear the fall is coming 
I see it in the sky
With stories to be told
on cold November nights

And if you’re looking for reason
be sure, I’m not to tell
I’ve been falling out of season
You know that very well
I fell in love with you 
hear my soothing voice
when I sing
if you’re looking for a reason
you won’t get it today

3. Tender Was the Night

Tender was the darkness
before the morning light 
Did it come 
like a thief in the night? 

Tender were your eyes
in the days before
Now I call upon you 
judge this fallen man 

Help me to forget
Help me to forget
Help me to forgive
Help me

Tender was the softness
of not knowing the truth 
Now everything shines 
with darkness 

Help me to forget
Help me to forget
Help me to forgive
Help me

She’s gone away 
Tender was the night
before she found out

4. Tonight, We Drink to Die

Tonight we drink 
We drink to die
We drink to the dead

Tonight we drink
to the names
of our families 

Tonight we drink to the ones
who will sit here tomorrow
instead of us

Tonight we drink 
to the women that we love

Tonight we drink to the ones
we used to love

Tonight we drink to the women 
that we could have loved
We could have loved

Tonight we drink 
We drink to die
We drink to the dead

Tonight we drink 
drink to those 
who are dying

Tonight we drink 
to the ones
who will sit here tomorrow
instead of us
and drink to us

5. Travelling Song

This place has a darkness to it
something here resonates in me
Did I aim for the right coordinates?
On a night like this everything fades

When fall comes soon
I’ll buy my self a corduroy jacket
from that shop in Marais
I’ll wear it ‘till it gets really cold
with that scarf that my grandma made
before that late late summer day
four years ago
when I sang Nat King Cole’s Papermoon to her
in her hospital bed
By then she was dead

This place has a darkness to it
something here resonates in me
Did I aim for the right coordinates?
On a night like this everything fades

6. Carry Me Down

Where the mountains
fall into the sea
Where the ever changing color
of the sky
only answers to me
only answers

Carry me down 
to the frozen ocean
Cut a hole in the ice
for me to rest my bones
Lower my body
into that dark blue water
Where the current is strong enough
to take me off shore
to the place where it took
my father and his father
before him

Where the mountains
fall into the sea
Where the ever changing color
of the sky
only answers to me

7. Oh, Ulysses

Oh, Ulysses
how did you escape
When the sirens called your name?

A fable for the good
A fable for the blind
A fable for those
who missed the signs

Muscles were torn
Bones were shattered
Tempted by love
Tearing me apart

Laughing in between
swigs of my silver flask
This is not the wine 
you promised me!
Blindfold, you fool!

Oh, Ulysses
how did you escape
when the sirens called your name?

Capricious Athena
what sacrifice
will make the seas safe?

From luring calls
and blinding beauty
they’ll run us a ground
into the reefs
where the ships go down

Oh, Ulysses
how did you escape
when the sirens called your name?

8. Where the Silence Begins

We were caught in a whisper
in some distant place
It still resonates

Though everything dissolves
it still stays the same 
just in different ways 

This is the place 
where the silence begins.

I left pins on a map
painted numbers 
on random buildings 

I marked the rives by swimming across 
I left my footprints 
on the banks 

I left out words in my songs

This is the place 
where the silence begins

Dead Man Waltz (2012)

Celluloid

The Celluloid is drying on my fingers,
passing Louvre on my right side,
they closed down Montmartre,
I passed by last night.

With a piece of sugar on my spoon
and a lit match in my hand,
taste the substance 
of the nineteenth century bohème.
I prepare for a film noir night.

Places fade with time,
they fade with time.

Passing him on the pavement
the reflection of Henry Carter-Bresson
his silverstained paper places fade.
Flame, flame.

The celluloid has dried on my hands,
seeing the Ferris wheel turn in the distance,
this chemical substance
burns easy in your mind
I prepare for film noir night.

Places fade with time
they fade with time.

This City

This city is full of Cinderellas,
Bob Dylans and Neil Youngs
writing songs already written.
But it's alright, it's alright.
I mean if they're true
and I guess I'm one of them.

Everybody knows
this is somewhere.

I've been walking the streets.
I've been walking them at dawn,
I've been walking them at night.
And I've talked to the beggers,
and to the thiefs and to the pirates and I
feel at home next to them.

Everybody knows
this is somewhere.

If you should happen 
to travel down south
please remember me to the girl I once knew
she's got blond hair.
Please ask her
if she remembers me too.

Everybody knows
this is somewhere.

Black Queen

Looking down from the top of the city
roof, tiles and bricks.
People yelling,
cars hissing
as if the city moans.

And I know it's gonna be alright

Seeing how the night lowers
its darkness and below,
I let thoughts be thoughts
and watch the city glow

And I know it's gonna’ be alright

The black queen of Orpheus
has kissed your cheek
she has stolen your breath
I just have to let..
…slide.

And yes, there were moments
that I would have wished
were different
but all in all
I just want to thank you
for your kindness
and your love

And I know it's gonna’ be alright

The black queen of Orpheus
has kissed your cheek
she has stolen your breath
I just have to let..
…slide.

