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thank you for embracing parachutes*

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released March 1, 2013

recorded and mixed at echoplex studios berlin by nikola jeremic & vincenz kokot, mastered at 0db studios hamburg by dirk simmig // artwork by anais edely (illustration) & richard rocholl (typography)

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Track Name: anthem for
the pills in my mouth
and the furniture in your house
should i swallow them

the new clear energy
and the private property
are they better than

the genuine approach
and the blood on your torch
it could be anything

are the pictures that i see
windows made for me
by the
or the


the flowers on tv
and last night´s referee
would you trust in them

those men in uniforms
and the daily thunder storms
they will come and then

a five years warranty
and the so called history
what would happen when

are the windows that i break
the happiest mistake
i´ve ever made


i won´t repeat
what is written on the receipts
and you won´t get through
with injecting more solitude

i won´t repeat
what is written on the receipts
and you won´t get through
with injecting more solitude

imprecision of position
position and decision
decision and condition
condition and collision
collision and condition
condition and decision
decision and position
and


this place is that place
so displaced a dead place
it displays that this place
and that place are screenplays

this place is that place
so displaced a dead place
it displays that this place
and that place are screenplays

but how to call them
and how not to fall into despair
oh this procedure of

positions and decisions
decisions and conditions
conditions and collisions
collisions of positions of

positions and decisions
decisions and conditions
conditions and collisions
collisions of positions
and me
Track Name: survival kit
so how long since she
managed not to break your nose
and how short until
that day is long ago

i took the stairs up while
you waited for the elevator
to come down

could you please calm down


and how long since she
dropped no coins on
a kitchen table
some water was boiling

you took the long way through
the bathroom door
i stood there on a window sill
trying not to look down

could you please keep still


so how close to the
orange suburban skies
and how far from her
pulse running out of time

you stayed in the refrigerator
without a survival kit
i focused on the map to get where
they are selling sleeping bags


could you please stand in line
could you stand in line
could you please stand in line
could you please
could you
Track Name: the island
arriving at your grandparents house
we could see three horses
between the clouds
let´s go and discover the island
let´s not waste our time

you would show me the way
even though it´s not mine


through seventeen syllables we will be connected to the world
there´s some european tourists
they are wearing multi-colored raincoats
better leave your hands on the railing
cause you never know

i could take you to the habour
you could tell me where the ships go


far below the mountain there´s a hallway where we put up our tent
boiling home grown vegetables
and mix them with the traces in the sand
once there were drums in the distance
it´s been a while

do you feel safe living
alcatraz style


arriving at your grandparents house
we could see three horses
between the clouds
Track Name: a tree
are we lying underneath
a swimming pool full of leaves

and are our ankles covered with glass
appear our hearts like a collage

of bits and pieces which maybe
once were falling from a tree

into that painted hole we used
for going round and round like ghosts


and are the animals we´ve trapped
still in those places that are kept

quite separated from the rest
by fences and guards and kind requests

and tell me is it just the same
for all those humans who might gain

a chance for changing how things go
how i wish for them that they can do so


but i am still lying underneath
that painted hole it´s filled with leaves

my ankles are broken my heart came undone
and the century has just begun

i´d rather be up in a tree
so i could tell you all that i see

not a single ghost but hopefully
all kinds of beings living free
Track Name: rickety rackety
they say your father surely was
ruined by green lemons and cartoons

and his mother she swam
out of her old neighborhood again

her high-school teacher was featured
in a wild life documentary
on tv
i have seen it
with my own three eyes

his tax advisor he had heard
about a man who likes wearing blue skirts

rickety rackety
rickety rackety
rickety racket
t-rex

rickety rackety
rickety rackety
rickety oh wicked
t-rex


they say your uncle used to live
in a cabin on a mountain top near a cliff

one of his aunties she had gone
long before the war and everything else was won

her favorite cousin had a crush on a nun
who helped teaching geography
and was fond of seeing
the whole wide world
beyond her pond
or a book

well it took her quite a while
to get around the globe
she was traveling with a couple
they directed daily soaps

rickety rackety
rickety rackety
rickety racket
t rex

rickety rackety
rickety rackety
rickety oh wicked
t rex


my boyfriend's girlfriend always longs
for election posters and late-night copy shops

