(1992) Concrete Hearts

2.) 13. Welcome To Babylon May ’92 Fatsack cadillac, drivin’ around With the hi-fi blastin’ like he owns the town Sugarbag, someone’s gonna steal your crown if you don’t watch out Big hunks, tough punks pushin’ you around Mammoth cash busters just draggin’ me down I can’t stand no more of that techno sound, I wanna drop out Black smoke, death choke, oxygen’s gone Highway plugged up, rush hour’s on How long must we all still carry on? (Ch.:) Welcome to Babylon! Welcome to Babylon! High priest, sly biest, robbin’ the poor Bittersweet sermons are your bait and the lure Just tell me how you can be so hoggone sure you’re on the right track? 59 people living on the same floor barely ever say Hi to the fellow next door Tell me who are you goin’ through all this for I wanna go back Set pace, rat race, see how they run “I’m gonna get rich quicker than the other one! Stepping on people is actually fun!” (Ch.)

1.) Free Locked up in an iron cell, my life was dark and vain, a hollow shell until you came in and you gave new life to me. Childhood memories were sad and gloomie as can be, there was no love for an unimportant little boy like me. When you came along it was like someone finally turned the light on inside my dark room and made me see. When the morning dawns I know that you will come and take me home and set me free. In the early morn' I'll spread my wings and I will soar into the sky and fly so free. I was just a prisoner till the day you came along, trapped inside my cage just like a bird without a song, hardly anyone could understand what it's to be finally free, free. Locked up in an iron cell, my life was dark and vain, a hollow shell until you came in and you gave new life to me, oh my past was hell, compared to what's become, you broke the spell and set me free -- free -- free!

Stuttgart 1992

3.) Fire, Water, Air And Earth Five billion souls under one sun learning to live in peace on one, one speck of dust we call our planet. Five billion different worlds in one learning to get along, each one so very different from the other. So many different shades in one, so many different traits yet one, only one human race, one Father. Fire, water, air and earth and what's inbetween, fire, water, air and earth and anything that is seen, learning to live with each other. From a distance the stars all look the same but if we get close the aspects change: they all vary in purpose, size and colour. Like Venus, Mercury and Mars, our personal characters all are as manyfold as the constellations. Fire, water, air and earth and what's inbetween, fire, water, air and earth and anything that is seen, learning to live with each other. Just go walking down your street, so many different types you meet, wouldn't you be bored if we were all the same? One is proud, the other shy, some a little dumb, the other sly like a snake that's waiting for it's chance to bite. Some walk high and some walk low, one goes fast the other slow, we all can learn a little something as we go. Some love music, some play ball, some can't stand that stuff at all, they'd rather work all day just making sure the money rolls. Some as quiet as a lamb some are violent, some are tame, we all need each other, no two folks are just the same. Red, brown, yellow, black or white, the one thing not to do is fight, but we must learn to live eternally in harmony. That's what we're all here for, we have to open the door, and take a step to love each other. Fire, water, air and earth and what's inbetween, fire, water, air and earth and anything that is seen, learning to live with each other.

4.) Wisdom Tell me who is She that talks to and soothes the wind and the fire and the rain, gives me her comfort and touches me, heals me and eases my every pain. Is She a woman, a spirit, some magic or only a mystical dream? I've known her since I was a child so I know that She must be reality. Oh, I can feel Her, oh, I can breathe Her, oh, and I know I'm not alone on this lonesome road. Once in a vision I thought I had seen just a glimpse of Her smiling at me, the beauty and grace of Her facial expression is something I will always see. Sometimes at night in the stillness I hear Her like whispering into my ears wonderful words of Her wisdom that fill me with peace when I know she's near. Oh, I can hear Her, want to be near Her, never want Her to let me go. Once in a summer I thought that I heard Her like singing a lovely refrain of all of the wonders and miracles of life and repeat it again and again. Spirit of freedom and love, Queen of Heaven, oh, Mother of all that is life. Oh, for my heart to be filled with Your wisdom your truth to enlighten my eyes. Oh, I can see Her, feel and perceive Her in every miracle of life.

