Night Light

by Trummer



released January 4, 2004

all songs by trummer 2003
produced by reto burrell
recorded & mixed feb / march 2003 @ baselcitystudios by helge dyk
mastered @ greenwood nunningen by glenn miller

trummer: vocals, ac.&, harp
adrian weyermann: electric guitars
hendrix ackle: hammond, piano, rhodes, wurlitzer
wolfgang zwiauer: bass
christof jaussi: drums, percussion
reto burrell: ac. guitar
rob viso: percussion
robert maurer: accordeon
anita maric: vocals
thomas moeckel: trumpet


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Trummer Berne, Switzerland

"Es ist nicht übertrieben zu behaupten, Trummer gehöre zu den ganz wenigen Schweizer Künstlern, die Songs auf einem derart hohen Niveau nicht bloss schreiben und komponieren, sondern auch vortragen können."
Pedro Lenz.
"Trummers Songs berühren, weil sie weder belehren noch beeindrucken wollen, sondern es bei der schlichten Frage belassen: Kennt ihr das auch?“
Laudatio SUISA Stiftungspreis 2011
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Track Name: Anything but straight
01. anything but straight
woke up again just like yesterday
and the world was turning on anyway
sometimes I wish it wouldn’t,
so the one little moment could last
and wouldn’t always fade from day to day,
cuz this life looks to me
like nothin’more but a chain of pointless episodes
with me in the starring role

and so I wait, every day,
it might bring up some new way
something strange, some big change
something anything but straight

same old faces at the same old places,
and the same old plans, but never made
they’re all gonna do better, they all wanna leave soon,
but I know: they’re all gonna stay,
in one or another way
cuz I’ve tried to change, again and again,
and I still carry the same old bags
I just hide behind another mask

and so I wait, every day,
it might bring up some new way
something strange, some big change
something anything but straight
something good enough to stay

oh, love has vanished, somewhere between the storylines
I saw it leave with hope in it’s hand
I’m still running and this road never ends

and so I wait, every day…
Track Name: Make it alright
02. make it alright
I’m gonna call a friend, we’re goin’to meet somewhere
we’re gonna talk it down ‘n’might even understand

you could help me out, you could beat me up
knock me down, just solve this question why
it feels so wrong sometimes

I tried quite a lot, but still
I’m left to the hope that something will
make it alright

I’m gonna name it right, gonna face it straight
I’ll paint my eyes black so it shows in my face

I’m gonna lock the door, kill my radio
I’m gonna light one up,
I’m gonna get stoned all day long

I tried quite a lot, but still
I’m left to the hope that something will
make it alright…

what a wealthy little fucked up kid,
suffers not knowing where it’s hit
what went wrong for me?
on days like this all you wanna do
is pull out a gun and shoot your way through
to make it alright
Track Name: Oh Boy
03. oh boy
the fire’s gone out and the cold’s sneaking in
and you’re sitting in your armchair
with a book on your knees and your sweater on
and you light another cigarette
and you turn another page and the story goes on
but some things you’ll never forget

there’s a row of past lovers standing outside your window
and they’re crying at the sky
and you’re trying to avoid the stupid thought
on how you’re gonna spend the night
while they share their ideas of how you keep spoiling things
and rather say goodbye-
oh boy
you better call somebody
oh boy
and get on outta there

and your old dad’s knockin’on the door
and he wants you to open up to talk
about the past and who he was
and what an annoying kid you’ve been,
but you’ve got nothing to say but why he never was home
and anyway, he died four years ago-
oh boy…

a windy night is passing by
and the ashtray’s getting full
another record closes with the needle takin’off
and the mosquitoes will soon be gone
cuz september kills them all,
and you’re sitting on the bedside with the nightlight on-
oh boy
is your firewood ready?
oh boy
will winter be warm?
Track Name: Nameless
04. nameless
heard a lot of talk about perfect plans these days
hard to understand sometimes, we’ll dig it later
‘one day everything in the world will make sense’, they say
ain’t it a shame that we never really get it as it happens?

we’re staring at the traces that the world rubs in our faces
and we’re waiting for someone to explain,
that it’s not in vain
and a well-placed reason makes it easy to believe
that everything is a part of the game
and we give it a name

but in my mind and in my heart, there is still a question-mark
you call me shameless
to say ‘truth is not a word, and looking at the world,
everything is namelessx

they say: ‘your ma came to town to meet your daddy at the dances,
and he died so soon and to get there too, she got cancer.x
they say: ‘God knows what to do and he’s got a plan too, it’s just hidden!x
and I turn my head away, cuz I don’t want ‘em to see that I’m spittinx

there’s not much you can say that’s gonna fit in every day
so we make a decision and we give it a name

but in my mind and in my heart, there is still a question-mark…

and it’s your decision to trust this definition
but you may end kissing a poisoned flower
and it’s up to you to decide what you wanna name ‘rightx
but you may end with a plane in your tower
with a plane in your tower

but in my mind and in my heart, there is still a question-mark…
Track Name: Don't worry
05. don’t worry
it was a hot week and i got sunburned
and now it finally rains
I’m glad the days got cooler,
you would have liked this for your garden
so I just had to tell you, drop a line or two
full of useless things nobody wants to know but you

but don’t worry, I’m still fine
I’ve been pretty busy all this time
I move on in many ways and I’ve learnt when to be deaf
it’s just today I heard the raindrops
and had to think of when you left

don’t worry,
it’s just the weather like back then
don’t worry,
come another season I’ll be alright again

so, how have you been travelling? is it like they always say?
with a guarantee for happiness and sunshine everyday?
did the old man show you a mirror,
and did you like what you saw?
or was it all just empty promises
and he wasn’t there at all?