she´s from that patchwork family
of marathon runners and strangers raising bees

some older sister was assisting
the vice president of a bank
they had made & lost a great fortune
on a black friday
but it´s hard to say
how that story would end
in the end

they signed a lot of papers
with a pen from the last century
that was when they succeeded in
flying to the moon and back
with a hacky sack kind of
machinery

kind of machinery
kind of machinery

rickety rackety
rickety rackety
rickety racket
t rex

hacky sack moon and back
hacky sack where it´s at
rickety racket
machinery


oh wicked prehistoric t rex
i can sense that you were a vegetarian
now i know that we all misunderstood you
rickety rackety
t rex
Track Name: porcelain
when the sun is up
when the days are bright
when we sleep beneath
the traffic lights

when my eyes they turn
from green to red
is it of your concern
what is in my head


there´s cemeteries
there´s public life
there´s governments
suggesting lies

i wish i was
made of porcelain
that´s what you said
with a stupid grin


and if i hold my hands
upon my knees
and if we had a chance
to move our feet

can you find the right words
to fill the gap
can you make that happen
do you understand


here i am with my objective decisions
here i am producing hollow bones
here i am in my cozy perfect prison
here i am drinking fair-trade orange juice

you should go prepare yourself a proper meal
you should go and think of good fortune
you should go and come up with a better deal
you should go and sign a resolution

you should go and find out how to fix yourself
you should go and live with the pollution
you should go no matter what the forecast said
you should go and be part of the solution


but since we forgot our enemies
and since we changed our batteries
and since we have talked it all through
and since we believe in the same news

but since they repeat themselves obviously
and since we agree not to disagree
and since this is all just made up
and since we adopted the anonymous part
Track Name: noah you or me
so i can see you at the center of the periphery
with some middle-aged hipsters suffering from their recipes
how come they know your best friend´s nicknames

and i swear i could hunt that great onion down
it seems tough it seems crucial and it makes us frown
would you notice which spring keeps spilling kerosene

so his arms they were tied to a white plastic chair
and his traveling pillow keeps flying through a concrete air
while they suppose that´s how things should be


a boat
a whale
a person
in a walnut scale

i know
that there is life
beyond this balcony


so i could meet you on the corner of that circle at high noon
to where some former volunteers escaped from their storage rooms
now one of them would like to give a speech

about our cherry-flavored bruises constant oxygen abuses
all those narrow-minded diseases and his doctoral thesis
let´s stir them up he said and spread them among the beasts

and did you find out that for years i lived on a shelf in your garage
a swallowed tiny glimpse of precious sabotage that doubted you
not to mention your beliefs


electric birds
eclectic trees
a roller-coaster
you or me
Track Name: birdwatcher's wife
i can hear them call me
the birdwatcher´s wife

and they say that i got
the most beautiful eyes

so tell me why do i
ever feel so blue

since i came across
all these things that
are worrying you


and the sky has wrinkles
and the sky it could fall

why do i always bring death
to everyone i know

you can hear them call me
the birdwatcher´s wife

and they say that i got
the most beautiful eyes
Track Name: modern art
put your swimsuit on
we are going to the museum
of modern art and western decay

please put your helmet on
we are heading to the parliament
on our bicycles packed with guilt


and i am a terrorist
a human terrorist
i work for free
i work forever and a day

since this is an advertisement
that is the reason
for buying and selling
for thinking and telling
for spending and stealing
your precious time again


you can take a one-way ticket
you can choose your currencies
you prefer the beautiful landscapes
they represent that we are free

you can stick to your own ideas
you can fit in a team
you can sing all the recent love songs
and the national anthem

when the salary is right
and the salary is right
and since the salary is right
everything seems quite fine here


please
put your lampshade on
we are visiting the embassy
of ancient hearts and constant betrayal


from the outside of the building
we might adore several paintings
from the inside of the canvas
everything looks blurry and blue

we keep our legs at a certain distance
we feed our mouths with our tongues
we sweep the dust into our old pockets
no one will stay here for long

once upon a time
once upon a time
once upon a time
in the contemporary future


please
put your best smile on
we are returning to the aquarium
where we tattoo boats on our metal chests
Track Name: scissors
follow me to the store
where the goods are waiting for
kaleidoscope people like us
we book the planes and we might miss the bus

