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Something Great (Markus Rill) I was just a kid we were all nothing but kids someone else might’ve pretended to be older or wiser but none of us ever did We were a sports team from the country sounded like the country someone else might’ve pretended to be more worldly but not the guys or me We were young and unrefined laid it all out on the line I was a part of something great part of something bigger than myself part of something great and I never thought I’d feel that way again, feel that way again The city boys looked down when we rolled into town some other teams might’ve been stronger, richer or better but we always stood our ground ‘cause we were in our prime laid it all out on the line I was a part of something great part of something bigger than myself part of something great and I never thought I’d feel that way again, feel that way again And we stood so strong ‘cause we stood as one and it’s been so long but that feeling will never quite be gone Now I’m on this stage tonight these Troublemakers by my side some other bands, they might be younger, hipper or louder but I believe we’re doing alright ‘cause we lay it all out on the line and I feel so alive Like I’m a part of something great part of something bigger than myself part of something great and I never thought I’d feel that way again, now I feel that way again
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Walk On Water (Markus Rill) I’m not the kind to brag, I’m not the kind to boast I’ve loved a thousand girls but I love you the most I never tell a lie, you get just what you see I never make a promise that I can’t keep I can walk on water unless I sink I promise to stay sober unless I drink I can walk on water, skip across like a stone I love you forever unless I don’t I’m not after your money but I guess you got some to spare and I don’t want your mansion but I suppose we could share if I tell you I love you I mean it from my heart I love you for your … character and your credit card I can walk on water unless I sink I promise to stay sober unless I need a drink I can walk on water, skip across like a stone well, I love you forever unless I don’t I’ll take you for my wife ‘cause right now I’ve only got two you don’t need to know, you just say “I do” we don’t need no fine print ‘cause everything will be just fine happy ever after when half of yours is mine I can walk on water unless I sink I promise to stay sober unless I really need a drink I can walk on water, skip across like a stone I love you forever unless I don’t Walk on water I promise to stay sober I can walk on water and I love you forever
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The Pauper’s Daughter (Markus Rill) The pauper's daughter left this town must be ‘bout eight or ten years now Everyone was wondering “Where is that girl bound?” Not many girls like her around dressed in rags but head held proud she always seemed to be a queen without a crown she always seemed to me a queen without a crown The pauper died some years ago if she got word we’ll never know there was a funeral but the daughter did not show These days we talk about her still in the valley, up on the hill she never did come home, perhaps someday she will she hasn't come yet but I know someday she will Seasons change and years go by hope is born and learns to fly some dreams they fade away, some they never die some dreams they fade away, some they never die
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Caroline’s Confession (Markus Rill) I’ve heard Caroline’s confession and now she’ll say her rosary she’ll be granted absolution just as simple as can be she’ll be absolved of all her sins - what about me? Just the slender curve of her calf in her three-inch-heel shoe makes me wish I was a regular guy just like any of you but I’m the one she confides in, she’s the one that makes me ponder sin I’ve heard Caroline’s confession, now she’ll say her rosary she’ll be granted absolution just as simple as can be she’ll be absolved of all her sins - what about me? Just the way that her falls in curls down to the small of her back leads my thoughts down a path of desire that ain’t nothin’ but a cul-de-sac I’m the one that she trusts, she’s the one that makes me ponder lust Well, I’ve heard Caroline’s confession and now she’ll say her rosary she’ll be granted absolution just as simple as can be she’ll be absolved of all her sins - what about me? I’ll be in my vestibule thinking of things I shouldn’t do I’ll be in my lonely room and I’ll be thinking and doing things that I shouldn’t do I’ve heard Caroline’s confession and now she’ll say her rosary she’ll be granted absolution just as simple as can be she’ll be absolved of all her sins - what about me?
