this is emmett's new record (2014)

 

 

 

See the ships

 

See the ships that sail for foreign waters

In their sails I see the great flight of fathers

Oh, reasons I fail to see

When you’re with me

It’s all because of time that you are giving me

 

I lie awake until the morning hours

And tomorrow’s gonna set eyes on fire

I know I can rest assured

You give the word

That all the suffering will pass like fleeing birds

 

Oh, I am aware that in some time I’ll leave here

With no sense of who I am I will disappear

When with you death seems surreal

Your light conceals

The darkness of the things I do not wish to see

 

See the ships that sail for foreign water

Loaded with the guilt of long lines of fathers

Oh, I do not feel the weight

The guilt can wait

‘Cause we got other stuff here to investigate

 

 

Montana

 

I was cleaning out my kitchen

The morning after you had brought me the news

‘Cause when I go I’ll leave it nice and clean here

You don’t have to worry ’bout a thing

 

I had my mind made up to stay here

But I can see through that I think I see through you

The things I’ve learned I’ll try to take them with me

When I go they’ll be like rocks in my bags

 

I am leaving for the plains my friend

And I won’t come back again

 

There are limits to the love, friend

For all that life down here has given me

I guess there’s people who would die to be here

But some, I guess, would also die to leave

 

I know I leave our plans behind me

Maybe it is unfair and selfish that I go

It depends on how you, choose to see it

Life is a line of choices we must make

 

I am leaving for the plains my friend

And I won’t come back again

 

 

Things I know

 

You are so pretty when you sleep

Oh, yes, I watch you when you sleep

‘Cause I cannot sleep babe, knowing what I know

 

Time flies and summer is now near

It’s nice here, this time of the year

But I can’t recall ever feeling so damn cold

 

And the walks I take are long and late

To the rougher parts

But when I go to you I do not speak, about the things that’s tearing up my heart

 

Most days it seems I’m in control

My body’s doing what it’s told

But my mind is drifting to where it shouldn’t go

 

You are so pretty in my arms

Oh, yes, in anybody’s arms

I know lots of things that I wish I wouldn’t know

 

And the walks I take are long and late

To the rougher parts

But when I go to you I do not speak about the things that’s tearing up my heart

 

There are so many handsome men

I’m glad if you’ll come home again

But still my love is hurting, doubts you’ve lit are strong

 

I feel what I don’t wanna feel

I’d like to run but here I kneel

What I need will hurt me, what’s hurting me I need

 

And the walks I take are long and late

To the rougher parts

But when I go to you I do not speak, about the things that’s tearing up my heart

 

 

House that I sleep in

 

Dust in the light of the sun

and my mother’s on the run

Silence is heavy at lunch

Dare not speak out through a munch

 

War in the pastures at night

My batallion is alright

Books on the shelf in my room

that I glance through in the gloom

 

Through my window darkness is slowly creeping

And through the floor I hear that my sister’s weeping

This is my home, it’s the house that I sleep in

 

Boy next door’s good with the ball

So I stay home, with the wall

Gathering round our screen

Never asking what things mean

 

Dew falls so quickly at night

And as quickly flees the light

Mother’s been sleeping since nine

And I go to the room that’s mine

 

Through my window darkness is slowly creeping

And through the floor I hear my young sisters weeping

This is my home, it’s the house that I sleep in

 

 

Sweet world

 

Oh, out on the street

Girls silly and sweet

No, they do not bother me

I am glad if they’re able to

See what’s beautiful within you

Oh, sweet world they will make it through

Just like I’ll do

Now that I too

See the beauty in you

 

Oh, out on the trail

Sky’s looking so pale

It’s the beauty of the northlands

In the cities down by the sea

It is also quite nice to be

Sun shines down on the coconut trees

It’s clear to me

Oh, my sweet world

Your beauty I see

 

Stretched out on the grass

No future nor past

In the faces of the crowd I’m in

I see versions of visions passed

That I’ve had but that didn’t last

It’s intriguing and funny how fast

Future becomes past

Oh, my sweet world,

You’re the one that lasts

 

 

Darling

 

It seems the beauty of this wintry land

Depends so much on where you are

The sky once made my eyes all watery

When I watched it beside you

 

It seems the coldness of this winter wind

Is now so easy to endure

Once I was freezing and I thought of you

I wore a nice warm coat that day

 

Darling

Darling

 

Though every morning seems to prove I’m wrong

I trust this warmth will last

And parents strangling all the love they taught me to

Worship, trust and hold for true

 

