Rivers

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Recorded in Augsburg, Germany between April - October, 2014

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released December 1, 2014

Attila Tapolczai - guitar, vocals, mandolin (1,3,4,6,9,10,11,12), banjo (1), recording, cover art
Hauke Iven Marquard - violin (1,2,4,5,6,7,9,11,12,13), vocals (7,11,13)
Peter Wachter - double bass (all ex.7,11), vocals (1,2)
Julia Bogner - violin (1,3,5,8,10,13), vocals (1,2)
Manuel Hengge - mandolin (7,13)
Julia Simmance - viola (2,7), vocals (2)
László Pásztor - double bass (7,11)
John Hill - banjo (9)
Alexander Habermeyer - mandolin (2,8)

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Track Name: Rivers
Rivers

Were you born to see a revolution?
Or would you rather like another solution?
When the world is set on fire and burning you

Is it only uncontrolled emotion?
Or a plan with a predicted conclusion?
Confused 'cause your rational thoughts are cheating you?

So when you're looking for some reasons to no avail
And when you try to settle down but you always fail
Just smell the water and follow it's roar
And you'll always find a way back home where the rivers flow

Do you still have any of those illusions
That you get help from any institutions?
It only comes from the good-hearted folks that are loving you

Are you still looking for an explanation
Why many people get seduced by their nation?
After all they have drives moving them but what's moving you?

So when you're drifting far away from your plans and dreams
And you're looking for new hopes along the streams
You just follow your instincts and the water's roar
Because you'll always find life growing there where the rivers flow

Were you born to see a revolution?
Are you afraid of any counter-revolution?
When your power and the ground under your feet are leaving you

Is that what we call an evolution?
When around you everything is in motion
The only place you can find your peace is inside you

So when you're thinking about where you came from and who you are
And you know that you have to live on with a deep scar
Just close your eyes and follow the roar
Because you'll always find a way back home where the rivers flow

You'll always find a home where the rivers flow
Track Name: Carolina Star
Carolina Star

Back in the hills oh slow rollin' hills 
Where North Carolina comes close to the stars 
There's livin' a lady who's shinin' so high 
They call her the "Carolina Star' 

She works at the factory from Monday through Friday 
She's raisin' three daughters alone 
Their daddy's away, he's chasing a dream 
They're waitin' for the day that he comes home 

[Chorus:]
Oh, Carolina 
Even stars get lonesome now and then 
Oh, Carolina 
Don't you worry, he'll be comin' home again 

[Verse 3:]
He's playin' his songs in Nashville 
He's pickin' for tips in a bar 
He's broke and all alone, but he ain't ready to come home 
He wants to be a bluegrass pickin' star 

[Chorus]

Sometimes she wakes up just thinking of him 
She remembers him beside her in the night 
While out across those hills that old moon is settled in 
And those Carolina stars are shining bright 

[Chorus] 

Yes he loves you and he's comin' home again.
Track Name: Why Don't You See
Why Don't You See

I saw a newspaper headline
It said how "EU-foreigners" pull the Germans down
They take the benefits (al)though they don't even work in the land
Who has ever seen such villains?

Why don't you see
Oh, why can't you see
They deliberately turn us against each other
Why don't you see

Once again we live in dangerous times
To build a simple, ignorant world view there's no need to analyze
Ethnicism, superstition, hatred (are) spreading all around
The bourgeoisie's laughing up its sleeves

I say: why don't you see
Oh, why can't you see
They nastily turn us against each other
Why don't you see

It's been Caesar's and Napoleon's favorite tool
Now our leaders too they like to use the famous "divide and rule"
With all the media in their hands they learned it well how to properly fool us
To prevent any unity among us

Why don't you see
Oh, why can't you see
They cunningly turn us against each other
Why don't you see

Why don't you see
Oh, why can't you see
If we don't care they send us to another war
Why don't you see?
Track Name: In So Many Ways
In So Many Ways
by Bad Religion

I can see the shadows on the wall
Drifting as the leaves start to fall
Unfaced by rigorousity the objects yield to gravity
And depict the destiny of us all

No one really knows why we die
No one gets a break so we try
Ignoring mortality we worship mediocrity
And wait to see what happens up on high

In so many ways we live to follow the sun
In so many ways we exalt and fail as one
In so many ways we want the bad to be done
Oh in so many ways we show our pain in unison

Something in you is busy counting days
Catapulting you through the haze
Blind to virtuosity ignoring of your sanctity
Revealing you in so many ways

In so many ways we live to follow the sun
In so many ways we tend to rise and fall as one
In so many ways we want the bad to be done
Oh in so many ways we show our pain in unison

In so many ways we live to follow the sun
In so many ways we exalt and fail as one
In so many ways we want the bad to be done
Oh in so many ways we show our pain in unison
Track Name: The Lost Caravan
The Lost Caravan

Have you been to the big party
Or you haven't been invited at all?
Have you tried the finest foods, drinks and drugs, cars and clothes?
Or all you got was the leftover

Somewhere in the distance in the fruitless desert of our land
They're hopelessly wandering 'round and 'round
The unemployed, the dispossessed, the weak, the useless and you, my friend
Are free to join the lost caravan

Have you managed to keep your head above water
Or you lost the battle against the flood?
Did you believe the tale that you can really become anyone
Despite your race, your class, your blood?

