When We Talk About Love

by The Night Gardener

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This album of 9 tracks came to life in the winter of 2014/15 in a big old house in the middle of nowhere. Going back to the beginning, the songs only got the treatment of the acoustic guitar and the piano. In the process, they grew a question, a theme, that seemed to connect them: What is it that we actually talk about when we talk about love?

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released May 23, 2015

All instruments played by Oliver Hasse.
All 9 songs written, mixed and mastered by Oliver Hasse.
Design by Élise Scheider.
www.thenightgardener.net
2015

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The Night Gardener Berlin, Germany

Singer-Songwriter / Alternative Folk

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It's all about looking, and focusing, and going deeper, trying to pull something very rare out, and then holding it next to another object that had been retrieved, seeing how well they could speak to each other, and then continuing that process.
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Track Name: To The Slow
Here's to the slow
Those with hearts on ready
People push and pull
Until they break the levee
When you know what's to come
And you know where to go
You can take another beatin'
You can dig yourself a hole
And you wait till the water's gone
Time turns dust to coal
And your coal turns into diamonds
While you take care of your soul
Allow yourself to breathe
Take a stand, side with your heart
Let the good days weigh heavy
Let the sceptics be unheard
And when you talk about love
What do you really talk about
There's the hunt, the wild hope
The holding back, the letting go
When you know what's to come
And you know where to go
You can take another beatin'
You can dig yourself a hole
And you wait till the water's gone
Time turns dust to coal
And your coal turns into diamonds
While you take care of your soul
When you know what's to come
And you know where to go
You can take another beatin'
You can dig yourself a hole
And you wait till the water's gone
Time turns dust to coal
And your coal turns into diamonds
While you take care of your soul
Track Name: Anywhere But Here
Don't blame us
We just don't wanna sleep yet
Your eyes, they look
Indefinitely sad
I know, I know
You just don't wanna go
Oh, can we please
Above just as below?
What did you say your name was?
My thoughts are burning, what about yours?
Well, it's two hours to go
Before they close these doors
And there's no place else for us to be
There's no one here, just you and me
There's nothing left for us to fear
Still you're anywhere but here
Don't start asking for the truth
Your lips, your skin, my super-glue
Oh, please don't think of someone else
Look, I found a magic lense
You're anywhere but here
Anywhere but here
Anywhere but here
Anywhere but here
Where does your pain go?
Where does your love go?
Where does your hope go?
Where do you turn to?
What if all our places are the same?
What if all our places are the same?
What if all our places are the same?
What if all our places are the same?
There's nothing left for us to fear
Come and see, this is real
And there's no place else for us to be
Still you're anywhere but here
There's nothing left for us to fear
Come and see, this is real
And there's no place else for us to be
Still you're anywhere but here
Track Name: Measure Of A Man
I lost her in the wilderness
It's sad, but it's a fact
Another girl, another girl
Is gone
She had high expectations
Oh, they were just never met
I'm just a man, I'm just a man, I'm trapped
I keep my lines empty
Serve myself cold
Everything's clear and I can sing from the bone
I live in a woman's world
It's mad, but it's true
You've got a grip on me
You've got a grip on me
I lost you in the wilderness
It's sad, but it's a fact
Another girl, another girl
Is gone
You kept me on a leash, looking for a way into my frown
See, that's the thing that I just can't allow
I wanted power over you
I wanted power over you
I wanted power over you
You wanted power over me
You wanted power over me
You wanted power over me
Give up, give up, give up...
Give me pleasure, give me love
Give me rules made to forget
Give me truth and beauty and I'll give you all I have
What's the measure of a man?
What's the least you can expect?
What's your kingdom really worth
When there's so much disconnect?
I keep my lines empty
Serve myself cold
Everything's clear and I can sing from the bone
I live in a woman's world
It's mad, but it's true
You've got a grip on me
I guess you never knew
Track Name: Poison In My Cup
Will you pour me something lighter?
I have poison in my cup
I need this to roll easy
Or not at all
We load up on brief episodes
And walk away just when our water's sold
When lust and pride are still
We move on
And that's all I want
Is that all you need?
You say you wanna run with me
But you don't really have that speed
Well, I couldn't fuel you
It's the other way 'round, it has always been
I'd use you to push me and pull me
Till you think of me as the man I am not
Get lost, dry your eyes, love
No wonder or truth is in your life
The cost of love is way too high
I move on and
Become the storm, get high on raging
While my barely open soul, it sighs
Will I grow cold when I pour rain on
All the other hungry souls?
Well, that's all I want
Is that all you need?
You say you wanna run with me
But you don't really have that speed
I couldn't fuel you
It's the other way 'round, it has always been
I will just push you and pull you
