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SADDLE UP & RIDE Alright, let’s go, you and I know that this town’s not getting any better hold on to me, we’ll escape and you’ll see where we go won’t really matter As long as you stay by my side we’ll find the grass is greener on the other side Just saddle up, saddle up, saddle up saddle up & ride On down this road we won’t go slow cause we don’t have a second here to waste time ain’t long and desire is strong and there’s so much life to taste What we don’t need, we’ll leave behind what we don’t want, we’ll pay no mind Just saddle up, saddle up, saddle up saddle up & ride Take my hand, don’t turn around, don’t look back a woman and a man, a brand new town, a second act So come on, let’s go, you and I know that this town’s not getting any better hold on to me, we’ll escape and we’ll see if maybe we can last forever As long as we leave here tonight we’ll be alright come morning light Let’s saddle up, saddle up, saddle up saddle up & ride
2.
INSIDE THE WHEEL I see a jester in the corner of an oval-shaped room I shoulda never drunk that absinthe, shoulda never had those ‘shrooms I’m losing grasp of this confusing surreality is it everybody else or could it possibly be me? He says he wants to know … Is anybody ever happy, is anybody ever free? What can anybody be but a cog inside the wheel of the wheel in the machine? He says “they sent me off to school and they taught me all the rules that they taught me to obey and to never break away and to never have a thought that I had not been taught, that I had not been told and I had not been sold” He says he wants to know … Is anybody ever happy, is anybody ever free? What can anybody be but a cog inside the wheel of the wheel in the machine? I got a feeling like I’m drowning in a very shallow pool while I’m struggling unsuccessfully to come across as cool and the water down the drain is like an echo of my brain lots of information flowing to a place without a name And I really want to know … Is anybody ever happy, is anybody ever free? What can anybody be but a cog inside the wheel of the wheel in the machine? How about a little crazy, how ‘bout creativity? what can anybody be but a cog inside the wheel of the wheel in the machine? Now I’m wondering in the corner of an oval-shaped room is there more than sound and fury to a tale told by a fool Is anybody ever happy, is anybody ever free? What can anybody be but a cog inside the wheel of the wheel in the machine? How about a little crazy, how ‘bout creativity? all they want for me to be is a cog inside the wheel of the wheel in the machine?
3.
THE THING WITH LOVE (Markus Rill/Daniel Hertzov) Can I walk up to her, talk to her can I look her in the eye and get out a sound? Will she listen to me, laugh with me will she see me as I am or shoot me down? If I could tell that young boy what I know right now You never have to wonder, never have to worry never have to think too much oh-oh, that’s the thing with love Can I shelter her, worship her can I live with her and still make her feel free? Will she lay me down, build me up will she stick with me and sometimes let me be? If I could tell that young man what I know right now You better trust the way you feel you better not think too much oh-oh, that’s the thing with love Looking in the rearview it’s so easy to be sure but love remains a mystery it confounds me to my core Won’t somebody tell me what I need to know? Nobody knows just what it means or why it gets so tough oh-oh, that’s the thing with love I may never know just what it means but I’ll never have enough oh-oh, that’s the thing with love
4.
SWAMPLAND OF THE MIND In the swampland, in the South there’s an old tale spread by word of mouth ‘bout a demon ramblin’ about In the back of every broken-down mind you’ll find track of something gone awry and a vision of a better time In the deep, dark middle of the night you can see it if you close your eyes the swampland of your mind In the basement, behind the door in the shadows, that’s for sure something lurkin’, won’t leave you for evermore And if you’re honest you’ll admit it’s true been there for a long, long time, it ain’t nothing new you can feel it, you wish you didn’t but you do In the deep, dark middle of the night you can see it if you close your eyes the swampland of your mind So keep it shuttered, keep it shuttered keep it shuttered, keep it shuttered keep it all locked up Don’t look, don’t look, don’t look don’t look and don’t touch So keep it shuttered, keep it shuttered keep it shuttered, keep it shuttered keep it all locked up Don’t look, don’t look, don’t look don’t look and don’t touch In the deep, dark middle of the night you can see it if you close your eyes the swampland of your mind, the swampland of my mind the swampland of the mind
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LENGTH OF ROPE I don’t need a length of rope, I don’t need a .45 I don’t need to kill myself to be sure that I’ll die It may not be tomorrow, may not be this year but every trace of my existence is bound to disappear So I try to be a father and I try to write some songs and accept sometimes I will be knowing right and going wrong Cause it’s not always easy, I guess it’s not supposed to be they say you’re only living truly if you’re truly living free But freedom’s only fleeting: Rorschach castles in the sky the rushing water of the river and a teardrop in my eye Tonight I want a lover, I don’t wanna fight I don’t wanna kill myself and I don’t wanna die And after all the girls have gone, I still got my guitar and I tell her all my thoughts out beneath the stars
