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Free To Fly 03:22
Free To Fly Nobody knows the miles I have wandered nobody knows just where I come from nobody knows the years I have squandered never did I find a place like the one I call my home How many years are yet to come how many a humbling trial how many more miles have I got to run ’fore I’ll be free to fly? Nobody knows the poison I have tasted nobody knows the pain within my soul nobody knows the possibilities I’ve wasted never did I find a one like the one I used to know How many years are yet to come how many a humbling trial how many more miles have I got to run ’fore I’ll be free to fly? God only knows just how I have suffered God only knows just how I have tried God only knows how I miss my brother one day I’ll run with him again and we’ll both be free to fly How many years are yet to come how many a humbling trial how many more miles have I got to run ’fore I’ll be free to fly? Words & music Markus Rill
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Edge Of Nothing I stepped hard on the brake spilled the beer in my lap must’ve been a black cat crossing my path or somethin’ just like that I know just what she’s gonna say when I come home tonight “boy, ain’t you got any sense you don’t need another DUI” Livin’ on the edge of nothin’ running hard and out of luck livin’ on the edge of nothin’ and nothin’ ain’t enough I been out driving around lookin’ for a job the only thing that I found was just a little bit of pot A man needs to be free our little girl needs some new shoes My baby used to be so cool these days she’s got a real short fuse Livin’ on the edge of nothin’ running hard and out of luck livin’ on the edge of nothin’ and nothin’ ain’t enough Maybe I can borrow some money, buy a pack of smokes, pick up a carton of milk and then make my way back home Livin’ on the edge of nothin’ running hard and out of luck livin’ on the edge of nothin’ and nothin’ ain’t enough Words & music Markus Rill
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The Facts About My Life I never threw a fastball quite as fast as the other kids my favorite color is red I never played outside in the summer when the other kids did I stayed in, reading books instead I met Walter Matthau when they were filming The Grass Harp in our town on the corner of Main Street and 9th but I’ve never seen that movie since it first came out these are the facts about my life I played a solo in my 5th grade band recital on a plastic flute I’ve never been west of the Mississippi and if you stop and ask I’ll tell you where to find the best dang barbecue but you’d never stop to ask me I’m 31 years old and I always keep a flashlight near my bed still get scared of the dark sometimes seems like I always got an old country tune going round my head these are the facts about my life I was baptized in 11th grade in a Southern Baptist Church I dig Jesus and I like cheese I so love my baby nephew I hope he never gets hurt and I know little Bryson loves me I had viral meningitis when I was only eight months old I look different and I never grew taller than 4’9” I was born with two club feet and a mother’s hand to hold these are the facts about my life Words & music Markus Rill
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Never Come To Know I never knew that our nights upon the river banks would be the best nights of my life I never knew I’d never feel that way again but that was then, I know now I never knew that summer wouldn’t last forever but it would never fade I never knew we weren’t meant to be together but that was then, I know now You made me feel so alive you made me feel so right I never thought I’d find out how it feels to let you go and I wish that I had never come to know I never knew a heart could hurt so awful bad I never thought it would be mine I didn’t understand you were the best I ever had but that was then, I know now You made me feel so alive you made me feel so right I never thought I’d find out how it feels to let you go and I wish that I had never come to know You live and learn, you live and learn a lot and the heart it yearns, the heart it yearns for what it hasn’t got I should’ve never let you slip away should’ve never let you go, now I know You made me feel so alive you made me feel so right I never thought I’d find out how it feels to let you go and I wish that I had never come to know Words & music Markus Rill/Daniel Biscan
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My Rocket Ship This guitar is a rocket ship takes me far away from here to another frame of mind where all my sorrows disappear This guitar is a time machine brings my mother back to me if only for a little while still it's makin' me believe That I can reach beyond myself I can almost touch the stars it taught me I could be somebody else I have faith in this guitar This guitar is a roaring train teaching me to roam takes me anywhere I wanna go always makes me feel at home That I can reach beyond myself I can touch another heart it taught me I could be somebody else I have faith in this guitar Some say it's just a box of wood old and warped and used I'm not one to argue with the facts but they don't know her like I do This guitar is a rocket ship it's not tethered to the ground shown me things I never could've dreamed of and it never lets me down Without it I would be somebody else I have faith in this guitar Words & music Markus Rill