5.) Soul Rain Love, stop breaking my heart, I gave it to you, you tear it apart. Love, hold on to my heart, two souls gropin' 'round alone in the dark. I feel the rain fall down on my soul, just soothing the pain that I've come to know. I hear the rain, the ground is so dry, wash away the stains that covered my life. Listen to it, the soul rain that washes me clean, just try and catch the soul rain that falls deep within, I've got a thing pouring under my skin I call soul rain. Tears, yes, I have cried tears, in secret, alone, hiding from my fears, love, start melting the ice, this world is so cold, infested with lies. I feel the rain pour into my life, it waters my heart and streams from my eyes, I hear the rain, I open my hands, I open my lips, I kiss and I drink the dew heaven sends. Listen to it, the soul rain that washes me clean, just try and catch the soul rain that falls deep within, I've got a thing pouring under my skin I call soul rain. Listen to it, the soul rain that falls deep within, just try and catch the soul rain that washes me clean, and when I smile there's a rainbow that beams through my soul rain.

I can't believe that the dream I once lived should be over, and I don't see how it could be that it all should have left me nowhere. Give me new faith to hang on to, give me new hopes I can cling to, send me a light that will guide me through all this night around me. Funny it seems how the things we most long for, once obtained can leave us cold like a closed door, all those material things can bring is such emptiness. Trapped in a cage of clichees and belongings, I don't need a house or a car to feel strong in. All I want now is to finally break out, a way to escape. Somewhere I know there just must be an answer, a purpose for me in this world to exist for, I don't know where but I won't give up searching till I find, I can't believe that the dream I once lived should be over, how could it be that it all should have left me nowhere. Give me new faith to hang on to, give me new hopes I can cling to, send me a light that will guide me through all this night around me. Give me new hope to hang on to, give me new faith I can cling to, Send me a light, sned me a light, to guide me through the night.

7.) Send Me Right Back To You 6.) Send Me A Light Sometimes you feel there's a world on your shoulders, day after day slowly we're getting older, faint seems the visions and dreams that inspired us yesterday, caught in a web of taboos and possessions was the desire for success my transgression? All I want now is to find a way out, a way to escape. Somewhere I know there just must be an answer, a purpose for me in this world to exist for, I don't know where but I won't give up searching till I find, Here I stand at the start of a new thing, somehow, somewhere, someplace new. And I know that wherever it leads me, you'll show me just what to do. As long as I'll stay true I'll hear from you and I'll know where to move. And I don't know, will I succeed or will I fail in my pursuit. I just know that the sowing is my job and the reaping is all up to you. I'll do what I can do to spread the news and what else can I do but tell the world about you. And the road isn't gonna be easy all of the time, this I know.

But it's better to suffer a little than to live like a king just for show, and I'll go high and low, fast or slow, until everyone knows. Here I am singin' to someone, sending my thoughts up to you. And I know that whether they'll like it or whether they won't, you're the truth. And when the race is run and work's all done and I'll finally be through, send me right back to you, send me right back, send me right back on to you, please let me be with you, let me, send me, just sent me right back to you!

So (G) here’s to all the (C9) lost sheep who are (D) out there in the (G) dark You (Em) may not know where (Em/D) you belong but (Am7)deep inside your (D) heart You’ll (Em) hear the Master (Em/D) Shepherd’s voice like (Em/C#) echo in my (C) song & (G) if you hear His (D) voice, however (C9) small in that dark(D) night, oh little (C9-B/G) lamb: I (Am7) know He’s gonna (D) find & take you (G) home (C) (D) ( Chorus )

