La Muerta

271 days (instrumental)
music: steffen

la muerta
music: steffen/menses
lyrics: steffen

whenever day turns into darkest nightfall
whenever time will break
what doesn‘t bend
whenever love gets lost in thousand fires
whenever every breath we take is so cold

everytime we close our eyes
there‘s a hand upon our brow
everywhere and anytime we cry
renegades, bow down and say your prayer

guiding our way through the darkness she
is the lady of the night
or so they all say
leading us where no light shows
giving us hope where no hope grows
until we are sleeping

and every night
we dream our world of healing
for every wretch a halo and forgiveness
for every kill
there‘s penance and a night‘s rest
for every god we choose
we forge new faith

and everytime we close the blinds
we will hide away our deeds
blood and tears
goddess, wash all my sins away

finding our way
through our dark thoughts
she is the widow in our dreams
or so they all say
leading us where no light shows
allowing us treasures and misdeed
and so she smiles
guiding our way through the darkness
she is the lady of the night
or so they all say
leading us where no light shows
giving us hope where no hope grows
until we are sleeping

kissing our souls like a mother
watching the hours slip away
and so we pray
singing a song for the homeless
one day she will take it all away
that‘s when all will fade

finding our way
through our dark thoughts
she is the patron in our minds
or so they all say
leading us where no light shows
paving a passage for the dead
and so we pray
guiding our way through the darkness
she is the lady of the night
or so they all say
leading us where no light shows
giving us hope where no hope grows
until we all are sleeping

the bells of lyonesse
music: steffen/menses
lyrics: steffen

when did it all begin
will it ever end
a feeling ever haunting
made of stone and heavy lead
each day feels like a fine line
trembling on a ledge
and after all these tight years
i‘m still afraid of heights

watching the city as it‘s going down
beneath the waves i hear a terrible sound
of course, it‘s just a picture
one to illustrate
truth be told, a sad one
that cannot know right from wrong

ahead of the waves
with the tides at my heels
and i am running away
from all the sounds in my head
from the shelter
as it all came undone
still i‘m running away
from the bells in the sea, down below

it‘s how you read a story
from the start or in reverse
it‘s how you read your own life
like a blessing or a curse
we see our sins reflected
in everything around

but sometimes we‘re too close
to differ innocence from fault

ahead of the storm
with the wolves at my heels
and i‘m running away
from all the things behind me
from the lost faith
and the splendor we shared
still i‘m running away
from the void in my soul, down below

and now i‘m all alone
yes now i‘m all alone
as the waves keep coming in i‘m all alone
as the bells keep on haunting
bells keep on haunting me
on and on and on

ahead of the waves
with the tides at my heels
and I am running away
from all the sounds in my head
from the shelter
as it all came undone
still I‘m running away
from the bells in the sea
from the lost faith
and the splendor we shared
still I‘m running away
from the void in my soul, down below

every able hand
music: menses/steffen
lyrics: menses

wandering
we are wondering
yet our goal is unforetold
thriving
we are diving
in a deepness dark and cold

with every able hand
we’re shifting heavy loads
our banners waving proudly
staring at the sun
the point of no return

saviours and salvation
every fable, every farce
conveniently able of persuasion
all for one and none for all

with every able hand
we’re shifting heavy loads
the piles are getting mightier
our sunlight’s almost gone
the turmoil at the base
foretells that all that’s built
will tumble down

walls of water at the shores
fire’s burning deep
weary legs that cannot carry more
the mountain’s much too steep
the breach into forever
has never been that small
while we’re lifting up our spirits
every able hand will still not be enough

teardrops will dry in source of origin (instrumental)
music: steffen

the approaches
music: steffen/menses
lyrics: steffen

hours of darkness touch hours of light
olden days broken, not perfectly gone
distances fading in bright sunset glow
getting there felt like an unending flight

now the heart is beating slower
as the latitudes collide
and the skin is growing older
so slowly we drive

imagine a doorway
and running away
imagine a way out is another way home
imagine a window
the breath of the world
imagine an ocean is a bridge
across the past

this new light, subdued
these signs by the road
it takes forever to spot where to go
but in wind, in rain
through the silence and doubt
still chasing time
in a country of hope

imagine a doorway
and running away
imagine an eden
in the fine shape of a home

imagine a window
a world upside down
imagine an ocean
is a bridge across the past

the headlights light up
the new street ahead
it took forever to build it in time
the old house, old skin
whoever wears it by now
it‘s now or never to keep racing on

boldly we start
slowly we see
bright stars piercing the sky
thirsty we drink from the rain
soaking our hearts
cravingly hope
humbly we pray
that our engine will run
and so we drive
hands on wheel til we arrive

even though the stars don’t shine
music: menses/steffen
lyrics: steffen

starlight, above a sea of clouds
scattered and distant
concealed behind a shroud

like eyes, o so many miles away
divided by changes
the rain is not safe to drink

I died, you died, we died in friendly fire
we took, we took these precious things
for granted
now they‘re melting away
like the hands of an old watch

and when all we love is
but a leaf on a lone wind
when all the words are much too weak
to save the essence
then we‘re hoping and yearning
then we‘re crying and learning
that even though the stars don‘t shine
we feel their presence

and some lights
they do not fade as distance grows
they’re shining in hiding
to take a long way round

and these summers
much too beautiful to stay
remember them softly
to not break what is left

