Liedermacher Nächte

by A.J. Kaufmann

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about

The uglier side of this album was recorded on January 8 2017, while the dirtier side was captured on January 11 2017, at Amaranth House. Earlier on, all the songs could be heard live in Berlin 2008, during jam sessions and songwriter nights. The last track on this album was used in "Exorcising The Evil Spirits From The Reichstag November 3 2008, Over The Hey Baby Chord Progression".

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released February 1, 2017

Adam J. Kaufmann - voice, guitars.

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A.J. Kaufmann Poznań, Poland

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Artist photo by Barbara Janicka.

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Track Name: Other Nights
Other Nights

Other people, other traces
Other bars and other streets
Other rivers, other places
We will meet and we will see

Other voices, other wheels
Other wines and other food
Other women, other thrills
We will live just like we should

In the dawning of our love
We will see the lights explode
We will go thru Babylon
Other moons and other worlds

Other nights of older sights
There are treasures meant for us
We will roam without surprise
Somewhere in the scattered dust

Graveyards wide, asylum walls
We have chosen to be free
Where we hear the silence call
Thru our lives, nonentities

Freedom means we’re dust and stone
Freedom means we love the light
Freedom means we dream alone
Feasting on the other side

Other faces, other names
Other dreams you sleep to run
Other loves and other pains
In the fields of other suns

Other times and other days
Other bridges, long and strange
Other kingdoms, other ways
Hang on smoke we rearrange

When we sit thru other nights
Other arms and other friends
In our madness and our fright
Other eyes and other hands
Track Name: Absinthe House
Absinthe House

Open the door and enter
To the realms of disorder
Open the door to enter
The house which I have molded
Wake up priests and preachers
Wake up whores and ladies
Wake up all the madmen
Wake up the mothers to wake up their babies

Follow me down
Let me push you around
Leave you alone in the sun
Crawl naked through the glass
To prove that you're the one

Let your eyes be filled with sun
Left all alone in this chaotic run
Let your head be filled with lice
We're all inside this absinthe house

And with this ring I wed thee true
And with these chains I assure myself in you
And with these chains I confide myself
in you, I hide in you

Here we are trying to work out
The rainbow's mystery
We've got every color in a jar
We've got a figment of reality

Let your eyes be filled with sun
Left all alone in this chaotic run
Let your head be filled with lice
Let's dance inside this absinthe house

Wake up absinthe drinkers
Wake up whores and ladies
Wake up clowns and thinkers
Wake up the mothers to wake up their babies

Here we are trying to learn more
About our sense of self
The absinthe man is standing at your door
He’s got your future in a crystal shell

Let your eyes be filled with sun
Left all alone in this chaotic run
Let your head be filled with lice
Make love inside this absinthe house
Track Name: I'm Round
I’m Round

I reached my hand to the dusk
And no one was there
No one answered the touch
Of my stare
Is no one brave enough
To answer me
Will no one rebel against
Their destiny

Never said I was lonely
Never said I was down
Never said I was holy
I just said I’m round

I raised my eyes to the sun
And no one was there
No one swam in the scent
Of arabesque air
Is no one warm enough
To comfort me
Will no one leave the ground
To be free

Never said I was lonely
Never said I was down…

I fought my way to the west
And never returned
All that’s left of my past
Had to burn
I don’t regret a thing
Nothing bothers me
I found my spirit in love’s
Company

Never said I was lonely
Never said I was down…

I’m sure we’ll make it younger
Than the world
I’m sure we’ll finally climb
Rainbow gold
I’m sure I finally made it
I broke thru the mist
Now don’t you wanna join me
We’ll be free
Track Name: Exalted
Exalted

You make me feel like I’m on top
You make me never wanna stop
You make me wanna hit the roof
You pull me close, I’m deep in you
And I’m your man and you’re my girl
The finest day, the greatest thrill
Ooh, exalted
Girl, you’re all so exalted

You make me wanna pull the strings
You make me wanna dance and sing
You make my comet hit the sky
You make me feel as if I’ll never die
Cause I’m your man and you’re my girl
The finest day, the greatest thrill
Ooh, exalted
Girl, you’re all so exalted

You make me feel like I’m your wheel
You make me wanna cease to feel
You pull me down then drag me up
You take my pride, it hurts a lot
Still I’m your man and you’re my girl
The finest day, the greatest thrill
Ooh, exalted
Girl, you’re all so exalted

