Wild, Blue & True

by Markus Rill

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released March 4, 2011

Produced by Tom Ripphahn & Markus Rill
recorded at analoghaus, Karben/Germany
Engineered & mixed by Tom Ripphahn at analoghaus
Mastered by Alex McCollough at YesMaster, Nashville/TN.
Photography by Thorsten Wingenfelder.
Cover design by Jürgen Peschel and Volker Bahmer.

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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: Wild Blue True-Hearted Man
Wild Blue True-Hearted Man
(Markus Rill)

I don’t always like who I am
but I love the way that you make me feel
there’s things that I don’t understand
but I know for sure you are for real

You understand me, it seems
and you accept that I’m no prince in anyone’s dreams
girl, I’m flawed but I’m your wild blue true-hearted man

Girl, I love laughing with you
and don’t we find something to laugh about most every day
and everything that you do
tells me most of the time you figure the way that I am, I’m ok

You understand me, it seems
and you accept that I’m no prince in anyone’s dreams
girl, I’m flawed but I’m your wild blue true-hearted man

Everything good in my life I’ve eventually destroyed
chances I’ve had that I’ve let slip right through my hands
but I’ll hold on to you, girl, and I’ll hold on to this joy
you make me wanna be, try to be a much better man than I am

You understand me, it seems
and you accept that I’m no prince in anyone’s dreams I’m deeply flawed but I’m your wild blue, true-hearted man
Track Name: Your Own Private Rainbow
Your Own Private Rainbow
(Markus Rill/Annika Fehling)

Come out of the shadows, step into the light
there’s no road signs to follow, no rules that apply
if you just take a little time and you open up your mind
you’ll be surprised
I know what you’ve been through, you feel life’s let you down
well, maybe I’ve been there, too, and look at me now
I may be scarred but I’m alive and if you look me in the eye
there’s more than just black and white

And it will all turn into color
it will all shake out in time
the different pieces of your life, from the lowest of low to the sublime
will sparkle and shine
just outside of the shadows you’ll find your own private rainbow

I don’t have advice for you, I’ve got my own fears and doubts
I won’t tell you what to do, you’ll figure it out
‘cause every day the world will spin, you just take it on and take it in
it’s a beautiful thing

And it will all turn into color
it will all shake out in time
just like orion in the sky in the deepest dark there’s something bright
and all your stars will align
just outside of the shadows you’ll find your own private rainbow

There’s a natural flow to things
no matter how hard the winter one day there’ll be a glorious spring
And it will all burst into color, it will all blossom in time
yes, it will all turn into color, it will all shake out in time

Like the red and the blue and the yellow and green
purple, magenta and aquamarine
like the stars in the sky, like day and like night
the good and the bad everything will align in color

Just outside of the shadows you’ll find your own private rainbow
Track Name: The Kid From Tupelo
The Kid From Tupelo
(Markus Rill)

He’s overweight and overpaid
he’s middle-aged
and he’s alone
the one he loves she went away
and he thinks about her every day
the only friends he’s got, they’re on his payroll

When he’s looking in the mirror
he don’t see the boy he used to know

But when he lets go, man, it’s rock’n’roll
and he once again feels like the wildest kid
in all of Tupelo

He’s got a bunch of TV sets
got a private jet
and he’s got his own jungle room
he takes sleeping pills
and he takes waking pills
and he don’t have all that much to do

When he sees his own reflection
it don’t look nothing like the boy he used to know

But when he lets go, man, it’s rock’n’roll
and he once again feels like the wildest kid
in all of Tupelo
He shakes his hips just so, curls his lip and you know
that he once again feels like the wildest kid
in all of Tupelo

I’ve been to Mississippi, I’ve even been to Graceland
I’ve walked where the King walked
and I just wish that I could sing just like he sang
I wish that I could sing just like the King sang

When he let go, man, it was rock’n’roll
and you know he must’ve been like the wildest kid
in all of Tupelo
He’d shake his hips just so, curl his lip and you’d know
that he really must’ve been the wildest kid
there never could’ve been a wilder kid
in all of Tupelo
Track Name: Skinny Teddy
Skinny Teddy
(Markus Rill)

Teddy always was a skinny kid
with his dreams ridin’ high, ridin’ high, ridin’ high
his hook never hit no harder than his jab did
with his dreams ridin’ high, ridin’ high, ridin’ high

He saw Clay back in ’60, he saw Ali in ‘68
saw the Rumble In The Jungle on the TV back in ‘74
at age 20 he was 5’6”, he knew he’d never be a heavyweight
“I’m gonna show what I’m made of, boys”, he said, “that’s for sure”

Teddy always was a skinny kid
with his dreams ridin’ high, ridin’ high, ridin’ high
his uppercut never hit no harder than his jab did
with his dreams ridin’ high, ridin’ high, ridin’ high