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Poor Man’s Set Of Wheels (Markus Rill) I put my hand upon your thigh you put your hand upon mine and we’re singin’ along with the radio awhile and we ride and ride and ride I’m never gonna ride in no long sleek limousine but I got you riding with me and I’ll get to just where I’m supposed to be in a poor man’s set of wheels Underneath the open sky big and wide as our little daughter’s smile I barely got a dollar but I don’t need a dime long as you’re ridin’ by my side I’m never gonna ride no long sleek limousine but I got you riding with me and I’ll get to just where I’m supposed to be in a poor man’s set of wheels And I’m not saying we don’t struggle and I don’t say we never fight but it sure feels like that it is worth the trouble and it’ll all work out alright I’m never gonna ride in no long sleek limousine but I’m so glad you’re riding with me We’re never gonna ride in no long sleek limousine but I got you and you got me, babe and we’ll get to just where we’re supposed to be in a poor man’s set of wheels You and me in a poor man’s set of wheels
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The Girl In The Polka Dot Dress (Markus Rill) I've never known a girl so fine I wanna make that fine girl mine She's not only beautiful She's got brains and she is cool She's the one, smart as a whip She's the one, sunshine on her lips She's the one I long to caress The girl in the polka dot dress When I see that girl out on the streets I wish that she would notice me But I know that someday she will That thought gives me the greatest thrill She's the one, smart as a whip She's the one, sunshine on her lips She's the one I long to caress The girl in the polka dot dress I've never known a girl so fine I'm gonna make that fine girl mine My love bigger than a Chevrolet Love for real won't fade away She's the one, smart as a whip She's the one, sunshine on her lips She's the one I long to caress The girl in the polka dot dress She's the one, smart as a whip She's the one with huckleberry lips She's the one I'll kiss and caress The girl in the polka dot dress
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Over Long Ago (Markus Rill) Nothing I wanna look back on in the rearview nothing but dark clouds ahead what's been done to me I cannot undo and I can't forget that was so long ago, not long enough ago yet The things that I learned in the nighttime they ain't the things that you know from being smart I learned them fearing and hurting and crying from the man in the dark that was so long ago, still I'm coming apart When will all of this be over when will the past be done, when can I forget? When will long ago be over cause I ain't over long ago yet So I keep the doors locked when I'm sleeping and I never tell anyone I just lie with my back to the wall keeping the lights on when will long ago be over and these memories be gone When will all of this be over when will the past be done, when can I forget? When will long ago be over? cause I ain't over long ago yet No, it ain't over yet it ain't over yet Nothing I wanna go back to in my rearview I'd rather know what's to come I've tried to deny what I've been through and I've tried to run when will long ago be over? It's been going on too long
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Hands Of Mercy (Markus Rill) I was so young and so in love I thought I'd never run out of luck But I was so wrong because you gave up when I didn't nearly have enough What was a boy supposed to do, not yet a man? I wound up feeling like a fool, I did not understand The hands of time are hands of mercy they clear my mind of what used to be and every day you slip further away from my memory the hands of time are hands of mercy Now I've come along and I've come to find that you're hardly ever on my mind I'm not all that strong but I get by and I hardly ever have to cry So what is a man supposed to do? I'm not much on advice I still wind up feeling like a fool but I realize The hands of time are hands of mercy they clear my mind of what used to be and every day you slip further away from my memory the hands of time are hands of mercy What is a boy supposed to do, what is a man? We all wind up feeling just like fools now and again The hands of time are hands of mercy they clear my mind of what used to be and every day you slip further away from my memory the hands of time are hands of mercy
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Some Democracy (Markus Rill) By and for and of the people but all for money's sake I cast my vote, it's like I cast my luck I might as well throw it all away Who are you to speak for me what are those things you say? You're not representing me I'm losing all my faith Cause you lie to me and you spy on me and you possess the brazen audacity to call all this democracy, some democracy I believe in the concept of letting the people rule I'm not ruling anything so who is fooling whom? Equality, liberty and brotherhood used to be worth fighting for now it's money and power and money and power and nothing else matters anymore And you lie to me and you spy on me and you possess the brazen audacity to call all this democracy, some democracy This is not the way it's s'posed to be did you really think no-one would ever see? That you lie to me and you spy on me and you possess the brazen audacity to call all this democracy, some fine democracy
