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Rock in the Grass

by Lonesome Artisans

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1.
Reflection 03:22
When will you decide which is the right side? Will you stay human or become a monster running wild If you’re not protected against the epidemic of hate I’m afraid, my friend, you should hide before it’s too late Young heroes dressed in black gathering near your home Reason’s caught the last train, the lights will soon be gone The mold on the history book’s infecting your proud chest Somebody forgot to close the gate of the dark past Come on, start the car, let’s find the world of colorful people to be their guests. Let’s go to the Dob utca or to the Temple Bar in Dublin In Passau there’s a coctail-bar where Julio is waiting The Swedish guys in Galway already began the session A Norwegian yankee plays Hungarian Folk with passion I’ve been watching my children playing with the others They never asked the question why their skins have different colors I’ve been living among people, never afraid of the color Black, white, yellow, brown, each of them is my brother Spare me your lousy argument, it’s time to cast it away forever [Chorus:] For two-hundred-thousand years We live here together but the hate won’t cease Now ignorance bears its sword again The scientific battle has long been lost for them No matter the pain The enemy’s a reflection in your brain When will you decide which is the good side? Will you stay with humanity, or go marching with false pride Your only real enemy is the one that’s in your head If you go the way of destruction, you too, will soon be dead You’ll be a bloody puppet in the hands of those men Who haven’t any interest in being more humane And that you learn to live with people, never afraid of the colour, Recognizing yourself in any black stranger Come on now, it’s time to shut the gate of dark past forever [Chorus] For two-hundred-thousand years We live here together but the hate won’t cease Now ignorance bears its sword again The scientific battle has long been lost for them No matter the pain Isn’t it quite plain? The enemy’s a reflection in your brain Can’t you see, my friend? The enemy’s a reflection in your brain
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Alert 03:43
I can’t learn anything because it’s boring I need more impulses that are fun I’m not very skilled, I just do what they tell me So that I can buy anything that I want I’ve got tools that make my life easy I don’t need to think too much I can use magic and I’ve got power I can have the world with my touch [Chorus:] Somebody tell me please how can I get rid of my feelings They are disturbing the transition to a perfect world I’m so addicted to this little screen, I’ve lost the meaning But my brain keeps making me alert I’ll let you control my desires I’ll give you permission with just one click Providing information about me In exchange I only need a dopamine kick [Chorus 2] Didn’t the pharaoh tell the truth? Wasn’t Hammurabi right? Weren’t Zeus and his team the ones who ruled? Wasn’t the mighty Cesar justified? Wasn’t the inquisitor the hand of God? Didn’t the king get his crown from heaven? Didn’t the noble have blue blood? Wasn’t the sceptical called heathen? Or does the factory owner want cheap work? Is the president’s job to lie to us? ‘Growth & Technology’, new religion? Does everybody just have to sell products? [Chorus 3:] Somebody tell me please how can I get rid of my feelings They are disturbing the transition to a perfect world I’m so addicted to this little screen, I’ve lost the meaning But reason keeps making me alert My reason is making me alert I’m on alert
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Over easy in a diner at 3 AM I waited out the rain but this heartache won't end Coffee black, cigarettes, maam, before I go Pour me one more for the road I see you in a picture, I hear you on the line Baby as I watch the miles and years roll by If I could only hold you again, you'd know Baby once more for the road [Chorus:] One more day and I believe I’d get it right A lot less running and a little sleep at night One more day to say that I apologize For every seed of trouble that I've sown If I could have just one more for the road Smoky old ballroom in some old one horse town When I was a younger man we used to burn 'em down With no shoulder I can cry on I'm drinking all alone Pour me one more for the road I’ve been way up and way down, been right but mostly wrong Once upon a time I had it on but now it's gone I know that there are those who are praying for my soul Send me up one for the road One more for the road [Chorus:] One more day and I believe I get it right A lot less running and a little sleep at night One more day to say that I apologize For every seed of trouble that I've sown If I could have just one more for the road One more for the road
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When you feel like the world is spinning around you A storm’s coming and blowing everything away Nothing’s for sure, you find no place to hold on to Everybody’s leaving but you want to stay The earth is moving, the clouds are rolling The river’s flowing, the rain is falling Day and night, dark and light show ages to pass Your hair is graying, your skin is aging Your cells are dying, your blood’s renewing And your heart keeps staying in its place Like a rock in the grass By this time the landscape has changed around you The ocean wind makes the fields of fresh long green grass dance The most gentle beings like the most solid things, they know what to do With strong roots and a good ground you can, too, reach a perfect balance The fire’s burning, the roots keep growing War’s destroying but love’s surviving Heat and cold hardened you, you wonder (wander) less and less Your legs are slowing, your sight is failing Your hopes are falling, your mind’s improving And your heart keeps staying in its place Like a rock in the grass Hands are writing and music’s playing Flowers are blooming and stars exploding The sun is rising, the air is warming The moon is waning, the tides are turning Germs are thriving, your friends are dying Docs are fighting ‘cause love’s abiding Gravitation is pulling down this whole mass (mess) And the world keeps spinning while you’re lying in the gentle green grass And your heart keeps staying in its place Like a rock in the grass