now take all your random interviews
and send them out in silver envelopes
to the main office or a person that you adore
if i could only recommend it

and among your favorite cakes
we found everything it takes
is this a suburb or a park
and how to kill that paper shark
Track Name: earth lovers shampoo
remember when there was nothing to do
all we drank was earth lovers shampoo
cause it contains the best ingredients for you
and me and society

no sulphates no parabens
even soap free and no colourants

and everyone who knew it
would take another sip or two
then all of them would never ever
go to work or go to school
again


remember when there was so much to do
we hardly ate we had no time for such a mood
that only takes the attention from the good
and necessary things

so no lunch breaks and no belly aches
no left overs on old dinner plates

everyone could constantly catch up with their priorities
and every minute would include a chance for you just to improve
even more


remember when we were remembering
that was when there was a name for everything
but how to know if i remember it right or wrong
what´s right or wrong

is there soap plates or any sulphate breaks
is there attention aches or a society

all that i can think of
is a bottle that is blue
the only words still in my mind
i am sure that they would go:

earth
lovers
shampoo
Track Name: plans
steal some spoons from your long-term memory
i can make things rust or shine
point a direction with your delicate fingers
i can make things go that way

none of your plans sit upstairs waiting
none of the money you earn makes them right
from my grey-eyed window i am still observing
how from your face the sorrows rise

so you try to phone all your late-night numbers
you try to stitch my mind with your lullabies
keep your carpets clean and bleach the rainbows
i thought i saw you with a payback smile


and do we all just keep on looking at
and are we all just being looked at
and do we all just keep on wishing that
we are all just wishing well

and do we all just keep on looking at
and are we all just being looked at
and do we all just keep on wishing that
we are all just wishing well

that we are all just wishing well
that we are all just wishing well
that we are all just wishing well
well we are all just wishing
Track Name: theories
dear mr and mrs efficiency
i wrote you a letter the other day
five thousand words of pure genius
five hundred thoughts on something hilarious

parachute parachute would you keep falling
i´d like to know will we land in the sand
i bring it on i can bring it all home
i got some weapons with me


dear mr and mrs i have never seen
how to dress up your reputation
you could kiss and embrace three technical engineers
you could copy and paste me for anything more severe

astronaut astronaut would you keep breathing
i´d like to know your point of view
we get along we can explain it so well
i got some opinions with me


dear mr and mrs hypocrisy
your pleasures are running out of date
two million light years of such great scenery
a fews little steps from all of this poverty

parallel parallels i keep my fingers crossed
who would want to know what lies ahead
they bring it on they would like to take us in
i got my theories right here
Track Name: stairs
stairways
i have never climbed you
but i know you well

standing
right in front of my eyes
and creaking while i sleep


if there is a top
then there is a bottom
things are as easy as this

if there is a bottom
then there is a top
it´s easy with things like this


stairways
have you ever noticed me
since i do so great

running around
in a single apartment
with no doors to break


i stole from my own blood
i won´t do it again
a crack in the wall
is what i aim

since the virus is strong
catching a cold
won´t bother me


stairways
we would never agree
on how the world does turn

they say you are protected
to a certain degree
but i think you have to burn


i see you coming down
slowly coming down
it makes a lot of sound
and there is smoke all around

i see you coming down
slowly coming down
it makes a lot of sound
and there is smoke all around


stairways
this is maybe just a dream
but i will keep it up

until the day
i quit the routine
and make the fire start
Track Name: matter of fact
bring all your spare parts
we can put them in a row
and figure out how they would work out
before we let go


and the longer it takes
the better it gets
i wish i could tell you so

and a matter of fact
is a matter of lack
adrenaline help us through


spend all your spare time
hours and minutes in years
let´s see how they would run out
some of them end right here


and the closer it gets
the faster it turns
didn´t you tell me so

and a matter of fact
is a matter of lack
our temperature fell below


and what´s on your spare mind
fragments and flickering lights
imagine all you would dare to
do with them if you could decide


and the better it gets
the faster it turns
the longer the closer the most

is a matter of lack
a matter of fact
or is it simply a sight


bring all your spare parts
we can put them in a row
and figure out how they would work out
before we let go