9.) Summer's Born 8.) LOST SHEEP SONG
Intro: (G/D-Em7-C/D-D7) 2x

Well, (G/D) here we are a(C9)gain tonight, some (D) of the 9(G/D)9 To(Em)gether singing (C) songs again & (G) everything’s so (D) fine We (G) think we truly (C9)have arrived, so (D)safely in the (G) fold But (Em) brothers, where’s the (Em/D)Master gone out (Am7)in the bitter (D) cold? I’ve (G/D) seen it time and (C9) time again, we (D) argue & dis(G)pute A(Em)bout our different (C) views of doctrines, in(G)terpreting the (D) Truth But (G) somewhere out there (C9) in the dark, while (D) we all fuss & (G) fight There’s (Em) someone who be(Em/D)longs to us, who’s (Am7) not yet found the (D) light So, (Em) let us stop our (Em/D) arguing & (Em/C#) get together (C) now to (G) join the Master’s (D) search out there, I (C) hear Him calling (D) out: Chorus: “I’m callin’ (G) you, yes (C9) you out there (D) somewhere in the (G) dark My (Em) brother or my (Em/D) sister, oh, how(Am7)ever lost you (D) are I’m callin’ (G) you, yes (C9) you out there (D) somewhere in the (G) night & (Em) if you hear My (Em/D) voice, then follow (Am7) ‘till you reach the (D) light I (Em) know that you are (Em/D) lost out there, so (Em/C#) cold & so a(C) lone But (G) if you hear My (D) voice & follow, I (C9) know I’m gonna (D) find & take you (G/D) home” (Em7-C/D-D7)

In the distance I can see the sun arise and chase away the clouds of doom. Long before the daybreak darkness filled the sky but now you see the first flowers bloom. Glittering sunlight kisses my eyes and fills my mind with heavenly tunes. Everything the cold of winter put to sleep now comes to life with the first breath of June. Gone are the rainy days, summer has come and washed them away. Now winter's pain has paid for the life that's being born before our eyes. Like a butterfly emerging from the dark of it's cocoon so summer's born. It's the promise of a new life without pain the curse removed, the bonds of death torn. Glittering sunlight touches my eyes and wipes away all doubts and fears. In the silence of the morning you can hear the voice of God whisper in your ears. Now all of creation groans longing to be freed from it's chains. Melt all the ice and snow, heavenly warmth, come, fill my everlasting days.

Switzerland, ‘91

10.) Losers Turn Winners
The fake of the century's revealed now, though some are still blind and can't see, it just isn't all gold that glitters, not everything's good that is cheap. And some things can be quite expensive and bring you deep down to your knees, for those things you insisted on having, you may find out your life was the fees. For some people life is a teacher and others won't ever perceive, too late, much too late comes the awakening, they find out they have been deceived. The mystery's past comprehension to sqare minded natural men, the harvest they'll reap is damnation, let's break loose as long as we can. So here's to all of you captives who really believe to be free but are bound by the chains of your own bigotries, traditions, rivalry and greed. I just can't cope with all their hatred, the madness in all that I see, oh God, I beseech you to bring it to halt, this system of idolatry. For you who may think we're the losers, for lack of material gain, may find out when we'll reach the end of the road, that the losers turn winners again, the losers turn winners again. The line's drawn between those who're simple and blindly just treading along, and those who know just what they're doing, they'll have you all sold before long. Their plan has been kept through the ages and soon will have come to its end, the plot is complete and has rendered the whole world in the palm of their hands. I damn all your weavings of evil, your rituals, cursing and spells, compared to the light you're just fooling around your road will just land you in hell. I pray for all those you have blinded that one day they might again see, I pray for the ones you have bound with your lies that the truth will again set them free. And though you may think I'm a loser for lack of what you call success I'd rather be poor as a peasant than found guilty of all your excess. Yeah, you who may think we're the losers, for lack of material gain, may find out when we're 'round the corner that the losers turned winners again, the losers turn winners again.

11.) Concrete Hearts As I walk the pavement of these city streets my eyes turn from those buildings to the people I meet. Conversation here won't lead very far, God, it almost seems to me as if they've all got concrete hearts. Concrete hearted people never show what they feel, eyes as cold as diamonds, minds made of stainless steel, never tell on whose side they are, no, no, they won't show their loneliness deep in their concrete hearts. Concrete hearts are as hard as the streets on which they walk, never mean a single thing when they talk, just surround themselves with concrete walls. Concrete hearts would rather stop beating than be caught shedding tears, always pretend they never once knew a fear, no, not even in a million years, sad lonely concrete hearts. Talking to someone that I thought I once knew showing some emotion 's one thing she just won't do, leave me sittin' here in the bar, oh, but girl, tell me, who's ever been missing a concrete heart? I'm not gonna let you make a fool of myself, just because you look as pretty as a vase on some shelf, play with me but don't go too far, no I'll never let myself fall for you and your concrete heart. Concrete hearts are as hard as the streets on which they walk, never mean a single thing when they talk, just surround themselves with concrete walls. Concrete hearts would rather stop beating than be caught shedding tears, always pretend they never once knew a fear, no, not even in a million years, sad lonely concrete hearts, cold lonely concrete hearts, sad lonely concrete hearts.

