Everybody's Dancing

by Rich Choice

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about

Washboard player in a skiffle band (must have been around 1963). Drummer in a beat band (1964).

Bass player in numerous rock, blues and jazz bands (1965–1996).
Singer. No – shouter. Well – growler, maybe.
Two finger keyboard player (since 1984).
Songwriter.
This is an album of songs that were written between 1984 and 2017. All these years they were there, went through various changes, grew, shrank, got locked away, were picked up again, grew ... Until they congested not only the hard disc but also the mind of their writer - they wanted out.
Well - here you go, my little darlings ...
900 demos later - no record company in sight - this was produced in Rich’s little home studio: Just a bass player with no bass, a growler with no autotune, and a band with just one member.
Plus, luckily, a couple of friends - Rich Choice.

credits

released December 7, 2018

All lyrics and music written by Rich Schwab, 
except Track 1: M: H. Weitz/Schwab.
 All music arranged, programmed, played, sung and recorded on a Mac with Logic Pro X by Rich Schwab – with a little help from

Silvia Lamprecht – backing vocals on 1, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11

Krazy – gui & backing vocals on 3

Bernd Delbrügge – sax on 3, 7, 11

Dirk Schlömer – gui on 4, 7, 9, 11

Gerty Beracz – gui on 1

Jürgen Schulz – gui on 6

Richard Herten – perc on 3

Klaus Winterfeld – cover sculpture

(Fat thanks to you all!)

Special thanks also go to Manfred »Schmal« Boecker, Heri Weitz, Birgit Klotz, Micki Meuser, Claudia Wendel, Wilfried Schmickler, Franz Kirchen, Claudia Schwab, Elise Schulz, Jochem Schmidt, Karin Schüller, Markus Dinter, Andy D., Herten & Hanf, Elfriede Koch, Leni & Günter Bast. MusicHelpTechGuy.
And, of course, Brigitte.

More information about the artist at www.richschwab.de.
fotos © Susi Boxberg, 2016, Schwab archive,
Hope you enjoy it.
Jüchen, Germany, December 2018 – best wishes to y'all, Rich

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Track Name: The Book of Know-Hows
1 – THE BOOK OF KNOW-HOWS

All those days filled with love an´ with laughter
Days of sunshine for you an´ me
We thought havin´ no sleep would let the world turn faster
Anything we did was poetry
Doin´ meant so much more than braggin´
That meant so much more than how
We were the prince - an´ all the rest was dragon

You better stop to live in the past
It´s time to learn nothing´s gonna last
Y´know life is just a series of nows
An´ you don´t survive just on The Book of Know-Hows

All those nights we spent full of illusions
Full of wine an´ energy
When bein´ young was only confusin´
The fickle hearts of you an´ me
All the hours full of discussions
How to fight for universal harmony
As if we´d ever thought of losin´

You better stop …

Come on, wipe that sadness out of your eyes
You an´ I won´t change the world
Angels are just devils in disguise
Devils are angels that learned to hurt
Dreams are only short-lived butterflies
An´ love´s just one more four-letter word
An´ there ain´t no heaven behind the skies

You better stop …
Track Name: 501 (Don't Leave Me Now)
2 – 501 (DON´T LEAVE ME NOW)

I´ve been around a couple of corners
Between a pressing iron an´ a 501
A little one forth, two back, sidestep, hit, straightforward
Known the wishes an´ the will an´ the hopes that hide an´ run

Seen my soul in the face in the mirror hangin´ face to the wall
An´ turnin´ round I saw two shadows run
Seen the black spot on my honesty´s x-ray sprawl
Like the sweat between the saddle an´ a fat man´s 501

Gee, my blues are always dark
An´ my dark is always blue
But sometimes there´s been a spark
An´ the spark was always you
I mean dark ain´t always dark
But the light is always you

Don´t leave me now
Don´t leave me now
Don´t leave me now
Don´t leave

I woke up on a couple of benches
Little hearts carved in each an´ every one
They were blonde, black, white, red, Spaniards, Krauts an´ Frenchies
An´ they all smiled that smile, when they dropped their 501

I dived the deep seas in the eyes of drownin´ lovers
Felt the haze of kisses weigh a ton
I broke the bread, broke the promise, ran for cover
Like the dime in the pocket of a hobo´s 501

Gee, my blues are always dark …
Track Name: Cold Wind in May
4 – COLD WIND IN MAY

It´s a cold wind in May under a baking sun
Paranoia´s in the air, and it´s understood by everyone
Suzy Creamcheese was the queen of the dream I dreamed last night
Today I wonder where she came from
And I wonder whether all of me´s alright

A forty channel program as colourful as a Russian dawn
Ten thousand brand new albums out made to make you yawn
Pictures of Anastasia – boys’ rooms full of slapping clowns
While I still wonder about Suzy
And what made her suddenly pop up and come around

