Red Cross

 

With this rainy night in my head I conquer your room with imploring smiles

My doubts run down your windows like trembling raindrops

That live just for a while then disappear into this parted sea

That doesn’t seem to get me free

 

With this icy beat in my heart I slip into your bed with descending eyes

My boats strand on your beaches like passing-out dolphins

That used to flicker with a smile in dances fearlessly and wild

But I cast my nets so carelessly

 

You gotta hide your love

This is the price of love

You gotta pay

 

These Norwegian ships on the shore patrolling our moves they might be on our side

But instead of waving hello maybe inciting a proof

We spray red Xs on our backs and neutralize our sex

Saying please let us be

 

And okay we gonna hide our love

This is the price of love

We gonna pay

 

So all you Greenpeaces

Scandinavian governments

Amnesty Internationals and United Nations

Send us your love

Your troops pass by my window like parading hilltops

I walk out for everyone to see a red cross painted onto me

And it always will be

 

You gotta find your love

There is no price of love

You gotta pay

 

You find your love

There is no price for love

You gotta pay

 

 

Scandinavia

 

I am the dancer and you hate ballet

I am the part time lover

You are the commitment I’m CIA

You’re FBI undercover

 

We’re in all of this together

Assuming time is forever

 

I got a bad picture of myself and you like your ways

I like to swim in cold rivers

Your only lake is the bath tube I’m refusing to pray

You’re certain we will all be delivered

 

We’re in all of this together

Assuming time will be forever

 

You are the subway and I am the walk

You are the tea ceremony

I am the warm beer and you like to talk

Nobody ever heard an open word of me

 

 

Sisters and Brothers

 

Sisters and brothers hold on to each other

You fall when you’re alone with it

 

You dance you cry you look into mirrows you don’t know

You miss the train by forty minutes at least

 

Your chance to fly just by the force of your wanting to

Well it is or let’s put it this way it isn’t

 

So sisters and brothers hold on to each other

You fall when you’re alone with it

 

Find yourself a lover get yourself out of your cover

It’s all so much lighter when you’re sharing it

 

You breathe you try to spit the toothpaste not on your feet

While you fear your sudden speechlessness in front the complete houses of parliament

 

You’ve been compared adored and pushed back into your seat

While they teach you to take over the whole part of guilt and punishment

 

Sisters and brothers hold on to each other

You fall when you’re alone with it

 

Find yourself a love get yourself out of your cover

It’s all so much lighter when you’re sharing it

 

We’re all sons and daughters and we’re trying to recover

Standing tall not denying it

 

That we’re dependant on each other born with a love for our mothers and fathers

That we’re all that we’re all just trying it

Trying to make it

 

 

Sometimes Forever

 

It’s not America it’s not even a coast at all

But our boat’s getting sight of a place we know but cannot recall

The upperdeck is filled with the beautiful smell of your forehead

 

Let the blizzards pass by just get the winters to turn to fall

Tell the silent kids hey that’s why we need protection when we’re small

And when you’re big you’re gonna look after yourself

But even when you’re big you can’t always decide your love and where it falls

 

And it falls

And you fall

You will fall in love and it will feel like forever

 

You’re unexplainably happy

So deliberately trapped in this love adorable

 

And the streams will jump out of the riverbeds

When your lips get dry from all the kisses you have given each other

Everything is affordable

 

And you fall

Fall in love

To be in love means that it feels like forever

 

You’re unexpectedly laughing

When I ask you say it’s cause of nothing

It’s uncontrollable

 

You’re incredibly happy

You say hey come on and get me

You’re free and understandable

 

The little unsinkable boat in the bathtube is kind of forced

Setting a new course again

The foam is the fog and the showerheads the cloud

Bringing storm and heavy rain

The two white giants are so unpredictable

And the crew on board is scared unspeakable

 

That they’re lost

Are we lost

To be lost means that it feels like forever

 

 

Sun Sun Sun

 