You make me drown when I’m aware
You make me feel that you’re not there
You make me wanna wear my chain
You add the ball, I don’t complain
Cause I’m your man and you’re my girl
The finest day, the greatest thrill
Ooh, exalted
Girl, you’re all so exalted
Track Name: Ana
Ana

I loved you long in secrecy
I stood long in your shade
Opened up my heart just once
Opened it too late
Missed my chances showing up
Missed your evening kiss
Missed the one and only midnight bliss

No one knows how much we know
About the pirate night
You’re my winter lady, lantern to the stars

I often dream about your love
How sweet this love could be
I often wonder are you lone
And live in fantasy
I can’t decide to make a move
It’s lasting for too long
Next time I will put you in a song

No one knows how much we know
About the pirate night
You’re my winter lady, lantern to the stars

I wonder long, I take my time
You take your time as well
But there’s no words that could describe
The secret I can't tell
I often see you walk my way
You smile and say hello
Ana, there is nothing you can show
Track Name: Coming Back
Coming Back

I danced upon the fire
Then I danced upon a rope
I danced with your desire
You laughed at all my hopes
You got me running circles
Looking for my love
Couldn’t find it in your heart, babe
This love I’m thinking of

But now I’m coming back again
Now I’m coming back again
Now I’m coming back again
Just as a friend

I danced upon the water
Then I had to dance on ice
I fell for honest fables
I fell for all your lies
I swear you looked so pretty
When you said you’re moving on
You said you need no pity
You’re leaving me alone

But now I’m coming back again
Now I’m coming back again
Now I’m coming back again
Just as a friend

I danced upon a razor
I danced upon the snow
You kept me running blindly
Your feelings never show
You’re looking for tomorrow
You said I never changed
And there’s no place for sorrow
Your eyes they look so strange

And now I’m coming back again
Now I’m coming back again
Now I’m coming back again
Just as a friend
Track Name: Hanger On
Hanger On

Crazy cats sniff hazy lines
Feeling the cold run down their spines
Warmer nights don’t come around
Blinded fools are forced to run
No reaction from the streets
All the bums got used to it
They move around with southern twang
At the tooth skin of my mind I hang

You never really loved the strings
And curtain bells don’t make you swing
Electric line, live toasted wire
Running through my mind with choirs
Singing how you never came
You never cared for the picture frame
That’s way too close to your fiery flame
I wish my heart could feel the same

I’m a lazy bum but I know I’m strong
I know the place where I belong
My skin ain’t dark but my rhythms are
I’m the chalk skinned boy with a blues guitar
And I’ll play it loud and I’ll sing the words
To the latest trip that your conscience wrote
And I’ll play it smooth and I’ll act real gone
With the cruel faced gal that took me home

Waiting for the perfect view
And a sidewalk that feels new
But I’m trapped here like a dream
Of subconscious alley streams
And inhuman freezing screams
That could make your body sing
Track Name: Eagles and Crows
Eagles and Crows

I see them on the buses, I pass them on the street
Stars upon their brow and stars they all could be
Lives that sparkle brightly cannot be restrained
Times they might be changing but people stay the same

I see them on the buses, they’ll never get to know
Stars they all could be, but their heads are hanging low
Where eagles follow crows and lions follow sheep
And that’s the world and that’s the soul
Which aspires to be free

I see them at the office, they hardly ever see
They’re slowly being robbed of all their energy
If they only started seeing things the way they really are
They’d see a one inch prison and a window open wide

I see them at the schoolyard where they hardly ever play
Stars they all could be, but their fingers point at clay
Where eagles follow crows and lions follow sheep
And that’s the world and that’s the soul
Which aspires to be free

I see them at the market, buying better lives
Plastic icons guide them straight to paradise
But their deepest needs are sleeping, forgotten or ignored
Waiting for the new mankind to cross the golden door

I see them at the subway, beneath the neon light
Stars they all could be, burning freely in the night
Where eagles follow crows and lions follow sheep
And that’s the world and that’s the soul
Which aspires to be free
Track Name: Make Up for Minnie
Make Up for Minnie

Not feeling quite OK
Well shame on you
Put on your make up gal
And walk out of gloo
Your drinks are on the house
We’ll never ask to pay
The street is always bright
Can’t tell the night from day

Don’t say you’re feeling hopeless
Stop feeling so bereft
Better get one for the right leg, honey
And another for the left

