Tales from the feverworld

by Martin Praetorius

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1.
This town 03:10
THIS TOWN © Martin Praetorius This town's got a vacuum It's sucking me dry, sucking me dry, sucking me dry Well I lived here all my live, yeah Sucking me dry, sucking me dry, it's sucking me dry Well, it used to be all steel and coal But that's long gone, still the skies hang low The clouds are mostly dull and grey Gonna pack my stuff, gonna get away This town's got a vacuum It's sucking me dry, sucking me dry, sucking me dry Well I lived here all my live, yeah Sucking me dry, sucking me dry, it's sucking me dry People out here on the street They don't talk, they just seem to Take care of their dreariness Lost in their ambitiousness Gonna pack my wings and fly I'm longing for a bigger piece of sky I'm not so young anymore Still I'm heading for a distant shore To start all over once again I'm tired of the same refrain This town's got a vacuum It's sucking me dry, sucking me dry, sucking me dry Well I lived here all my live, yeah Sucking me dry, sucking me dry, it's sucking me dry
2.
BANRION NA FARRAIGE © Jen Hajj/Martin Praetorius Twenty-three meters from bow to stern What lies benath is not her concern No matter the weather she always keeps her head Six meters wide, she's lean and fast Forged from steel she's built to last Brethren of the sea you're in her debt The Banrion Na Farraige, she's is solid and true There's many a tempest she has been through Steady and sure, she crosses the miles From the mainland to the isles Perfumed with diesel she speeds along The drone of her engine's a comforting song The salty spray couresses her rusty skin It could be 200 souls twice a day If there's only a few, she sails anyway A faithful companion, a lifeline for sealocked kin The Banrion Na Farraige, she's solid and true There's many a tempest she has been through Steady and sure, she crosses the miles From the mainland to the isles Over the weather the Queen holds no sway, she has no say And when it's time to decide if she stays or she goes The skipper knows The Banrion Na Farraige, she's solid and true There's many a tempest she has been through Steady and sure, she crosses the miles From the mainland Oh the Banrion Na Farraige, she's solid and true There's many a tempest she has been through Steady and sure, she crosses the miles From the mainland, oh the mainland From the mainland to the isles
3.
I WISH I WAS IN LOVE WITH YOU © Martin Praetorius You were swaying with the music So gentle, so at ease The hair around your shoulder Tangled in the breeze And I might have looked quite stupid When you turned and looked at me I was long lost in your soothing grace Absentmindedly What a sweet illusion Your body close to mine It will cause confusion To fall and cross that line Oh I wish, yes I wish I wish I was in love with you Oh I wish, yes I wish I wish I was in love with you I wish I was in love with you Your eyes, they shine like amber With the moon there on the rise Your perfume steals my senses I wish I could disguise That I suffer from a lack of love A love that passed the test of time But fiction and reality Ah, they just don't rhyme I register your beauty It is plain to see And to lie with you Must be heavenly Oh I wish, yes I wish I wish I was in love with you Oh I wish, yes I wish I wish I was in love with you I wish I was in love with you
4.
ANYWHERE BUT HERE © Sofia Ekberg/Martin Praetorius I can't remember what love is like This place has changed, ain't it funny how time flies Fading memories of you and I You got to put a lid on your heart, sometimes My back is packed and I'm on my way I've been trying so hard to keep the blues at bay Don't know the reason why I never stay There's got to be a place for my heart, someday Anywhere but here Anywhere but here My mind is calm, facing the storm Anywhere but here Here on the road I see it all so clear All my longing my regrets and my dark fears Itching loneliness is hard to bear There's got to be a place for my heart, somewhere Anywhere but here... And from dark night into twilight Things don't seem so real I open my eyes, I see the sunrise I'm behind the wheel Anywhere but here... I can't remember what love is like You got to put a lid on your heart, sometimes
5.
SONG ABOUT A LOVE... © Martin Praetorius I wear this ring on my finger Cause it reminds me of you There's a light in the window But that car in the drive don't belong to you Since you left me I ain't seen sunshine Just the dark clouds rolling in But the dark clouds, they won't tell me Where you're going and where you've been It's a mad thing, it's a sweet thing When love comes sneaking up on you But it's a sad thing when the mood swings And love turns around and leaves you blue For 40 days and 40 nights now I've had sadness on my heals She's a skinny looking wreck, I'd rather have the devil on my back But she sure makes me feel the way it feels Ah, somebody help me... It's a mad thing, it's a sweet thing When love comes sneaking up on you But it's a sad thing when the mood swings And love turns around and leaves you blue There's been wind and there's been thunder There's been any kind of sleet and hail and rain Oh and sometimes I do wonder If I ever gonna see sunshine again If I ever see your sweet face again
6.
