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Crocodile Kisses

Crocodile kisses for a dreamy captain 
Listen, can you hear them on the balcony?
The baby dove just died again and we go hunt the crooked crow who did it

 

And I thought 
If this is not
If this is not
If this is not love I don’t know what is

 

But I know now
I know now
Said the heroine to cold eyes
Know now
I know now
And we’ll be fixed up right before showdown

 

It’s disillusion day
Count the costs and get away
And I tried to fight it all this time
So I bluffed my way into your little heart
And I sit tight there but  

 

I wish it was
Like in my dream 
That dream you know in which we fall
Down the stairs and lie at the bottom laughing

And shared
 

A kiss, a touch
An act of love
I did not know then
I did not know 

 

Crocodile kisses
For a dreamy captain, listen
The baby dove just died again and we go hunt the crooked crow who did it         

And I thought 
If this is not 
If this is not
If this is not love I don’t know what is

 

But I know now 
I know now
It’s a liar's path to go down
It is a liar’s path
It is a liar’s path

Written by Merle SibbelProduced by Cameron James Laing and Gidon Carmel

Vocals & piano Merle Sibbel . Bass Felix Buchner

Drums Gidon Carmel . Synthesizer Fabrizio Tentoni

Saxophone Peter Hanson . Cello Natasha Jaffe

Mellotron & the letter V Cameron James Laing

 

Recorded & mixed by Cameron James Laing at The Famous Gold Watch Studios 

Mastered by Pete Maher

 

Desire is a charm

 

 

So the beginning

Came as the night brought a shiver

 

She was majestic

Showing none but her curls and her madness

 

For all this time

Oh, all this time

For the love

 

If you come tonight

I’ll make you mine

For the love 

 

We awoke and spoke not

I was a million years older

 

Where are you, wild one?

For I've had the longing to find you

 

For all this time

Oh, all this time

For the love

 

If you come tonight

I’ll make you mine

For the love of freedom

For the love of freedom

For the love of freedom

Desire is a charm

Desire is a charm

Desire is a charm

Desire is a charm

 

Forget me

For all I that am is a liar

 

But forget not me

For I have seen you

And you have seen me

 

Written by Merle Sibbel . Produced by Cameron James Laing and Gidon Carmel

Vocals & acoustic guitar Merle Sibbel . Bass Felix Buchner

Saxophone Peter Hanson . Backing vocals Frieda Gawenda 

Backing vocals Cameron James Laing

Recorded & mixed by Cameron James Laing at The Famous Gold Watch Studios 

Mastered by Pete Maher

 

 

Big Brown Bear

 

 

The big brown bear 

Shakes her body so carefre

Catching fish in the river

Or the baboon


The jaw a big proud bone in the wide morning yawn
Take me there
Take me there
Take me there

I am a flesh like you are
I am a bones like you are
I am a flesh like you are
I am a bones like you are

Both of us, sensuous
The alarmed undressing
The wounded eye, the ruffled ride

Cause neither one of us is safe
Our naked bodies they are spoken of before and woken in a maze
And kneeling to the demons
To the thieves who tightened up my freedom

 

So take it back
Skin and hips and my soft breasts
I do
n’t want to have them no more

 

I am a flesh like you are
I am a bones like you are
I am a flesh like you are
I am a bones like you are

 

I wish we were mere spirits embracing
I wish we were mere spirits embracing
I wish we were mere spirits embracing

 

Among the worms and the snails
Is where I’ll lose my shame

 

I am a flesh like you are
I am a bones like you are
I am a flesh like you are
I am a bones

 

Written by Merle Sibbel . Produced by Cameron James Laing and Gidon Carmel 

Vocals Merle Sibbel . Bass Felix Buchner . Drums Gidon Carmel

Piano Fabrizio Tentoni . Violin Julius Alexandrian

Cello Ruby Jean Rose . Cello Natasha Jaffe 

Backing vocals Vera Stausberg . Backing vocals Frieda Gawenda

Flugelhorn Frieda Gawenda

Recorded & mixed by Cameron James Laing at The Famous Gold Watch Studios

Mastered by Pete Maher

 

 

 

 

 

Battlecry

 

Do you remember that night baby?

That night it felt like we were fighting and I had all this sadness and anger inside and I couldn’t, I couldn’t hide it and  you saw it but we had all these friends over and I didn’t know what to do

So I decided to go out, alone, get drunk

And I know it was stupid  and it felt like I was going a bit crazy

when I said to myself: when I get out of this terrible haze

 

I wanna know

I wanna know

I wanna know

Is this love or a battlecry?

Oh, is this love or a battlecry?

 

Is this desire that drive me away or inspire me

I know it ain’t easy, I know it ain’t easy but 

Is this love or a battlecry?

Oh, is this love?

