Bird Hands

by Clemm

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released April 1, 2013

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Clemm Amsterdam

Clemm is a Dutch electronic indiepop project by Willem Janssen.
On his records Willem has worked with several international guest vocalists, among which Robert Fisher (USA), Red Ghost (AUS), Lucky Fonz III (NL) & John Carrie (IRL).
On April 1 2013, Clemm released his 3rd full-length album 'Bird Hands' (LP/CD), which was again very well received by critics and reviewers.
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Track Name: Counterparts
We express ourselves in so many ways
While our counterparts try to meet each other, we get lost in this maze
The walls are all the same and there is noone around to blame.
Track Name: We Keep Our Balance
We keep our balance
In a safe place
Close to our hearts

Under our skin,
Way down below
A pair of scales
Weighs our souls
Yours on the right
Mine on the left
It turns out to be
A perfect match
So I guess
We passed the test
Flower garlands
Under our chest
We hang them up
Around our heart
And celebrate
The birth of art

When you descend
Into the depth
Next to the place
Of secrets kept
You will find
A gang of lies
Whispering
Around a fire
O how they try
To form a plot
Against our souls
Who they fear not
Now it's our luck
They are too late
Our love is sealed
Such is our fate.
Track Name: Decode
Is it really all you care for?
I would like to know
If you think the same about this
When you're on your own

I can decode you
I'll read between the lines
I can decode you
It's just a matter of time....till time will tell.
Track Name: Steel Couch
I'm standing here in a new house
while you rest your bones on a steel couch

With tears in my eyes I call out your name
I'm paving a new path, a new life
The future seems bright now, all spotless and clean
I won't wait for a dark cloud to ruin the scene

Peace is a state of mind
I need to work hard to stay kind
But I gotta eat, gotta sleep,
gotta make money, save money
So I need to keep my focus on
my love, my friends, myself, my health
my cat, my house, my family
everything surrounding me
I don't own anything
I don't own anything
Of course I am aware
But love is such a selfish thing.
Track Name: Protection
Let me go I need to run I’ll wear my smile just like a gun It’s all I need for protection

Listening how the man with the silk hat sang
Sweet songs like whispers or midnight kisses
It makes me realize how he kept his cool
Wrote elegant lines when times were rough
That should be enough proof that we don’t need much too
To overcome anything and anyone in any way we can
Come on just listen to this man sing:

Let me go I need to run I’ll wear my smile just like a gun It’s all I need for protection

This is the only cure for the broken-hearted
To smile through the pain before it gets you started,
So if I can give you some advice, stop the analyzing,
Start writing, creating, dating, debating, hating, anything but waiting,
You know this is not the way to go,
You stay up late and you watch too many tv shows,
You smoke too many joints and you lie about it all the time,
It makes you numb but you call it high

Now you can hide being high, but you’re still feeling low
It’s easy to deny though it’s hard to let go
I think it’s time to confess and admit your loneliness
Get out of your house and just release the stress,
There’s no need to panic, there is still a life ahead
It makes me think of funny things that my mother said
“It hurts when you hit yourself, so don’t do that”
Simple words can gain meaning when you are looking back
But now we move forward (and you should)
Now we move forward (I’m telling you)
Now we move forward (I’m like a preacher)
We move forward (into the future)

Let me go I need to run I’ll wear my smile just like a gun It’s all I need for protection

Words are flying through your head,
You’re denying you made mistakes, like we all do
I’m your witness, I support you.

