Fragile Anwers

by Rider Where The Trees Are Low

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released May 15, 2009

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

Recorded 04/25/09-05/08/09 at Home, Marburg. All songs written, produced and mixed by Jan Thiede.

These songs are dedicated to the following people:
Rebecca (1,5,9), Natalie (6), Christian (7), Richard & my boys in physics.

"Through A Life Within A Day" is dedicated to the memory
of F. A. P. G. Thiede (1914-2008)

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Rider Where The Trees Are Low Marburg, Germany

New album "Movies And Conversations" out NOW!

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: Waves Pt. 1: The Sound Of The Shell
Open up your eyes
And follow the light
Shining through the giant leaves
Hanging from the top of the trees

Through the bushes, colourful
You break your way down to the beach
All the obstacles behind,
You catch your first glimpse of the sea

What it this in the sand?

Blow it, boy, blow
Until your lungs give up
Blow it, boy, blow
So that everyone shall hear
Hold it, boy, hold
It tightly in your hands
Softly, boy, soft
The sea murmurs in your ear

Shirt is torn from rapid motion
The wind musses up your hair
As you gaze upon the ocean
You think "Here we are, but where?"

Dig your feet into the white grains

Blow it, boy, blow
Until your lungs give up
Blow it, boy, blow
So that everyone shall hear
Hold it, boy, hold
It tightly in your hands
Softly, boy, soft
The sea murmurs in your ear

If it ever falls down
Things will change
If it ever falls down
Things will change
The king will lose his nautical crown
Respect gets lost within the sea

Bury it in the sands
Of time
Track Name: Oswald's Garden
Say goodbye to me
And I'll no longer be
Afraid that I might hold you back somehow
It's been a long day
And you are on your way
Home, thus you look exhausted now

A beauty is like light
And yours is shining bright
If I don't close my eyes I'm going mad
Now you give the lower clouds a kiss
And I wonder what it is
That makes them blush so bad

And then, the sun is finally gone
But the fire in my heart is burning on
Sitting on this station bench alone
Still waiting for the train to take me home

The world's going to sleep
But in my thoughts I keep
Memories of the fading day ascending
Darkness is complete
And lanterns flash to breed
The pale light of neon lamps descending

And then, the train is drawing near
Again, it was great to be here
I'm leaving, but I'm sure I've set my mark
And we're driving off into the dark
Track Name: Are You Serious?
Seconds I breathe in
Hours I exhale
The world is close to me
Bad things far away
Guardian of the dusk
Shining through this maze
We're together on these
Weekend days

But I'm all alone
Can't hear what you say
I think of you again
So much for "far away"

Never ending cycle
One minute I hate it
The other I don't
And life is coming back again
This recurring story
It's so complicated
Look through that I won't
I'm serious about that

I step on dead leaves
Why are they still here?
Look what I have found
A treehouse in the trees
Several of your words
Call me again sometimes
Hasn't it ever happened to you
What has happened to me

Still I'm all alone
What am I doing wrong?
I think of you again
So much for "moving on"

Never ending cycle
One minute I hate it
The other I don't
And life is coming back again
This recurring story
It's so complicated
Look through that I won't
I'm serious about that

Ever and ever
What we've become?
Losing 'til there's nothing left to lose
Whoever has the gift to see
Go ahead and wait for me
Meet me on the path
That I will choose
That I will choose tonight
Track Name: Through A Life Within A Day
Empty boxes
Cupboards open wide
They are all here
Cars line up outside
Deconstruction
But the glue is hard
It is like a puzzle
That we piece apart

Books and pictures
And an old guitar
Oh, this journey
It takes us so far
Little things
That we used to know
Water the cacti
That he used to grow

Old coats keep warm
The attic is so cold
Everything out now
The flat is sold, so old

Through a life within a day
All the memories quickly went away
I want to look closer but we're moving so fast
Look into the future, but don't forget the past

Empty boxes
Cupboards open wide
Late in the evening
We turn off the light

Chandelier rocks
Our sorrow to sleep
He will live on
No one has to weep

(They're telling us)
Old coats keep warm
The attic is so cold
Everything out now
The flat is sold, so old

Through a life within a day
All the memories quickly went away
I want to look closer but we're moving so fast
The more you like the future, the less you like the past

I discovered
A dedication in a book
Small letters
So take a closer look
Try to read it
But I don't know how
(die folgenden letzten Zeilen ohne Gitarre und gesprochen!)
"He would surely tell you
If he could see you now."
Track Name: Waves Pt. 2: Isolation Island
I was out on the ocean
Drifting with the waves of life
In my ship of confidence
I had everything I needed
Never knew what was coming next
Always open to new things
But suddenly, clouds piled up
And first raindrops were coming down