12.) The Busker's Song Every night I sing and play guitar, take my music from bar to bar. I walk in, there they are, starin' at me like at some creature from Mars. I say "Hi!", they go "Huh, what's the freak up to, anyhow? Seems he don't quite know who we are: we're our town's intelligentsia! Don't you know we're the coolcats, can't you see we're the cream of the town, won't you bow, to the Jet-set, we're the cool-gang, the insider crowd. Don't you know we're the coolcats, can't you see we're the cream of the town, won't you bow, we're the Jet-set, and we don't need no strangers around!" I play my songs, just three or four, 'cause I know they can't take anymore, some pay and leave the scene of crime, before I can make 'em eke out a dime. When I'm done with the show, no one dares clap or say "bravo". Say "Don't you know who we are? We're our town's Saturday night disco stars Don't you know we're the coolcats, can't you see we're the cream of the town, won't you bow, we're the Jet-set, we're the cool-gang, the insider crowd. Don't you know we're the coolcats, can't you see we're the cream of the town, won't you bow, we're the Jet-set, and we don't need you strangers around!" Every night I sing and play guitar I take my music from bar to bar. Well I don't care just who you are, whether king or queen or pope or czar. I know you're so intellectual, so educated, so critical. But when it comes down to this acting "cool": it's just yourselves you're tryin' to fool. So you think you're the coolcats, so you think you're the cream of the town, well I think you're just bullheads, call it cool, man, I call it lukewarm. So you think you're the coolcats, so you think you're the cream of the town, well I think you're just bullheads, all this coolness is bringin' me down.

13.) Under The Wings Of Love Rise, rise little sparrow, spread your tiny wings and fly till you touch the sky, so high, you'll touch the rainbow, you let the wind blow through your feathers as you fly. You've got no sorrows, no care for tomorrow, you've got a place to hide, you're safe under the shadow, the shining shadow under the wings of love. You've got nothing to worry about, your Father won't let you fall to the ground, the strongest arms in the universe have promised you their care. So, come, come on, tomorrow, no matter how black your gloom, I'm not scared of you, for I will cast all my sorrows onto the shoulders that are gonna see me through, I'm safe under the shadow, the shining shadow, under the wings of love. Oh, the beauty of little things, He knows the number of every hair, the strongest arms in the universe have promised you their care. So rise, rise little sparrow, spread your tiny wings and fly till you touch the sky, so high, you've got no sorrows under the shadow, under the wings of love.

14.) Where Grey Skies Won't Go I grew up in a grey sky town, lots of people with grey sky frowns, man, I tell you, they bring you down, them grey sky blues. Traveled far to a southern land where the nights are much longer and you see smiles in the warm white sand and the skies are blue. Now some folks say there's no place like home, but I'd say depends on where you're born, 'cause I feel just like a southern man who'd vote for grey skies to be banned. So take me where the golden sunsets glow, where the sky is blue and the palm trees grow, that is where I will call my home, there where life's still worth living, where the sun shines and grey skies won't go.

I grew tired of black chimney smoke, fourtyfive year olds dyin' of stroke, I said, God must be kiddin', I hope make those grey skies move. Man I barely turned seventeen, I was no longer to be seen in the land governed by machines where the grey skies rule. Now I know some people just don't care whether they breathe in smoke or air, but I wanna sleep 'neath a starry sky where the moonlight lingers in my lover's eyes. So take me where the golden sunsets glow, where the sky is blue and the palm trees grow, that is where I will call my home, there where life's still worth living, where the sun shines and grey skies won't go, where the grey skies won't go, where the grey skies won't go, the grey skies won't go, grey skies won't go.

You can download the album “Concrete Hearts” here: http://www.mediafire.com/file/vmdzz43kynf/(1992) Concrete Hearts.zip

Stuttgart area ‘94