Where Dragons Fly

This song is about the biggest obstacles in your own life.

This is also the final song, the final chapter of my first solo album. Although the main lyrics, riffs and melodies came to me quite early it was still hard to put together. And even though I like the song it does not evoke the same kind of feelings that The Paradox of Choice did. Then again that is precisely what I set out to achieve in the first place because I don’t like to repeat myself.

It is funny how this song seems to clearly reference all my previous nine songs without me really intending it. I guess that is just what happens when you write songs over the period of a year.

The lyrics:

where dragons fly

and this crooked path is yours
knee-deep through the swamp
up and up the mountain
under skies devoid of sun

you come upon the black sea
of grief, despair and dread
you’ll have to navigate
through crowds of living dead

but none can match the darkness
you bring upon yourself
you falter and you disbelieve
conjuring beasts from hell

focus on your prey
use your inner eye
don’t regret, never look back
and let your dragons fly
let your dragons fly

you still can make the journey
if you stay on your track
to defy your demons
you must not look back

hold on tight, storms are strong
you know this course can not be wrong

keep the scent, dawn will come
leader of a pack of one

but even if you cross the sea
the beasts will stay with you
for they are your creation
nightmares of your doom

none can match the darkness
you bring upon yourself
you falter and you disbelieve
conjuring beasts from hell

so focus on your prey
use your inner eye
don’t regret, never look back
and let your dragons fly
let your dragons fly

where dragons fly

The Paradox of Choice

While the topic has been in my head for quite some time, the title for this song was inspired by Barry Schwartz’ wonderful book of the same name.

This one, once again, was exceptionally difficult for me to make.  I have had to scrap lots of ideas for riffs and melodies until finally this monster of a riff came to me. Actually it all started out with the drum track but that’s a story for the liner notes…

The lyrics:

the paradox of choice

lonely at the crossroads
the world is at your feet
every path wide open
to pursue what you seek

no chains to hold you back
you’ve chosen to be free
this is your own life
and your responsibility

no one else to stop you
no one else to judge you
no one else to blame
but yourself

what could have been
what might have been
curse the inner voice
eternal unhappiness
the paradox of choice

and when you stop
you sense the fear
what have you done?
what brought you here?

for every path you take
there’s three you leave behind
you hope this is the way
but you don’t know what you’ll find

freedom has you paralyzed
you’ve yet to plant the seed
forging your own destiny
is a fearsome thing indeed

uncertainty’s a challenge
but you can’t be free without
it’s a long way to the bottom
of the abyss of doubts

what could have been
what might have been
curse the inner voice
eternal unhappiness
the paradox of choice

The King without a Land

This song is inspired by The King Without A Land from Michael Moorcock’s Corum saga. The character does not play a big role in the books but the name immediately inspired me to write down a couple of words. The lyrics I came up with acually happen to kind of reflect other parts of the story. I like that. As always: Thank you, Mr. Moorcock, for inspiring me.

What I do not like is the amount of effort I had to put into the music. Since I try not to repeat myself musically I kind of expect the songwriting to get harder but this time was ridiculous. Stop that, Muse. Right now! This is supposed to be fun!

This one sticks out a little, reminds me of a ballad. Maybe it will be “that one song” on the album. Or maybe it will not make it on the album. What do you think?

The lyrics:

the king without a land

you look upon a dead waste
your glory, your reward
the blood and sweat you spent
all has been for nought

you’ve listened to the voices
your dream it shall come true
if only you would sacrifice
your lifetime – that will do

a golden throne you dreamt of
and armies to command
instead you have become
the king without a land

you’re facing what was promised
you’re given what you sought
the paramount of irony
the cruel jape of a god

a kingdom full of loneliness
the place where you grow old
this part of the bargain
has not been foretold

and still you would not blame
the one whose words you heed
this god you made yourself
he is the lord of greed

a golden throne you dreamt of
and armies to command
instead you have become
the king without a land

a scepter made of lead
held in your wrinkled hands
riding through the emptiness
you’re the king without a land

Blood and Souls

This song is about Elric and Stormbringer. It is about power and capability and superiority and relationships. Thus it is closely related to my previous songs Forever Terrorized and The Eye and the Hand. It is also kind of a sibling to Alone. Thanks again to Michael Moorcock for his wonderful works particulary on the Eternal Champion.

