Born Before the Wind (album)

by Maaike Siegerist

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1.
Disconnected 02:33
One side of the bed is empty When you push the blanket away It’s dark when you open the curtains But you’re in a hurry to start the day You work out; get into a suit Turn your time into cash It’s already late when we finally get to talk And you say you feel Disconnected – we are living different lives Disconnected – is our love on the line? I just want to be reconnected The clock says it’s well past midnight When I come home and kick off my heels Pour myself a glass full of red wine while I think of you It tastes bittersweet It is too late to ring you I’d wake you up Oh, it makes me feel Disconnected – we are living different lives Disconnected – is our love on the line? I just want to be reconnected I miss the way you make me feel No one makes me laugh that loud With you, love is such a simple thing But living far apart, we’ve become Disconnected – we are living different lives Disconnected – is our love on the line? Disconnected – we are living different lives Disconnected – is our love on the line? I just want to be reconnected
2.
I sailed from a land of oily rivers and open bridges and I left behind true love I see myself in clouded water with lotus flowers but my pale skin gives me away I hear the waves Smell the scent of burning wood and with the tide of silent farewells, I go I was born before the wind Come, walk with me along the shoreline and watch the water as it flows back to the sea Whisper my name and move into my ancient heart until the storm calls out to me I hear the waves Smell the scent of burning wood and with the tide of silent farewells, I go I was born before the wind Smell the scent of burning wood With the tide of silent farewells, I go I was born before the wind
3.
She’d never seen a soul who stayed out there The tour guide was surprised But I came on a train with little to spend And the price was rather nice The paint is peeling off the windowsill Yes, it is beautifully run-down Raise your glass to bygone glory in this old Soviet hotel Its stars may have lost their shine but let the wine flow well In this old Soviet hotel Certainly, the room had seen better days Water’s dripping all night I don’t want to know what lives in that bed My sleeping bag will do just fine The paint is peeling off the windowsill Yes, it is beautifully run-down Raise your glass to bygone glory in this old Soviet hotel Its stars may have lost their shine but let the wine flow well In this old Soviet hotel Party members, generals; their wives dressed up in pearls They’d wine and dine and dance all night until the curtain fell And now the paint is peeling off the windowsill Yes, it is beautifully run-down Raise your glass to bygone glory in this old Soviet hotel Its stars may have lost their shine but let the wine flow well In this old Soviet hotel
4.
The wind brings a familiar song It plays with your hair as you sing along without making a sound As you walk, the streets unfold Winding up and down as if time had stopped many centuries ago You’ve stepped inside a postcard When the sun sets over the Abbey angels are climbing out of the yellow stone I’ve never felt so close to Heaven But where will you go when you are so at home? You smile so hard, you barely feel your dreams paling, disappear while the music lives on It’s in the smoke on the water When the sun sets over the Abbey angels are climbing out of the yellow stone I’ve never felt so close to Heaven But where will you go when you are so at home? As for me, the price too high though I know I can’t get away without leaving a piece of my soul behind When the sun sets over the Abbey angels are climbing out of the yellow stone I’ve never felt so close to Heaven But where will you go when you are so at home? I could call this home
5.
Bring It On 02:27
Her photo’s in your wallet and I found a golden ring in the pocket of your coat Why didn’t I see it? You always paid in cash at our favourite restaurant Won’t let you lie to me and walk away Now that I know: is there anything you have to say? Bring it on, bring it on – your turn to move Bring it on, bring it on – what will you do? Bring it on, bring it on – cry me some tears Show me that I got to you Sorry just don’t cut it So I bought a can of paint and sprayed curses on your car You haven’t heard the best yet: Your wife sounded upset when I called her with your phone Won’t let you lie to me and walk away Now that she knows: is there anything you have to say? Bring it on, bring it on – your turn to move Bring it on, bring it on – what will you do? Bring it on, bring it on – lash out at me Show me that I got to you Bring it on, bring it on – your turn to move Bring it on, bring it on – what will you do? Bring it on, bring it on – cry me some tears Show me that I got to you Bring it on, bring it on – your turn to move Bring it on, bring it on – what will you do? Bring it on, bring it on – lash out at me Show me that I got to you
6.
