Dream Anyway

by Markus Rill

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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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Track Name: Something Great
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
Track Name: Walk On Water
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
Track Name: The Pauper's Daughter
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
Track Name: Caroline's Confession
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?
Track Name: Poor Man's Set Of Wheels
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
Track Name: The Girl In The Polka Dot Dress
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
Track Name: Over Long Ago
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
Track Name: Hands Of Mercy
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
Track Name: Some Democracy
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
Track Name: Better
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
Track Name: Roll Along
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
Track Name: Dream Anyway
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