Teddy hit the punching bag, Teddy jumped rope and Teddy climbed in the ring
he thought he could be someone big
didn’t float like no butterfly, he was like a bee without a sting

and Teddy went down, yes, he did, yes, he did
Teddy always was a skinny kid
with his dreams ridin’ high, ridin’ high, ridin’ high
he walked into my right cross, never saw it coming, went down like a ton of bricks
by the count of five he was ridin’ high, ridin’ high

Teddy got laid down in a hospital bed
he never threw a punch again, neither have I
been a long long time and still I drink to that scrawny kid
here’s to you, Skinny Teddy, ridin’ high ridin’ high
Track Name: Comforting Thought
Comforting Thought
(Markus Rill)

Woke up too early in the a.m., shed a little tear
for no reason I could name, it’s just the passin’ of the years
just the passing of the years
Time sure keeps a-runnin’ and I can’t make her stop
I’m trippin’ and a-stumblin’, I know I can’t keep up
I know I can’t keep up

But the world might show me mercy
if not in the things that can be bought
someone might find a way to love me somewhere, somehow
ain’t that a comforting thought
hey, that’s a comforting thought

There’s few mistakes I’ve yet to make, some I made that I won’t mention
didn’t know how hard my heart could break despite my best intentions
so much for my good intentions

But the Lord might show me mercy
I bet He knows that I’m distraught
and I might find a way to be true somewhere, somehow
ain’t that a comforting thought
to me that’s a comforting thought

And a night can get so empty
and a mind can get so weak
I hope I learned from what these dues I’ve paid have taught me
hey, that’s a comforting thought
that’s a comforting thought

Yeah, the Lord might show me mercy
I bet He knows that I’m distraught
and I might find a way to be true somewhere, somehow
ain’t that a comforting thought
hey, that’s a comforting thought
Track Name: The Boy Who Never Was My Friend
The Boy Who Never Was My Friend
(Markus Rill)

He was just a local boy in my old hometown
I used to see that boy smoking in our old playground
he never was my friend
and I’m never gonna see that boy again

He stole a pocket knife from the local store
we all heard about him getting caught and I heard some more
no solace in his daddy’s hand
I’m never gonna see that boy again

From time to time
I go back in my mind
hey, and then
I think about the boy who never was my friend

He let his hair grow long and rolled funny cigarettes
we were only 14 then and that’s as old as he would get
he tied a rope up to the ceiling
I’m never gonna see that boy again
From time to time
I go back in my mind
hey, and then
I think about the boy who never was my friend

Ain’t life a mystery and a greater one is dying
how come he still haunts me, he never was no friend of mine

He was just a local boy in my old hometown
his mother kinda knew my mom, I used to see him around
he never was my friend
but I will remember him till the end
Track Name: Fast Forward
Fast Forward
(Markus Rill)

Been a while since I’ve seen you, girl
cause I don’t wanna start up a fight
I don’t wanna break down, curl up & cry
so let’s wait for another little while

The next time I see you, girl
I won’t be sore or contrite
and I won’t be playing your records all night
let’s wait for another little while

Still you cross my mind
still you visit my dreams at night
I know I’m getting better but I’m not over you quite
let’s just wait for another little while
I can’t fast forward and I can’t rewind

The next time I meet up with you, girl
I might see things in a different light
I won’t wanna hurt your heart and seeing you won’t break mine
but let’s wait for just another little while

Still you cross my mind
still you visit my dreams at night
I know I’m getting better but I’m not over you quite
so let’s wait for another little while
I can’t fast forward and I can’t rewind

The next time you pass through town
I promise you, girl, I’ll be alright
to see your sweet smile and your pretty blue eyes
yeah, but you just take your time

I know I’m getting better but I’m not over you quite
let’s just wait for another little while
I can’t fast forward and I can’t rewind
Track Name: Girl Of Many Secrets
Girl Of Many Secrets
(Markus Rill/Eva Hillered)

Sitting in the dark I’m all alone
she’s the big-time star of the picture show
she’s up there looking down on me, she don’t see

I knew her mother long ago
she was working for the Hollywood studio
we were young and wild till I let her go, she don’t know

I never held her as a child
but in her eyes I see she’s mine

She’s a girl of many secrets
she don’t want none of them revealed
I’m her daddy in the shadows
she’s the girl who everybody knows

Platinum blonde on the silver screen
they made her a star but she’s still a little girl to me
I know she often thinks of me but we never meet

I never held her as a child
but in her smile I see she’s mine

She’s a girl of many secrets
she don’t want none of them revealed
I’m her daddy in the shadows
she’s the girl who everybody knows

None of her lovers understand
she needs a father more than a man
baseball players, playwrights, presidents, too,
they don’t know like I do

She’s a girl of many secrets
she don’t want none of them revealed
I’m her daddy in the shadows
She’s a girl of many secrets
she don’t want none of them revealed
I’m her daddy in the shadows
she’s a big-time star upon the screen
but to me she’s Norma Jean
Track Name: Natascha
Natascha
(Markus Rill)