They say there’s a fine line between brilliance and insanity It’s true for the professor Her wrinkles are deep Her make-up is a mess Her house is a museum Full of books and artefacts She’s proud to show you around Her stories are grand Her smile is a fake She’s lonely; she’s living all alone She’s lonely, but she won’t let anyone come close A black cat visits It isn’t hers; it just drops by Just like the men in her life They came to her But none stayed Her computer screen lights up the night Words dance around as her ideas flow into the keys Smoke from her cigarette spirals up and up She’s made it; she’s successful; but at what price? She’s lonely; she’s living all alone She’s lonely, but she won’t let anyone come close Her students are afraid; their fate is in her hands In a fit of rage, she could blow their chances She will have her way with a smile, with a sneer, or a well-placed lie She’s lonely; she’s living all alone She’s lonely, but she won’t let anyone come close They say there’s a fine line between brilliance and insanity
7.
The wheels of time keep on turning The watch hands stop dead on two Sleeping under the ocean Now my time stands still with you The wheels of time keep on turning I’ll give it all just for you In the heat of our first kiss Love turns my lips red from blue On the decks I see the people rush by The orchestra plays their final good-night Through the fog I hear a melody cry Nearer my God to Thee The wheels of time keep on turning The crunch of iron; icy truth On the ship that could not sink The lifeboats sail from view
8.
The river is rising I am wading through The river is rising There’s little we can do Cornfields, wooden roofs disappear beneath the waves You better start climbing The river is rising The river is rising It swirls against the dam The concrete is splitting Swept up in this plan I am but a small man I’m the fool who pays the bill The city is thriving The river is rising Why the river turns red No one can explain But I can see the gorges bleed and I feel their pain New towers are rising But they’re not for me Across the horizon I try to start anew I cut trees and sow seeds It’s the only thing I know But life is surprising The land is sliding Life is surprising When the river is rising
9.
Barefoot on a concrete ledge Raindrops falling on my hands See the nightly city from fifteen stories above the ground It’s a long way down You wanted me to be the best But I’m failing every test I am sorry father I am not your daughter I can’t make you proud It’s a long way down Nothing can erase the shame There is only one escape Throw my head back and breathe in I have to be brave Young girl in a white nightgown Strangely twisted on the ground She is smeared in red stains Has a smile on her face She’s found a way out It’s a long way down
10.
I want to know your secrets What lives under your skin? Such a calm appearance Show me cracks to gaze in What lies in the distance you keep? What do you hide underneath? ‘cause you paint with the same colours that I use And you hold up a mirror It leaves me confused Do you know me? Now your mask is fading So close I want to touch But I am mistaken When I look for love You say that your heart is mechanical Not worth bleeding for Still you paint with the same colours that I use And you hold up a mirror It leaves me confused Don't I know you? Don't I know you? Under the surface I saw the boy that you hide in the dark Safe on his own Still you paint with the same colours that I use And you hold up a mirror It leaves me confused Don’t you know me?
11.
I was once on a distant shore I remember at least that part Taken by storm, out on a journey Now I look for a place for the heart I will find me a place for the heart With a blanket to keep me warm I am sure that I will go far And if it means ever returning I will look for a place for the heart I will find me a place for the heart I am certain I heard you call And I know just how lost you are Even asleep, I can still hear you So I look for a place for the heart I will find me a place for the heart You go down to the sea as the tide comes in You know just what it means as you go under again Well, I know I’ve been here before It was under a different star Travelled the world many times over Now I look for a place for the heart Till I find me a place for the heart I will find me a place for the heart
12.
Keep love in the dark Where only I fear it Holding it close So I can be near it Love is in the thought of me Searches for the heart of you A cat that chases shadows That’s all that it will ever do Thinking of the moment Only I noticed Holding my attention I believed that you meant it Love is in the thought of me Never at the heart of you A cat that chases shadows Is all that I can ever do Keep it in the dark Don’t want to go inside right now I watch the leaves as twilight falls I see a shooting star and know that things will change Keep it in the dark Don’t tell me the truth I don’t want to hear it So many ways to talk But distance makes us distant Everything is in the thought of me Everything is in the heart of you A cat that chases shadows Is all that we will ever do

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released March 31, 2017

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Maaike Siegerist Bristol, UK

From the Netherlands but based in Bristol, Maaike Siegerist combines inspiration from Maggie Reilly's folk rock collaborations with Mike Oldfield, and the dark fairy-tale atmosphere of gothic metal ballads by Within Temptation. Her new single 'Call of the Last Wildcat' is a portrait of the beautiful and fierce Scottish Wildcat, a UK species on the brink of extinction. ... more

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