And I wonder whether all of me´s alright (3x)
But that’s alright

I´m a doggone restless idler and one thing´s for sure: I smoke too much
And no cold wind can cool the remains of Suzy´s touch
Six days, four towns, five clubs, one kiss
And the rain just can´t decide to rain
On a day in May as April as this

It´s a cold wind in May under a baking sun
There´s a pop song in the air, and it´s sung by everyone
I can´t sing, I know, and I can definitely not dance
One kiss in six days …
And no chance around for a second chance

And I wonder whether all of me´s alright …

She was a merry drinker and she was a sight to see
Talked without a pause and flashed her lust at me
But I was not really meant – it was just that I was there
She had two sons and a husband
And paranoia was in the air

It´s a cold wind in May under a baking sun
Blows the scent of fresh-mowed lawns at everyone
»C´mon«, said Suzy, smiling, and she rolled her heavy hips
I know that was just a dream …
But then – what´s that smell here on my fingertips?

And I wonder whether all of me´s alright …

I might have no golden future, but I´ve got a silver ring
And I´m deaf to paranoia, and not afraid of anything
Except maybe – well, you know, as well as anyone
Except for paranoia
And this cold wind in May under a baking sun …
Track Name: Before It Began
5 – BEFORE IT BEGAN

We were standin´ in my doorway
There was a star glistenin´ in the cool of your blue eyes
There was some music from the backyard
I tried to find the truth
But all I found was me an´ you / Befooled by lies

We were standin´ in my doorway
I tried to take your hand, but you withdrew
There were some people on the sidewalk
I tried to make you smile
That only worked for just a while / It passed right through

There´s something between us
We could have been lovers
We could have been friends
Now it hurts me to tears
To believe that it ended / Before it began

We were standin´ in my doorway
The bitter words you spoke clanked like marbles to the ground
There were some cars around the corner
I tried to turn the page
But all I read was pride an´ rage / To put me down

There´s something between us
I could not understand, you could not understand
Now it hurts me to tears
To believe that it ended / Before it began

We were standin´ in my doorway
My skin screamed for the touch of your hands
There was a baby cryin´ somewhere
We talked an´ talked an´ talked
An´ felt so sad
Cause we just couldn´t understand

There´s something between us
But we were too blind to find out where we stand
Now it hurts me to tears
To believe that it ended / Before it began

Now I´m standin´ in my doorway
The yearnin´ won´t stop spinnin´ ´round my head
There´s no people, there´s no music
I try to fall out of the love
I didn´t want to fall in first
But it´s so sad, it´s so sad …
Track Name: See-Saw
6 – SEE-SAW

He took just what he needed
An´ she gave him all he took
He loved it
Which meant she meant he loved her
An´ so she gave an´ he took an´ they loved
Just how happy they were

The givers an´ the takers
The doers an´ the makers
The straight an´ the liars
An´ the sparks an´ the fires
An´ the ships an´ the harbours
An´ the double-crossers
All try to see-saw
The balance of gains an´ losses

She gave him all he needed
An´ he took it ´cause he knew
She loved it
Which meant he meant she loved him
An´ so she gave an´ he took an´ they loved
Just how happy they seemed

The dreamers an´ the fighters
Day-dreamers an´ all-nighters
The clowns an´ the payers
An´ the layed an´ the layers
An´ the Gods an´ the prayers
An´ the quick divorcers
All try to see-saw
The balance of gains an´ losses

Up, down, up either side
You´re on a see-saw, you gotta ride
Back, forth, back in a sway
The game of love´s so easy to play

She needed to be needed
An´ he needed someone
To be needed by
Which meant it was love
An´ so he loved that she loved that he loved
That she loved him to love

The silent an´ the singers
The swayers an´ the swingers
The cool an´ the burners
An´ the fooled an´ the learners
The content an´ the yearners
An´ the haystack-tossers
All try to see-saw
The balance of gains an´ losses …
Track Name: Only a Scratch
7 – ONLY A SCRATCH

The blood dried – stains like rust everywhere
Well, they say the first cut is the deepest
That’s not true for me, now

The heart sighs, find its rhythm again
And the brain does its job on a checklist
I’m on my feet again, somehow

I’m taking my pride like a shower
And it washes the pain away
Using my new power
I’m walking out on yesterday

You had me down and out
But now I’m up and back
You hit not deep enough, baby
It’s only a scratch

My love died – rage has hardened my shell
Now I see you’ve been selfish and reckless
I got wise on you, now

I’m feedin’ my wrath like a fire
And it burns all the hurt away
I’m using my new power
And I’m walking out on yesterday

