Facing Her Silhouette

by Rider Where The Trees Are Low

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released April 1, 2010

Jan Hendrik Thiede - guitars, voices & noises, harmonica, glockenspiel, genuine f*ck-ups

Recorded 03/11/10-03/18/10 and 03/23/10-03/28/10 at Home, Marburg.
Outside noises for "Sunday Afternoon Idyll" recorded on a Thursday. All songs written, produced and mixed by Jan Thiede.

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Rider Where The Trees Are Low Marburg, Germany

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Rider Where The Trees Are Low is singer​/songw​riter Jan Thiede from Marburg, Germany. In his songs, he explores the possibilities of acoustic yet progressive music where folk miniatures and complex conceptual longtracks enjoy equal rights. ... more

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Track Name: ... And The Story Continues
She rapidly moves on
Walks in the lanterns' shine
As if she's being followed
She nervously looks back from time to time
No, we will never know
Why she decides to run
She listens to the dark street
To realize the chase has just begun
And the story continues

He has spotted her
Watched her for a while
He takes a silent breath
Astonished at her desperate denial
To stay and face what she
So thoughtlessly has done
The reason why they sent him
To release the safety of his gun
And the story continues

He's in pursuit of you
He will get you soon
And I think there'll be no mercy for your deeds
You don't know his name
But certainly his aim
And your heart won't be the only part that bleeds

She slowly turns around
Although it's hard to dare
She doesn't know this man
But feels the icy coldness in his stare
They stand face to face
Her eyes do not say "Why?"
She's ready to give in
But at the same time not ready to die
And the story continues

A sudden shot, it rips
The air without a sound
Her last groan can be heard
In slow motion, her body hits the ground
Before they lose their light
Her eyes are open wide
And the guy with the black suit
Turns around and vanishes in the night
Seems like the story is over

Don't be frightened now
It was just a story
But I thought a happy end
Might be a little boring
So I told you this dark tale
Of how people try hard and fail
And if you're going out tonight
You better watch your back
Track Name: Stories Behind The Faces / Faces Behind The Stories
I don't see a public clock
Like people don't want to share their time
I've got a watch upon my wrist
It's cheap and old but it is mine

I don't see a library
Like people don't share what they know
I've got some books upon my shelf
I've read them but I won't show

I don't see a cross or church
Like people don't believe anymore
"He doesn't look and doesn't care
So what the hell should we pray for?"

I don't see a monument
Like people have no heroes to adore
When there's no war, nobody knows
The grimness of a cannon's roar

These are the things I think about when I'm sitting
On the bus that takes me to the city
Following the streets with my eyes, I realize that I just had
A new idea for a song

Endless chains of words that go through my head when
Strangers rush into my view and out of it again
All the different people traveling to all the different places
Tell me the stories behind the faces
Track Name: Fridge Poetic
Sleep is slowly fading from your eyes
The unknown room catches you by suprise
The rising heat in here is hard to bear
Just open up the door to get some air

The others still embrace their pillows
You want to go and tell the willows
Of all these strange dreams you had last night
As you walk into the kitchen
You lay your eyes upon the fridge and
The magnetic words upon its side

Stare at the sun and recall smooth pictures of summer
Your elaborate language is void

You lie down again and grab a book
It might not be wrong to have look
You read a while, your mind's starting to stray
And finally, you put the thing away

She was nice, you liked her smile
Even smiled back for a while
Why didn't you get her number then?
The others wanted to go home
You had to leave her all alone
Will you ever see this girl again?

Stare at the sun and recall smooth pictures of summer
Your elaborate language is void
Stare at the sun and recall smooth pictures of summer
Your elaborate language is void

Stare at the sun and recall smooth pictures of summer
Your elaborate language is void
To Me
Track Name: Like A Traveling Salesman
It's not my turn to wipe away
The lack of faith we both display
It starts to influence our everyday behaviour
The barkeeper won't be our saviour

Chewing icecubes may be fun
But finish up your drink and come
To my car it's waiting in the dark street outside
I'm still sober and I'll take you for a ride

We don't have the time
To try all the ways in life
But if we go slow we will find
A fairly good one
Maybe not the best
But still better than most of the rest
For practical purpose that is
All we need

You don't have to say a word
In fact, every one might hurt
And shatter this strange mood of glass that we have built up
We could do anything I know we have the will but

We don't have the time
To try all the ways in life
But if we go slow we will find
A fairly good one
Maybe not the best
But still better than most of the rest
For practical purpose that is
All we need

Anneal me, conceal me, heal me, feel me,
Hear me, rear me, appeal to me
Anneal me, conceal me, heal me, feel me,
Hear me, rear me, appeal to me
Anneal me, conceal me, heal me, feel me,
Hear me, rear me, appeal to me
A theory is really and only a good one
If it can be applied to reality

Once again, I saved our week
In the drivethrough, so to speak
For this time, our problems vanished in the dark night
Let's not worry too much, we will be alright

We don't have the time
To try all the ways in life
But if we go slow we will find
A fairly good one
Maybe not the best
But still better than most of the rest
For practical purpose that is
All we need
Track Name: Candlelight
Facing her silhouette
I remain motionless
Chasing words that I said
While her hand more or less
Lingers upon my tips
Asking for my guidance
Fingers close to her lips
They are demanding silence

But how can I confess to you that I have got a crush on you
And even though the fuss is through, in darkness I am blushing, too
Luckily, we're sitting by candlelight
Candlelight

[change of perspective]
Why does he hesitate?
He's the one I adore
Shyness, it levitates
What are we waiting for?
Shivering shadows play
On your face and on mine
Quivering words that say
What you thought all the time