A young bee in my kitchen hearing the radio news

It’s in unclear condition just like my half-prize boots

It’s detecting my flowers with its bomber plane sound

I’m heading out for the shower before it wrecks the water pipes of this town

 

I’m older older older now I’m much colder colder colder now

 

The dark red shoe laces that I installed in my boots

I bought them at the seaside marketplace and I was there with you

 

We’re older older older now and we‘ve split up lately anyhow

 

Sun sun sun sun sun maybe she rises

Sun sun sun sun sun maybe she rises

 

The stirring dark oceans are far away from this land

But with silent devotion there’s a salt water smell

The bee sees the colors in a different way

So I open the window don’t wanna force it to stay

 

It’s bolder bolder bolder now and freedom makes it wild somehow

It’s all over over over now our lives will just go on somehow

 

Maybe we’re rising

Sun sun sun sun sun maybe she’s rising

Sun sun sun sun sun maybe she’s rising and she’s riding on

It’s warmer warmer warmer now

It’s warmer warmer warmer now

 

 

Take a Bow

 

If your fever was wrong and you heard loving songs

The warm breath of cities and towns of your daddy the clown

But you heard it all by failure

 

But if this fatherly kiss was interrupted by this

You let yourself be taken by ships cause if not him

It might as well be a sailor

 

Take a bow

Tomorrow I will be gone

Cause if you count it all together it turns out to be none

 

If your fever got less and you opened your dress

For others to hide and you tell them with pride that if that’s life

Then you got no use for it

 

And if the big time is not about to come I think about taking a smaller one

Instead and when I’m nearly dead I’ll find the truth in it

 

Take a bow

Tomorrow I might be gone

Cuase if you count it all together it turns out to be one

 

As we left the city it was one heading north and the other running back and forth

With an open mouth reminding mama of you as a baby

 

Each day the world’s getting bigger of range

More and more places where you can feel strange

Unless someday we hold ourselves maybe

 

We take a bow

Tomorrow we might be gone

Cause if you count it turns out to be two anyhow

 

 

That’s where it hurts the most

 

Your right hand is reaching out for your left hand

They’re shaking each other as if they were best friends

When the left hand says it’s gotta leave

That’s where it hurts the most

 

A woman from Sao Paulo has found a way to your heart

And you found a way to hers and a big journey was about to start

But then she found another man and she loves him too

In a very different way she says

But you feel as if she’s taken the heart away from the place where it was

Now that’s where it hurts the most

 

You say I could have believed in you

She says I could have believed in you

And with the arm that’s left you wave to the people

You shout I’m no bandit you can trust me completely

I just grew lonely and my soul turned blue

Everyone that I once knew is gone

Now that’s where it hurts the most

 

 

The Decline of Television

 

I’m jumping around

Uuh I’m getting higher and higher

Till I reach 68

It’s the pool billard channel

 

The volume is down

I’m getting overrun by the desire

To send I love you’s to all the world’s antennas

 

Cause maybe you watch TV too

 

I watch these documentaries

On the Beatles and on Second World War

 

But no documentary can ever reveal

The beauty of your smile

The magic in your eyes

Oh no

 

Trudy I got trouble to speak

I’m afraid that my words are too weak

Like a well-meant folk pop song

Failing to tell the dead from the living

 

Trudy I got trouble to share

My thoughts as if they were not there

Especially when there’s someone around

But with you it’s different I’m believing

 

If your friends are in town

Maybe you all come around

I’d cook dinner but not like on TV

Plus I don’t have a TV apartment

 

They sell this body-shaping tool

I watch them sell it for over an hour

They almost got me with their happy faces after the treatment

 

From time to time they show a good movie

That makes you feel like you have the power of love

But you and me we got no need

We just have to make the necessary arrangements

 

So if you are in town

Maybe you come around

We would kiss but not like on TV

Plus I don’t have a TV apartment

 

Trudy we got no trouble to dance

We seem to trust in the coincidence

That we’re here together

In this very unrepeatable moment

 

