Affairs of the heart

by Martin Praetorius

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Affairs of the Heart I am a fool, I do believe In love that’s true But hey, the truth sometimes Just stares right back on you Don’t wanna hurt no one When push comes to shove I just can’t stand myself When it comes to breaking hearts In affairs of the heart you can’t trust no one Can’t trust no one least of all me In affairs of the heart you can’t trust no one Can’t trust no one least of all me I turned my back on love But hell, I ain’t no saint I do get tempted And I jump back in again I tell the sweetest lies Sometimes I think they’re true I am the asshole When it comes to quittin’ you In affairs of the heart you can’t trust no one Can’t trust no one least of all me In affairs of the heart you can’t trust no one Can’t trust no one least of all me My friend got married To his girl the other day I hope they’ll stick to each other Through good'n'bad times, night and day I do believe in love That lasts eternally But when I’m in it I don’t trust no one - least of all me Hey, don't trust no one - least of all me © Martin Praetorius
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Sadness For A Grin Hello old friend summer wind I'm glad that you come 'round again I haven't seen you for so long 'cause cousin winter blew so strong And his cold embrace left a mark On my skin Darkness, my lifetime companion Flip a coin, you lose the gamble I never seen this way out before I'm slipping through your haunted door I've been too long under your spell I say:: "Good luck, now wish me well" No more crying, I feel so high, I borrowed me some wings to fly Who said I was never going to win I paid my debts, I done my chore, I never felt this way before And I hope it's never going to end Now that I know you are mine And stick with me, come rain or shine I'm turning in my sadness for a grin Hello smile on your sweet face I'm glad you're keeping up the pace Be my comfort when I'm down See the laugh behind the frown My second thoughts on loneliness They don't mean a thing I've been down this road before and it ain't what I'm looking for You're stronger, when you're strong enough to bend I've got something on my mind that helps me leave the fears behind Now I found a lover and a friend Life's a roller-coaster-ride Now that you are by my side I'm turning in my sadness for a grin
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03:31
Killin' time I follow the wind and rain and promises I made I'm my Daddy's son but I don't play it save I'm neither rich nor poor nor white trash nor a saint I take my chances when there's chances I can take And sometimes I'm killin' time Sometimes I'm killin' time The only better thing coming to my mind would be You and me killin' time Killin' time I play my six string and I like to stay up late Don't fear the darkness but it's loneliness I hate I've been in and out of love a time or two I'm back on the smoke and that's because of you And sometimes I'm killin' time Sometimes I'm killin' time The only better thing coming to my mind would be You and me killin' time Killin' time Maybe I am a little crazy Maybe that is the bit that saves me From killin' time © Martin Praetorius
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04:33
The Seasons I just wanna get away from here I just wanna go out and find some place Where the air is clear I just wanna get out of here 'Cause the noise of the summer Is still ringin' in my ear And the cool days of fall They just went by With no place to go And all I have left Is your voice On the code-a-phone And every time I think of you, baby It just drives me crazy Ain't that amazing With just one look You just took my heart And threw it away And when winter comes You won't find a single road That I've not been on A hundred times or more I took the turn 'round your house And I still keep going And sometimes It's like you haunt me In the black of night I could swear That I've seen your shadow By the dashboard light And every time I think of you, baby It just drives me crazy 'Cause the seasons you gave me They turn from fall To the deep heart of winter And back again, with no hope for spring What a waste of gas It'll last another hour If I don't go to fast How I want you near On the outskirts of town Where the air is clear But the only things That I cling to Is this song and the wheel If I could Only tell you The way that I feel And every time I think of you, baby It just drives me crazy 'Cause the kiss that I've tasted Was just a small relieve For the pain That conquered me then © Martin Praetorius
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Reason to believe Got this job working 9 to 5 trying to make ends meet Day in day out the same old groove makes your spirits go weak And the money's just about enough to keep you on your feet But it'll never really pay for all the other things you need Then the boss comes up and tells you: "Son, it's not up to me And you know, I'm really sorry, you see, the bad economy" I went downtown to see the gypsy to comfort all my grieve Saying " For this nickel I got left give me reason to believe" I went down south to make a living but I couldn't stand the heat The sweat pours down your body but even when you try to sleep Couldn't rest from all the noise coming up from the city streets And the juke-box played the same song every day of the week And the land is dry and dirty no matter how far you drive Don't they say the grass is greener on the other side Am I running 'round in circles? Am I cheating on me When I go looking for some truth and a reason to believe My daddy worked the same job for 50 odd years And mum she stood right with him Through the struggle and the fears And the years went by stealing time like a thief Still they go to bed each night And find reason to believe Now I ain't about to tell you that I got it all bad I'm just a little shaky from the dreams in my head And when your dreams and reality collide You try to make the best of it without losing your pride But I got this woman here who loves me and I know her love is true And I know she is the reason for all the better things I do She holds me when I'm weary until I fall asleep And then I get up in the morning with some reason to believe
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When the moon comes out To fall in love they say is easy Maybe I'm the other kind But tonight I'll take my chances I will ask you to be mine When the moon comes out By the old churchhouse We will say our vows When the moon comes out The old graveyard it lies abandoned Of ancient times it tells a tale Of lovers, once alive, now faded And we're all going down the same When the moon comes out By the old churchhouse We will say our vows When the moon comes out There's a shadow of a doubt we have to trace Cause I see your thoughts moving on your face When you dream – when you dream I won't say it'll last forever But then again, who knows, it might I wanna love you now or never Don't worry 'bout the end of time When the moon comes out By the old churchhouse We will say our vows When the moon comes out © Martin Praetorius