They all call me Natascha
everybody knows my name
everybody knows I'm the girl that crawled up from the cellar
nobody knows my pain

They've seen me on the TV
they did not hear me complain
they ain't been down there in that cellar with me
nobody knows my pain

oh, take me to the grand horizon
let me feel the wind and sun and rain
oh, show me someone I can hold onto and trust
take away my pain

I'm afraid of falling asleep
in my dreams it's still the same
I can tell you all about it if you want me to
still you wouldn't know my pain

oh, take me to the highest mountain
let me feel the wind and sun and rain
oh, show me someone I can hold onto and trust
take away my pain

Sometimes I think of Wolfgang
he was quiet, shy and plain
he tore out eight years of my life
and I never knew his pain

oh, take me to the grand horizon
let me feel the wind and sun and rain
oh, show me someone I can hold onto and trust
take away my pain
Track Name: Future Memory
Future Memory
(Markus Rill/Andi Obieglo/Caro Obieglo)

I remember East Of Eden
Julie Harris, Jimmy Dean
our favorite movie
and our favorite scene
I remember climbing that mountain
I still feel the midnight wind
our favorite time, our favorite place
our favorite sin

I wish I could recall the future, forget about the past
leave behind you and me at last
I wish it were just as easy as walkin’ through that door, turnin’ the key
I’d walk right into my future memory

I used to be your John Travolta
you were my Olivia Newton-John
every time that we danced
to our favorite song
I remember how the moon shone
when I gave you my ring
I remember your touch, I remember your kiss
I remember every little thing

But I wish I could recall the future, forget about the past
walk out on you and me at last
I wish it were just as easy as walkin’ through that door and turnin’ the key
I’d walk right into my future memory

Somewhere down the line I’m gonna feel so much better than today
somewhere down the line I’m gonna find someone new to hold me
I wish I could remember exactly how it’s gonna be
in my future memory

I wish I could recall the future, forget about the past
leave behind you and me at last
I wish it were just as easy as walkin’ through that door and turnin’ the key
right behind me, I’d give anything to see my future memory
Track Name: Maybe More
Maybe More
(Markus Rill/Mack Starks)

I’ve been getting on the wagon, took twelve steps outta trouble
now on better days I’m my cleaner, healthier double
some days I feel so good and strong
but some nights drag on too long

When the moon is hangin’ low
and I ain’t got nowhere to go
nothing to do but keep the devil locked inside
may be more than I can do tonight

It would be easier on you if it were easier for me
you’re standing close enough to see that I’m just out of reach
Sometimes I think I’m in control
you’d think by now I’d know

That when the moon is hangin’ low
and I ain’t got nowhere to go
all there is to do is keep the devil locked inside
it may be more than I can do tonight

some days I feel so good and strong
some nights drag on too long

Tonight the moon is hangin’ low
and I ain’t got nowhere to go
and all there is to do is keep the devil locked inside
maybe more than I can do tonight
Track Name: Time To Go
Time To Go
(Markus Rill)

I know the good Lord giveth
and He takes it all away
all my days & years of living
don’t seem like near enough today

This tumor is eating up my inside
I’m trying to be strong as I can
I’m thankful that you’re by my side
even if I’m too weak to hold your hand

It won’t be long till it’s time to go
don’t hang your head and cry
I’ll be ok when He calls me home
I’ll see you by and by

A lotta good times I shared with you
now I’m in a lotta pain
there’s a lotta things we’d yet planned to do
it’s a dirty rotten shame

‘cause it won’t be long till it’s time to go
don’t hang your head and cry
I’ll be ok when He calls me home
I’ll see you by and by

The pain goes with the morphine
I need another shot
I’d rather be falling asleep
I’d rather not wake up

How do I tell you what you need to know
I’m ready to go now
help me make my own way home
please don’t let me down
The time has come for me to go
don’t hang your head and cry
help me find my own way home
and I’ll see you by and by
Track Name: Falling Into Place
Falling Into Place
(Markus Rill)

I never used to have no kinda luck
no one ever used to know my name
I never used to make a decent buck
I used to think my life was but a shame

But I gave up on running in the race
I gave up on struggling through the maze

and everything is falling, everything is falling
everything is falling into place

What I had was never good enough
what my neighbor had was that for which I yearned
I didn’t know a damn thing about love
till I fell hard, I stood up and I learned

I’m no longer thrilled by the chase
I’m no longer stumbling through the haze

and everything is falling, everything is falling
everything is falling into place

Talk about a change of priorities
I found a brand new set of rules to set me free
every step along the way has led me here to see
well, it sure seems like the good Lord’s got a plan for me

Tonight I hold our daughter in my arms
in her smile I see you and I see me
we’re only little specks beneath the stars
but it sure feels like I’m right here where I need to be

I’m just gonna play it as it lays
I believe that these are better days
when everything is falling, everything is falling
everything is falling into place