The unexpected storm blew me away
Wrecked my ship and threw me into cold water
I stranded on a lonely island
Build a boat to leave it soon
Then I found some coconuts
Liked the palm trees and the sand
And decided that I could also
Stay here - for a little time

Then some day I noticed
How long I had lived here now
It had become convenient
I had everything I needed
Always knew how the next day would be
No new things around here
But suddenly, doubts piled up
And first ideas were coming down

I thought that they would surely seek me
So I drove my boat onto the sea
But when the island became smaller
I was afraid and turned around
To regain my safe place
Where everything was fine
I played with the thought to destroy the boat
So I would never leave again

And now I'm sitting here
With a vacant stare on my face
My eyes upon the horizon
Blank thoughts pass me by
I won't escape from here
That's for sure and sealed
But maybe I see your sails someday
Approaching in the rising sun

Get me out of here
Track Name: To Nikol
To Nikol, I will say
That I can not go on
I was acting like a fool
And suddenly, she's gone
I know what you're thinking:
"Just learn to be strong"
But first of all, I tell her
Why everything went wrong

And to Rikk, I will say
That it is not his fault
When I look upon the floor
Or I refuse to talk
I know what you're thinking:
"Sometimes it has to end"
But first of all, I tell him
I'm glad that he's my friend

To the world, I will say
Don't stare at me like this
I get sad and I get mad
And I clench my fist
I should just not give a fuck
'bout what they think of me
But I'm a part of this world
And I will always be

And to you, I will say
You don't have to be down
Music stills the pain and heals
Even the saddest clown
I know what you're thinking:
"I don't know what to say"
But first of all, I tell you
Just shut up and press play
Track Name: Ruthless Engineer
Lavender skin
Was taking me in
And you too, me both made our experiences
Life's come to a halt
Don't say, it's not our fault
Fragrances and eyes confusing all our senses

Was it just a daydream?
Anyway, I still don't know what I should feel or fear
Was it just imagination?
Insanity, I'm here

After love, a life
Perhaps better a knife?
And now compair recording and the script of this whole scene
Good times took a nap
Yeah, we felt kinda trapped
Like a ruthless engineer has strapped us into his machine

Was it just a nightmare?
Anyway, I rarely call it, barely call it real
Was it just an accident?
Well, then let's repair

Go, let us go, let's go further than before
What we once knew is not enough, we just got to know more
Go, let us go, let us wallow in the grass
'cause we won't have another chance to save the days that pass
Now we are still young
Track Name: Night Walk
I walk around in the night
Because I feel no affection for light
In darkness you are alone
With your feelings and a life on your own
Wind is blowing and thoughts are growing
The silence amplifies the mood
And I am walking down the streets
It's an invisible force that leads

Oh, why is this world so cruel to me?
I don't want to see, just want to be myself
And I don't want to look back, see how I was before
I walk away

I leave behind my old life
No longer walking on the edge of a knife
Freedom is here, on the road
It surrounds me like a good warm coat
The moon is rising, it's mesmerizing
I stop to watch the silver disc
And if I were a wolf tonight
I'd start to howl to show my sudden delight

Oh, why is this world so cruel to me?
I don't want to see, just want to be myself
And I don't want to look back, see how I was before
I walk away

Silence has lain on the street
All I hear now is the sound of my feet
I feel no need for a break
Am I dreaming or am I still awake?
The road seems ancient and time is patient
There's no pressure that urges
The sky is as clear as the air that I breathe
Oh, how I wish that this night would never leave

Oh, why is this world so cruel to me?
I don't want to see, just want to be myself
And I don't want to look back, see how I was before
I walk away
Track Name: Waves Pt. 3: Ballad Of The Greatest Hearts
I'm counting circle waves
Going out from stones
I threw out in the water
(What a child you are!)

Reflection blurs, and then
Becoming whole again
Mutual scorn is sprouting
(Look at yourself now!)

The year, it gets so old
The water gets so cold
Still sitting here to wait
(For better times to come?)

Worried 'bout my health
The days repeat themselves
Pendulum swings back again
(You better duck your head!)

Solid voices asking "Why?"
Fragile answers flying through the sky
Wandr'ing into distance
And back, it's
The decline of time

Night gathers around
While I can hear no sound
Just a distant whisper
(It's wind in the trees!)

Leaning back to see
The stars look down on me
My mind goes in circles
(Just don't stumble now!)

Distant voices call for you
Fragile answers breathing, breaking through
Wandr'ing into distance
And back, it's
The decline of time

Things we don't dare to talk (about)
Roads we don't dare to walk
Deer we don't dare to stalk
Doors we don't dare to chalk

Little words allowed
So everything's about
To fall down to pieces
(But it is alright)

Tired voices keeping still
Fragile answers landing on a hill
Flying is only fun
When you come down again.