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When The Night Calls When the night calls all my shackles fall away When the night calls asking me to come on out and play I won’t hesitate to heed that call take my chance and get away from it all I’m gonna run, boys, and I won’t stall when the night calls When the shadows fall, that’s when I come alive when the shadows fall, time to break out of the hive cause all I know in the broad daylight is only trouble and struggle and strife but I’ll walk proud and I’ll walk tall when the shadows fall When the night calls, when the night calls I’ll walk proud and I’ll walk tall when the night calls The night’s full of magic and opportunity I might find me a baby or maybe she’ll find me it’s the only time a man can feel free I wasn’t made for daylight, the night was made for me When the night calls, that’s when I come alive When the night calls, time to break out of the hive there ain’t no wrong in feeling right the Lord made day and he made night and He made me a guy who’s enthralled when the night calls When the night calls, when the night calls He made me a guy who’s enthralled When the night calls, when the night calls I’ll walk proud and I’ll walk tall when the night calls Words: Markus Rill, Music: Markus Rill/Daniel Biscan
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God Believes 03:30
God Believes I used to not believe in anything but myself and rock’n’roll I used to think that I knew everything but lookin’ back, what did I know? I thought I’d always get by on my own cause I was young and I felt strong but I never really was alone cause where did all this strength come from? I used to not believe in anything but now I see God believes in me At the bottom of the deepest hole I cussed and cried, I never prayed till I gave in and I gave up control I found out, I found my way I used to not believe in anything but now I feel God believes in me The trust that in my daughter’s eyes I see inspires responsibility and I accept the mystery God believes in me I used to not believe in anything but myself and rock’n’roll but now with every single song I sing I gain strength and comfort for my soul I used to think I’d get by on my own now I believe God believes in me Words & music Markus Rill
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For The Stars I’ve learned to live without what I desire and with what I got that don’t mean that I’m satisfied and it don’t mean I’m not Nothing to show but my failures and weaknesses, bruises and scars Gravity’s getting to me, still I each for the stars Well, the globalized virtual reality is changing so fast yesterday’s tomorrow tonight is a thing of the past and only a relic would still read the paper and still love the sound of guitars Maturity’s getting to me, still I reach for the stars Reach for the stars they slip farther away every day reach for the stars something to strive for, something to stay alive for I’m too old now to jump high enough to believe I can fly but that’s not a good enough reason to not even try all that man really needs is a dream and a fire in his heart the human body and mind are designed to reach for the stars Reach for the stars they slip farther away every day reach for the stars something to strive for, something to stay alive for I’m too old now to jump high enough to believe I can fly but that’s not a good enough reason to not even try I look at the sky and it don’t look too close but it’s never too far I won’t heed the cynic in me, I’ll reach for the stars Words & music Markus Rill
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One Fix Or Another It’s been a while since I’ve been married been a while I’ve been dry She says she left cause of my drinking I says I drink because she left me behind It was her who wasn’t true although she’ll tell you that’s a lie but a promise that I make is a promise that I keep for all time There’s times when I get lonesome I long for liquor and a lover when I get this lonesome I fall for one fix or another It’s been a while since I’ve been hopeful been a while since I’ve had faith and if you don’t believe in love there ain’t nothing you can trust anyway There’s times when I get lonesome I long for liquor and a lover when I get this lonesome I fall for one fix or another I can’t find a lover the girls I used to know they all got kids I can’t find a lover but I always find another fix There’s times when I get lonesome I long for liquor and a lover when I get this lonesome I fall for one fix or another Words & music Markus Rill
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In My Bones 04:08
In My Bones Standing on top of the mountain, sure seems like a long way down but in less than the wink of an eye you might hit the cold hard ground no matter how solid the ground that your own, fickle is the time and before you know it yourself you’ll be past your prime Believe me, cause I know believe me, I can feel it in my bones You never know how good you had it till you got it worse you never know how bad it’s gonna be before it hurts no matter how little or how much you got, you’re gonna always want more but you never know how little you really need till you’ve been dirt poor Believe me, cause I know believe me, it’s in my soul and in my bones In my soul I don’t need evidence or proof in my bones I can feel the truth You’ll never know where you run if you don’t know what you’re running from you’ll always find something that looks right but there’s plenty that can always go wrong no matter how far you travel the world you can never shake off your home and there’s no avoiding facing yourself when you’re all alone Believe me, cause I know believe me, it’s in my soul and in my bones In my soul, everything I’ve seen in my bones, everything I’ll ever be Words & music Markus Rill
