Between Air And Wing

by Steve Merlin

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1.
04:28
Love Tattoo - Steve Merlin (c)2000/2013 It’s a thin thin line It’s like walking on a highwire, strung in a stormcloud Take it or leave it It’s like betting your life when you know The game has not yet been invented But it’s painted in the skies Burned into your eyes Not yet been invented Tattooed in your brain though you feel no pain Feels like drowning in the air you breathe Tripping on a vacuum breeze She pours strange new words into your ears And you feel a change as your world falls out of place Take it or leave it It’s like betting your life when you know The game has not yet been invented But it’s painted in the skies Burned into your eyes Not yet been invented Tattooed in your brain though you feel no pain You can feel no pain, you can feel no pain Tattooed in your brain though you feel no pain Take it or leave it It’s like betting your life when you know The game has not yet been invented The game has not yet been invented
2.
06:45
I Listen - Steve Merlin (c)2008/2013 I often venture back to this building You get in, grab a chair, and sit down You put your left hand where your right leg meets your hip Palm pointing upwards You rest the elbow of your right hand’s arm In your left hand’s upturned palm You stretch the finger of your right hand, close your eyes Feel the voices Buzzing in your fingertip Buzzing in your fingertip Voices in your fingertip Voices in your fingertip Feel the thrill under your very skin The slightest change may tune you in To different voices Sometimes I hear my own voice Sometimes memories I haven’t yet collected Sometimes I hear the ocean bubbling, rising from the ground and see The walls like icebergs crumbling to the water Sometimes I hear the marching of a thousand heavy boots Sometimes I hear the sound of beating fists on someone’s body Sometimes a little girl and little boy And I listen to their meowing Only rarely, when the stars are at an angle The voices move like herring in the sea Then suddenly they change into the body of a girl Shimmering in the air You find the reddest voices concentrated ‘round her mouth I close my eyes and feel her arms are closing ‘round me And I listen I listen I listen I listen Many weeks from now’s the time will I return again to this building What’s the difference between sadness and craving? The difference between sadness and craving The difference between sadness and craving The difference between sadness and craving
3.
03:54
Disappear - Steve Merlin (c)2005/2013 At a venue, on a rainy evening somewhere in this town I was hiding, I was trying to slow down cause my head spinned ‘round No one, no appointments Opened up my mind, filled it up with sound Then I found you, you were dancing like there’s nothing but music When you saw me, you were smiling and it seemed like you knew me Everybody faded, only thing I heard was your breathing Time became an echo, future just a word from my memory And every note felt like rain on my face And then I disappeared with you It must have been strange for the ones that knew you Then I disappeared with you I never even cared where on earth we went to Feeling happy, are words I never thought that had meaning But it happened, and I think it’s even better than dreaming No one, no appointments Open up my mind, fill it up with you Take every day as it comes And disappear with you It’s gonna be strange for the ones that knew you Disappear with you Couldn’t care less where on earth we go to Disappear with you I’m feeling like a wizard everytime I’m with you Disappear with you I feel I own the world when I’m beside you When I found you, you were dancing like there’s nothing but music When you saw me, you blew me away with a smile And then I disappeared with you It must have been strange for the ones that knew you I disappeared with you You never can tell what they think of that move I disappeared with you I never even cared where on earth we went to
4.
Dandelion Stars - Steve Merlin (c)2009/2013 That day she lit a fire in my heart Sparkling in fields of dandelion stars Listening, watching, barefoot on the grass Green she was, Green she was The old man playing tunes on his guitar Silvery hair and a soul full of scars ‘d Done Peggy Sue, in about a million bars Green I was Green I was The river ran towards a setting sun Taking her time,since the day she was young I felt my life had only just begun Green it was Green it was Green it was Cradled in my arms, she said - I feel so free - then she rested her head I felt a million things instead Dandelion stars all around me
5.
Everyone Soon - Steve Merlin (c)1993/2013 A shepherd’s home, a misty sun A peaceful kind of morning comes A shroud of snow, the world unborn The yester-times forever gone And with the world at dawn You realize it’s round and round And everything is waiting for you now A clear-blue sky to dream upon You look down to watch the people run You’re wondering where they all go Will anybody ever know? And with the world at noon You realize their time comes really soon And everyone is waiting for you now I’m waiting for you now
6.
