The First Few Songs

by Jonas Noack

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1.
When I draw on your face Like the tear on the crying When I’m touching your skin Like the hands of a blind man When I'm watching your lips Like a climber the mountain When I follow your voice Like the hound-dog a trace And fall into your eyes Like things fall into place Leave me some space to form When I harvest your smell Like the farmer his field When I rest in your hair Like the bird in the air When I’m saying your name Like the preacher a prayer And I’m tying my shadow To the shadow you throw And fall into your eyes Like things fall into place Leave me some space to form When I’m bending my love Around the corners you grow When I lie by your side And we’re taking it slow When I turn off the light For our intimate show I’m tying my shadow To the shadow you throw And fall into your eyes Like things fall into place Into the space you form
2.
They took me away, I was so afraid But I was keeping the feeling a secret These people were family but strangers to me And I’d learned to show no signs of weakness I slept on a hard bed with the other children They all were as quiet as me Tried to lie awake for as long as I could Afraid that it wasn’t a dream When the sirens where sounding and the earth it was pounding It pierced me down to the bone No beast in this land could kill a man We had to do it on our own In the dark of the night we fled from the light Of the burning city behind us To a northern isle, where I would stay a while It looked like a knife from up high And soon the days lay a lot lighter on me The sandy dune soft as a throne No sound but the north wind beating the sea And the sirens of ships coming home When the golden-haired girl sat down by my side I followed the sunlight into her eyes She covered me up like the incoming tide And I had no more secrets to hide We could see the coastline from afar It cut through the ocean like a scar I don’t remember my brother, he died in the war When I found my love on the North Sea Shore The pillows got softer as the years went by I caught myself dreaming from time to time I’ve seen much of the world with the love of mine I’ve had good life, it’s true Sometimes she still finds me locked in a stare She used to ask me what got me there When it now gets more than I can bear She just comes closer to hold me Our children have grown, with some of their own It’s been a long time since I was alone Sure, I’d like to stay, but time is slipping away One of these days it will be over
3.
Where the stairs lead out of the subway Right behind the bicycle stands A man is sitting by the sidewalk Holding a blanket in his hands And sometimes when you pass by You can see him rehearsing a grin He’s sitting on the street At the mercy of the wind A couple stands close within sight Still wearing the chill of the night After six years of watching her smoke She chokes on the last one he lights With a light nod of his head He sends a tear down to his chin It rests a moment on the bone At the mercy of the wind At the crossroad a car has stopped Where the traffic lights turned red The driver is solemnly staring Down the hard road up ahead You cannot see it on the surface But a storm is rising up in him It won’t be long until he’s At the mercy of the wind We’ve crossed the street many times And were part of the scene for a while We’re really just passing by Not paying it any mind But aren’t we all on the border of chaos and order Barely walking the line? The wind might turn any time And we might end up rehearsing a smile Life is only a series of games Some we lose, some we win Leaving our delicate flames At the mercy of the wind
4.

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released July 10, 2020

Recorded and produced by Chris Kling at Klangkantine Studios in Darmstadt, Germany.

Words and music by Jonas Noack, except "One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong", written by Leonard Cohen.

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Jonas Noack Frankfurt, Germany

Jonas Noack offers lyric-driven folk songs with influences that range from traditional music to contemporary writers like Leonard Cohen, James McMurtry or Anna Tivel. Intricate guitar playing and memorable vocals combine to support carefully crafted lyrics that touch a broad range of topics, from the poetry he finds in everyday moments to far-reaching stories of loss and mortality. ... more

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