I'm so glad that you have said what lately went around in my head
I feared to tread where doubts I had, it felt like wearing shoes of lead
But now the spell is broken by candlelight
Candlelight
Came the night
Candlelight
Track Name: Rhinoceros Tree
Nine turns to ten
But please count me out
When night turns to day
I rather think about
What lies behind me
And what lies ahead
Why I didn't go out
And stayed here instead

So this is the end of the year
Some things closer than they appear
A bunch of memories come back to you
When you revisit a place you once knew

He lacks the nose, his eyes are closed
But I can still see
This grayish giant by the road
Is our rhinoceros tree
He's standing there, head in the air
His feet in the ground
A strange outsider if compared
To all the trees around
I just wonder when
It retransforms again
And ambles to the horizon

He's seen so many seasons come and go
Blossom, wither, die
It all got him so tired
He closed his eyes and said good night
To dream of sand and the hot days
Of an sunny southern land
Just like what I'm dreaming of
Except for the sand

Once upon a time, his body turned to wood
He quickly got used to the new neighbourhood
Shakes of his leaves and grows a new green vest
Year after year and never feels distressed

A broken horn, the wood is torn
But I can still see
This common beech beside the road
Is our rhinoceros tree
He's standing there, head in the air
His feet in the ground
Judging all the people
Walking by, without a sound
I just wonder when
It retransforms again
And ambles to the horizon

If they come to cut you down one day
I won't sigh or groan
Because I know that when they burn you in the oven
You can fly back home
At least you lived in peace for long
As far as I can tell
So if these lines are a good bye
Fare thee well, rhino friend, fare thee well
Track Name: You've Done It Well
You always shook the right hands and smiled at the right times
Now you're member of a group spending dollars and not dimes
Can rising people understand the pain of those that fell?
Whatever you have done, you've done it well

You enjoy your coffee from a pricey gold rimmed cup
There's no need to mention that you are on your way up
The wealth you came to have by fraud it grows the more you sell
Whatever you have done, you've done it well

A lesson you have learned: corruption is the fastest lift
If someone's not on your side you'll convince him with a gift
One could write a book about the tricks that you can tell
Whatever you have done, you've done it well

It's a cruel society of rich folks, I've been told
Where selfishness is silver and the ruthlessness is gold
A,r,r,o,g,a,n,c,e - what does that spell?
Whatever you have done, you've done it well

Once your house said "come right in" and your face said "hello"
Now they both look locked, rejecting people they don't know
You traded your doormat for a rifle and a shell
Whatever you have done, you've done it well

Staring at the ceiling, in the night awake you keep
Afraid of all the have-nots who might robb you in your sleep
The sweet scent of sharing things to you is a bad smell
Whatever you have done, you've done it well

All the human problems, they were never in your head
Why should you then care about environment instead?
Acid raining from the sky, the oceans start to swell
Whatever you have done, you've done it well

Rebellious, planless, careless, easy, not taking advice
In your eyes and those of god I'm a sinner in disguise
You will go to heaven as sure as I will go to hell
Whatever you have done, you've done it well

You're the kind of person who would sneak into a hearse
And take the old lady's precious jewelry and her purse
Stealing candy from a child even if it starts to yell
Whatever you have done, you've done it well

If there is the rapture you will sure be left behind
There's no place in paradise for people of your kind
You will go to hell as sure as I will go to heaven
So if you're six six six I'm six six seven
Track Name: Shepherd's Blood
The story of a wolf
Straying through the woods nearby
Is scaring all the people in this town
They entreat me to stay
As if I ever wanted to go away

Shepherd's blood
In my veins
Thin but stronger than ever
Shepherd's blood
Driving me
I will keep my herd together

The stillness of the grass
The bleating of the sheep around
I just couldn't live without that sound
Look across the green plain
I'm on its face on sunny days and in the rain

Shepherd's blood
In my veins
Thin but stronger than ever
Shepherd's blood
Driving me
I will keep my herd together

People are like sheep
Peaceful if just left alone
But sensible to threats and lack of food
Someone has to provide
A place where they can be safe side by side
Track Name: For Anne
At the end of our relationship
I thought about how we first met
And I won't ever forget
Standing in the pouring rain
In a sink without a drain
I wore my rain jacket in vain

But now I'm dry and wide awake
I felt my future was at stake
I grabbed the wheel and hit the brake
You'll be meeting other boys
And I would love to raise my voice
But it was me who made this choice

You never told me what you went through
And you never showed me I was special for you
How can you question my sincerity
When I said I needed thee (I need thee)

I hate myself today
There's nothing left to say
I hate myself today
There's so much left
So much left to say in this song

For one day a little much
But we do both not hold a grudge
I hope that we will keep in touch
One last word of good advice
Just shake your hand and throw the dice
The game is that you realize

How can you be so sure everything you do will turn out wrong?
How can you forget that what doesn't kill you will make you strong?

We will be okay
There's nothing left to say
Yeah, we will be okay
There's nothing left
Nothing left to say
Track Name: Sunday Afternoon Idyll
When I go out for distraction
Lonely searching a new start
There's a deep warm satisfaction
Crawling to my aching heart

Hurry is a foreign word
Ground feels good below my feet
I don't care about the dirt
As I walk this empty street

Sometimes in the arms of nature
Silence is the only sound
But my ears and eyes, they try to
Get impressions from around

Blades of grass are waving slidely
Sounds of birds around my face
And my eyes are opened widely
Sucking in the natural grace

Down the greenest dreams of pastures
Up the endless sky in blue
Summer clouds are passing slowly
Let me fly away with you

Flowers greeting from the roadside
Watchers of the way I roam
Smell the sweetness of the landscape
Seems that we are coming home