I will change I will not 

I will fit you like a glove

I will fight you if I must

 

I don’t know what  fucked up image I got of love or life

All I know is I gotta loosen, I gotta loosen 

I gotta loosen the grip on the knife

Maybe I just got such a melodramatic mind that I take everything so hard sometimes but maybe I was, maybe I was, maybe I was

 

Maybe I was inspired by too good a cry

Too good a cry, too good a cry, too good a cry 

Like Rickie Lee Jones, like Nina Simone

Like Cat Power’s howl or Benjamin’s moan

Is this love or a battlecry?

Oh, is this love or a battlecry?

 

Blow the horn, light the torch

Blow the horn, light the torch!

You’re on the battlefield

Battlefield of love

Written by Merle Sibbel . Produced by Cameron James Laing and Gidon Carmel

Vocals Merle Sibbel . Bass Felix Buchner . Drums Gidon Carmel

Guitar Merle Sibbel . Synthesizer Fabrizio Tentoni

Violin Youenn Rohaut . Violin Julius Alexandrian

Cello Ruby Jean Rose . Cello Natasha Jaffe

Harmonica Sebastian Hoch Sound and orchestra  designs Cameron James Laing

Recorded & mixed by Cameron James Laing at The Famous Gold Watch Studios

Mastered by Pete Maher 

 

 

 

Family Laughter

 

Performed by Marloes . Laughter by Familie Sibbel

Mastered by Pete Maher

Child's Dream

 

 

 

 

It was a child

It was a child’s dream that I had

It was the last

It was the last dream that I had

 

And when my last dream left

I was a child no more

I was a child no more

I was a child no more

 

 I was a child 

I was a child

I was a child

I guess we both grew bitter

I guess we both grew bitter

I guess we both grew bitter

I guess we both grew bitter

 

Written by Merle Sibbel . Produced by Cameron James Laing and Gidon Carmel

Vocals & piano Merle Sibbel Violin Denise Dombrowski

Recorded & mixed by Cameron James Laing at The Famous Gold Watch Studios 

Mastered by Pete Maher 

 

Sister Moonlight

 

Sister moonlight, lady free

I feel you shining down on me

With your strong and fearless light

It’s gonna be a sweet, sweet night

 

We had some whiskey had some rum

Down by the water have some fun

And then things turned kinda hazy

 And I felt a dangerous craving

Oh sister moonlight, lady free

Tell me what ya done to me

Help me lady, for I’m so blue

I did things I should not do

Well I enjoyed myself the most

Just until, until I got too close

And then my hands were on her hips

Against mine I felt her lips

I wasn’t looking to be free

No, no, it was you possessing me

This was not what I had planned

now I’m a sinner and I can’t go back

Oh sister moonlight, lady free

Give me back my sanity

Help me lady, for I’m so blue

 I did things I should not do

Do you take me for a fool?

ForI did none but worship you

Sweetest lady, I ask of you

Now how could I be so cruel?

Now I cry, oooh

And I blame it all on you

And I don’t wanna know the future, no, no

I don’t wanna know the future

Cause he will leave me now for sure

He will leave me now

Oh, sister, he will leave me now

He will leave me now

Oh sister, he will leave 

He will leave, he will leave

He will leave, he will leave

He will leave, he will leave me

Oh sister moonlight, lady free

Give me back my sanity

Help me lady, for I’m so blue

 I did things I should not do

Written by Merle Sibbel . Produced by Cameron James Laing and Gidon Carmel

Vocals Merle Sibbel . Bass Felix Buchner . Drums Gidon Carmel

Piano Fabrizio Tentoni . Guitar Phil WalkerBanjo David Stewart Ingleton

Recorded & mixed by Cameron James Laing at The Famous Gold Watch Studios 

Mastered by Pete Maher 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terrible Broadway Play

 

 

 

 

You and me

Kissing on the street

You screamed:  

"If loving you is a crime

Then I plead guilty"

It was like a  terrible broadway play

 

And I laughed so hard

It’s the same one I love now

It’s the same one I care for

It’s the same one I held then

So I raise my glass to the tumble

See today

I am just coming home late

And I screamed at you the other day

 

Like a terrible broadway play

 

You’re telling me

To hold on with everything I have 

Only to feel it slip away

And stand dazed and empty handed

Written by Merle Sibbel . Produced by Cameron James Laing and Gidon Carmel

Vocals & e-guitar Merle Sibbel . Bass Felix Buchner . Drums Gidon Carmel

Additional e-guitar Phil WalkerSynthesizer Fabrizio Tentoni

Sound and orchestra designs Cameron James Laing 

Recorded & mixed by Cameron James Laing at The Famous Gold Watch Studios 

Mastered by Pete Maher 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Was Never There

 

 

 

 

I may not be what I seem

Hold your expectations don’t mistake me

I’m an angel to the devil that awaits me

I may not be what I seem

Turn your back on all your little daydreams

Listen to these notes now they translate me

I was never, I was never, I was never there

I was never, I was never, I was never there

I was never, I was never, I was never there

I was never, I was never, I was never there

You know that I can’t do this

I know now that he called for me from high ground

no use that I run fast like a greyhound

You know that I can’t do this

 I see now that I went spellbound I went uncrowned

 just another pale fool that a-run round

I was never, I was never, I was never there

I was never, I was never, I was never there

I was never, I was never, I was never there

I was never, I was never, I was never there

 