The lyrics:

blood and souls

didn’t have a choice, did I?
oh fate has chosen me
to bear the sword
of black destiny

now I’m forever bound
to the demon I found
my life’s sustained
by the souls that I take

resistance in vain
all your souls I claim
blood and souls I cry
one thousand die
but who’s in control
am I just a tool?
blood and souls I cry
one thousand die

another spirit taken
sucked into cold steel

suffering, rejoice
drunk with ecstasy

when I’m done
I’ve left everything behind
enemies and friends and kin
all suffering alike

resistance in vain
all your souls I claim
blood and souls I cry
one thousand die
my friends pay the prize
the darkest sacrifice
blood and souls I cry
one thousand die

blood and souls I cry
everyone dies

Alone

No one can see the visions and pictures in your mind. And no one will ever see the world from your point of view. I guess this is what Elric (one of Michael Moorcock’s wonderful Multiverse characters) must have felt and experienced in a very painful way among his own people.

The idea behind these lyrics has been with me quite a long time and I rediscovered many of the aspects while reading the Elric Saga. There are certainly a lot more ways to interpret both Michael Moorcock’s and my own work but this is the strongest point of connection I see. Again my sincerest thanks go to Michael for sharing his stories with us.

The lyrics:

alone

no one can see the visions
and pictures in your mind
the way that you perceive the world
and the dreams you leave behind

you’re searching for the answer
the piece that solves it all
for you alone can find
what no one has seen before

to escape the loneliness
you turn to friends, confused
together it feels easier
to endure the soliude

but the battles in your head
no one can understand
no one to share the burden
not even your dearest friend

the demons you will fight
you cannot crack the stone
a mind that is estranged
lost within the storm
the demons you will fight
you cannot crack the stone
the enemy inside
condemned to be alone

the distance just keeps growing
standing on the shore
of waters deep and cold

refusal turns into disgust
all the bridges burnt
the tragedy unfolds

no one can cure the memories
the scars remain your own
the darkest of epiphanies
in the end we’re all alone

the demons you will fight
you cannot crack the stone
a mind that is estranged
lost within the storm
the demons you will fight
you cannot crack the sone
the enemy inside
condemned to be alone

Addicted to Creation

This combination of time signature and tempo turned out to be more difficult to work with than I thought. Enough 6/8 for now…

This song, it turns out, is related to my previous release “To Tame a Dragon” and even “Forever Terrorized” as far as the lyrics are concerned, forming kind of a trilogy. That was not my intention but I guess that’s just how it goes sometimes.

The lyrics:

addicted to creation

another masterpiece is done
all your hope destroyed
for once more you just raised the bar
again you face the void

you are a master of your art
you always strive for more
to rise you burn your sanity
contentedness forlorn

the only time your soul finds peace
and your visions cease to hurt
is when you put your skill to work

enslaved forever
in this endeavour
ambition never shall die

insanity
the quest for the key
how can I be free in this life?

carpe diem, carpe noctem
carpe diem, carpe noctem

feed your heart and your desire
by passion you’re consumed
high on the wings of inspiration
shall this gift be your doom?

addicted to creation
addicted to creation
addicted to creation
addicted to creation

To Tame a Dragon

This song turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. While I thought “Forever Terrorized” was hard to write music to, this one felt almost impossible to get done and it certainly ruined my schedule of posting one new song every month (even if only by one day).

When writing songs I feel the need to try out new things and to avoid repeating what I did in the past – no matter how successful or popular my previous works have been. I think that is part of being an artist. It might make you want to cut off your ears or just drive you mad but when finally it all comes together the pleasure is all the higher. Doing hard things is fun because it is hard. How can you develop as an artist if you always do things the same way instead of stepping into the unknown?

