splendid isolation (2011)

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released September 1, 2011

written, recorded, produced and mixed by the ruins.
the ruins are: jonas blumer and simon hasenfratz
original art by mirjam jakobsohn.
mastered at hard studios winterthur by ron kurz

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Track Name: deed & consequence
i did it for you, don't you fucking blame me now
you wanted the deed, but not the consequence
and fuck you for fucking up you said, so i did
and now i'm alright
i did it for you, don't you fucking deny me now
you want the booze, but not the hangover, too bad
because it's the best part, after you drank all night
i love a hangover

it's not the hangover, i was born hungover

i did it for you, don't you fucking lie to me now
just do what you want, you'll never see my face again
so sad
because i still got your heart, and you won't ever be alright
you'll never be alright

it's not the hangover, i was born hungover
Track Name: it ain't easy
you sit there with a pen, a paper and a guitar
now it's time to show how good you are
but it ain't easy being someone doing something
it ain't easy being at all
you sit there with a picture of a razor blade
but papercuts won't make this misery fade
it ain't easy doing something right
it ain't easy knowing what's alright

so just don't think, just don't blink, just go
you don't gotta know what your soldiers do
what you wanna do, just do what you wanna do

you sit there with a mic, an audience and a guitar
now it's time to know why you didn't get far
but it's too easy judging someone doing something
it's too easy doing nothing at all

so just don't think, just don't blink, just go
you don't gotta know what your soldiers do
what you wanna do, just do what you wanna do
Track Name: cloud of stars
under a cloud of stars is where this goes down
where it goes down
we are all in this and we cannot go
and it's hard
and i never knew how you smile in the morning time
and the sun too, smiling down over the powerline

i just wanna go to that railroad station down the block
and take that train and never comeback, i'll never look back

every day it wakes, every day it aches
but it goes on
time just passes by and no one knows why
we hold on
and i never knew how you smile when the moon arrives
and the ocean too, dancing wake with the death of tide

i just wanna go to that railroad station down the block
and take that train and never come back, i'll never look back
Track Name: spinning till i'm dizzy
i've been gone but i came back
these are the best days i ever had
time flies but so do i
when i know you're around

i've been spinning till i'm dizzy
dizzy till i fall
but i shall fall no more
it's been freezing, babe, believe me
freezing till i crawl
but now i'm always warm

it's been long since i've been glad
to wake up when the sun does rise
but now i got what i never had
happiness ain't just a lie

i've been spinning till i'm dizzy
dizzy till i fall
but i shall fall no more
it's been freezing, babe, believe me
freezing till i crawl
but now i'm always warm
Track Name: jesus was a lovechild
you keep on writing down words in your bible
to make you feel better about man
you hope that god will soon read all your letters
and answer as fast as he can

i love you child
you are the one
who will live forever

the place on your nightstand is reserved for the savior
who smiles down on you every night
you do all that you can to match your behavior
to what god thinks is right

i love you child
you are the one
who will die for everyone

you will die for everyone

but you keep on crossing out words from your bible
to make you forget about them
you think the devil will make you feel better
but he'll turn on you as fast as he can

i'll kill you child
you're not the one
who has lived for anyone
Track Name: sorrow (amongst the trees)
sorrow is not for you
the forest will see you through
and if there's no forest
just plant the seeds
and soon you'll have your peace
amongst the trees

tomorrow is just a thief
today may never leave
and if there's no tomorrow
don't water the ground
and the trees will never be found
but bound to the ground

mother, father, brother, lover sweet
i may be drowning but maybe that's what i need
the water is rising high above my head
people don't grow for long until they're dead
and fed to the flowerbed

no, my friend, it's not just in your head
the sun and the moon are friends that never met

sorrow is not for you
change will see you through
and if there's no change, just wait it out
and that will change you
without a doubt
Track Name: tomorrow
i've been walking down
this rugged, dusty road
not knowing what will come
and when i'll fall
tomorrow ain't no friend of mine

feeling like the rocks
under my shoes
stepped on and kicked
by them all
tomorrow ain't no friend of mine

i've been drowning
in this river that i cry
hold on to this toothpick
they call life
living the lie of this prozac-sorrow
hoping to make friends with tomorrow
depressed tomorrow

why don't you walk the road with me
babybabybaby
it's so long and winding
there's no end so we'll be free
babybabybaby
and the weather is so inviting
but tomorrow ain't no friend of mine
Track Name: seasick on solid ground
seasick on solid ground
my doctors wanna tell me all about it
if i take these pills
i'll be happy all the while but i'll be dizzy still

so what'll i be doing all summer
when all i wanna do
is freeze with you
it just keeps our spirits younger
and vegetables too
you know it's true