AND SO WILL I © Martin Praetorius It felt just like an endless summer I got lost in your embrace September came with different colours I loved those freckles on your face And time has wings And it flies right by And hearts will break And so will I Don't know what made me lose my caution It must have been the August wind Your silhouette against the evening sky Sun into moon and 'round again And time has wings And it flies right by And hearts will break And so will I I trace your trail around this city Trying so hard to break your spell I scream your name in empty hallways And throw my luck into the wishing well Throw my luck into the wishing well Throw my luck into the wishing well... And love ties strings And it make you cry But hearts will mend And so will I And time has wings And it flies right by And hearts will mend And so will I
7.
Trenches 03:13
TRENCHES © Hannah Harrison/Martin Praetorius Trenches, trenches, in these trenches, Liveless corpses releasing deadly stenches, Trenches like veins of cold, dark blood, Trenches of soldiers drenched in mud Soldiers, soldiers, Used to parade Soldiers killed by gas, by grenade Soldiers whose lives now put on the line Soldiers the brave hearts, pure and divine War, war the darkest of hours War armies kill lives they devour War armies gathered like cattle War, the endless battle Weapons, weapons. Tools of war Weapons that bore us to the very core Weapons that make man drop Weapons. War. The end. Please stop.
8.
9.
Skin & bone 04:45
SKIN & BONE (Jen Hajj/Martin Praetorius) Woke up from a fever, didn't know what was real Stumbled out on the street like a spinning wheel Upside in and downside out If you've been there you know what that's about I'm stuck in a trap can't get out of my head Like a fool hanging on to the things I dread I need a potion from the medicine man That's gonna cure my soul and make me whole again... You need skin & bone and a little bit of bile The greasy grime from a bathroom tile Just one drop can make a dead man smile So pour me another cause it makes me feel alive The first one tickles, makes you warm inside The second takes you on a roller-coaster ride The third fogs your mind, you forget what it's for Anything after that you want more, more, more, more, more Of skin & bone and a little bit of bile The greasy grime from a bathroom tile Three hen's teeth, snails and slugs The concentrated juice of a bot fly bug Just one drop can make a dead man smile So pour me another cause it makes me feel alive Wait a minute... Look at me now, I'm the king of hell Master of disaster, the devil himself Nothing can stop me, this stuff is sublime But my eyeball's twitching My teeth are itching And somehow I get the feeling that it's stealing my time... Skin & bone and a little bit of bile The greasy grime from a bathroom tile Three hen's teeth, snails and slugs The concentrated juice of a bot fly bug Just one drop can make a dead man smile So pour me another cause it makes me feel alive Woke up from a fever, didn't know what was real Stumbled out on the street like a spinning wheel Stumbled out on the street like a spinning wheel...
10.
Needs 03:11
NEEDS © Claudia Nentwich/Martin Praetorius Noise Fatigue My body Feels weak It shakes My mind I'm scared And blind Be still, be here, say nothing, don't fear Give, believe, surrender and dream Drink Eat Laugh And sleep Love Hope Dance And read Give, believe, surrender and dream Give, believe, surrender and dream Give, believe, surrender and Live Breathe Surrender And dream
11.
HARDER TO BREATHE © Martin Praetorius I sit here with you You sit here with me We've done all the talking Uncomfortably It's not a question Of who's wrong or right It's like someone pulled the trigger And shot out the light It's a funny feeling This emptiness Someone has got to Make a move, I guess It's getting harder to breathe in here Now that the love has gone It's getting harder to breathe in here Now that the love has gone Now that the love has gone Now that the love has gone Which was is your way Which way is mine We thought we'd walk together Till the end of time But maybe all good things Come to an end It's hard to lose you as a lover Harder to lose you as a friend Were there any signs For this awkward mess Before those tiny bits of hell Started trickling down our happiness
12.
TALES FROM THE FEVERWORLD © Martin Praetorius I have a skull & crossbones ring A bird on my shoulder that cannot sing An empty chest, for the treasures I'll find A ship that's entirely build in my mind And I am going to paint me an ocean With quicksilver waves That float in slow motion And I tell you tales from the feverworld I tell you tales from the feverworld I tell you tales... I'll bring a pot of gold From the end of the rainbow Unmeasurable time from the land of tomorrow An ointment I copped from a wise Seminole All for to mend the scars in your soul And silk from the stars to dry your tears when you weep And dreams that will keep you safe when you sleep And I tell you tales from the feverworld... To see you suffer weighs heavy on my heart It don't make a difference, if we're together, if we're apart You're soul in my As I am soul in you I swear to you I met the man in the moon He blew bubbles under water in a silver lagoon OK, I made that one up, just to see your grace Lighten up with one smile on your face But this one is true, I'll love you forever And it cuts to the bone That we can't be together And I tell you tales from the feverworld...

