Byroads

(The songs can be found on YouTube.)



Becoming



Things are good when they come,
they're different when they're done.

Things may look like children's play,
they become hard work when they stay.

Things wide open in space,
a scenery you cannot trace.

Refrain

Living in the now and here,
past and future, the mind swept clear.
It's a one way road, no U-turn anywhere,
no matter what, you're gonna go from here to there.

Searching for a home, another Itaca,
traveling thousands miles thru Africa.

Verses

People looking scared and unsure,
there might be more beauty than you can endure.

People's life in poverty,
The few they have, they share it equally.

People on the brink of death,
standing up and keep on going nevertheless

Refrain

Living in the now and here,
[etc.]
Let things and people stay the way they are,
traveling thousands miles thru Africa.


Words & Music: Michael Michaelis

Michael: Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Piano, Bass, Cymbals & HiHat, Wave Drum (Bass Drum, Snare, Toms), Percussion.

Frog Concert (in the Intro) recorded 2015/9/24 in the middle of Drakensberg, South Africa, with my cell phone.

Dedicated to my fellow travelers, Cape Town - Johannesburg, 4.800km, 11.9. - 4.10.2015

Recorded, edited, and mixed proudly using Cubase.

(Last Update: 29.12.2016)


[All Rights reserved. © Michael Michaelis, 2016]



Lies


I'm an honorable merchant, and all I tell is true,
the best friend I ever found is you,
give me some money for my fairy tale,
'cause I'm poor and have nothing but my lies on sale.

Refrain

Everybody lies
just as well as everybody dies.
But it's not a lie if truth would kill,
but even so remains an empty space a liar cannot fill.

Verses

I tell you stories of a better future for us all,
I'll lead you there, all you need is make the call,
voice your wishes and I tell you every lie,
'cause I want that power, your applause as alibi.

I love you is what I want you to believe,
I make a vow I'll never leave,
I know it better since you're not my first,
but you'd lie the same if the roles would be reversed.

[Words written 22.12.2015 during a vacation in Marrakesh. The first verse has a subtitle: "The Merchant In The Souks"]


Words & Music: Michael Michaelis

Michael: Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Bass, Cymbals & HiHat, Percussion, Wave Drum (Snare, Toms, Dumbek), Drum Programming (Bass Drum).

Recorded, edited, and mixed proudly using Cubase.


(Last Update: 21.7.2016)

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Belonging


(Just Another Jazztune)



Music: Michael Michaelis

Michael: Guitars, Bass, Cymbals & HiHat, Wave Drum (Dumbek, Snare), Synthesizer- and Sequencer Programming

Recorded, edited, and mixed proudly using Cubase.


(Last Update: 31.12.2016)

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Echos


Back those days I used to knock at your door,
never worried you won't open up anymore.
I used to wave my goodbyes every now and then,
wish I could do that again.

I always had my own ways and means,
we didn't shared the same kind of dreams,
our lives were linked in some twisted ways,
but that was then, back in the days.

If we'd run into each other now,
we'd be just strangers somehow,
we wouldn't know how to look at each other at all,
never figure why we fall.

Refrain

There is a shadow all around,
echoes of a love I haven't found.
There is a face in the dark,
a faded image I can barely mark.


Words & Music: Michael Michaelis

Michael: Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Alto Recorder, Cymbals, Percussion, Wave Drum (Bass Drum, Toms).

Recorded, edited, and mixed proudly using Cubase.


(Last Update: 31.12.2016)

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Interlude



Music: Michael Michaelis

Recorded, edited, and mixed proudly using Cubase.


(Last Update: 21.7.2016)

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Child Of My Time


My hometown is surrounded by a city wall,
bound to a sphere dim-witted and small.
It's a place called modern times,
which was a good place betimes.

Refrain

I'm a child of my time,
bound by rules that aren't mine,
mother history teaches me what's true,
father zeitgeist commands me what to do.

Verses

The world is on a mad doctor's spin,
the black hats are about to win.
I'm not wearing white either, though,
I play my role in that all-embracing show.

My hat is well-fitting and gray,
I want a living, which means to stay
mingling with the bad guys,
becoming part of their lies.

The world is covered by a translucent sheet,
it carries more weight than you'll ever concede,
people fight it, but no one ever wins,
it's a sheet made of our fathers' sins.


Words & Music: Michael Michaelis

Michael: Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Bass, Cymbals & HiHat, Percussion, Wave Drum (Snare, Toms, Bongos), Drum Programming (Marimba, Bass Drum).

Recorded, edited, and mixed proudly using Cubase.


(Last Update: 28.12.2016)

[All Rights reserved. © Michael Michaelis, 2016]



Nightfall


When the night falls,
a siren calls,
the sound of her voice
conceals all noise
in a precious alliance
between a sound and the silence.