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Hometown Blues Ain't it funny how fast time flies And I'm still not where I want to be And all the aims I want to reach, they seem so distant Getting farther away every day It seems like I'm stuck to this town I still hang around the same old places Same old people that I know And every new day steals a little of this consciousness That I belong somewhere else But someday I'm going away from here Someday I'm gonna get out of here to lose this Hometown blues So many years have gone by since I left school And the careless life I used to lead And all the old friends that used to have the same ideals Have gone the other way “Life needs security, a place to stay and a woman you can trust” That's what I hear them talking when I meet them on the street But I see the hunger in there eyes For the things they never reach But someday I'm going away from here Someday I'm gonna get out of here to lose this Hometown blues Oh I can't remember How I got this fever But I got voices in my head that make me shiver Oh I can't remember How I got this fever But I got voices in my head... make me lose this hometown blues I can lose this hometown blues I'm gonna lose this hometown blues I can lose this hometown blues © Martin Praetorius
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I want you bad I ain't hungry I can't sleep Just the simple thought of you it makes me weak It sounds phony Sounds so cheap But I have to admit that I'm in too deep I feel like a love struck Romeo But every time I look at you your eyes say no But there is something about you Sure I could live without you But I'm walking a fine line 'tween love and hate I want you bad I'm sick of driving Down your street Hell, I done all that before and I hate repeats And I can't stand All the funky places you meet All your uptown friends and the way they stare at me But hey, you got a smile that cuts so sweet Like a switchblade through my heart until I bleed But there is something about you Sure I could live without you But I'm walking a fine line 'tween love and hate I want you bad © Martin Praetorius
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She only came It's been so long since I have talked to her But I can't forget her anyhow And it's not easy to admit She's not the last thing on my mind And though I lost myself in all those words That have been said a hundred times Three little words she never said Are stirring up my mind Sometimes I think she only came To do exactly this to me I find it hard to explain In any other way Sometimes I think this world's insane And love for me is history She remains a mystery I've never taken love for granted I guess I thought she was the one To turn my nighttime into day And ease the loneliness I never felt a pain to cut so deep And break my heart like prism glass One crack for every smile I faked When I was the hurtin' kind Sometimes I think she only came To do exactly this to me And every picture that remains Turns to shades of gray Sometimes I think that loves a game The rules are just not clear to me Ah she remains a mystery Sometimes I think she only came To do exactly this to me The queen of hearts with all her fame Is just the luck of the draw Sometimes I think that loves a game The rules are just not clear to me Ah she remains a mystery
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Walk on water There’s a distant thunder Coming down from where the eagles fly There’s a full moon shining Through the clouds tonight and the big sky’s high And I’m tired of walking In somebody else’s shoes You turn your back on the ones that you love And you don’t care what you gonna lose Now the wind in the cornfield On the far side of town Smells like rain and soon the big drops They start falling down If I could walk on water I would give the world to you If I could walk on water Now the rain is falling For, I guess, almost seven weeks It’s flooding my senses With a memory so bitter sweet Was I true to you? Well, at least I never really told a lie Through all the pushing and showing And the struggles we had as the years went by But I burned all my bridges I sank all my ships When you got it all How come you’re tempted to risk the best of it If I could walk on water I would give the world to you If I could walk on water © Martin Praetorius
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Bullet Through My Head I said goodbye much too late I couldn't take your presence anymore Love is long gone, here comes the hate And I hate myself for hanging on I talked so much, you talked so much We kept on talking when there was nothing left to say How come when love is gone, when love is gone, when love is gone We all tend to make the same mistake And here I am and I wish the night was over 3 a.m. and I'm heading for the border And the fear will die As the years go by And when I feel real bad Every thought of you is like a Bullet through my head Here's the headache once again Here's the vodka and the aspirin One for every false attempt To turn this ship around again I couldn't say that it's not as well my fault But you and me together was just against the odds In my dreams at night When my heart takes flight When I feel real bad Every thought of you is like a Bullet through my head
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04:17
Home I'm homesick now I left to find Something clear And peace of mind I'm stuck out here There's nothing new Being here Is just a different shade of blue Can I go home Guess I'm not a rolling stone I went to chase a dream I admit that things are not quite what they seemed to be I never found a better shade of green Cigarette Says "smoke me now" And time just kills the hours That I count out loud Here the skies are blue And there's no change For months I haven't seen A single drop of rain Can I go home Guess I'm not a rolling stone I went to chase a dream I admit that things are not quite what they seemed to be I never found a better shade of green And love has gone away But I know that it's back for better days Can I go home Guess I'm not a rolling stone I went to chase a dream I admit that things are not quite what they seemed to be They just slipped away from me and I never found a better shade of green

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released December 6, 2010

Martin Praetorius: vocals, guitars, mandolin, harmonica, low whistle

The Innocent Bastards:
Andy Schmidgen: hammond, piano, accordeon
Marius Goldhammer: bass
Wolf Simon: drums

recorded at Look at Me Studios, Oberhausen, which are now "Tresohr Studios", P&M Studio, Bonn, Working Corners, Essen

mixed at Working Corners by Martin Praetorius
mastered by Fritz Fey at Double-D Mastering, Oberhausen

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