Speak Chinese

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Recorded between 2017-2019 by Sebastian Reuter [Guitars/Vocals/Keys/Electronics], Paul Pitula [Bass/Backing Vocals], Caroline Weber [Drums/Backing Vocals], Catharina Behr [Drums/Backing Vocals], Salwa Joram [Cornet], Frederik Stöcker [Rhodes], Karin Dürr [Dulcimer] and LeFou [Drum Programming].
With additional help from Achim Gieseler [String Arrangements].
Cover Photos by Mary Hussmann.

Mixed 2019 by Sebastian Reuter @ Klangkosmonauten Berlin.
Mastered by Rupert Schellenberger @ ultramar labs.
All Songs written by Sebastian Reuter - © Berlin 2020.

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released January 26, 2020

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Whitby Allen [Video]
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Track Name: Girl on a Cannon
girl on a cannon

on a rock in the sea
close to helsinki
i saw a girl on a cannon
shooting at the waves
a girl on a cannon
shooting at the waves

at the airport in the crowd
when things came tumbling down
i felt a ghost by my side
for no one else to see
a ghost by my side
for no one else to see

if i could have been there before the rain
a cannonball, a little less tame
i wouldn´t have to try and ask forgiveness again
i could have been different
Track Name: British Green
british green

get up in the middle of the night
kick it alive
it cuts the silence like a knife
my heart then worked just fine

and all you saw was british green

glide over a glassy surface
hold your breath for a while
he took a ride that took his time
he took a ride to the end of the line

and all you saw was british green
Track Name: Dear Subconscious
dear subconscious

dear subconscious here we go
what is it that you want?
dear subconscious
just let me know

in a dream in a park
she took me by the hand
i could still smell the grass
in the morning

dear subconscious

i saw a man jump a fence in greece
followed by a white cougar
saw him travel poland in a bathtub on wheels
and she was there

she was there

dear subconscious here we go
what is it that you want?
Track Name: Miss Higgins doesn´t know
miss higgins doesn´t know

she walks the dog in a park close by
it loves to make the pigeons fly
that dog knows more than meets the eye
oh, no

i whispered softly in its ear
before i Ieft and disappeared
that dog knows all my hopes and fears
oh, no

but miss higgins doesn´t know
miss higgins doesn´t know
miss higgins doesn´t know

i hope the old dog will survive
burdened with the story of my life
i don´t wanna see miss higgins cry
no, no

one day i´ll meet them in disguise
fake beard and shades hiding my eyes
only the dog will recognize my smell
oh, well

but miss higgins wouldn´t know
miss higgins wouldn´t know
miss higgins doesn´t know
Track Name: Frenzy
frenzy

she´s always late and now she´s trying to catch a train
she tried to kill the day she´s dying to meet her man
the way she walks you know she fills her space so sweet
she makes one think of her wrapped up in clean sheets
she knows the lines to every song
in her head she sings along
she´s in a frenzy

every sunday naked in fake fur
friends and lovers make it possible for her
she burns the days just like an old machine burns fuel
her greatest fear that she might end up slow and cool
turning minutes into sand
in a frenzy

she´s in a frenzy

all those years and everything she´s left behind
piled up high in the backyard of her mind
throwing ashes to the wind
in a frenzy

she´s in a frenzy
Track Name: Another ordinary Love Song
another ordinary love song

hey get up
i know it´s hard when it´s still dark
and you might as well just sleep now
try to smile
i know it´s hard i´ll stay a while
i´ll be by your side now

welcome to the cruel world
things are much the same
welcome to the real world
this is just another
ordinary love song

move on
stumble through a day or two
try to get things done now
stop feeling bad
for a chance you´ve missed and things you´ve said
you´re not the only one now

welcome to the cruel world
things are much the same
welcome to the real world
this is just another
ordinary love song
Track Name: Perfect Crime
perfect crime

lift yourself up like a flamingo to the sky
i can only try i´m scared of heights
though i feel like them at times
so strange, heavy and light

and we can take the time
to talk things over twice
and plan the perfect crime
my heart feels like a coal fire

picture yourself among strange faces
i can try i used to be afraid of foreign places
though i feel the urge sometimes
to cross all kinds of lines

and we can take the time
to talk things over twice
and plan the perfect crime
my heart feels like a coal fire

yeah we can take the time
we could do it twice
and plan the perfect crime
my heart feels like a coal fire
Track Name: Speak Chinese
speak chinese

where will this lead them?
words come tumbling out
like marbles
at a diamond trade-fair
a wave of shame
and a stuttering heart

where will this lead them?
two doctors
in the middle of the remains
of a tragic accident
shaky knees
and a stuttering heart
and useless gestures

precious stones and burning gasoline

when they meet
among the rubble and the car parts
Track Name: Black Horse
black horse

swim the boiling sea
just to find it means nothing
but you can achieve it

climb the burning tree
if you have to see it
to believe

it´s here
the black horse

kick the devil´s chin
if you get the feeling
he´s trying to provoke you

don´t inhale the golden smoke
it will only deceive you
it will choke you

it´s here
the black horse
Track Name: Rattle in your Heartbeat
rattle in your heartbeat

her heart was like a bird
in a box
in the kingdom´s deepest well
kept apart from words
every doubt
and every whisper

i´ll lead you out of here
said the girl
locked into a silver cage
travelling to the core
you might end up
without me

here comes the tricky bit
the things you leave behind
keep floating in your ocean
fracturing the surface
like a rattle in your heartbeat

her body heat was like
a cocoon
a dry blanket in the snow
decelerating time
to a standstill

the sound of shuffling feet
from a boy
who could hardly walk
someone searching for
a lenght of rope and a ruby

here comes the tricky bit
the things you leave behind
keep floating in your ocean
fracturing the surface
like a rattle in your heartbeat
Track Name: Orang-Utan
orang-utan

i need someone to scratch
my tired aching back
i need a gentle friend
who will try to understand

could that be you?
said the monkey to the mule
i hope i can count on
the orang-utan in you

the trees seem a little steep for you
but down there it´s hard for me to keep up with you
but it´s good to get to know you
though it´s hard for me to show you

i like you
said the monkey to the mule
i hope i can count on
the orang-utan in you

i trust you
said the monkey to the mule
i hope i can count on
the orang-utan in you

it´s so quiet in the morning
just listen to our steps
it´s so lonely in the forest
we´ll get lost in the depths

i need someone to scratch
my tired aching back

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