Closer To The Moon

by Steve Merlin

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The Collector - Steve Merlin 1993/2003/2008 The sun shines on the back of my head, I’ve landed in the park And the grass and the sky and the girls are fine And they’re green and they’re blond and they’re mine Ooh, how I cherish them all, take them into my heart Everywhere I’ll go I’ll take them And I’m looking around and they’re all looking back Looking with the back of their heads And I wave at the grass and the sky and the trees And everyone thinks I’m mad Ooh, how I cherish them all, take them into my heart Everywhere I’ll go I’ll take them I really am a collector I’ll drag your heart around My room is made of feathers To choke you silently I really am a collector I’ll pin you down my dear You can keep your beautiful body Inside this coldness here The sun shines on the back of my head, I’ve landed in the park And the grass and the sky and the girls are fine And they’re green and they’re blond and they’re mine In my house and my room, you won’t go very far On my way to the park I am, on my way to the park I am I’m a collector...
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Only a Time and a Place - Steve Merlin 1995/2003/2008 I wonder if it’s only a time and a place to her The moment we conquered the moon at the place we were My memory leaves me with glimmering eyes in her face I think it has taken her keeping my mind in a daze My lips and my fingers still feel like I’m touching her skin As we stood right in front of my home just before I went in Cause then I forgot that the pretties sky can turn pale It took just a moment to turn and to take her away But how would we go if I ran to her door tonight What would she say if she knew I really wanted to Ask if she’d let me in to a brand new world What would she say if she knew I really considered that I wonder if it’s only a time and a place to her The moment we conquered the moon at the place we were Don’t know what to do I just sit here playing my song Well maybe we shouldn’t do nothing so nothing goes wrong
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Moon - Steve Merlin 1995/2003/2008 She’s lying half asleep, half awake The humming of the bus, the tainted glass You can almost feel the lights from outside, shifting And we put up in the rain, but under the stars that night I could really lose myself in this place The top of a mountain, a view so wide Muddy grass that wraps around your feet Would you like a drink of water from the stream tonight? Moon is so bright now, so bright now, so bright now Moon is so bright now, so bright now Moon is so bright now, she so bright, so bright now Moon is so bright now, she’s so bright now The night is long, a misty walk, and I see her She’s walking next to me, so far away now And no-one really knows which way to go So I just follow, and the moon would keep her face down Moon is so bright now, so bright now, so bright now Moon is so bright now, so bright now And I would really want to climb up there, touch her face Kiss the hair of the moon Feel the breath of the moon And I want to feel her head as she lies upon my shoulder So close, so close, am I strong enough to hold her? The moon is so bright here, it seems all clear to me Through the thin air, the moon can shine so bright The moon can shine so bright The moon, the moon, can shine
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White Rock Tree - Steve Merlin 1996/2003/2008 You took a picture of your wild escape I wish I knew what you were up to Far above what they call sensibility You would prove that they were wrong about you The snow-white rocks, they were like you They seemed to come out of the blue A crying seagull came to wave ‘insanity’ Just like me it loves the life inside your eyes And if it weren’t for the wind, the sun would burn this place away On this neverending winter’s day We’re so far away from decency, so far away from dignity We’ve found paradise in destiny When you told me what they thought of you You stand alone in your bravado You took a picture of a white rock tree Even a stone can bear intentionality Far from war and hate and adultry, far from motorways and industry You should never want to have to leave And if it weren’t for the wind, the sun would burn your face away On this neverending winter’s day
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Waiting For a Rose - Steve Merlin 1996/2003/2008 I can’t fake, you’re so real, though you’re hair wasn’t red before And you’re mind isn’t here, is it me you were looking for? Or just a guy, just anyone, in the corner of you’re time Still you’re beautiful and yet so close, will our love remain a lie to ourselves? What’s so special about me in this overload of people Have you seen the light in me, am I not the poisoned apple Did you fall in love with me, I don’t know what I can tell you Do you wanna be with me Do you really wanna see, do you really wanna see Do you really wanna feel, do you really wanna feel? Guess I’m waiting for a rose, see me waiting for a rose
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Mind Eye - Steve Merlin 1996/2003/2008 I saw the sun come out today The rays of light came through the window in the wall I threw my eyes into the space Outside the window in the wall They started rolling 'cross the lake And turned around to see my image fade away At last the world laid down to take Outside my window in the darkness of the day I can see clearly all around me Right through the faces in the crowd I can see the places left without me Just like the ones I dream about In my mind eye you can’t see me, I will love you anyway When you cry and can’t be near me, I will take your heart away And now your world is at my feet I float around and feel the presence of it all In time, our eyes will always meet Inside an endless stream of treasures