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She went west to be an actress back in nineteen-sixty-five With the hopes and dreams of a girl turned twenty-one Now she's waiting there 'round tables for the nickles and the dimes While she's waiting on the break that never comes [Chorus:] Well that's a lonesome highway to the end of the rainbow Paved with broken hearts of those who once believed But I'm never gonna give up my dreams I follow Through the storms of life round the curves entwined and weaved Down the darkest roads wherever they may lead Well he headed down to Nashville with a notebook full of rhymes Down on music road he knocked on every door But no one cared to listen so he works assembly line And he feels there's no use trying anymore Now he played in all the juke-joints from New York to LA Then he hoped each one would be a stepping stone To a life of adulation it grew harder every day So he finally gave it up and just went home
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Another Time 03:18
Another time might fit much better to our stubborn ideals Another country might have a better ground to raise our flowers Another way of life might foster these odd lonesome artisans A world no one leaves us behind But who would be the one to make you smile If we’d been born in another time Another language might work better to get the message of the songs Another music might be able to get in touch with your souls Another stage might offer more place for some lonesome artisans Where no one pushes us aside But who would be the one to make you cry If we’d been born in another time Another year might produce a better season for our wine Another decade might have the right climate to reach you on the line Another century might see a blooming trade for lonesome artisans An era of craftsmanship alive But who would be the one to show you all If we’d been born in another time Another hour might bring more luck in the big casino of life Another day might take us away from the everlasting strife Another morning might be glorious for lonesome artisans When we could find the perfect rhyme But who would be the one to try it hard If we’d been born in another time Walking slowly on the road I think about a time That’s never really existed, our ideals have been resting On some basic human principles to use our skills and find Some harmony in nature and the struggle to get better At shaping the right melody and singing the right words Choosing the right tools to make the best out of these woods That are lying on this road we have to walk ‘Cause we weren’t born in another time No one can live in another time We have to drink the bitter wine Didn’t even try to walk the line These are the walls we have to climb Nothing can be done, nowhere to run There ain’t no road to another time
9.
Let It Rain 02:21
Another full moon sky Through the trees and filtered light And the silence oh my dear Is the storm drawing near. Let it rain, I don't mind I'll keep you warm, high and dry Light your fire and hold you right And sing your song one more time Howl at the moon if you want. Hell, you won't be the only one. There's no place that I'd rather be Than at home with you next to me. Let it rain, I don't mind I'll keep you warm, high and dry Light your fire and hold you right And sing your song one more time At home inside I long to see them eyes And feel your skin on mine So let it storm all night Even days on end's just fine Let it rain, I don't mind I'll keep you warm, high and dry Light your fire and hold you right And sing your song one more time I hope it rains, I don't mind I'll keep you warm, high and dry Light your fire and hold you right And sing your song one more time At home inside
10.
[Chorus:] Jól van, jól van Ma éjjel elindulok tovább Jól van, jól van Az út ködös, a cél egyre tisztább Jól van, jól van Nem nézek hátra inkább Nem kérdem, mi lesz majd Csak megyek, megyek tovább Mögöttem jó néhány boldog nyár (Menned kell tovább) Előttem homály, bizonytalanság (Menned kell tovább) Mögöttem a mocsár, mit jól ismerek már (Menned kell tovább) Előttem egy parádézó modern barbár világ Most légy okos, hogy ebben értelmet találj! Bennem a láng, mindig reményt adó (Menned kell tovább) Mellettem egy lány, kisember a karján (Menned kell tovább) Alattam egy süllyedő hajó (Menned kell tovább) Felettem a Nap segít nekem, melyik a jó irány Menj, hogy az életnek értelmet adjál! Nem kérdem, hogy mi az én sorsom Megyek, mert tudom, hogy mire vágyom Nem kérdez tőlem sem az élet Addig kell mennem, amíg élek Nem tudom, hol fogok kikötni Hol fogok holnap gyökeret verni Nem kérdem, mi lesz majd Csak megyek, megyek tovább Mennem kell tovább!
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[Chorus:] You say you're down on your luck Hey baby it's a long, long way up Hold back now, hold back your fears You say you're really down and out And you feel like there's no way out now Let go now let go of your tears some more How many times have you asked yourself? Is this the hand of fate now that I've been dealt? You're so disillusioned this can't be real And you can't stand now the way you feel I don't care about what they say I won't live or die that way Tired of figuring out things on my own Angel's wings won't you carry me home? [Chorus] [Chorus] I triumphed in the face of adversity And I became the man I never thought I'd be And now my biggest challenge, a thing called love I guess I'm not as tough as I thought I was I don't care about what they say I wanna marry you some day When I wake up, it's a brand new day Angel's wings gonna carry you away Angel's wings gonna carry me away Angel's wings gonna carry us away Gonna carry us away Gonna carry us away Gonna carry us away

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released October 1, 2021

Recorded, mixed and mastered at NHR Music Production, Augsburg, Germany, 2020/2021.

Audio engineer: Attila Tapolczai
Cover Design: Florian Schanz

Lonesome Artisans:
Attila Tapolczai - mandolin, guitar, vocals
Hauke Iven Marquard - tenor banjo, fiddle, vocals
Johanna Regenbogen - viola, vocals
Manuel Hengge - guitar, vocals
Pascal Plangger - upright bass
Wolfgang Speer - guitar

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Lonesome Artisans Augsburg, Germany

Lonesome Artisans is a music group established in 2019 and based on the bluegrass-folk tradition. We fuse the fine acoustic sounds of traditional bluegrass instruments with the world of melodic punk rock.

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