homesick in my own bed
and intoxication messing up my head
and if i don't take these pills
my doctors won't be happy but my girlfriend will

so what'll i be doing all summer
when all i wanna do
is freeze with you
it just keeps our spirits younger
and vegetables too
you know it's true
Track Name: sinister days
it's not right that time is ripping us apart
every child knows that life's just too fucking hard
or maybe you just don’t understand me

a kiss here and there, the smell of your hair and life goes red
and then i spend the next two weeks all alone in bed
and you go out and give it all you got

sinister days
sinister times
sad, dark life
of sinister crimes
oh and you know i cannot be how you need me to be
how you need me to be

the morning comes and takes my dreams away
and every child knows that dreams ain't meant for the day
or maybe i just do not understand

don't pick up the phone, ain't nobody home, just leave me be
i don't need no friends, no hands in hands, i just need me
or maybe that's why i am so fucked up

sinister days
sinister times
sad, dark life
of sinister crimes
oh and you know i cannot be how you need me to be
how you need me to be
Track Name: somehow
all these bleeding hearts
won't get the best of me
this fucking family

they want me to be
part of this machinery
they don't wanna see
i already failed

and now i'm all used up
got no excuses, no energy
and i got no solution
inside of me

still i hope that if i fall
that i will fall on you
and even if i have to crawl
i'll get back to you
somehow

all these soothing words
although they may be true
they'll never get through

like rain on a summer's day
evaporates on you
i will vanish too
and rain down again

and now i’m all used up
got no excuses, no energy
and i got no solution
inside of me

still i hope that if i fall
that i will fall on you
and even if i have to crawl
i'll get back to you
somehow

and i’m tripping over words again
when you ask me what i do
and i'm spitting out my heart again
like you, i don't have a clue

still i hope that if i fall
that i will fall on you
and even if i have to crawl
i'll get back to you
somehow
Track Name: undo that
undo that
undo that smile
you know

no airbag
just your face
and you go
you go to waste

are you holding on
to the right branches
don't bite the hand that needs
are you holding on
to the right branches
don't bite the hand that leads

unsay those words
they hurt

no prospect
just no space
to grow
to go away

are you holding on
to the right branches
don't bite the hand that needs
are you holding on
to the right branches
don't bite the hand that leads
Track Name: you pass me by
i'm in pieces
the morning comes and i'm still drinking this
my only release is
this green smoke, replacing what i miss

you pass me by
to go to work
wherever you work
and i pass the time
doing nothing
just waiting for the fall

it's been a week now
since you last told me our love was sublime
i'm feeling so weak now
my wounds won't heal 'cause i lost track of time

you pass me by
to go to work
wherever you work
and i pass the time
doing nothing
just waiting for the fall

i'm in pieces
the morning comes an i'm still sitting here
my only release is
this green smoke when you aren't near
Track Name: the world
there is something very peculiar about this world
there is something very peculiar about this life

now i see the world
and i notice it is turning
and i see my girl
and my fire is still burning

you really want to grow up
and be part of the system
man, are you sure giving up life wisdom
no meaning to life
just help rolling the stone
be a part of the chrome of this pipe of methadone

wake up early to the first &*ç% of nature
wake up to go to work, man, sometimes you hate her
no meaning to life
just help spinning the wheel
you don’t know you’re for real ‘cause the real life you don’t feel

now i see the world
and i notice it is turning
and i see my girl
and my fire is still burning

life is but a mystery
of gratitude and history
components that result
in utter godman hunt
hoping to find that piece of mind
that amplifies the peace of mine
Track Name: what we need
tried to find a place like this
behind a bar where fists kiss
and i don't know why you hang around here
come inside and we'll share a beer
for the people that just won't learn

we'll talk about the plans of god
the way he sometimes makes time stop
when two souls start to unite
life is a winnable fight
till the morning spills its light

if we only knew what we need

let's go outside and lick the moon
make love now and not just soon
smash the frowns off our faces
smoke out demons, leave no traces
and now we're left with a void
filling it we can't avoid
was it worse what we destroyed

if we only knew what we need
Track Name: don't forget me
you make me feel like a naked woman sometimes
when you talk about the past
my love is getting stronger at night
and yours didn't even last
i should burn all those old memories
inhale the smoke till i cough you out
place you on the sidewalk
and let the other couples shout

i just don't want you to forget me

holding your hand is like holding my hand
only better
you're a lightning that struck
and forever changed my weather
and i should drown all those old memories
and drink the lake and flush you down
my place is on the sidewalk
with a paperbag crown

i just don't want you to forget me

when our smiles touch they turn into one
for the whole world to kiss
no man ever stayed sane
with a woman like you to miss
and i should choke all those old memories
till they turn blue
chase them down the sidewalk
running away from you to be with you

i just don't want you to forget me!