I died, you died, we died in friendly fire
we took, we took these precious things
for granted
now they sliver and tremble
like a branch on an old tree

when all we love is
but a leaf on a lone wind
when all the words are much too weak
to save the essence
then we‘re hoping and yearning
then we‘re crying and learning
that even though the stars don‘t shine

we feel their presence
then we‘re crying and learning
that even though the stars don‘t shine
we know their brilliance
then we‘re hoping and yearning
then we‘re crying and learning
and even though the stars don‘t shine
i feel your light

the passage
music: menses/steffen
lyrics: steffen

life, half afraid
of things beyond our reach
we fear they might collapse and bring
us down
and Iife, too often too scared
of promises and choices
and of wings that stir the air

but someday
we‘ll set out for things that we crave
though we can‘t forsee
where the wild wind blows

all we have is this moment
all we have is this knowledge
that this life is a passage
so narrow, so wide
all we have is this union
like rivers and oceans
and it all can be taken in a blink of an eye

days like winding roads
a labyrinth of dreams
that often die before they come to life
though we know
we can‘t sing this song forever
we keep on writing on
and on until the break of dawn

but our notions
will someday be ghosts on the wind
and we can‘t hold back all that is to come

all we have is this moment
all we have is this knowledge
that this life is a passage
so narrow, so wide
all we have is this union
like rivers and oceans
and it all can be taken in a blink of an eye

blue wide open sea and sky
something must be out there
in my outworn mind
blue wide pinnacles and seas
same old words and naive dreams
my sky

all we have is this moment
all we have is this knowledge
that this life is a passage
so narrow, so wide
all we have is this union
like rivers and oceans
and it all can be taken in a blink of an eye

when all the trains are sleeping
music: steffen/menses
lyrics: steffen/bohm

and we broke in, into a twilight to steal
forbidden treasures in the pale moonlight
like thieves in the shadow of a tree
lost among a thousand stars

and starving over the wall we climbed
in someone‘s garden in a shining gloom
built a world in this secrecy of night
broke a golden branch
no we won‘t get out here alone

so now, where do we go from here
from this uncertain ground
toward a refuge from the storm
and my eyes of mourning
are longing for the open sea

something is drawing us
into the great wide unknown
where shooting stars collide
and all the world lies still
when all the trains are sleeping
one is left to pull us out

until the cherry tree will flourish again
the shadows of the ride
across our thoughts
silent steps along the rails of faith
in the hopeful shimmering sky

and we broke in, into a twilight to heal
it will take time til winter‘s gone again
sow the seeds, soon to gather all the
fruits, trust the unknown light
we will shine above the long time

so now, what do we see from here
all these surrounded dreams
looking for shelter from the strain
your eyes of mourning
are longing for another road

something is drawing us
into the great wide unknown
where the elements collide
and all the world lies still
when all the trains are sleeping
take the one toward the dawn

as birds on pinions free
music: steffen/menses
lyrics: steffen

with every passing day
we are counting the moments
that we have not lived in this cold room
the life as we know it by now
is nothing but an echo that lingers on in
this empty room
some things are meant to stay
and some things just stay
because they‘re old

like this worn-out room
so here we are in this unkind house
strangers to each other
captured in the silence of this cold room

brutal to show the prisoner windows
brutal to live a world of innuendos
brutal to fake another crooked moment
how brutal to say let it go

but in a book I read the words
there are birds on pinions free
just like the sunlight in a wounded sky
something to break, something to build
something to gain, something to lose
the world we know it will not be the same

build an island of our own
just like birds on pinions free
the view from this height
will not be the same

this force of habit
sometimes is stronger than love
stronger than reason
black will never turn to white
and all the leaves will keep on falling
through this endless cold

and we got to remind ourselves
we got to remind ourselves
someday all the doors will close
and there‘s nowhere left to go

but in a book I read the words
there are birds on pinions free
just like the sunlight in a wounded sky
something to break, something to build
something to gain, something to lose
the world we know it will not be the same
build an island of our own
just like birds on pinions free
the view from this height
will not be the same

some kind of drowning
music: steffen/menses
lyrics: steffen
guest vocals: semkina

she fled into the cold sea
beneath a velvet sky
wrote crinckled letters in the sand
those hollow letters in the sand

then suddenly this icy rain
a slowing heartbeat in the cold
and for a moment
both earth and time stood still

I will never
never forget you
a moment encased
in the fullness of time
I will never
never forget you
some kind of drowning
in the ocean of time

I fled into the bright sky
above a scarlet sea
became an orphan in the night
there’s no beginning to what has gone

now that my mouth is filled
with empty words
I’m still afraid to spit them out
and the tears that you have cried
they‘ve hardened in my palm

I will never
never forget you
a moment encased
in the fullness of time
I will never
never forget you
some kind of drowning in the ocean

and I was always looking back
you were always looking ahead
and somewhere in that space in between
there was no room left for a dream