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Better 04:03
Better (Markus Rill, Dave Sutherland, Annika Fehling) It could've been better than anything could've been brighter than a diamond ring could've been braver than an old guitar we could've been bigger than movie stars Could've been better but it doesn't really matter it's all about to shatter, it's all about to fall and crumble Should've been higher than a mountain top should've been a bubble that would never pop should've been wishes on the summer wind we should've never come to a bitter end Should've been better but it doesn't really matter it's all about to scatter, do we really wanna let it tumble? I'm not better than you you're not better than me what we're doing is real, it's not make-believe You stopped looking at me I can't stop looking at you so let's stop thinking that one and one is better than two I would be your ocean if you were the rain you would be my anchor not a ball and chain If love can last forever it is not in vain if only for a second I still feel the same Yeah, if everything was better maybe none of this would matter but it'll all wind up in tatters, let's try to keep it real and humble I'm not better than you you're not better than me what we're doing is real, it's not make-believe You stopped looking at me I can't stop looking at you so let's stop thinking that one and one is better than two I'm not better than you you're not better than me what we're doing is real, it's not make-believe You still think about me I can't stop thinking 'bout you so let's stop thinking that one and one is better than two
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Roll Along 03:12
Roll Along (Markus Rill) Well, I rode for a while over brook and stone and when I got lost, I rode on I'm not changing my ways but I know about a place where I can show my true face Y'all just roll along, roll along roll along through the night roll along, dear friends of mine and as you roll by I'll be riding with you in my mind And I'm not tired of the road I'm tired of the ride and I'll take a rest maybe for just a little while Y'all just roll along, roll along roll along through the night roll along, dear friends of mine and as you roll by I'll be riding with you in my mind Well, I rode for a while over brook and stone now I got called, time to come home Y'all just roll along, roll along roll along day and night roll along, dear friends of mine and as you roll by I'll be riding with you in my mind
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Dream Anyway 03:27
Dream Anyway (Markus Rill) All the roads I used to ride and all the girls I left behind chances blown are on my mind most every night But I swear my aim was true I did the best I knew to do good luck does not always come through, ain't that the truth Well, the best laid plans sometimes may go astray but the wise man and the fool dream anyway dream anyway I'm not the same I used to be not as young and not as free the world has changed and it's changed me as you can see No-one knows what all this means the highs and lows and in-betweens life's but a vessel for our dreams or so it seems Well, the best laid plans sometimes may slip away but the handmaid and the queen dream anyway dream anyway Oh-oh, dream anyway All the roads I used to ride and all the girls that left me behind live on forever in my mind, yeah, that's right And if our highest hopes and goals come through someday the agnostic and the priest dream anyway dream anyway Oh-oh, dream anyway

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released April 15, 2016

Produced by Achim Sauer & Markus Rill with Chris Reiss.
Mixed by Achim Sauer & Chris Reiss with Markus Rill.
Recorded at 7V Studios, Bockenem/Germany.
Engineered by Kühl & Sauer.

Markus Rill - vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, 6-string cheater banjo, harmonica
Marco Hohner - electric & acoustic guitars, lap steel, banjo, mandolin, backing vocals
Manu Huber - piano, organ, farfisa, e-piano, accordion, backing vocals
Chris Reiss - electric, semi-acoustic & upright bass, Irish bouzouki
Leonardo von Papp - drums, percussion

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Markus Rill München, Germany

A unique sandstone voice and songs that’ll get under your skin. Markus Rill has a way of combining stripped-down storytelling with rough-edged roots’n’roll that’s utterly captivating

»Songs that are beautifully shimmering with ambiguity - brilliant lyrics« - Rolling Stone"

"Rill shows great depth as a songwriter, bandleader and producer" - No Depression/USA
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