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Way Down 03:32
Way Down Way down at the end of the hall that’s where I’m gonna be with a big box of matches and a can of gasoline you better not be messin’ with me Way down at the end of the hall where everything went wrong I’m gonna do some things that have never been done and I ain’t gonna wait for long Way down at the end of the hall, you better just take it from me all the money in the world ain’t gonna do you no good you won’t get nothing for free nothing ever comes for free You’re gonna get what’s coming to ya keep lookin’ down on me but what good’s it gonna do ya Way down at the end of the hall I’ll be hiding in the shade in the pitch black dark with my mean old heart and all the debts I never paid all my debts will be repaid You’re gonna get what’s coming to ya keep lookin’ down on me but what good’s it gonna do ya You’re gonna get what’s coming to ya keep laughin’ at me but what good’s it gonna do ya Way down at the end of the hall that’s where I’m gonna be with a big box of matches and a can of gasoline you better not be messin’ with me you better not be messin’ with me Words & music Markus Rill/Annika Fehling
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Far Too Long Too Far Forgive me for calling up this late I’ve been thinking ‘bout you and I swear I couldn’t wait I know you think I’m out here having fun truth is I’m sad and lonely and just a little bummed I can’t take more than just another day or two I’ve been far too long too far away from you How I wish that I was there there’s so many things I wish we could share I love to see you dance and make you smile and it’s only gonna be another little while So please forgive me if I sound a little blue I’ve been far too long too far away from you Far too long too far gone far too long too far gone So little one come closer to the phone I hate missing you and I hate to miss seeing you grow I’m your Daddy and I know you need me around and I pray to God I’ll never let you down if you need me, I swear that I’ll come through I’ve been far too long too far away from you Words & music Markus Rill
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A Braver Smile You say that you can see exactly how I feel if you notice something in my eye don’t you pay it any mind Things are bound to soon be better in not too long a while I’ll pretend like it don’t matter and I’ll put on a braver smile Life seems to work that way death and doubt and disarray scant consolation in the blues but I suppose I’ll make it through Things are bound to soon be better in not too long a while I’ll pretend like it don’t matter and I’ll put on a braver smile It ain’t over yet how could I forget the child-size casket brung won’t ever be over till I’m done I’ll soon act like I’m better won’t be too long a while I’ll pretend like it don’t matter and I’ll put on a braver smile Words & music Markus Rill
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The Late Great TvZ I only met him just this one time a few weeks before he passed a short conversation backstage but that memory’s gonna last cause I know I will remember with every sun that’s gonna rise he was a drinker and a poet vulnerable and wise He didn’t walk on stage, he stumbled didn’t play guitar, he fumbled but you could tell he knew the blues and I could feel he sang the truth He was kind and he was humble and not a word was mumbled they came pouring down like rain full of sorrow and of pain full of beauty and desire rushing like the Rio Grande the late great Townes van Zandt He was born of rich folk down in Houston, Texas had a bunch of problems and a bunch of exes picked guitar like Lightnin’ Hopkins way back in his prime lived life to the fullest and then he made it rhyme He didn’t walk on stage, he stumbled didn’t play guitar, he fumbled but you could tell he knew the blues and I could feel he sang the truth He was kind and he was humble and not a word was mumbled they came pouring down like rain full of sorrow and of pain full of beauty and desire rushing like the Rio Grande the late great Townes van Zandt I’m pretty sure he saw it coming I bet that he did know like the migratory bird can feel the coming of the snow he himself had been a rambler traveled far and wide made him a drinker and a poet vulnerable and wise He didn’t walk on stage, he stumbled didn’t play guitar, he fumbled but you could tell he knew the blues and I could feel he sang the truth He was kind and he was humble and not a word was mumbled they came pouring down like rain full of sorrow and of pain full of beauty and desire rushing like the Rio Grande the late great Townes van Zandt Words & music Markus Rill

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released January 18, 2013

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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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