Electric Light - Steve Merlin (c)1999/2013 I took the empty silence And filled it with some words to hear Something to talk about I learned to fight the darkness Got electric light to spend the night Forget that I’m here alone My fear for loneliness dries up I found some friends to keep the water out It’s only temporary You give some kind of meaning Such a comfortable feeling But I must have been dreaming Because I’m losing you again On my own again I used to freeze without you Put the heating on to keep me warm It’s fake but kind of friendly Got a brand new miracle machine That takes my mind away from here I play my music through the night Under electric light You give some kind of meaning Such a comfortable feeling But I must have been dreaming Cause I’m losing you again Because I’m losing you again Girl I must have been dreaming I used to freeze without you Put the heating on to keep me warm It’s fake but kind of friendly
7.
06:08
Clockwork - Steve Merlin (c)1992/2013 The hands fell off this morning, from my favourite clock Time stood still this morning, all my senses were locked Up in deep-frozen skies, up in faces of ice And the sun wouldn’t rise When I looked up this morning, no one moved no one tried A world at peace this morning, everyone seemed to hide Down in beds made of clouds, down where silence cried out At the end of a sound Chronical hands, the guards of the plan As long as they turn around Chronical hands will run the race of man As long as they turn around My watch has stopped this morning, though the battery’s ok Oh my life began this morning, as my mind melted away All my cares did explode, into fragments of cloth On a wide open road The chronical hands have been taking their time, The waves of our history roll down my spine A flash of insanity brings back my mind The morning just woke me from falling behind Chronical hands, we’re made out of sand Chronical hands, one way to the end
8.
Between Air And Wing - Steve Merlin (c)2008/2013 I’ve been seeing an angel She came into my life for a while There was an hour-glass full of sparkling things Entirely ours for a while Time was another dimension Too non-existent to mention We walked across the universe We had apple pies in the clouds There were waterfalls, stars, a thousand things In that little room in my house It was a story ever expanding There were so many happy endings Then in the brightest blue of her eyes I saw a burning secret She whispered ‘Tell me, what’s the time’ I said: ‘I don’t know where they keep it!’ Then a voice cried out from within her The hour-glass cracked into splinters Time slipped away every minute And everything vanished within it And she just vanished out of my life Back to her garden of angels And I just have to get on with my life How do you forget an angel? An angel, an angel, an angel And what should I do when I meet her down town? Whereto now with my love I’ve just no use for this love I’ve just too much of this love To keep focus I stroll around in this town Keep my eyes to the ground But there is no-one in this town To notice I’m torn Between my head and my phone I’ve got to leave her alone I’ve got to leave her alone She’s torn Between her love and her home Between the dream and the known Between the dog and the bone I know I know I know I know We took a ride on a jet boat And this was going to happen The waves short-circuited the dashboard And I feel cold And weightless in a wide, wide ocean If I’d be asleep and I dreamed, could I see her? Cause when I’m awake I just stay here and hide myself She’s lightyears away but it seems, she’s so near to me The universe was bent in a minute, and put on a shelf I’m torn Between my head and my phone I’ve got to leave her alone I’ve got to leave her alone She’s torn Between her love and her home Between the dream and the known Between the dog and the bone Torn, between the dog and the bone Between the dog and the bone, between the dog and the bone Torn, between the waves and the boat Between the wheel and the road, between the dream and the known Between the ash and the heel, between the chrome and the steel Between the yang and the yin, between the air and the wing Between madness and love, between madness and love Between madness and love, between madness and love Between madness and love, between madness and love Between madness and love Love
9.
I Listen (reprise) - Steve Merlin (c)2008/2013 I’ll never get used to this building I walked in years ago, called it home And now the whispers of the voices in the walls Fill the empty space And I listen I listen I listen I listen
10.
Green Summer Morning - Steve Merlin (c)2008/2013 Sleep well, my darling Got a box full of dreams Some I can give you Some I will keep For the moment you wake up And your eyes touch the light Of the green summer morning Softly mirrored in mine For the moment you wake up Only one dream will do Of lovers, slowly waking One is me One is you

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released February 23, 2013

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Steve Merlin Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Dutch prog rocker Steve Merlin is currently working on a new story-based double album to be released in 2021. In 2008 Steve released his experimental album Closer To The Moon. Years of writing resulted in Between Air And Wing (2013), and progrock album Crash Course For Earth (2015), both recorded with the band: Tom van Veldhoven (drums), Freek Helsper (keys), Rick Weren (bass) and guest musicians. ... more

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