And we will dance like utterly insane
And we will lose ourselves in times that never came
And we will drink ‘til wine dawns on our heads
Dm A A# H
And we will feast on truth ‘til truth declares us mad

Not feeling ready, gal
Well what's to do
The tide won't always rise
Won't wait for you
You say let’s hope for love
Though hoping is for fools
And getting drunk comes easy
If you know your rules

I know you’ve learned your tricks
To ring the barkeep's bell
So get one for the ladies, boy
And another for all hell

And we will dance like utterly insane
And we will lose ourselves in mirrors and champagne
And we will keep our pictures in the rain
And we will throw ourselves like moths against the flame
Track Name: Black Blood
Black Blood

Once there was that young blood
flowing in my veins
but now that blood is black
Once there was that young blood
now it's all gone
and it seems as it just won't come back

Now there's a freezing wind in my veins
And the light shines on me no more
And this horrible truth is plain to see

Once there was that will to live
now I just don't care
cause I know I can't change a thing
Once there was that smile
all over my face
now I'm tired of acting for real

Now there's a freezing wind in my veins
and the light shines on me no more
and this horrible truth is plain to see
Track Name: To Miss Her
To Miss Her

When the bar is closing late
And the guests put on their coats
And the snow is melting down
So that ugly winter shows
And you’re looking for a friend
But the city is asleep
And an angry river weeps
That you miss her

And you think you hear her voice
In the night, above the roofs
And she’s cheating you again
But you can’t collect the proofs
And you’re looking for a gun
But you’re just a dummy boy
And she found a brand new toy
While you miss her

In your pursuit for romance
You’ve been kicked away from hom
Oh but angels paved your way
And you talked to summer ghosts
But you’re looking for a love
That will help you realize
There’s no time for compromise
When you miss her

When your heart is hostage to
Neons shining bare
And you sing the blues again
As if trees and branches were
Merely shadows of her hair
And just then you grow aware
Of the things that aren’t there
When you miss her

Yes you see her on the bridge
And you smell her in the streets
All your friends are reading news
From a midnight magazine
And you see her face in there
And this face is everywhere
Cause she’s selling her affairs
When you miss her

You can read another book
You can write another song
Walk alone to lose her friends
Find the good men in the smog
But you’re looking for surprise
And it’s danger that you crave
There’s still ribbons you can save
When you miss her

She’s the winter crown of fools
You are mad to kiss her lips
Turning princes into beggars
And beggars into priests
She’s like moon against the tides
She’s the power that controls
Every spirit, every word
And you miss her

Spending time on winding streets
Your old-fashioned theater too
That’s just old town atmosphere
That’s what’s gotten into you
And you’re seeing her around
Kissing older, richer men
And you finally understand
That you miss her

When she turns away to see
An empty winter path
And you try to catch her scarf
In the middle of your breath
You hear pistols being shot
And her name’s brought up so fast
And you know it’ll never last
When you miss her

When it’s time to walk away
From her body turned to flake
And you know that both of you
Have made a big mistake
So you watch her disappear
And though circus is in town
You have never been this down
And you miss her
Track Name: Pilgrims and Indians
Pilgrims and Indians

I've been there with my darling Nina
Darling Pinta too
I've seen the fires on the edge of the world
Burning green and blue
And I’ve heard the voice of Eden
Sending out the news
Horror, terror, death and slaughter
Everywhere you look

Pilgrims and Indians – it’s the same old game
Pilgrims and Indians – cause we’re all insane
Pilgrims and Indians – we won’t take the blame
For fields and forests crying over graves without no names

I've been there with my iron horses
Railroad lines and war
I’ve seen the portraits of our pioneers
Bleeding on this world
And I’ve heard a lot of rumors
But none of them were true
Horror, terror, death and slaughter
Everywhere you look

Pilgrims and Indians – it’s the same old game
Pilgrims and Indians – cause we’re all insane
Pilgrims and Indians – we won’t take the blame
For fields and forests crying over graves without no names

I've been there with my beads and crosses
Fire water too
I grew my beard and hair real long
Just like a good priest should
I watched the natives gather round me
Sticking just like glue
Horror, terror, death and slaughter
Everywhere you look

Pilgrims and Indians – it’s the same old game
Pilgrims and Indians – cause we’re all insane
Pilgrims and Indians – we won’t take the blame
For fields and forests crying over graves without no names