6.
Fearless 03:30
FEARLESS (Eva Hillered/Markus Rill) Oh, to be fearless, oh-oh to be free to focus on the now & here touch and taste and smell and hear maybe I could learn to live without fear Oh, to be weightless, oh-oh to feel light I dream that I can touch the sky ‘n’ then I open up my eyes and realize it’s not that hard to fly I am just a boy with a wounded heart it’s been beat up, bruised and marred trying to find my way out of the dark but why is it so very hard, why must it be so very hard? Oh, to be doubt-less, oh-oh to have faith to never falter, never fall never feel too weak or small it’s a big ol’ world and I’m a part of it all I am just a boy with an old guitar it’s been battered, bruised and scarred but it helps me find my way out of the dark but why is it so very hard, why must it be so very hard? Oh, to be fearless, oh-oh to be free If these clouds were all to disappear in a different light I’d see it clear and realize there’s nothing here to fear
7.
Emily 04:21
EMILY I read today on Venus a day takes longer than a year I wonder if that makes it any easier to move on and forget a precious memory how would you know? You’re already over me Emily You say you found your soulmate and he sings great harmony and he’s a better picker than I could ever hope to be but I still string my guitar and I still my songs and somewhere in the back of my mind I still hear you sing along Emily Tune up your fiddle for me Emily There’s a storm on the horizon, some kids out in the yard I envy them their ignorance, they don’t look that far Me, I always saw it comin’, felt it way down deep I was never right for you, no matter how I tried to be Emily you left your mark on me Emily I remember talking with you, walking with you staying up all night with you I miss your hands on me, your lips on me and every inch of your skin on me I remember laughing with you, dancing with you hanging out all night with you I miss your hands on me, your hair falling on me the freckles that I only I got to see Emily
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A GIRL THAT’S GONE (AIN’T COMIN’ BACK) You can cry all you want to you can kick at the wall you can act nonchalant you will not change nothing at all You gotta learn to accept what you can’t change Like a train escapin’ down the tracks a penny fallin’ through the cracks what’s done is done, a fact’s a fact a girl that’s gone ain’t comin’ back You can mend something you’ve torn you may fix what you broke but a woman that you’ve scorned I’m telling you, there just ain’t no hope You gotta learn to let go what you can’t hold Like a train escapin’ down the tracks a penny fallin’ through the cracks what’s done is done, a fact’s a fact a girl that’s gone ain’t comin’ back
9.
CONSCIENCE COUNTY JAIL I regret going wrong I regret that I failed I went wrong and I failed but I’m writing you tonight from the conscience county jail I did my best to no avail to stay strong, tough as nails but I got lost, weak and blue and went off the rails just to wind up in the arms of the conscience county jail I spend all my days and I spend all my nights I spend all this time trying to turn my wrongs to rights Some men sink, some men sail some men die chasing whales am I the captain or the whale, the great white whale or am I Jonah in the belly of the conscience county jail? I spend all my days and I spend all my nights I spend all this time trying to turn my wrongs to rights I regret going wrong I regret that I failed I went wrong and I failed but I’m writing you tonight from the conscience county jail yes, I’m writing you this song tonight the conscience county jail
10.
A LOVE SO STRONG I love it when you want me and you got ways to let me know wear that dress you know I like and turn the lights down low Sam & Dave are on the stereo and you know how to move I bet you know what I’m thinkin’ and I don’t mind if you do Cause I won’t deny it and why would I even try? With a love so strong you can’t go wrong you got me where you want me, all I want is you and the night is young so, baby, let’s get it on I got something for you and, baby, it’s a love so strong and true I love it when you tease me and you got ways to make me wild take off that dress you know I like with that knowing smile you tiptoe over, baby, and you whisper in my ear it’s getting so hard to resist you now that you’re so near And why would I want to why would I even try? With a love so strong you can’t go wrong you got me where you want me, all I want is you and the night is young so, baby, let’s get it on I got something for you and, baby, it’s a love so strong and true So strong and true, so strong and true and it’s all for you A love so strong can’t go wrong you got me where you want me, all I want is you and the night’s still young so one more time, let’s get it on I got something for you and, baby, it’s a love so strong and true
