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Night Light

by Trummer

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…
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
Oh Boy 04:02
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?
Nameless 03:32
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…
Don't worry 04:07
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…
Slow Fade 03:54
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…
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
The Artist 02:56
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, …
Passing by 03:19
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’…
Subway eyes 05:08
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
As you are 02:27
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


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.& el.guitars, 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."
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