You had me down and out …

Using my new power
I’m walking out on yesterday

You had me down and out …
Track Name: As It Is
8 – AS IT IS

I had a friend
He died
He had a father
Who cried
And then he died

He had a friend
She cried
A while
Then she got married
With a smile
She’s smiling still

What if it’s all as it is
What if it’s all as it is
What if it’s all as it is
As it is

I had a friend
She disappeared
I fell in love
With her mother
She’s still there

We have a friend
Who’s going to die
I guess we all
Are going to die
But until then
We try to live
We try to love

Because it is all as it is
Because it is all as it is
Because it is all as it is
As it is

Of course it is all as it is …
Track Name: Gene
GENE

Gene – you´ll never be seventeen again
Oh, Gene – an´ you´ll never be the king of queens again
Dust off the years that
Hang on your shoulders
Like a heavy, worn-out coat
That´s stuffed with broken dreams

Gene – it never was the easy way, upwards
Oh, Gene – it often led you downhill
Come, pick up the pieces
Be aware that this is now
It´s time for changin´ things
Hey, it´s never too late

Gene – say good-bye to the little dreamer you were
Dreams, Gene are less than a handful of rain in the sea
Stop chewin´ the past again an´ again – it´s stale
Pick up the pieces
Be aware that this is now

Gene – gee, it hurts me to see
What you´re doin´ to the friend I knew
Oh, Gene, my friend, I just can´t believe
That was all that there was
Gene – come on, oh, come on an´
Get yourself together, get yourself together
Set yourself free! Oh, Gene …

Gene – we both know about stony roads, don´t we?
Oh, Gene – we could tell a lot of anecdotes, couldn´t we?
Our life came in strong waves
Ups an´ downs took their turn
You jumped the flood
I stood there dryin´ on the beach

Gene – you forgot what a zealous fighter you were?
Now, Gene, you flatter yourself with a blues painted black
Stop feedin´ your blues
With memories that lame an´ hurt
Wake up an´ stand up
You can´t give yourself up yet

Gene – gee, it hurts me to see
What you´re doin´ to the friend I knew …
Track Name: Half a Kite
10 – HALF A KITE

Faster. Faster. Faster.
Time spools off like red/white tape
Last chord echoing
You try to get your life in shape
Last wound still healing
Your latest loss as fresh as wet paint

Faster. Faster. Faster.
Traffic hums like angry bees
Cold rain splashing
Like half a kite in a chestnut-tree
Ripped, caught an´ trembling
A robbed out naked wino prayin´ for a saint

Faster. Faster. Faster
How with that hustling all around
Can I calm down?
Faster. Faster. Faster
How with all that hustling in my head
Can I calm down?

Faster. Faster. Faster.
Your life gets dragged along
An´ all the drummin´ from your blaster
The words, the rhymes, the chords, the images
Still don´t make a song

Faster. Faster. Faster.
Days drip down like meltin´ ice
Sticky, mouldy-sweet smelling
With twenty-one you´re livin´ twice
But that was when you were playing
Far away, forgotten, faint, so faint

Rufus, he sings Hallelujah
And Leonard smiles his charming weary smile
Chesnutt in his wheel chair plays the guitar
And everybody's dancing, everybody's dancing
Everybody's dancing Lady Gaga style

Faster. ...

Faster. Faster. Faster.
Like half a kite against a smoggy sky
A sleepless boy child sobbing
Still in mind the red dragon eye
On golden profile swaying
Prayin´ for a saint. Prayin´ for a saint

Faster. Faster. ... ...
Track Name: Like It
11 – Like It

I like it, when you sit there and brush your hair
Before that shiny mirror in your underwear
I like how your shoulders shimmer above the chair
In the evening glow

I like to know you know that I’m watching you
To know that you enjoy the way I look at you
Ah, this moment when our eyes meet in the mirror
And your smile sends a sweet hello
Ooh, I like it. Sure I like it

I like it, when your eyes then caress my skin
I like the state of tension we’re hovering in
I can hear your heart beat and I hear you breathe
And my humming blood
Ooh, I like it. Sure I like it

Let’s do it now, let’s make love
The mood is right, the place, the hour
And we’re together
Ooh, I like it. No, I love it

I like the little flames dancing in your eyes
They crawl right down my spine like some sneaky spies
And set my thighs on fire, make me vaporize
In a burst of buds

I like the way your ears slowly turn to red
When your seductive smile says, it’s time for bed
But time don’t matter now as our most secret dreams
Turn to flesh and blood
Ooh, I like it. Sure I like it

Let’s do it now, let’s make love
The mood is right, the place, the hour
And we’re together
Let’s do it now, let’s make love
The morning’s far, the night is ours
There’s nothing better
Ooh, I like it. No, I love it.

Ooh – let’s make love …

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