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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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Track Name: Saddle Up & Ride
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
Track Name: Inside The Weel
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?
Track Name: The Thing With Love
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
Track Name: Swampland Of The Mind
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
Track Name: Length Of Rope
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
Track Name: Fearless
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
Track Name: Emily
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
Track Name: A Girl That's Gone (Ain't Comin' Back)
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
Track Name: Conscience County Jail
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
Track Name: A Love So Strong
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
Track Name: Words Of Apology
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
Track Name: Old Man Now
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
Track Name: Mistake Like Me
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
Track Name: Broken Man
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
Track Name: The Great Mystery
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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