don’t you sometimes have the feeling
that we threw your life away?
cuz I admit if I were you, I would have run off anyway
but don’t worry, I ain’t stumbling
and I don’t blame fate or life
it’s just today I smelled the dead snails
and had to think of your last smile

but don’t worry…
Track Name: Slow Fade
06. slow fade
under a milky sky with sun,
I see our shadows growing long
as time beats down another month,
the snowflakes prove: the year has gone

picking up leaves from the frozen ground,
like sweet memories that echo through my thoughts
thinking ’bout peace in her velvet arms,
as bitterness grows into a sober heart
burning it all

we’re drifting further away
it’s getting harder to say what I know now
looks like it’s part of the game
a change in the taste as time goes on
slow fade again
slow fade again

the passion has calmed, now it’s quiet here
I’m dying for a touch and she’s fast asleep
strange how we love no matter how it feels
she still makes me lonely every time she leaves
and I’m holding on like a coward

while drifting further away…

if I still hold her hand
and I still get her kiss
and I still know we love
who needs happiness?

we’re drifting further away…
Track Name: Point of no return
07. point of no return
woke up beside you, and you were not there
must’ve been somewhere hidden inside
there was no chance, whatever I said
could just be wrong in the way you heard it
and you said nothing, there was nothing to say anyway
it was right there in the air between us:

you’ll never change, honey, and I’ll never learn
so let’s just face it:
each and every moment is a point of no return
and I’m out of place here

we breathe like sighing, don’t you hear it
I’m just holding you back and you’re just bringing me down
cuz I’m not good for you and you’re not good for yourself
and you’re not good for me, but I just want you so bad

you’ll never change, honey, and I’ll never learn…

I won’t tell you, you would deny it
you would hold me and call me a fool
but I know better, your love is a feather
it’s rising and falling and it’s floating along
and then it’s gone, like today
when I woke up beside you and you were not there
Track Name: The Artist
08. the artist
the flyer said you were pretty hip back then
that’s what’s got me comin’here today
the crowd is small and they keep talking on
while you play that tune about feeling alone

I see you sittin’up there on stage
and there’s something ’bout every song you play
there’s a lock of grey hair that fell in your face
and I guess you feel outta place

they gonna go home and say they saw you play
You gonna sit in your hotel-room, driftin’away
A spliff not finished in the ashtray beside you
a dream ’bout the dreams in your past that defined you

Oh man, I’d like to know, can you tell me:
Is this really where you thought you would be?
Oh man, is there something that you learned about
How long can a song replace life?

you were not good at lovin’although you loved much
but that love of your life had to stay outta touch
days in a bus between cigarettes and coffee
bloodshot eyes as a proof for your grief
’bout the state of the things in the world
you struggle over it all, but nobody cared
they loved johnny again, they bought townes when he died
but you are the artist and it’s alright

oh man, …
Track Name: Passing by
09. passing by
another year,
another october
another set of questions on my mind

often I’m astonished
of things I once said
now that the old ones are getting younger and my youth is dead

they say: ‘someday your time is over’,
but that is a lie
cuz time itself just passes, it’s you that goes by
today I woke up too sober,
with a strange peace of mind
feeling there’s no way to change these things,
so I don’t even try

another dream,
another set o lovesongs,
first the happy ones, and then the sad
now there’s mist in the morning
before the sun clears the sky
golden rays and yellow leaves are the colours of goodbye

and they say: ‘someday your time is over’…
Track Name: Subway eyes
10. subway eyes
look at those sad eyes,
you should not wear them,
what do you see anyway?
where will it take you, the subway night-train,
heading for a better day?

don’t turn your head now, I’m not starin’at you,
maybe I just care
for the story behind that beautiful sadness,
and maybe I got some to share

look at those sad eyes,
I cannot change it,
but I can offer you my hand

wiping your thin hair out of your face
you stare at the nothing outside
don’t tell me you feel well in your high heeled shoes
and what’s that make-up trying to hide?

some of us don’t fit in the suits that we’re offered
and kind of forced to wear
so if you gave me a second and looked in my eyes
you might recognise your feeling there

something ’bout loneliness without a reason,
its just the knowledge that we’re both on our own
and if you need some time off sleeping all alone,
I have this big bed at home

look at those sad eyes
you should not wear them
I would change it if I could
Track Name: As you are
11. as you are
got your letter baby, it arrived here today
now I want you to know that you’re okay anyway
as you are, love
just as you are

and I know what bothers you, but there are things I can’t change
believe me I would if it was in my hands
because you are, love
just as you are
as you are, love
just as you are

when I think of the past,
I still wish I could stay
but I knew I’d be helpless when you woke up today
in my arms, love
just as you are
as you are, love
just as you are

don’t look at me now, I feel guilty again
I said if I ever left you, the reason I went
wouldn’t be that you are, love
just as you are
as you are love,
but I was wrong

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