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The lyrics:

to tame a dragon

the only way to deal with dragons
is killing them they say
that’s the way it’s always been
and that’s how it should stay

why fool around and risk
a certain death in flames?
why dare to try an unknown path
what could you ever gain?

it’s hard to tame a dragon
the beast might take you high
you will see the world below
you’ll be afraid to die
expanding your horizon
is nothing for the weak
to unleash your creativity
means to face the heat

you must accept the challenge
for growth to be your gain
come leap into uncertainty
and dance about the flames

if you succeed to mount the dragon
fly soaring through the sky
you’re tempered and unbreakable
emerge baptized in fire

it’s hard to tame a dragon
the beast might take you high
you will see the world below
you’ll be afraid to die
expanding your horizon
is nothing for the weak
to unleash your creativity
means to face the heat

Forever Terrorized

This song is about a theme I’ve had in mind for a long time. There is no obvious connection to the works of Michael Moorcock – but his stories about Elric, Corum and Erekose always reminded of this idea. Gaining knowledge or power always comes at a prize that has many faces. It might even take control of you. Since you can not reverse this (“what once has been learned can not be made unknown“), the only (hard) way out is to engage in a constant battle against your own mind in order to relieve the burden.

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The lyrics:

forever terrorized

silent, creeping
I infiltrate your mind
more and more pours in
I  fill you with insight

what I give you is power
the keys to the world
to control your fate
with a double-edged sword

but for every bit of power
you receive from me
you’ll have to pay the price
of responsibility

I can take away
the things that make you smile
you’ll never know again
the excitement of a child
you cannot make it stop
even if you close your eyes
you still know the truth
forever terrorized

you called me to fuel
the  fire in your head
but smoke will fill your eyes
and you might regret

you’ll see the world is madness
see life just how it is
injustice seems to grow
slowly choking bliss

it’s hard to see the light
as you feel corruption spread
the cloud keeps getting bigger
soon all the world looks black

but don’t you hold your breath
or else you’re gonna fail
to blow away the mist
and to lift the veil

you benefit from knowledge
but innocence is gone
what once has been learned
can not be made unknown

I can take away
the things that make you smile
you’ll never know again
the excitement of a child
you cannot make it stop
even if you close your eyes
you still know the truth
forever terrorized

Lord of the Snow

This song was inspired by the character of Jon Snow in George R. R. Martin’s wonderful A Song of Ice and Fire (A Game of Thrones) and the music of Dethklok.

With my previous song “The Eye and the Hand” I discovered that this way of singing is a lot of fun and so I decided to continue on this path for more than just a makeshift solution. So is this Death Metal? I do not care.

Once more I was surprised by how my musical influences sometimes find their ways into my songs.

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The lyrics:

Lord of the Snow

Snow is falling down on me
as I walk through the streets
the path ahead a lonely one
no friends to ask in need

The world has long forsaken me
all respect denied
the final judgement has been made
’cause I’m a bastard child

Burns and scars and bloodstained hands
hardened to the bone
you revel in your ignorance
while I face the storm

My brothers will be kings one day
lords of castles high
while I am damned to seek shelter
under the open sky

It seems there is no place for me
no road for me to go
I try to persevere and find
the land beyond the snow

I’m the lord of the snow
I’m the lord of the snow

Burns and scars and bloodstained hands
hardened to the bone
you revel in your ignorance
while I face the storm

I leave behind a dead-end road
where pretence will surpass
no matter what I accomplish
I still am the outcast

So don’t you dare demand of me
to live as per your rules
Your law reveals the irony
I am free and you’re the fools

Burns and scars and bloodstained hands
hardened to the bone
you revel in your ignorance
while I face the storm

The Eye and the Hand

This song was inspired by Michael Moorcock’s Corum Saga – a couple of extremely fantastic books which I highly recommend.

Anyway, once again this was a lot of fun to make. It is my first serious attempt in the Death Metal genre (though it is absolutely possible that this is not Death Metal by some silly stereotype). I decided that as long as I have not advanced as far as I want with my singing studies and lessons, I rather grunt this song. And the lyrics, which I really like, call for it anyway.

Influenced by various of my musical heroes.

Hope you enjoy it!

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The Lyrics:

the eye and the hand

when I open my eye
I see the realm of death
fallen warriors, zombies
foul, rotten flesh

they yearn for final peace
but then I raise my hand
the creatures start to move
undead at my command

they come to kill my enemies
to serve and be released
their victims are the prize
upon their souls they feast
the circle keeps on turning
another army slain
this eye and hand are borrowed
are they boon or bane?

this power is of horror
cause my mind to ache
yet I can not resist
to accept my fate

I cannot bear to witness
endless violence, eternal pain
but for the gods high up
this is just a game

they come to kill my enemies
to serve and be released
their victims are the prize
upon their souls they feast
the circle keeps on turning
another army slain
this eye and hand are borrowed
are they boon or bane?