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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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Track Name: Free To Fly
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
Track Name: Edge Of Nothing
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
Track Name: The Facts About My Life
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
Track Name: Never Come To Know
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
Track Name: My Rocket Ship
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
Track Name: When The Night Calls
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
Track Name: God Believes
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
Track Name: For The Stars
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
Track Name: One Fix Or Another
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
Track Name: In My Bones
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
Track Name: Way Down
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
Track Name: Far Too Long Too Far
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
Track Name: A Braver Smile
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
Track Name: The Late Great TvZ
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