credits

released September 21, 2018

Martin Praetorius – vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, low whistle
Dania König – upright piano, accordion, glockenspiel, backing vocals
Markus Segschneider – electric guitars, lap steel
Dirk Schaadt – Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer, piano on “Banrion na Farraige”
Marius Goldhammer – bass
Mario Garruccio – drums

and:
Jen Hajj – duet vocals on “Banrion Na Farraige”
Sofia Ekberg – duet vocals and acoustic guitar on “Anywhere but here”
Dino Soldo – horns on “Song about a love”, “Skin & Bone” and “Tecumseh Valley”

recorded at TRESOHR STUDIOS, Oberhausen, DE by Marcus Kötter
Sofia Ekberg's guitar and vocals recorded somewhere on the road in Sweden by Patrick Rydman
Jen Hajj's vocals recorded by Mike Gustin at MTG Studio, Idyllwild, California, USA
mixed at Working Corners by Martin Praetorius
mastered by Fritz Fey at Double-D Mastering, Oberhausen, DE
arranged by everyone who played
produced by Martin Praetorius

graphic design: Petra Wehling, platzfuenf.de
photos: Kris Saelen

map: Southern hemisphere constellations scenographically over the terrestrial globe. Plate from Andreas Cellarius Harmonia Macrocosmica of 1661

Thank you Dania König, Marius Goldhammer, Markus Segschneider, Dirk Schaadt and Mario Garruccio for putting your heart and soul into these songs. It means the world to me.

Thank you Marcus Kötter & Carsten Wrede and everybody at POTTpeople and TRESOHR STUDIOS.

Thanks to the following people in no particular order:
Reiner Borgmeyer, Hannah Harrison, Sofia Ekberg, Claudia Nentwich, Jen Hajj, Dino Soldo, Fritz Fey, Petra Wehling, Jacob Svendsen, Patrick Rydman, Mike Gustin, Kris Saelen, Brett Perkins, Dr. Donald Becker, Frank Möller, Floriana di Luca, Anja & Willi Schäfer, Michael “Doc” Schneider, Markus Becker and all my Copenhagen Listening Roomies.


all songs written by Martin Praetorius, except:

Anywhere but here
written by Sofia Ekberg (STIM)/Martin Praetorius

Banrion Na Farraige
written by Jen Hajj (ASCAP)/Martin Praetorius

Needs
written by Claudia Nentwich/Martin Praetorius

Skin & Bone
written by Jen Hajj (ASCAP)/Martin Praetorius

Trenches
written by Hannah Harrison/Martin Praetorius

Tecumseh Valley
written by Townes van Zandt
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