So if our friends are in town

Maybe they all come around

We’d be connected but not like on TV

Plus we don’t have a TV apartment

 

 

Thank God the Mermaids

 

Thank God the mermaids

Escaped our sights escaped the fishing boats

And asked if they were spreading their legs

By doctors sitting on the edge of their beds

They said they found a place where no-one’s been before

And just the good men can follow can follow can follow

Oh please let me follow

At least I’m not a doctor

 

I’m just a dreamer

But you don’t wanna be dreamed

 And the sleep of 6 billion people can’t calm down your beauty

As it is raging through the streets

Love is the master

But love is the servant too

 

I drown in your eyes

But I got washed out by a tempest angry and silent angry and still angry and still

And a loneliness has come to the captains while their only friends they watch expectantly Onto the sea they love their lives they love their lives they love their lives

In this storm they start to realize

 

 

The Smell of Dogshit in Early December

 

The smell of dogshit in early December

Is hanging in the cold air like pink and brown sunbeams

 

And it’s the snow the dirty snow I remember when it lies in the dead grass

And these islands mark the silence of your bad dreams

 

My skin my skin is so white so don’t look at me please

And the hands got a red incredible

The blue makes them look even dead

They’re selling christmas trees

 

And the birds don’t seem to mind the icy rain that is falling

It’s just that they don’t sing at least I’m not recalling

And the birds they don’t seem to mind the icy rain that is falling

It’s just they don’t sing they don’t sing they don’t sing

 

At five it’s dark that’s clear

It’s just that the whole day didn’t really start

 

I’m sweating a little under my woollen cap

Somehow stopped being a child

But without substitution

 

And the birds don’t seem to mind the icy rain that is falling

It’s just that they don’t sing at least I’m not recalling

And the birds don’t seem to mind the icy rain that is falling

It’s just they don’t sing they don’t sing no they don’t sing

The Trees

 

Here they are those who are not afraid

There they’re standing like trees in the night

With their shadows that fall down to the ground

You try to build a guiding light

 

Your leafs have nearly all abandoned

The branches of your tree

And they’re flying around

The wind at their side as their only company

 

They reach the rhythm tangled in this song

They reach the blackness of the sea

They returning back someday soon

Bring their love right back to me

 

 

Three out of four Musketeers

 

Three out of four musketeers

With one arm each embrace their souls

Their golden castles

The forth is me with my right foot right in the door

 

With my left I walk down to the beach

On a silver sandy shore

I spied a thousand ships were coming in

To make us lose another war

 

We are defeated

We are defeated right

Cause if you beat it

Their fleet is rebuilded twice as strong

 

This is just how it used to be

And it used to be more like a tragedy

 

Musketeers are seen so easy

Can only hide in carnivals

Their eyes disguised as spaceships

Speeding to Cape Canaveral

 

So I happily surrender

To the beauty of your smile

And you’re pulling off my uniform

We both stand naked for a while

 

We’re not defeated

We’re not defeated no

 

Nothing’s like it ever used to be

It’s more just like I dreamed it to be

Nothing’s like it ever used to be

Cause it used to be more like a tragedy

 

 

Tired Lovers

 

Oh democracy might die it stares on us from empfty cages

That’s what freedom must be like when step by step it leaves the stages

Like love when gone it always was outrageous

 

This smile you had it as a child but with life it slowly rearranges

You’ve always had your ways to improvise on how in love your body engages

Your love had a way to be contagious

But now the demagogues won

 

Everybody’s in for the fun of being reactionary it’s not just momentary

Dying means death and death might mean that you can’t go on

 

We’re all on this world for a reason and we all think that it’s scary

This reason is not necessarily carelessly giving itself to us all

 

A French kiss on the kitchen floor used to change everything and peace would come

As if it was just humanity we worshipped

Some kind of solidarity

Out of our sleepiness a clarity

That some might call love

 

And you said

Tired lovers tired lovers like us

Tired lovers tired lovers like us

 