It once was summer and I cursed the sun

And all that sunlight brings

It was before I let your pallet replace mine

Now sunlight shines upon your paint

 

Darling

Darling

 

 

Letter to a bird

 

Woke up in a pile

Hadn’t thought about you for a while

Kept myself busy with the girls here

 

Many things have changed

I have moved and it is nice but strange

I am finally on my own now

 

Tears of yesterday

No longer matter

Didn’t change my way

Though I’ve gotten fatter

 

How are things down there

Do you sell your art down at the fair

Do you still live with your boyfriend

 

Heard some things ’bout you

Makes me happy if it’s actually true

You’ve got a child now, and you’re happy

 

It’s a cold hard place

To raise a child in

But with your embrace

I guess change will begin

With your kin, you’ll change Berlin

 

Winter has been grey

I guess spring will be here any day

But it always makes things harder

 

Left what could have been

It was April, I was tanned and thin

From the springdays in the Volkspark

 

April is like you

Doubts. hopes, and visions

Yellow, green and blue

Painful collision

 

Please don’t take this wrong

I know time has passed and we’ve moved on

And as I said, I am alright now

 

I just thought of you

Something beautiful that I once knew

But as I said, I am alright now

 

 

Ten years

 

Ten years can disappear

And leave you there alone with the beer

The fat on my belly’s still there

And all the lies

That built me up

They seem so far-fetched now

At last

 

The back was strong and straight

I waited by her parents’ tall gate

All memories coloured so bright

But it’s been a while

Yes, quite a while

That day was a long, long time

Ago

 

I grow my basil still

in tin cans on my window sill

It will grow in its splendor until

I devour it,

it’s what I do

Devouring’s all I do

these days

 

Falafel in the rain

I’m careful but my coat gets some stains

These nights make it all seem so clear

That it’s up to me

Well, it’s got to be

Who else can make me free

From her

 

 

Through the city

 

Through the city on my bike I ride the morning streets

Moving fast with aching thighs my dearest one to meet

The years of searching are now over

I have a partner by my side

I salute her with a song

‘Cause in a sweet song, that’s where she belongs

 

I have made my mind up now, to cherish what I’ve got

Time is running faster now, our lifelines are forming knots

So I deliberately gave up

The parts of me that didn’t fit

And it’s all part of growing up and then fall

In love with someone if that is your call

 

And all the maps I’ve drawn

And all the fearless visions

So very willingly I turned them down for her

And now they’re altered and well-suited for my darling

And some are buried and I don’t regret a thing

 

Just like many friends of mine I had mountains on my mind

Way back in the days when love was easy and I was blind

The wondrous fires melt the glaciers

And the nomadic visions fade

You know sometimes the greater purposes need

The space in your heart, you’ll have to concede

 

Through the city on my bike I ride the morning streets

Moving fast with aching thighs my dearest one to meet

The years of searching are now over

I have a partner by my side

I salute her with a song

Cause in a sweet song, that’s where she belongs

 

And all the maps I’ve drawn

And all the fearless visions

So very willingly I turned them down for her

And now they’re altered and well-suited for my darling

And some are buried and I don’t regret a thing

 

 

Friends

 

She was happy once

In the shadows

Of our youth

Before I knew her

That is what I saw

With my hungry wolf-eyes

 

Fell asleep so fast

On the last night

In my room

Before the mountains

And the boys up there

Used her up like air

 

She don’t care ’bout nothing

When she’s in town

No, she don’t care about nothing

When she feels down

 

The old man is gone

He got tired

He was once

A shiny vehicle

Leather jacket

And a three-day stubble

 

He had friends in town

In the shadows

Of his youth

Before I knew him

But I know he knew

Just what I think I know

 

Didn’t care about nothing,

Old man in town

Didn’t care about nothing

When he felt down

 

I’ve got friends in town

They are hungry

Times are hard

And time is precious

And they keep it all

Recreational

 

And they look so nice

And say wise things

Meat and men

Chickpeas and women

Everybody’s broken

Everything’s important

 

But they don’t care ’bout nothing

My friends in town

No, they don’t care ’bout nothing

When they feel down

 

I was drinking gin

I was nineteen

Ended up

Alone with sally

She was fragile then

But I’d just lost Annie

 

And I ran to town

Education

Shame and guilt

It never bit me

I still eat too fast

And I never listen

 

And I don’t care ’bout nothing

When I’m in town

No, I don’t care ’bout nothing

When I feel down

 