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Final Script For Rodin - Steve Merlin 1991/2003/2008 At the wrong side of these iron bars I gaze at paradise The red heat burning underneath my scars cannot be felt outside This cage is hot and cold as ice, the darkness always bright And I’m alone with everything that’s in and out of sight And it’s killing me, for I can only write But now and then I hear her voice When winds grow cold and trees are like me Her image is reaching me into my shadows It reaches for me, it caresses me But as spring comes to her paradise It’s stirring my wondering, saddening my days I’ll have to wait for the fall to arrive When I touch her again With only my eyes With only my eyes, with only my eyes I wish I could fly
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No Ground - Steve Merlin 1995/2003/2008 The night is over, the night is over The night is over now, the night is over now We stand at the sea-side awake, I shiver and turn ... to you Watch my memories blow away, as I sit down the sand turns blue And like never before, a wall would tumble and fall away Thogh everything falls apart, I will keep every stone for you We’ll ride on in the sunlight, looking at the tides Trying to understand why the speechless people hide Didn’t you know, only time can grow the loved ones Didn’t you know, the place is never here I could have tried to bury those things between us Never again would we speak... and ever hide How can we stand wide awake, and let our memories blow away Though the wind will pull them so hard out, you know there’s always the sun again No reason to ride in the skies, on the thin air, on the floating clouds When you can always feel it, with all of your body, while you’re still on the ground When the night is over, when the night is over When the night is over, the night is over Now the night is over
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Reason - Steve Merlin 1996/2003/2008 All you think all you want, all you keep, all you give All you see, all you feel, all you breathe, all you live All you make, all you dare, all you cry all you sing All you taste, all you smell, all you die, all you win All the time, all the people, all the love, all the sin And the girl with the red hair that shower her skin All the friends that you make, your anytime-brothers Make wings of your you, and a sun of the others All your greed, all your lies, all you fear you have missed All your dreams, all you try, all the tears that you’ve kissed All is fine, oh you’re crazy, all the times you try to tame me All the times you amaze me It’s the reason The reason The reason The reason... to live I think you’re amazing, but I have gone away I think you know the reason, don’t know what to say ‘Cause all the times that you leave me, come around and leave me For all the nice, lovely people, all this time believe me It’s the reason The reason to live The reason The reason to live...
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Close To The Moon - Steve Merlin 1997/2003/2008 There’s something beyond the horizons, born on top of the sea Over the treetops and houses, making it’s way towards me It must be as thin as a razorblade, or fast as a bullet of light ‘Cause no-one has seen it till this very day But I know it’s gonna be mine As long as my mind can remember, the cry of the dream for so long Down at my feet lies a feather, and Icarus cries from the sun I feel the wind is drawing near I can feel her in my face She has come to pick the time She has come to pin the place I feel the wind beneah my skin, feel her drawing through my veins She’s been asking where I’ve been, she has come to make my day I feel the wind under my wings, feel her pulling from a cloud Feel her rushing on around me, feel my feet have left the ground Feels like sitting on a swing, hanging from a cloud of dreams When they turn out the lights in the space below In the back of my mind I hear a thousand souls Crying fly, fly, fly They all wanted to get closer to God, and now they are But I just want to fly high, fly, fly, fly I am gonna vanish into thin air I am gonna vanish into thin air
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Baby With The Shadows In Your Head - Steve Merlin 2004/2008 Baby with the shadows in your head You’ve too much weight upon your back Forget about the past and don’t look sad Your eyes are just not meant to look like that Take a walk into the trees, and taste the blue air, and breathe Take your friends and take good care, there’s nowhere you’d rather be Baby with the shadows in your head That’s too much weight to carry on your back Learn again to trust in someone new And find someone as beautiful as you Cause no-one here can reach you No-one here can tell How to make you happy No-one here but you Baby you’ve got jewels in your head There’s nothing more to bend your back Forget about the past and don’t look sad Your eyes are just not meant to look like that

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released April 27, 2008

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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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