In the Dead of the Night

Flickering light in the quiet night
like a silent era movie
it movies in black and white
Street noices 
they're screen written text
features of life

You're a Cinderella in disguise
I've seen that devilish look in your eyes

And by now you should know
you're so beautiful
you're blinding my sight

In the dead of the night
I'm dancing for you

For all I could see
you could be the the one tenth
of the iceberg
the rest nine tenth
under the water line
and oh you will sink my ship
you'll see me fall
to the bottom of the sea

And by now you should know
you're so beautiful
you're blinding my sight

In the dead of the night
I'm dancing for you

Dead Man Waltz

In 1895 in a small town
He wears his best uniform
and goes to the fair
at the fair 
where the horse stand close together
she walks around to find his smile
the Ferris wheel turns.

Just make sure to get lost
before the bears start dancing.
Make sure to get lost
before…

In the night
the mellow lights
in love, steel, cheat, fight,
'cause soon, they('ll) know,
the generals come
the soldier is off.

The trumpet sounds
the band plays
the waltz for the dead.
The sweet smell 
of watery grounds
blows through the air.
The broken silence
and in the distance
the sound of cavalry coming.

Just make sure to get lost
before the bears start dancing.
Make sure to get lost
before…

The clapping doors
the wind, the wind
the old man in his rocking chair
"be sure to smile,
when your love
comes around".
Sing with me,
dance with me
share this last waltz
before you’re gone,
she says.

Make sure to get lost
before the bears start dancing.
Make sure to get lost
before...

Oh, Ulysses

Oh, Ulysses
how did you escape,
when the sirenes called your name?

A fable for the good,
a fable for the blind,
a fable for those 
who missed the signs.

Muscles were torn
Bones were shattered
feeling the love
tearing me apart

Laughing in between
snorts of my silver flask
this is not the wine 
you promised me.
Blindfold, you fool!

Oh, Ulysses,
how did you escape,
when the sirenes called your name?

Eaten oxen and the sun
won't keep me long.
Won't keep me here

Capricious Athena,
what sacrifice
will make the seas safe?
Secure my passage home?

Oh, Ulysses
how did you escape,
when the sirens called your name?

Don't Fall in Love

You should fly out of here,
just disappear
she's way to pretty.
Leave her eyes alone,
forget about her curly brown hair.

He said, I missed almost
everything about you
and gazed in the sun.
“Your parents are around somewhere”.
You should fly out of here.

Don't fall in love.
Keep the moon in its orbit.

They went in to the water
to swim for bit
and afterwards the sun dried
the salt into her skin,
and she tasted a bit of sea and a bit of salt.

There should have been a record player
and Ortiz "Ivette" from '39,
and perhaps in the quiet night
we'd fake a tango.
Perhaps not, and we'd just sit 
and watch the moon shine in the sea

Don't fall in love.
Keep the moon in its orbit.

Now through Eastgerman cities,
Leipzig, Halle and Berlin.
I left La Corse and Paris behind.
Did I leave anything else?

Perhaps in some years
we'll sit and wonder what went wrong.
Perhaps we won't 
and we'll be together
sit and watch the moon shine in the sea.

Go fall in love,
kick the moon out of its orbit,
remember her green eyes
and her curly brown hair.
You just go and fall in…
..love.

Chasing Wolves

You've been chasing wolves these last months.
Seeking traces of your long lost pack.

You've been howling at night,
You've been sleeping half awake.
I know it's time.

You've been watching over me for so long,
I guess it is time for you to run/go away.

You've been selling out your soul.

Dragons Fly

Like walking under water,
my mind is slow.
I feel the undercurrents
drag below.

A self portrait of Schiele
comes to my mind.
The white gouache waterline.

Let the dragons fly.

Like a mole dicking channels
underneath the ground,
the memory of my grandmom.

Tell me fortune teller,
a truth I can believe in.

Let the dragons fly.

Leave Today

The leaves have been falling to the ground
outside the snow has been falling down
As far as I can see
the mountains surround me

I'm not gonna leave today.

Until the sun rises,
the desert will be of snow.
Sand grains from the sky.
Frozen water for my eyes.

I'm not gonna' leave today.

The world is moving so fast
and I'm standing here
to see everything in its past.

The frozen lake and the undercurrents,
from the red wooden house to the other shore.
The landscape moves, 
I stand still.
The heaven can break in two at its will

I'm not gonna' leave today

The world is moving so fast
and I'm standing here
to see everything in its past.

This time of year

The light is getting softer
each and every day.
The sun is on retreat
it's moving further away 
for a while
it's moving further away.

The shadows are growing longer
the autumns here to stay.
The color scale of the leaves
turns the sadness away for a while

But I seem to like
the way this time of year
leaves you no places to hide.
Can be spotted in your eyes.

People walking the street
looking at their feet.
Bending their heads for the wind
not looking at whom the meet.

Still life of a leave
between the tree
and the ground
claims my attention
to make its music its sound(s)

But I seem to like
the way this time of year
leaves you no places to hide.

Music & Lyrics: Lasse Matthiessen (all rights reserved)