When you are on the verge of madness
And you are getting lost in sadness
Remember that today you can begin
To take a walk outside and hear the birds sing.
Track Name: Crushed
I’m crushed
Like the letter in your mailbox
Like a crayon between laptops
Like a 19th century Romantic between Nihilists.
Track Name: Horizon
You don't want to get up now, you heard it all before and you think it's enough now
You're fed up with the goals that you try to live up to
If that's what you say, that's what you do
So you made the choice to live in seclusion
Love and friendship: it's all an illusion, right?
Why don't you take your fucking car tonight, drive off into the sunset,
The bright light,
You could see a new horizon,
Maybe you could re-realize that you just need a fresh start again

Don't let your shame determine what you do
Just shake it off and feel renewed
Don't let your shame determine what you say
Words don't matter anyway

Fold your hands like a bird and make 'em fly,
the only thing you aim for is to feel your wings in the sky
You fly through the clouds at night, below you see the city and its red city lights
You see every street you know so well,
Though from up here it's pretty vague and their names are hard to tell
Oh well, you pass the city and you reach the sea,
Is this the end of a journey or the start of a dream?
You could see a new horizon,
Maybe you could re-realize that you just need a fresh start again

Don't let your shame determine what you do
Just shake it off and feel renewed
Don't let your shame determine what you say
Words don't matter anyway.
Track Name: Word Chaser
You see my cat right here, he loves to chase birds
I’m not a killer though, I prefer to chase words
In my dreams they got masks made of skin and bone,
There are a million of them while I stand alone
Together they form a language like humanity
different gazes, different races, close to insanity
They keep on running away, while I’m trying to find
The right words to say, to express the need that I feel today,
To catch the freedom I need to breathe
Cause it’s suffocating

Breathe gently through the night.
Track Name: Ready
You say this country's not ready but maybe you're not

In this state of indecisiveness
I've spent the most of my days fearing fake conflicts:
A solution right here in the palm of my hand
The problem on its way on a flight to Japan
Cause he can, as of a matter of fact he's just a concept
A fragment of my imagination
Some people call it a manifestation of my individuality
Others say it's nothing more than vanity

You say this country's not ready but maybe you're not

I wrote some words with silver underlining
Because everything sells better when it's shining
I did my best to hide away the meaning
Because I read that writing is conceiling what you are,
As a matter of fact it's just to reflect,
A mirror of my imagination
Some people call it a manifestation of my individuality
Others say it's nothing more than vanity.
Track Name: Countdown
We’re toasting to the memories
Our hearts are on display
We can’t believe it took so long
Some things will never change

It doesn’t matter what you did
How long you went away
Today we are a family
Regardless yesterday

Our friends around the table scream
Of politics and crime
In the midst of all the dissonance
We share a little smile

Discussions buzzing through the room
We love to disagree
Have you ever seen a raging fit
In perfect harmony?

Four walls, three nights, two hearts will unite.
Track Name: What Boys Fear
I'm getting sick of all my old metaphors
Everything I said got lost in the noise
Is that all that remains of me?

I became what I feared I would be
Middle-aged, grey-clothed and worn
Like the old wedding gown in your mother's top drawer
I'm quite out of date, out of style

I'm getting sick of all my old metaphors
Everything I said got lost in the noise
Is that all that remains of me?

Nothing but a melody, a fleeting glimpse in time.
Track Name: The Sewers
You opened up the sewers and let the dirt come out
You slowly filled our house with a smell that chokes everything around

Hail honesty
That’s what you teach
Hail honesty
Go on and preach

Now these streets are full of rumours, they spread like a disease
You slowly killed all humour in the name of honesty

Hail honesty
That’s what you teach
Hail honesty
Go on and preach

You say you fight for freedom to say just what you please
While the fear that you created is growing in the grease.
Track Name: Flame
You're stuck again in your mother's house
With too much time on your hands
I can't wait till I can touch your skin when you're home again

Now you are bored to death, when in the meanwhile
There is a war outside your door
Tanks are rolling through the street
Where we used to walk, always hand in hand
I'm worried, I am your man

And nothing happens here, it just gets colder
There is no story to be told
I am saving all my warmth
Until the day that you will return
Don't worry, the flame will burn.
Track Name: Recover, Uncover, Discover
Maybe you are able to face it, but that does not mean you're ready for it
Baby, take it easy, you may need time to get back to the everyday life

Soon you'll know you have to let go and open up
A bird should fly, a flower bloom, a star should shine

The infant crawls, the old man waits
The grown-up runs, he's always late
Until his body tells him to stop.