He hit me with the blunt side of his back hand

Lit me and then slowly let me burn down

kicked me in the storm and just stood in the quiet eye

Just stood in the quiet eye

No you never, no you never noticed

No you never, no you never noticed

No you never, no you never noticed

No you never, no you never noticed

That I was never, I was never I was never there

I was never, I was never I was never there

I was never, I was never I was never there

I was never, I was never, I was never

I was never, I was never, I was never

 

 

 

Written by Merle Sibbel . Produced by Cameron James Laing and Gidon Carmel

Vocals & e-guitar Merle Sibbel . Bass Felix Buchner . Drums Gidon Carmel

Piano Cameron James Laing . Banjo David Stewart Ingleton

Backing Vocals Frieda Gawenda . Backing vocals Vera Stausberg

Recorded & mixed by Cameron James Laing at The Famous Gold Watch Studios 

Mastered by Pete Maher 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rat

 

 

 

 

This town
Where i pissed just like a dog

This town
Turned my head from clear to fog

This town
Where I threw my body in the dirt
And left it there to rot

This town

Where let down lovers

In crowded places

Offer you  their empty spaces

Known to me are not

The strange ways of the heart

Notable are though

The notions of departure

 

Oh, the lover loses

At a rapid pace

Holds the wistful wish

To become another

This town

Where they twirl and fight the force

This town

Where they come when coming calls

This town

Where the walls come at you full of flies 

And full of nevermores
    
                     
This clown
That loved me like a joke     

This clown   
Who was on me like a hoax

This clown
And of me never spoke

Known to me are not

The strange ways of the heart

Notable are though

The notions of departure

 

Oh, the lover loses

At a rapid pace

Holds the wistful wish

To become another

This town
      Where i pissed just like a dog

This town
Turned my head from clear to fog

This town
Where I threw my body in the dirt, 
in the dirt ,in the dirt

And left it there to rot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Merle Sibbel . Produced by Cameron James Laing and Gidon Carmel

Vocals & piano Merle Sibbel . Bass Felix Buchner . Drums Gidon Carmel

E-guitar Phil Walker . Saxophone Peter Hanson

Sound design & backing vocals Cameron James Laing

Recorded by Cameron James Laing at The Famous Gold Watch Studios 

Mastered by Pete Maher 

 

 

 

Watched a Good Man Go

 

Sit down and listen, babe

I need to tell

You, you need to know

Need to know you loved me well

You loved me better, even more

Than anyone in this world ever did before

 

And I’m sorry baby that I’m leaving you

It’s just that I don’t know, I don’t know 

Where the road will go

All I know is that I need to walk it alone

 

He took it hard

He took it slow

And so I watched a good man go

 

And I love you

Oh, I do and I know that I will pay the price

Cause I will never find a lover 

With such tender ways

And I will never find a lover

With such eager hands 

In the lighter days of love

We were two happy little dogs

 

It is best  for both of us, I suppose 

But I hate to see  that good man go

I hate to see that good man go 

 

He took it hard

He took it slow

And so I watched a good man go

And so I watched a good man go

And so I watched a good man

Written by Merle Sibbel . Produced by Cameron James Laing and Gidon Carmel

Vocals & e-guitar Merle Sibbel . Bass Felix Buchner . Drums Gidon Carmel

Recorded by Cameron James Laing at The Famous Gold Watch Studios 

Mastered by Pete Maher 

 

On The Ropes

 

Well when you went away

You left me in the ring

Fists high and my head low

The lights revealed a sweaty face and a chest pounding up and down fast

Full force and evident

I loved you like a fighter

A fiery featherweight

But from the hits my head went

Oh, lalalalala

Oh, lalalalala

Was I caught in the words of a fickle man?

I was tougher than all of them when I stayed

 You said love was a big fish and I the bait 

But I am living the promises that you made

I will love you, till my heart burns out

till my big foolish grin shows a bloody mouth

 In the flash that we share a kiss on the ropes

I'm your dizzy baby for the show

Another lesson learned

I guess I'll learn to get by

But I'll miss the ease of laughing

And I'll miss the afterglow

And I'll miss your slender hands

And how they moved like soft leaves when you danced for me sometimes

Was I caught in the words of a fickle man?

I was tougher than all of them when I stayed

 You said love was a big fish and I the bait 

But I am living the promises that you made

I will love you, till my heart burns out

till my big foolish grin shows a bloody mouth

 In the flash that we share a kiss on the ropes

I'm your dizzy baby for the show

Well when you went away

You left me in the ring

My fists high and my head low

I was to fight the every damn thing that stood in our way

 

 

 

Written by Merle Sibbel . Produced by Cameron James Laing and Gidon Carmel

Vocals & piano Merle Sibbel

 

Recorded by Cameron James Laing at The Famous Gold Watch Studios 

Mastered by Pete Maher

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