Wild, Blue & True

by Markus Rill

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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
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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
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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
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Skinny Teddy 03:17
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
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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
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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
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Fast Forward 03:41
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
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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
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Natascha 03:32
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
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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
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Maybe More 03:25
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
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Time To Go 04:19
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
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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

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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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