 

Last time

 

Last time you came here sun was coloring the trees green

You said the summer over there was way too hot

You looked for work here in the cradle of our longing

And it surprised me ’cause we both detest this spot

 

But while in this spot I’ve been working on my cabin

You worked your way down through the cellars of the south

And for a mind like yours, their beauty is like poison

And I believed that I could hear it from your mouth

 

Where you’ve been my sweetest friend

Will I ever comprehend

Just what could bend

 

Such a straight road, that for you I held for certain

Round here I always thought the one with plans were you

But since you left for unknown shores for unknown reasons

It seems the decadence has torn up what I knew

 

While I endured my Mondays all your days were Fridays

And though I envied you I hoped that all the time

That I’ve been longing for the fire in your brain cells

I hoped my friend that you were dying to put it out

 

And through the clouds I see a hint of ancient wisdom

I know it’s still in you, I’ve known it all the time

Your mind is delicate; I know it is a burden

And you can’t see it, all the beauty left behind

 

And as the summer passed, the images were brought out

A mix of memories was crushed under the news

And jealous, worried and still lacking your experience

I righteously accused you

 

Cause I endured my Mondays while your days were Fridays

And though I envied you I hoped that all the time

That I’ve been longing for the fire in your brain cells

I hoped my friend that you were dying to put it out

 

 

 

Self-titled (2012)

 

In my mind

 

In my mind

I see a lot of ways to walk the line

But I just stand behind

‘Cause I can’t see my dreams and hopes combined

In the mirror

 

I have seen

So many doubts that bleached the fields of green

I’m on a trampoline

Waiting for somebody to get between

Me and the mirror

 

Like they say

There are no limits if you want it that way

It makes it hard to stay

The grass is greener when you are away

From the mirror

 

I am young

But not for long, I got to tame my tongue

To get to be among

All those people who I look upon

In the mirror

 

I’m okay

I never worry about empty trays

But all those weary days

All leave a sign, they leave a trace of grey

In my mirror

 

Where I’m bound

Nobody knows, but I will find my ground

And I can hear the sound

Of satisfaction as I walk around

In my mirror

 

 

Paint your pictures

 

Paint your pictures pitch-black baby

I don’t mind it, you can have it

Any way you want

 

I don’t care ‘bout nothing except the colors

Of your visions while you’re painting

Mine onto my skull

 

Let it all go

Pretend you don’t know

And shut your eyes

And leave your maggots drying for a day

They will be ok

 

Salute your stories, I will steal them

If you let me be a part of

What you do perceive

 

Your head is heavy, history hardened

You see things for what they are

And not what they could be

 

Let it all go

Pretend you don’t know

And shut your eyes

And leave your maggots drying for a day

They will be ok

 

What is worthless won’t be valued

When we’ve found a fortress to

Furnish just as you like

 

See the colors projected upon us

We’re not pitch-black, there’s a glowing

Light around your head

 

Let it all go

Pretend you don’t know

And shut your eyes

And leave your maggots drying for a day

They will be ok

 

 

Madhouse blues

 

Madhouse blues

Melodies moan

Songs you’re singing

I see that the storm’s begun

Because of rumors that Love is gone

 

Take my word

Please treat it well

It’s the strangest thing

Words like that are needed here

The biggest side effect to love is fear

 

Silence makes

Nails pierce the veins

All this water

And salt

That’s what makes you look so tired

I wish I knew how to light your fire

 

When you rip

Stars from your sky

Why then bother

None of all them words I say

Can make you see that my love will stay

 

 

Whiskey songs

 

Whiskey flows and lies are true

Beauty might get twisted

What I said was honest though

In the veins was madness when I saw her on the grass

 

Desperately I bowed for her

Knelt upon the tombstones

Of the lovers now long gone

Lily’s bent and crushed in admiration for her mind

 

We were both past winter’s lies

Frankly we were speaking

Dry and cracking lips that formed

Words too fearlessly expressed made time a friend of mine

 

Something in her heavy eyes

Like an empty ocean

Getting filled with jugs of shine

What was hollow in the start took cover in her heart

 

As the daylight washed away

All the nightly glories

What was beauty’s now decay

Though I do recall the power of our fearless songs

 

 

Stay away

 

When I need to rest my head

Pour myself upon the bed

Would you mind to stay away

Would you mind to stay away

When I feel low

When I feel low

 