Till you see me as I am
On my way to paradise
I found fever in a lover's hands
On my way to paradise
I lost myself, I lost myself
On my way to paradise
I found healing in a stranger's land
On my way to paradise
I lost myself, I lost myself
I lost myself, I lost myself, I lost myself
I lost myself, I lost myself, I lost myself
Yeah that's all I want
Is that all you need?
You say you wanna run with me
But you don't really have that speed
I could fuel you now
Not the other way 'round, as it's always been
I will just hold you and love you
Till you see me as the man I am now
Track Name: For The Birds
I'm not sleeping
I watch you breath
Hardly your lover
Rather a bird in the wind
Could be your tower
Oh no, there's cracks in my skin
Here today and gone tomorrow
A piece of thin paper burning
Then back to my part
It is not the big role
The hunter, the juggler, the fool
The hardened sage telling old truth
Pass it on, pass it on
The good life you want us to live
I have no stand in it
Pass it on, pass it on
Oh, all your borrowed thoughts
We could be more than this
This could be fire, a sip of war
A quick word in anger, a lesson in fear
The kind of life that makes you run
That makes you spill your last cup of cool
That makes you dance and act like a fool
The kind of love that knows no rules
Come, let us wreck these cities to dirt
And sing our good songs only for the birds
Okay, back to my part
Never the big role
The hunter, the juggler, the fool
The hardened sage telling old truth
Pass it on, pass it on
The life you speak of as a gift
I find no peace in it
Pass it on, pass it on
All I see is borrowed thoughts
We could be more than this
All I see is borrowed thoughts
You could be more than this
All I see is borrowed thoughts
Track Name: Napoleon Running
I am the addict, now that I know you
Your powder runs deep in my veins
My day's rendered useless without you
Okay, you're fighting the fever, but I am struck down
Hold on, hold on, my heart
Don't lose your hope, it'll take you far
And don't crack your head up for jumping
For wanting, for burning, for longing for warmth
You saw the fire, I saw the fog
Like Napoleon running from war
Hold on, hold on, my heart
Don't lose your hope, it'll take you far
Hold on, hold on, my heart
Don't lose your hope, it'll take you far
Eurydice's leaving
But nothing feels wrong
Orpheus got weary
Then you came along
Castalia's dreaming
Forgetting the sun
Apollo got moody
Then you came along
Hold on, hold on, my heart
Don't lose your hope, it'll take you far
Hold on, hold on, my heart
Don't lose your hope, it'll take you far
Hold on, hold on, my heart
Don't lose your hope, it'll take you far
Hold on, hold on
I'm ready to jump
Track Name: From Master To Slave
I've gone
From master to slave
From sinner to sage
Through love
I've climbed
Mountains and walls
Crossed rivers and swords
For love
And it struck back at me
Kicked me off my feet
Left me in the dirt
But I still believe
I've changed my face, my name
My skin, my lines, my clothes
I've sold my drums
For trumpets and horns
I've left my punks
For the orchestra sound
And bigger rounds
Of applause
And it struck back at me
Kicked me off my feet
Left me in the dirt
But I still believe
I've left my punks
For the orchestra sound
And bigger rounds
Of applause
I've changed
From master to slave
From sinner to sage
Through love
Track Name: Give Me Your Hand
Give me your hand
I'll help you up
I have some water
Here for you
Tell me your hopes
Show me your fears
Here, have some paper
For your truth
It's all true, it's all true
Don't believe them
When they say
There's no beauty in you
It's all true, it's all true
It's your life
You must believe in
What your heart tells you to do
Give me your gun
I'll shoot the thugs
I'll keep the cops in charge
For you
Go, get our ride
We play Bonnie and Clyde
They'll never catch us
We're in bloom
It's all true, it's all true
Don't believe them
When they say
There's no fire in you
It's all true, it's all true
It's your life
You must believe in
What your guts tell you to do
It's all true, it's all true
Don't believe them
When they say
There's no power in you
It's all true, it's all true
It's your life, you must believe in
What your heart tells you to do
It's your life, you must believe in
What your heart tells you to do
It's your life, you must believe in
What your heart tells you to do
Track Name: Oh, What A Life
Hush, little darlin'
Don't punish yourself
I know, the world has gone mad
But you're strong
You spend your life in a shell
Nothing can touch you
No one can see
What you hide
Oh, what a life
Oh, what a life
Oh, what a life you could
Have in the light
Oh, what a life
Oh, what a life
Oh, what a life you could
Have in the light
Hush, little darlin'
There are ways to surprise yourself
Ways to atone
And move on
The riddles you chose
They are not meant for you
The cage is not
Where you belong
Oh, what a life
Oh, what a life
Oh, what a life you could
Have in the light
Oh, what a life
Oh, what a life
Oh, what a life you could
Have in the light
When you're feelin' lost
Shipped from coast to coast
Weary to the bone
Set your sails home
When you're all alone
Left by everyone
Held up by a storm
Come and find home
When the evening comes
Listen to our songs
Listen to the drums
And you'll find home
Hush, little darlin'
Don't punish yourself
I know, the world has gone mad
But you're strong
You spend your life in a shell
Nothing can touch you
No one can see
What you hide
Oh, what a life
Oh, what a life
Oh, what a life you could
Have in the light
Oh, what a life
Oh, what a life
Oh, what a life you could have