Heartaches we got them all the time sometimes they’re exploding into laughter

And everybody’s after the life they believe they’re deserving to have

 

So everybody’s into the vogue to think the world’s too complicated

Completely overestimated

Refugee related

So let’s just hate it and wait for the next war to come

 

Tired lovers tired lovers like us

Tired lovers tired lovers like us

 

A French kiss on the kitchen floor used to change everything and peace would come

As if it was just humanity we worshipped

Some kind of solidarity

Out of our loneliness a clarity

That some might call love

 

This smile you had it as a child I hope that it is never fading

I’m gonna stay up all life waiting for it to come

 

 

Trumpet Song

 

My house was crowded with a couple of strangers

When you need them as friends

You don´t care bout the danger

That you turn out to be the visitor

 

So if you´re stranded in your own revolution

It was a harmless hungerstrike

Ending in this self-pollution

Attacking the voice

 

If I just was the empire

You´d turn out to be the queen

And all our hearts are gonna float into the stream of words

 

I got a million acres of ashes

For all my phoenixes to fly out

Just like rain from the lashes

That are tattooed onto blinded eyes

 

I learned your language by heart not to mistake it

I know the password

But I don´t know the place where to take it

 

If I just was the empire

You´d turn out to be the queen

And all my hearts are gonna float into the stream

 

If I just was the ocean

You´d turn out to be the British Fleet

And all your ships are gonna sail into my dreams

 

I found a trumpet in the back of the garden

And I found you saying

Man I´m not begging your pardon

 

We´ll find a beauty in you

We´ll find a beauty in me

We´ll find a beauty in wanting our beauty to see

 

If we just were the music

Drifting in from the sea

Then all our hearts are guided by our memories

 

If we just were the children

Our language just confused by ABCs

Then all our love is melting to these melodies

 

 

Volunteers

 

A monkey with a blue and red face loved his madness

How else could he be so amused

And as he changed the expression

With a scary passion from alarm to sadness

It took a sec till he got the news

That you don’t survive when being refused

 

Be patient trees and junkies just stay funky

Your love works up and down

When the rain comes it makes a curious sound

 

Hey elephant it’s irrelevant

What anybody says about the Taliban

They’re hiding in the fields

Where they’re making heroin

It wasn’t the children that brought the terror in

The victim always will succeed

Using one’s own death as a punishment at least

 

Hey you with the red face

Look at this monkey and what a punk he’s

His voice’s got the funniest of tones

And pain will burn off the lies around your soul

 

Paulina love has entered the arena

They can’t even count

Our one hundred meter thing at all

Paulina I’d do everything to please you

Your happiness is saving all our souls

 

There’s ants in the desert

And their presence caused the lizards to be scattered

Under every second stone

And if you decide it that with the beauty of your smile

You direct the clouds across the sky

To send water and life to every home

The wonders of not feeling alone

 

Hey everyone make love or jokes instead of terror

Love works up and down

Word to the chairman

Dear world there’s hope in honest error

Love works up and down

When you fuck you make the funniest sounds

 

 

Wait

 

Wait boss don’t say I’m fired

You could as well fire a bullet straight into my left eye

This loss of the 3rd dimension this loss of the rest of my life

Is worse than the loss of a love

Ah no I guess it isn’t

 

Wait lover your beauty caused a constant shock to me

Your lips are covered with a lotion from the top

Of the world of the moon of the sun and all the useless rest of it

Love is Saturn and all the dust and stones around it

 

Wait father you have to judge my steps

Who else will discover what I gotta do next

A million centuries from now we’ll look down on us in a kind of a TV set

The remote control it still will be in your hand

 

Wait government wait brothers

Wait for my citizenship my need for others

Wait sisters wait mothers wait friends and wait daughters

Wait hey wait for me because I’m ready to arrive here

 

 

Watcher of Things

 

He’s a watcher of things

He lets it happen especially when it happens to him

 

When he touches he leaves a stain he thinks

His eyes a theatre playing from within

 