When I think about my scars

Or the danger of cigars

Would you mind to stay away

Would you mind to stay away

When I feel bad

When I feel bad

 

On a Friday I feel glad

There are good times to be had

Would you mind to stay away

Would you mind to stay away

When I feel fine

When I feel fine

 

On a Sunday, pay is gone

Awful things been said and done

Would you mind to stay away

Would you mind to stay away

When mind gets sore

When mind gets sore

 

 

Colors

 

Colors have been fading

For some time that’s passed

Lady with a cold heart

Gives a pain that lasts

Doesn’t really matter

Where I’m going

I don’t mind you caring

For a while

 

In the back door alleys

Where I’ve spent my nights

Moonlight’s never painting

Nighttime colors bright

Searching in the darkness

Keeps me going

Keeps me on my feet now

For a while

 

There are lights a-burning

Cold white light remains

There are still some people

With visions to maintain

Fire used to be what

Kept me going

Now it has been burnt out

For a while

 

Trouble in the world is

Always on my mind

Trouble is the cure for

All the trouble of mine

Doesn’t really matter

Where I’m going

I just need some trouble

For a while

 

 

Where are you

 

One of them mornings that the night has swallowed

I woke up early with a smile

I took my jacket and I left the barroom

And walked the busy streets for a while

Seems like visions in the hearts I’m meeting

The world seems bigger, I feel small

It’s all fine, but then again, where are you

With stains of paint upon your cheeks

 

The morning tram goes by your house, I rode it

With no intentions but the pain

And every time I ride I feel the padlocks

Gives the impression I’m still sane

In the shadow of young girls in flower

I learned there are different kinds of love

And they’re all fine, but then again, where are you

And all those gestures when you speak

 

This town of yours is clearly getting sicker

There are more uniforms these days

And as I sit on hard green benches singing

There’s always someone to obey

The beer is cheap though and the youngsters crazy

They don’t know harmony like you and I

But that’s all fine, but then again, where are you

And all those peaceful morning ceremonies

 

Even Doug, he is my friend, but he says

That I am acting like a fool

But there’s nothing that’s as comforting

As treating broken hearts with cruelty

And still I long for greatness, on my good days

In some way everybody does

And it’s all fine, but then again, where are you

With pretty rings on all your gracious fingers

 

I think the best of nights I am disgusted

With myself and all my fears

And when I end up like Jett Rink in barrooms

I’m glad that everything seems fair

I’m surrounded by the finest people

I love them all, I love their words

It’s all fine, but then again, where are you

I know quite well, just where you are

 

 

In this town

 

I was brought up in the country

Lived among the trees

But there is a time where leaving

Will make you feel more free

I know it is a cliché

But the roads all lead the same way

They’re going into town

 

Proudly marching to the city

Wore my head up high

The giant shining buildings

Reflecting in my eye

On top of all these scrapers

Are people with their papers

Important in this town

 

Cars are roaring all around me

People roaring too

I try to get a move on

Acting like I knew

Why people always hurry

I begin to feel quite worried

‘Bout people in this town

 

I continue down the sidewalks

Looking at the stores

And if I had some money

They would let me through the doors

It makes me seem much smaller

Cause I ain’t got no dollars

To get by in this town

 

As the night comes to the city

Musicgets quite loud

And people get all pretty

And gather up in crowds

In the alleys are the loners

All the drunkards and the stoners

That don’t fit in this town

 

And I tried to see the stars burn

But the sky is all too bright

Like buildings are on fire

In the city nights

It never gets that dark here

Darkness hides within fear

And it’s what rules this town

 

 

Be glad

 

We’ve got sunshine, we’ve got soothing rain

We have made it, we are free from chains

 

In our pockets, we’ve got credit cards

Put in writing, life is not that hard

 

We’re spoiled, no need for toil

It is our life, it’s not that bad

Be glad

 

There is always something more to gain

More attention or more gold to drain

 

Satisfaction is a lack of goals

There is much more further down the hole

 

It’s tough, never enough

But it’s our life, it’s not that bad

Be glad

 

We’re on top and we’re in control

All you have to do is find your role

 

Everybody has to find their cause

Even if it’s just a search for flaws

 

Alone, to find your throne

But it’s our life, it’s not that bad

Be glad

 

We know better than they did before

We know things that we cannot ignore

 

Understanding always brings on pain

Education cannot keep you sane

 

You know, it’s all a show

But it’s our life, it’s not that bad

Be glad

 

 

 

All lyrics written by Elias Faivre.