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WORDS OF APOLOGY My words of apology cannot re-instill the trust and security my actions have killed It's all gone and what's more Lost deep in the rough I can never restore Your faith in my love There ain’t no tall building’s gonna ever scrape the sky ain’t no leap of faith gonna teach you to fly there ain’t no redemption comin’ down from above I can’t restore your faith in my love You burn my letters in effigy and you never waver you still feel so real to me I know nobody braver What’s the point anymore  in pretending I'm tough? When I can never restore Your faith in my love There ain’t no tall building’s gonna ever scrape the sky ain’t no leap of faith gonna teach you to fly there ain’t no redemption comin’ down from above I can’t restore your faith in my love My words of apology are not getting through you stopped believing in me the way that I still do in you Now I’d pay whatever the cost I’d give up all of my stuff if I could get back what I lost when you lost your faith in my love There ain’t no tall building’s gonna ever scrape the sky ain’t no leap of faith gonna teach you to fly there ain’t no redemption comin’ down from above I can’t restore your faith in my love I can never restore your faith in my love
12.
Old Man Now 03:32
OLD MAN NOW Believe me this man with the weak voice used to be strong, used to be tougher than the boys believe this man who now is in pain he was invincible, parachutin’ through fire and rain But the Earth revolves around the sun And time won’t stand or stop or ever slow down no, time won’t stand for no-damn-body nohow and my old man, my old man my old man is an old man now Believe me this man taught me how to walk taught me to wrestle no matter the challenge and never to balk believe me this man made me who I am believing in hard work and freedom and love and in my own hands And the moon revolves around the Earth And time won’t stand or stop or ever slow down no, time won’t stand for no-damn-body nohow and my old man, my old man my old man is an old man now Believe me this man, he is no saint he never was and he never will be what he ain’t Believe me this man, right till the end he’ll put on a brave face, he will pretend As the leaves fall from the trees Time won’t stand or stop or ever slow down no, time won’t stand for no-damn-body nohow and my old man, my old man my old man is an old man now
13.
MISTAKE LIKE ME The flesh is weak, the mind is a fool I’m a simple man in a world so cruel I’m not blind but I can’t see how a woman like you could ever happen to a guy like me I confess some nights I dream of manna flowing from the heavens and money growing on the trees but even if all of this were real still a woman like you could never happen to a guy like me Now the walls may shake, the mountains will move a politician backed into a corner might just tell the truth strange things occur, indeed they do but a mistake like would never happen to a woman like you A couple atoms might fuse, the perfect couple might split you may hear something sounds legit from a hypocrite strange things occur, indeed they do but a mistake like would never happen to a woman like you Now there’s my T-shirt and jeans strewn all around your room there’s your little black dress and your fancy red-sole shoes every once in a while the moon will turn blue and a mistake like me is gonna happen to a woman like you every once in a while the moon will turn blue and a mistake like me is gonna happen to a woman like you
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Broken Man 03:28
BROKEN MAN You and I we used to have it goin’ on when the lights were out and when the lights were on We used to laugh and sometimes we would cry but you always made me smile and I’d hold your hand all through the night Now I’m a broken man with a broken dream and a broken family Doesn’t matter now where we’re gonna place the blame ain’t nobody gonna come in dry out of the pourin’ rain who said what when or where or how makes no difference now the cold hard truth is we’re letting our daughter down Now I’m a broken man with a broken dream and a broken family The world’s gonna turn whether we go right or wrong and the heart’s gonna yearn even when all hope is gone yearning for a home Now I’m a broken man with a broken dream and a broken family
15.
THE GREAT MYSTERY Out through that door into the street have I been here before? where does it lead? I’m learning the rules every day like a newborn fool, trying to find my way But where will I go? Who will I be? Whom will I love? Will she love me? And when I pass, what will I see? that’s the great mystery Got no compass or map and I don’t know the stars every step I follow my heart If I make a mistake, should I go wrong I’ll suffer the ache but I’ll move along But where will I go? Who will I be? Whom will I love? Will she love me? And when I pass, what will I see? that’s the great mystery Vicars and philosophers, they know more than I do they’ve got all the answers but who knows which are true? Where will I go? Who will I be? Whom will I love? Will she love me? And when I pass, what will I see? that’s the great mystery

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All songs words & music Markus Rill
The Thing With Love by Markus Rill & Daniel Hertzov
Fearless by Eva Hillered & Markus Rill

recorded at 7V studios Bockenem by Achim Sauer & Volker Bahmer
mixed by Achim Sauer, produced by Markus Rill & Achim Sauer

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released May 7, 2019

Markus Rill - vocals, acoustic & electric guitar, harmonica
Maik Garthe - electric guitar, 12-string, baritone, dobro, slide, 6-string banjo, vocals
Chris Reiss - electric & upright bass
Ecki Hüdepohl - piano, electric piano, organ, accordion, harmonium
Leonardo von Papp - drums, percussion

guests: Elizabeth Lee - vocals, Robert Oberbeck - vocals, Volker Bahmer - percussion, Rabii Harnoune - guembri on "Swampland"

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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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