Born Under Dark Skies

by Ben Martin

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Comfort 04:04
I don't know what to say I don't know what to do in such a situation I can't reach out to hold you give you comfort, dry your tears only imagination I'm sure you're gonna make it you'll look back and smile again about that situation I know it's some hard days to come but look how many things you've already done Close your eyes and walk right through it it's not a dream it will be soon reality See those hands you're offered through it They will make sure you're never ever gonna fall Those days will not be gone forever Make sure you learn your lessons from all those situations Well everytime you stand the pain it will get smaller and smaller when there's some complication
Pirate Ships 04:16
A pirate ship is sailing down my cerebrospinal fluids It occupied my nerves along the way My radar is too blurred to see it coming A lumbarpuncture is supposed to fix the focus again A pirate ship has built a fortress at the top of my spine It's hard to conquer but all my men are armed All seven days my troops are at their gates We can't defeat them so their siege will last for years MS Rose They give me headaches, they block my sight My hands feel just too numb to fight I feel their cannonballs explode As much I try but in the end I'm helpless A pirate ship is faced with sudden backing on my side My fleet expanded to fight the raiders down Still all our arms seem to ricochet without any harm While they severely hit our nerves from time to time
Oh no another year is almost over now Do you recall what had been going on before Chit chat we both are easygoing acting fine You rant and rave about all having a good time Maybe we are free to go yet my heart is way too slow Maybe we are free to go your embrace is all I know Come take another drink we aren't done for now Let's dance the thin white duke said many years ago I don't care if this means anything when we wake up Give in to the moment and resume where we had stopped Maybe we are free to go yet my heart is way too slow Maybe we are free to go your embrace is all I know
"It always makes me nervous how you cope with your life" that's what he told me on the way to his wife he might not know me so well to really get the big picture but in the end there might be some truth about it So who is he to know about all my joys there's oh so many perfect moments I treasure I can do what I want at any place I prefer In a hundred years when I'm gone I'll be known as the one you will have met from time to time Noone will know where I'll be gone cause I lived on my own and enjoyed every moment of it "Don't lie to yourself and take a look at your past" he goes right on to throw his wisdom at me why should I someplace I'm certain it's cold and heartless While the future holds so many more beauties
All my fingers are cold It really hurts to take the milk out I need a bit to lighten up the Tea I made to warm up It’s still too hot to take sip But the smell let’s me dream I leave the house with my coat on but soon I realize That I don’t need nothing else To keep me warm inside The streets dry up there’s light sunshine All my memories inside I take a box out with some photographs It’s only seconds till I’m back again in My old house right behind the cherry tree I liked to sit in watch the planes passing by I leave the house with my coat on but soon I realize That I don’t need nothing else To keep me warm inside The streets dry up there’s light sunshine In my heart and all around the world I leave the house with my coat on but soon I realize That I don’t need nothing else To keep me warm inside The streets dry up there’s light sunshine I feel your hand on mine like a cigarette on my skin It is real pain my wounds hurt I’ve been there so many times before It’s still not getting any better I put my shoes on and
Ever so often he comes to my mind but I don't know what to feel but I don't know what to say to you Always his soft voice hardly to hear but I don't know how to listen but I don't know what he says to me It's so uncomfortable Please pass the honey, dear It's not a subject matter Don't speak to much your tea gets cold Ever so gentle still missing a lot but I never could have told him but I never could be mad Always so proud filming hours and hours but did I ever say thank you but did I ever say I'd care
Tennis 03:26
Dormitory days long nights student life easy living solitary friends clear signs Dinner for two short nights easy life student living more than just friends love signs Never alone no fears some is covered up first fighting motherly love compensates All is well first home deeply in love equal giving future all set But all this won't remain No love no cover-up The search will never stop The fall can't be retained Old life recurring themes no strive no better dreams Though something still remains Old love is still alive Is sweeping through the nights But nothing is for free The job has to be done for being in the run Do you wanna play do you wanna play tennis one sunday afternoon do you feel the same do you feel the same menace If we don't get our act together Library days lonely nights evocation love no real meaning never any doubt future is past nursery days lonely nights old love no beginning little spark left
The road is sometimes long and boring pack some games so time passes faster I tell you I have come by this tree so often I can watch it growing Don't miss this lovely sunset it's especially a blast round this season I promise we'll be there on time lay back and close your tired eyes Before we stop I have to let you know you are nothing but amazing I am so proud of what you achieved you can only win All your life you have worked more than anyone All your life it was nine to twelve Now your life is the holidays you missed before Now your life it is twelve to nine Don't be afraid to talk to everyone they'll recognize your talent you'll find me at the cafe downstairs I'll pick you up later on look forward to the moment you've now worked for many days and nights Don't let your agony brush away the fact that you will amaze them
How long can you wait How long can you wait until you call it a day until you move on again How far will you go How far will you go will you just watch her face or will you kiss her neck How beautiful does it feel How beautiful does it feel to smell her curly hair just someone else's hair How thrilling will it be How thrilling will it be to wake up next to a girl will it feel good But think twice and then again before you're losing a friend losing a lover How many times in your life How many times in your life can you take new folks can you accept a new family How many hearts How many hearts will you leave cut in two will you leave sucked out Think twice and then again before you're losing a friend losing a lover ... before you're using a friend using a lover
When I wake up in the morning my heart feels like a throbbing machine When I go to bed an evening later than before I watch the birds sleep I watch the tears from your face I watch the birds sleep


Back to basics ...
"The rich overtones resonating in a room, the unspoken bond between the musicians, the mood the sunlight sets when it shines through the windows of a house full of history - all these qualities were apparent when I recorded those songs by the end of march 2010 together with Lukas Lauermann, Matthias Frey, Lukas Koenig and Martin Eberle. In many aspects a part of this house's history was also my own, since this is the place where I first performed in front of an audience in 1986, where I used to spend hours rehearsing as a teenager, where I learned the language of notation when in kindergarten.

born under dark skies ...
In november, when the days become shorter and the sky gets hazy, this is when I was born, when I start feeling some comforting melancholy. This emotional state shows in my music, is the underlying mood to many of my songs. They convey sadness and beauty, intimacy and hilarity all at once. They're telling stories that happened to my friends, me coping with themes like illness, fear and sadness on one- and love, friendship and support on the other hand.

in a hundred years ...
I had already started working on the album in the summer of 2008 when I recorded the first demo of "Pirate Ships". While I was mainly focused on my other bands "I Am Cereals" and "The Black Riders" I constantly collected songs, recorded some demos in 2009 and finally found the right path to go for what was to become "Born Under Dark Skies": Live recordings of me performing the songs while being accompanied by a small acoustic ensemble, far off the usual bass-drums-guitar-keyboards standards. My heart has always been beating between the worlds of pop and jazz, this assembly of musicians now finally expressed this notion.

This album was funded by the SKE-Fonds.


released September 23, 2011

All songs written and arranged by Ben Martin


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Ben Martin Sankt Pölten, Austria

I'm here to write, perform and spread music that has its roots in pop with influences from soul, jazz and folk rock. Ever since I discovered the guitar as a means to express my feelings in 1985, I'm constantly refining and clearing the channel through which I receive, digest and send out music. I recorded "The Endless Stream Of Everything" to share my love and songs with you. ... more

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