And also he’s a watcher of skin

And when he breathes out sometime he hears it sing

 

He sees himself getting older

Turn into a credit card holder

Walks with invisible boulders

Over his right shoulder

He’s a foreign spy

For a country that 30 years ago passed by

 

He’s a watcher of sin

Of people of himself

Of cigarette smoke flying against the direction of the wind

 

 

We are back in this Life again

 

You’ve been travelling without love

You watch the world from far above

The sky is not a sky without a cloud

Without an ocean the land is not the land

 

I stepped into your labyrinth and mixed it up with mine

We paddled as if we’re on heroin through the summer felt like time itself

And so we danced right on the heads of Mr. and Mrs. President

Trees and sounds and silver crowns and my body in your hand

 

It’s a bad creation a dying nation a sad frustration a separate station

A funky patient a dead generation a tricky inflation a crooked race

And a splendid Asian a foolish facial a proliferation a masturbation

A condemnation isolation isolation isolation

 

We are back in this life again

We are back in this life again

 

 

Weight of Light

 

You’re exploding you do it like the thunder you set fire to your boat

You’re placing pieces of heaven right under the sea and then you wonder

Why everybody seems to go

 

You dream you dream without me

You dream you dream on being without me

 

You take all the branches right from your family trees build winter-proof houses

Ocean-crossing ships and ladders to the stars

But you’re becoming a part of the landscape of lovebites and doorkeys

To nursery schools and graveyards to theaters and hearts

 

You dream on you dream on without love

You dream on you dream on never to doubt love

 

And the weight of the light the weight of the light

Sometimes we feel it on our shoulders though it’s all that easy

 

And the weight of the light the weight of the light

Sometimes it makes us choose the way of dreaming till we’re gleaming

Till life again feels right

 

 

Whatever Years Left

 

Dreaming the trouble with me is that I’m dreaming

Of me being a sun that is gleaming from one shore to the next

 

Calling out the names I’m not recalling

For the love I wish I was installing

In these whatever years I have left

 

Comparing myself to the ghosts that are bearing

The daylight I took from the serenades

And the one million clicks I don’t have

 

Feeling trouble with us is that we’re stealing

What we happilly were agreeing to give back to ourselves

In these whatever years we have left

 

 

Wrestling

 

There’s a hard beating and it’s not fair you know

There’s a man and there’s a woman bleeding in the living room or so

Oh no

 

There’s a heavy screaming and then there’s a heavy blow

The neighbours must be believing there’s a wrestling match going on

But I guess that they know that no wrestling match can last so many years no

 

They’re fighting over something that I really do not know

I got this bad feeling there’s no way for me to say no

No

 

Before I’m falling asleep I’m folding my hands

If there is a god he will surly understand

That someone who prays all night needs a helping hand

40W King

 

He is captured in a cage of glass

He’s not right he’s not right

His eyes are troubled by the neon gas

Blinding light from inside of him

 

He’s everyone’s friend

In the dark holding everybody’s hand

But like a Hollywood vampire he’s linked to the dead end of the day

Losing all its glory

 

And when he’s gone he’s changed

And the nights are freshly rearranged

And the flies are bumping into him and the spiders preparing their graves

A false moon in their made-up stories

 

One’s in the cellar one’s kept lit for the insecure and dream-covered sleep of the kid

One’s backstage one’s broken

One is lightening a love scene in unbelievable speed one’s in a bar

That’s the one that is dimmed

And one’s dictating words that are not spoken

 

One’s blinking inside an advertisement for light bulbs that last 20 years or longer

One’s telling the truck to stop on the street one when touched is burning stronger

One’s red and one’s blue on the police car’s roof

 

He is captured in a cage of glass

He’s not right he’s not right

His eyes are troubled by the neon gas

Blinding light from inside of him

 

Electricity without a shadow of a doubt almost invisibly

Flooded my veins

Rushed like s storm cloud in my brain

Made me think

Hey I don’t want to be lonely