every seaman's got a favourite spaceship

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released November 11, 2009

all songs written and played by nadja rüdebusch, except violins on "easy in the morning sun" and "snakes" by karsten deutschschmann; recorded, mixed and mastered by karsten deutschmann at gentle art studio, hamburg june 2009; artwork by hanne frank, cover construction by walter welke

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Track Name: Lions
I am in tears
I am in deep water
when I come up, I’ll be sober
and walk along the roads next to my house
with leaky shoes on my dripping wet feet

In a corner I lie in wait for my lions
they’ll surely cross my way
then I’ll invite them to stay
I will not turn away

because lions are good when they’re in their right places
beat time to my trips and my chaos creations
and I’ll walk along the roads far from my house, my habits, my loads
take me to somewhere new

and when finally I’m out of this town
no excuses will be around
and when finally I’m out of this country
every possibility will be here with me
Track Name: Snail's shell
I live inside a snail’s shell
and one day I’ll grow together with it
I’ll never be conflicting with my home
no “should I stay or should I go”

my house is my companion
someday I’ll not be separated from it
I’m gonna furnish it with my defects
they’ll be repaired by a “do-it-yourself-effect”
I live upon a hillside
underneath an aerial passenger line
and when I need some farsightedness
my house turns into a gondola

I live inside a snail’s shell
and when you walk by
When you walk by to meet me
I’ll hide in the chimney

so please keep your voice still and drop your eyes
pretend not to see me, like I was disguised
I’ll put a warning at my front door
"this is collapsing, don’t come closer”
Track Name: Easy in the morning sun
dear, rambling eyes
let me take you by surprise
I wanna take a ride with you
wanna see as far as you do.

if we landed on the top of a hill
would you please stand still?
I know you rather travel fast
but would you please at last
stand still upon this hill?

dear, roaming mind
let me share in what you find
I wanna take a ride with you
wanna know as much as you do.

and in the evening
when our needs are too strong
we’ll be supplied with our inventions
as long as we are asleep
and the secrets that we keep
will be easy in the morning sun
Track Name: Stones
I catch myself as a balloon
easily, but very soon
I’ll be come a ball, every time I fall
closer to the ground
at last I will become a stone

stones are lazy, stones are grey
hard to carry, never change their way

as I can’t move
you don’t stand still
I’m hard to carry but you will
sweep away my stony shape
I’m only numb until I break
Track Name: On the sun
in my eyes the sun will play
she’s a planet you are gonna stay on
build a house which will not burn
on her safe and solid ground

and her fire is pleasing you
never strong enough to kill you
keeping you warm, keeping you still
and I will take care of you while you’re sleeping
you are placed in one of my eyes
on the sun
Track Name: Snakes
when will my thoughts mellow?
they crawl like snakes upon my pillow
I cannot fall asleep

I sing along with his breath
to find my own quietness
but I don’t fall asleep

of all the nights
of all dark nights
I’ve never been that small

I walk on a thread
then I count every step
but I don’t fall asleep

I lock the doors
but still the snakes come through the cracks
surround me
crawl up the walls and start to hiss

my mind is placed inside a ball
I try to kick it through the wall
the ball is heavy, hurts my feet
this is my way to fall asleep
Track Name: Your favourite spaceship
now I wish your house is open
where I stamped my feet
where I smashed your windows
scratched your memories

I chew my words but I don’t tell you
why I always change
instead I paint your favourite spaceship

you say
“it’s not the time for habits
when you want to be free”
I try to put myself in your place
but I fall back into mine all the time

you say
“tt’s not the time for habits…”

instead I paint your favourite spaceship
Track Name: Seaman-like
seamanlike
with the high-tide
away from here

I stay on the shore
wave a good-bye
dressed in a narrow dress
like a rag-doll

and all my needs
-not sure if they are mine-
put them under a watch glass
so they’ll be taken away by the time

I fly a kite
into the night
I hide my eyes in the black sky
where they go blind

seamanlike
with the high-tide
away from here
Track Name: Mirrorball
talking fast
you are sight-reading your thoughts
write them down
on the carpet, on the ground
put them up
on the shelves and in the washing machine
where they get clean

I’m far behind
where your phrase on a fast train
just passed me by

but at the end of this conversation
at the end of all attempts at an interpretation
I am painting the wallpapers white again
and your thoughts in the middle of a room
like the lights of a mirror ball
they turn me around
they turn me around
then I fall asleep
Track Name: Chestnuts
I spend my night in a box with stars in the lid
sparkling and feeding my eyes
underneath my mattress is a submarine
that keeps me awake with its motor-voice

I listen to the quiet sound of suitcases
carried by my window
let’s leave in the night to be far from home
when the sun is rising

but I travel in the math of my mind
every step is unreal
in prefabricated situations
the people I meet never say what they think

I wanna find flowers and leaves and chestnuts
and take them all home
Track Name: Paintbox
once our love was like a generous paint box
we were doing fine for a long long time
we fixed ourselves inside the colours and never made a difference

as we liked them all the same
but we could not maintain this colourful feeling

the colours started to blend
we are placed in grey but still we pretend
to see their great variety

I was never sure:
“which colour is the one that you adore?”

that’s when I lost it and
I became as white as a wall
and as black as a fly
Track Name: Grape-shaped dream
in your dream
you own everything twice
you have super-sized eyes
stretched once around your head
so unweary you are blooming in the day
and gleaming in the night
like a tree of wax you never sway

in your dream
you are enabled to get in
every splendid building
every secret cave
and your eyes grab what they see
your hands take it away

your grape-shaped dream
wriggles on the screen behind your eyes

will it ever be ripe?

in my dream
your eyes are in their right place
focused on mine
modest all the time
in my dream
your eyes are in their right size
focused on mine
not distracted by the night

my grape-shaped dream
wriggles on the screen
behind my eyes
will it ever be ripe?