Somewhere in the distance in the fruitless desert of our land
They're aimlessly marching 'round and 'round
The unemployed, the dispossessed, the weak, the outcast and you, my friend
Are free to join the lost caravan

When the party is over and we see a wasted, ruined land
When we start to appreciate the real treasures of all men
When the sound of greed ceases to deafen us for a brief moment
Then we found the lost caravan

Did you feel like the richest man on earth
'Cause a gentle breeze touched your face at a summer nightfall?
Have you ever felt like you have everything you need in life
When you actually have nothing at all

Somewhere in the distance in the fruitless desert of our land
They're helplessly walking 'round and 'round
The unemployed, the dispossessed, the weak, the useless and you, my friend
Are free to join the lost caravan

Somewhere in the distance in the fruitless desert of our land
They're proudly wandering 'round and 'round
They might have lost their house but they may see the beauty of the stars
There goes the lost caravan
Track Name: Wayfaring Stranger
Wayfaring Stranger

I am a poor, wayfaring stranger
Travelling through this world of woe
And there’s no sickness, toil nor danger
In that bright land to which I go

I’m going there to see my mama
I’m going home, no more to roam
Well I'm just going over Jordan
I am just going over home

I know dark clouds will gather round me
I know my way is rough and steep
But beauteous fields lie just before me
Where men redeemed their vigil’s keep

I’m going home to see my father
I’m going there, no more to roam
Well I'm just going over Jordan
I am just going over home
Track Name: They Were Dreaming of the Day
They Were Dreaming of the Day

Among the streets where I was born
Diamond trees have never grown
My mother always worked hard
Poor people in their backyard

They were dreaming of the day
When they will get a decent pay
And that their children will find
A way of life better kind

And then the old world was gone
But the day has never come
Frustration grew on the east
While the promise never ceased

They were still dreaming of the day
When they will get a decent pay
And that their children will find
A way of life better kind

Now the promise too seems to be gone
The dirty job has been done
We must be happy to be slaves
Or pack our life and go away

And keep on dreaming of the day
When we will get a decent pay
And that our children will find
A way of life better kind

Let's keep on dreaming of the day
When we will get a decent pay
And that our children will find
A way of life a better kind

Just keep on dreaming of the day
Oh, dreaming of day
Can we still dreaming of the day?
Can we...?
Track Name: River Take Me
River Take Me (Darrel Scott)

It’s been rainy and windy for seven days straight
I’ve been going to bed early and getting up late
I look out my window and it’s one shade of gray
My wife and my kids don’t have much to say
A man out of work only gets in the way

Oh the river is rising now one inch an hour
And tonight we’ll be lucky if we still have power
But I’ve got a flashlight, an oil lamp and I’m ready to go
And a fresh set of batteries for my son’s radio
If the dam really breaks, least we’ll know where to go

River take me, river take me
River take me far from troubled times
River take me, river take me
River take me far from troubled times

If I had a boat you know what I’d do?
I’d float me and my family down to Baton Rouge
I wouldn’t work in no factory I’d live off the land
And live within means of my own two hands
Dance Saturday nights to a Zydeco band

Oh the river flows and a young man dreams
And the river can drown you 
Or it can wash you clean
It can take you away to some other place
It can power your cities, carry your waste
And give all that you drink a peculiar taste

Oh, don’t look to me, I’ve done my time
You see I’ve had too many dreams for this one heart of mine
And I’ve stood on the bridge with the river below
Feeling all of the sadness that a proud man could hold
Oh the river is full but there’s no way to go
Track Name: The Land of Reason
The Land of Reason

I was walking in the garden
You know, the garden with the many white crosses
And I remembered the governor’s words as he talked about losses
They were once proud of their nation
A nation that gave them nothing
But a false identity that took their lives yet I'm still hoping

We'll meet you in the land of reason
Where you can always ask the question 'why?'
And for flags, for nations, for power we won't have to die
See you there in the land of reason
Where the word 'freedom' is not just a lie
And religions and myths find their right place in our able minds

I look at my fellow citizens
Their hearts are filled with the darkest hate
Yet they talk about love, talk about God and their unjust fate
They think theirs is the greatest of all nations
Just like other countries' folks do
And they blame all the strangers that spoil their narcissistic view
But let us don't give up the hope

We'll meet you in the land of reason...

Yes, I believe we're descended from apes
But long time ago we left them behind
Now it's time for us to recognize and not kill our own kind
And be free of our own limitations
Free of compulsion, manipulation and free to decide
And then, my friend you would gladly sing it with me on my side

We'll meet you in the land of reason...