Everybody's Dancing

by Rich Choice

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1.
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 …
2.
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 …
3.
4.
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 …
5.
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 …
6.
See-Saw 05:32
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 …
7.
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 …
8.
As It Is 05:22
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 …
9.
Gene 06:55
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 …
10.
Half a Kite 07:02
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. ... ...
11.
Like It 07:57
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 …

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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