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released April 3, 2013

Recorded & mixed by TJ Eckleberg at Tricone Studios in The Funkhaus, Berlin, Germany, December 2011

Mastered by Emanuel Geller at Salz Mastering, Köln, Germany

Produced by TJ Eckleberg

Derek Wilson - guitars, bass, piano, drums, percussion, vox
TJ Eckleberg - programming

Music & lyrics © Derek Wilson

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Track Name: o be satisfied
I thought you could stretch me about a thousand miles wide
I thought you could test me through a myriad of trials
I thought you could burn me in a multitude of fires
I thought you might dress me in astonishing attire

o be satisfied

I thought you could tempt me with uninhibited wiles
I thought you could trust me through a million or so lies
I thought you could throw me with the Christians to the lions
but I thought you would help me get out of here alive

o be satisfied

I thought you could paint my name with stardust in the skies
I thought you could reincarnate me a hundred lives
I thought you could lash me to the mast when sirens cry
I thought you could save me, I thought at least, you’d try

o be satisfied
Track Name: passport
sang a song in a late night karaoke bar in Japan
kinda Aerosmith, Robert Smith, Morrissey, "Because The Night"
took a cab ride, a tram trip and entered, tender, into San Fran
wound up a little lower, little slower, looking for my mask, my hat, gun, gate, my flight

high ho Silver
high ho Silver
away

sang a song in the Funkhaus bunkered down in East Berlin
kinda Kreuzberg, Eckleberg, Rollberg into the ride
wrote a verse for a girl on a ferry heading into Shenzhen
she was a vision fashion, culture-clashing, letting down my guard, my hair, balloon, my pride

high ho Silver
high ho Silver
away

but I can't stay here
and I can't say why

sang a song in a late night karaoke bar in Japan
kinda Aerosmith, Robert Smith, Morrissey, "Because The Night"

high ho Silver
high ho Silver
away
Track Name: summer storms
should I go out tonight?
dancing, beats, smoke and moving lights
you could get me inside 
we could drink till the sunrise
and kiss me once more tonight
softly, slowly, instead this time
before you have to fly
through the summer-stormed southern sky

now I've lost my key
and so too it seems, my gravity
and all of my thoughts and ability 
to hear anything but the songs you sing
when you speak just like a tune

should I travel tonight?
chase the moon through the endless sky
cross the world, change my life
we could meet on the other side
and dance with me one more time
let's pretend that we'll both survive
and everything's alright
when our bodies and minds collide

now I've fallen to my knees
and so too it seems, my sobriety
and all my reason and capacity
to hear anything but the songs you sing
when you speak just like a tune

and the lightning keeps brightening the glassy sky
and the heat keeps ascending each day and night
but this summer of thunder will pass us by

should I wander tonight?
thought the revelers and traffic lights
go watch the incoming tide
I could wish you were at my side
with that look in your eye
subtle, bold, sultry, sparkling, shy
nowhere for us to hide 
under summer-stormed southern skies

now I've been swept out to sea
and so too it seems, my stability
and all remaining possibility 
to hear anything but the songs you sing
as you speak just like a tune

and the lightning keeps brightening the glassy sky
and the heat keeps ascending each day and night
but this summer of thunder will pass us by
Track Name: fireworks
I do declare, I do despair
of finding things more heft than the air
that beats against a ragged wing
redirects a tattered tail
causing outpourings of panicked prayer
on takeoff and flight and landing

that is to say, I do dismay
of finding nights more sheen than the day
that envies sibling's sparkling light
dreaming of her glittered veil
and the fires of passion and play
that under her long shroud, ignite

so I impart, I do disheart
of finding ends more soon than the start
that precedes every bow and bend
every ripple of the trail
every path, shortcut, map, piece and part
of any sanct way I ascend
Track Name: three minutes to midnight
22:59, I walk in off the slippery streets and the crowd turns to look me up and down and there's a girl in my line, throws up smoke in my face like a hooker and my space is feeling all cramped up and noisy and raced but it's ok. It's ok.

23:23, I'm on beer number two or three and feeling more comfortable and as the band plays a rumble she asks me to dance, or at least a semblance, I say thanks, but no thanks, that's not why I came here tonight. She says ok, that's ok.

23:55, some guy looks me in the eye like he knows me or someone who looks like me or knows me and starts talking like he's in a dream, lips dance without sound even when he shouts. It's about this time I become thankful I can lip-read.  

23:56, I walk back onto glimmering streets looking for something to eat, not hungry, just scared and in need of some air and the rain feels good on my skin, cleansing, like some kind of late night, polluted baptism and I feel like I'm going to be ok.  

23:57, if there's one thing I remember, it's to keep repeating over and over, over and over, it's ok, it's ok, it's ok.
Track Name: the unusual quiet
I've begun to speak again
this unusual quiet ends
breaking bones and loosing flame
my tongue shall heal and burn again
it might cause pain to feel the sun
but in blood I'm undone
and when word deceases, then 
the quiet falls like a dream again

there was a time I could fly
it ended when the angel died
stripped of wing and shorn of hair
for treading where the angel dared
I fell so fast, towards the ground
hurtled to that sodden brown
like a mother, meek and mild
I scream into the eternal wild

shake from my head the stars
escape the deep of my eyes 
glisten, like creatures past
I don't want this quiet end
a strange play now descends
exit left from centre stage
and scream that quiet unusual rage
Track Name: greasepaint
from afar we look musical
we are selling song
from afar we look whimsical
so full of light

raise up the curtain
bring in the stars
spin round, reflecting
you were one of ours
not long ago 
long ago

from afar we look musical
we are selling song
from afar we look whimsical
so full of light

I love you
standing in the spotlight crying
never let the audience see
you from behind
fade out the music
lights go down
Track Name: ink
so I write
or maybe sing
making patterns with
bubbles and strings

like ink to skin
you climb right in
scratching surfaces
breaking things

but let me be close apart from you
let me stay next to far from you

so I play
four on the floor
pick the rhythm and
alter the score

like stick to skin
you count me in
timing everything
wanting more

so let me be close apart from you
let me stay next to far from you
Track Name: a darkening on the narrows
we speak in whispers, hint and gesture in subtle, subtle tones
we row a boat across the narrows, bury secrets in dirt and ditches
toss our soiled tools in the shallows and scamper off 
though the shadows, alone, alone

we scratch our skin with complicated stitches and patterns
fascinating lattice laces, tracing backscatter on 
underexposed fragments of film, drinking dry pilsners
while the flashes explode, unloaded

we dress with fancy, fantastic splashes of whimsy and warmth
enwrapped in wonder and cloth that rinses easily
tubes that slide off slowly and layers that forgive
and forget, lie forgotten, but so close

we watch and wish through tingling ice drops and wild wind drifts
bodies mingling, children's tears ringing in our ears
and fears forgotten, no more, no more memories
we sink into these waters, cold and deep