There Is Not Enough Space In The Dark

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all songs and lyrics by Nadja Rüdebusch
released on Insular music, November 2012

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released November 2, 2012

recorded by Nadja Rüdebusch and Daniel Gädicke in different places in Hamburg, 2011-2012
mixed by Daniel Gädicke
mastered by Fabian Tormin
cover photos by Inga Seevers
cover artwork by human empire

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Track Name: Monsters
monsters

where there are children there are monsters
in their mind and in the dark
light a spark, wake them up
monsters do come out ahead
at all times they would spread
never fed up instead
in my mind and in the dark
light a spark, wake me up
I see you time and again
I blink against awakening
wanna keep my dream within
where there are dreams there are windows
rather clouded and obscure
what's behind is not for sure
in my mind and in the dark
light a spark, wake me up
I'll be at a loss for words
you know I do not speak a lot anyway
and if there was something to say
it would lead us astray
I don't fall over I just sway
whether night, whether day
so be not worried, not afraid
I only stay away
in my mind and in the dark
light a spark, wake me up
Track Name: Windbreak
windbreak

didn't talk a lot but it was too much
it weighed too heavy
though I was unsteady
letting you know
but I was too low
now I take a shape you have never seen before
neither firm nor fluid
neither vicious nor beloved
you won't make me out
not well and not about
when you tried to fill my heart like a spill
I waited until the wind kept still
you lingered on
not for a long time
I am not as low as you'd like to see me
but I did you a favour and pretended to be
crooked and slow
deep down in a hole
now I drive ahead not by remote as you said
your version may be right
considered though your eyes
I don't mind
when you tried to fill my heart like a spill
I waited until the wind kept still
you lingered on
not for a long time
Track Name: Sparks
sparks

how can I open my eyes
when that is all you expect
you wanna be the keeper of my mind
is there a need or just a thrill
while every object in this room
seems to be attached to you
in no position can I sit and be comfortable with it
your sharp eyes are like darts
but only cause some tiny sparks
I came here and got trapped
I can't move forward I can't go back
you blocked your ears right from the start
and I carry my song all night long but it has no heart
Track Name: Sister
sister

you're not behind
and you keep up with the time
give up on speed
dwell on your needs
and if you're terribly tired
inside your capsule of silence
sleep tight
I woke you up
when you were dead to the world outside your cave
you left that way
I'm far away from your travels
I stay away from your gravel road
on you walk
flashed by lights in the dark
your hands are cold
let someone hold them
and if you're ever in trouble
I will be there to hover over you
Track Name: The Place You Come From
the place you come from

I'm in the back seat of your car
both our hearts are slow and the water is low
since we came ashore
you say don't worry, my love
we'll arrive before dark
and I won't wake you up
you drive on
you're strong
for all that you miss
is the place you're coming from
I do not sleep
but I defeat the sobbing in my weep
while you focus on the street
and the tears you don't cry
they're all on your mind
you drive on
you're strong
for all that you miss
is the place you're coming from
Track Name: Grandmother's House
grandmother's house

I move into my grandmother's house
she's not at home
I stay for a few hours
I try to feel as at home as I can
her cat on my knees
her knitting in my hands
by the windowsill time is standing still, still, still
her cat is a soft toy
and it makes me think of her fake smile
I try to feel as old as I can
her lump in my throat
her thorns deep in my skin
by the windowsill time is standing still, still, still
Track Name: Song For A River
song for a river

the waves in the river
the waves in the sea
they glaze all the sorrow
they drown and calm down
we look for a refuge
a place in the sun
nothing to follow
let the time run
the pictures of seagulls
the pictures of boats
they save me from freezing
on my way home
ice floes move slowly
covered with snow
they keep me from musing
about things I don't know
while I walk in different trails
in the sand, in the snow
the river's gleam is catching me
for the first time
the waves in the river
the waves in the sea
they glaze all the sorrow
they drown and calm down
we look for a refuge
placed in the sun
nothing to follow
let the time run
Track Name: Bricks/Walls
bricks/walls

this land's all new to us
but we don't know yet
the more we plant it the less it keeps its shape
we spend all night listening to the music that we like
and from a distance you can hear us singing along
I'll never be tired of this song
it keeps going on in my head
we settle down to pave and to lay bricks and then we're walled in
now it feels like something's going wrong
neither bricks nor walls ever made a difference to me
but they're so easy to handle without care
I wish we were safe without those walls around
in our heads it's all clear out of town
Track Name: Endless Tides
endless tides

I once owned a bird
but it moved from my hand to a swarm
when I left for the sea
time went by I did not come up
like a whale that refused to breathe
go up and breathe in
birds fly ahead in the thick dark sky
I can hear their wings beat
this is the night I will make a fire
and warm my empty hands
warm my empty hands
while endless tides surround my isle
Track Name: Trapped
trapped

you wish you set yourself in stone
you'd be content and go it alone
worthwhile you'd feel like one of a kind
not confused with another ones mind
you hold on to a preset measuring tape
your size doesn't fit and you got the wrong shape
too many of you block your view
too many of you won't get through
too many of you are stuck in the air
the more you are the less space to spare
slow down when you're trapped
the world is breathing you in and out
you will make a difference there is no doubt
you're shifting and turning all along
and you're twisting the air you are among
slow down when you're trapped
Track Name: Beat
beat

I don't really hush because I do not speak
I don't really hum singing with my mouth closed
I don't really pause sitting on a chair and stare
I'm walking with a light through my inner side
and find my heart stuck in my mind
yes I feel there is a sea in the place it's got to be
it's stormy and it's deep
with no ability to beat
that's the way my sailboat hits the outer rim
sail no more take the wind away
and the sea essentially is a lake only
so reduce your speed
the land is close and not that hard to reach
Track Name: About Travelling
about travelling

all the sticks and the stones I brought back home
my worn out shoes my dirty clothes ain't real
the shiny face on the former page
easy to look at easily breaks when you page down
nothing has changed, nothing has changed
I'm just a bit more down to earth
my travels are copies of black and white
I hang them up and I draw a line
from here to where I've been
the map is spoiled by the lines I draw
they move up and down and all over
and my eyes are stuck in a black plot
nothing has changed, nothing has changed
I'm just a bit more down to earth
Track Name: Flock Of Birds
flock of birds

you let me walk through a forest with clouds in the crowns
protecting my way from the sun
the lack of light adapts the day to the night
I stray and I stay callow
now in a pack I run away from your wicked sun
onto a glade
now in a pack I run onto a glade
you set my boat on a river straightened and still
no wind on its watersides
I keep time with rowing but still don't get my boat going
I'm short of breath
now in a shoal I swim away from your silent wind
into a storm
now in a shoal I swim into storm
but I will never see you fly in a flock of birds
Track Name: Old Mind
old mind

once in a while I wish that I would brave your cold
and just take hold of your hand
but my hands are tied and cold as well
I dwell in my old mind
I raise the dust
I haunt behind the creaky walls
beware and don't get lost
more and more I speak for you
and clean my dusty mind for you
when I walk out in the sun
I see the phantoms are all gone
old minds sometimes forget and faint
like chalk arrows on rainy days
the pavement's clear, direction's new
and nothing old to hold on to