When the sun is low,
the shadows grow,
words fail,
plans grow stale,
I form an alliance
with the sound of silence.

When the night is deep,
I wouldn't sleep.
I hear that voice,
offering a choice.
There is magic, and there is science,
beyond that the sound of silence.


Words & Music: Michael Michaelis

Michael: Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Piano, Bass, Cymbals, Wave Drum (Snare), Percussion, Background Violins, Synthesizer- and Sequencer Programming.

Recorded, edited, and mixed proudly using Cubase.

(Last Update: 31.8.2016)


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Gravity


Got some old books, telling stories about alien races,
wondrous worlds, distant places,
thought I can go there before I die,
but I'm still stuck with a car that cannot fly.

Machines were meant to get rid of hard work's pain,
but the blue-collar worker became a puppet on a chain,
once automated brooms start sweeping the floor,
you're the sorcerer's apprentice, and can't stop them anymore.

Internet turned everyone into a transmitter,
mass media debunked as counterfeiter.
Pretty soon big money jumped in and pulled the plug,
speak up now, and you'll be fixed like any bug.

I dreamed of a black man as president of the USA,
thought I'll never live to see that day,
thought he certainly would right a wrong, or two,
can't believe he turned out a third rate actor, too.

Refrain

There is a place where the future died in agony,
dreams pulled back by it's gravity.
There's a graveyard where all good intentions rest,
once embraced so hard, shrouded corpses now, at best.


Words & Music: Michael Michaelis

Michael: Vocals, Guitars, Violin, Bass, Cymbals & HiHat, Wave Drum (Snare, Toms, Bass Drum), Percussion (Shaker, Tambourine)

Recorded, edited, and mixed proudly using Cubase.

(Last Update: 22.10.2016)


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Red Lights Behind


Different places, some dark, some light,
good or bad, wrong or right,
but it's not up to you to decide,
you can't place yourself on either side.

Where you'll go is in the blind,
all you see is red lights behind,
when moving fast all you want is look ahead,
but a blurred image of the past is all you get.

There is an angel, a storm blowing into her face,
a storm coming from the past at disturbing pace,
she's bowed down in mourning sorrow,
'cause all she wants is to turn around, to catch a sight of tomorrow.

That angel is falling thru time,
(same destiny as yours or mine,)
all she wants is to look ahead,
all she sees are the ashes of the past instead.

[Verses 3+4 are paraphrasingWalter Benjamin's remarks on a painting of Paul Klee, “Angelus Novus”.]


Words & Music: Michael Michaelis

Michael: Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Violin (String Sections), Piano, Bass, Cymbals & HiHat, Wave Drum (Bass Drum, Snare), Percussion (Caxixi, Tambourine, Bamboo Cata).

Recorded, edited, and mixed proudly using Cubase.

(Last Update: 26.12.2016)


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Persistence


Music: Michael Michaelis

Michael: Guitar, Piano, Bass, Cymbals & HiHat, Wave Drum (Bass Drum, Snare), Percussion (Shaker, Darbuka, Rainmaker), Synthesizer- and Sequencer Programming.

Recorded, edited, and mixed proudly using Cubase.

(Last Update: 11.2.2017)


[All Rights reserved. © Michael Michaelis, 2017]



The Jester


I'm the one who casts that dark shadow deep inside of you,
when you think you got rid of me, I jump out of the blue.

My art of seduction is subtle, I'm just telling what's true,
you'll side with me simply 'cause you know now what to do.

If you want to be the king of the game -
just do it, grab the crown in my name.

I can make a mask, and your face will grow to fit it,
but once you join my game you're not allowed to quit it.

You can shine in all the power and the glory,
just leave that life of yours at my soul depository.

Ending

Well I wish today is the day I take your soul,
but geez! you're a trickster, hiding an ace in the hole.
You denied the crown, took the role of the jester instead,
running me down as a cartoon on your scribbling pad.


(Unused Verses)

When you're tested by your qualms, I whisper in your ears,
I make a pledge to everything you wanna hear.

I'm your gardener, you are my seeds,
just do it, string my prayer beads.

Head for the crown, try to be king,
just do it, allowed is everything.


Painting: Paul Klee, The Devil juggles.

„He wears a mask, and his face will grow to fit it.” - George Orwell

„Just do it.” - Nike Inc.


Words & Music: Michael Michaelis

Michael: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Violin & Viola, Cymbals & HiHat, Wave Drum (Bass Drum, Snare).

Recorded, edited, and mixed proudly using Cubase.

(Last Update: 20.4.2017)


[All Rights reserved. © Michael Michaelis, 2017]



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