Consider the Lilies

by Clemm

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released May 20, 2007

Produced by Willem Janssen & Sven Hamerpagt.
Mixed and mastered by Sven Hamerpagt & Willem Janssen at Sonic Samurai.
Lyrics by Willem Janssen, except for 'Rules & Regulations' by Warmenhoven, 'Two Kinds of Pain' by Jansen/Warmenhoven/Wichers, 'External/Eternal' by Janssen/Warmenhoven, 'Circus Street' by Janssen/Van den Boom and 'Gold' by Janssen/Fisher.

I'd like to thank the following people who helped me to create this album:
Guestvocalists - Robert Fisher (Willard Grant Conspiracy), Rosa Agostino (Red Ghost), Richard Neuberg (Viarosa), Lucky Fonz III, George van Wetering (Monokino), Jaap Warmenhoven (Hit Me TV), Mattijs van den Boom, Linda Klumpers.
Other musicians - Sven Hamerpagt (guitars), Linda Klumpers (violin), Milan Mes (trumpet), Walter Latupeirissa (bass), Franke van der Molen (soprano saxophone), David Dabekaussen (piano), Timo Hoogendoorn (children's organ).
It was a pleasure to work with each and everyone of you!

Artwork by Hypnoteis, based on an old flower book by W.E. Marshall.
All songs (c) & (p) 2007 Clemm
All rights reserved 2007.

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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: A Lily and a Frown
Clock ticks and I am running out,
I will have to leave this town..right now

I´ll take a lily and a frown
a broken heart, a candybar,
I cannot stand to see you drown
Even though I won´t be around

You used to hold me like no other
Now you´re gazing at the sky
I´ve become your foreign lover
I will wave my sad goodbye

Will you come with me tonight
Let us sail the seven seas
You know I can be your guide
I will wrap you up, my dear
Track Name: Rules & Regulations
You have this funny way about you
when you turn me down (do you only think you do?)
And I know where you live,
but I´m not allowed in so maybe that´s not even true

Our romance is a change in fact
from the rules and regulations that I've come to neglect, so without hesitation I will never want you back

You turn your head, you like me
Not to gaze or stare at you
I like that you´re not questioning my interest
There´s no words in the air
No boundaries to respect
No reason for this conversation not to last

It´s a change in fact
from the rules and regulations that I´ve come to neglect, so without hesitation I will never want you back

Our romance is a change in fact
from the rules and regulations that I´ve come to neglect, so without hesitation I will never want you back
Track Name: Two Kinds of Pain
There are two kinds of pain
Mine I can´t explain
The only thing I know
Is the day that it began
40 days ago
When I lost my mother´s mom
She sleeps when I´m awake
She´s too young to have a name

There are two kinds of pain
Pending post and planes
A simple plan failed
You both sat down in tears
Now she´s changing names
To never stay in place
I need you to be
Just as much as I´d like you to stay

(chorus)
And I´ll be the hand that keeps you warm
On this journey through your loss
These are heavy times indeed, but
You can carry on, you can carry on.
Track Name: Gold
Do you believe in miracles
All of mine have turned to stone
Do you believe in acts of kindness
Currency changes everything to gold

I guess you hear just what you´re told
Or do you believe all you touch is gold?

What´s gone is lost, there is no trade
A population as sad as rain
As wrong as it is, noone feels ashamed
The same license to kill is a license to blame

We seal our fate, we share our pain
With little to lose and nothing to gain
Track Name: Vulnerabelle
I can´t heal like you, it´s strange but true
Been stuck in this feeling for a while
I can´t heal like you, it´s sadly true
I´ll be stuck in this feeling for a lifetime without you.
Track Name: Lithography
This is the place where the ships sail by
One by one
This is where my father will die

This is the place where my mother has cried
Lonely tears
Till father came home to an empty house
She found her way

(chorus)
She flew away, flew away

Our history´s black but the traces will fade
One by one
We will find new lovers, find new friends
And watch the river flow

(chorus)
Watch the river flow, watch the river flow
Track Name: External/Eternal
Do you remember when we laid under a tree
Our minds connected, even our bodies would agree
We were too young to understand what this would mean
But wise enough to embrace such a charming scene
We stared at the branches hanging right above our heads
No need to stress, no need to get up on our feet
We sat there talking about what we would become
You said a swan, I thought maybe a musician

(chorus)
when you return from the other side of the world
will you recognize my honest eyes
or speak in solemn terms

Another time, another light, another place
Will you still belong to your memories, are they a part of your face
Oh I know how love is returned only to those who know
How to lose and to give all those times a place
There were days when I´d get up, not think of you even for a little while
There were nights when I felt I was travelling myself
And now a yellow sign says you´re showing up before your time
And as we touch the ground, I walk away

I´ve been longing for today
now you´re two footsteps away
I forgot the words I´d like to say
But this is what I feel
Track Name: Circus Street
Friday night we came to town
Bought some tickets from a clown
He said: I want you to come with me
He took us down to circus street
Lots of faces, friends to meet
He turned around and suddenly
He said:

"These are my hopes and these are my flaws
These are my highs and surely my lows
I give you my all in order to show
The one that you see is not who you know"

We stepped into a mini-van
There we met some mini-men
We shook their teeny tiny hands
They made us drink some strange blue wine
And put a cherry on a pie
They said: come on, let´s have a little dance

Dance, dance, dance

"These are my hopes and these are my flaws
These are my highs and surely my lows
I give you my all in order to show
The one that you see is not who you know"

It´s time to leave Circus Street
We started walking to the beat
Of the lady with the drum
Track Name: All I Know
I close my eyes and write it down
My feet are stompin´ on the ground
If freedom is inside of me
Why is it so hard to see?
I´m trying harder every day
To keep the negative away
Reasons are still the same
I´ll never win this crazy game

(chorus)
"Because all I can see is all I know I have"

Seasons come, reasons go
Friends for life till I say "no"
I live and learn and hope to grow
Try to see the beautiful
I know you want to put me down
Though I´m still safe and sound
You may touch my skinny me
You´ll never reach the heart, you see

I close my eyes and write it down
My feet are stompin´ on the ground
If freedom is inside of me
Why is it so hard to see?
I´m trying harder every day
To keep the negative away
But no matter what I say
Is just another shade of grey
Track Name: Such a Cliché
(chorus)
We are the stars in the sky...you and I

Chemistry is not a state of mind, you know, it´s nothing rational
It´s just there or it´s not, as simple as that
People are just thinking too much anyway
Don´t you believe we forgot about the most basic things in life, like... we were told how to eat and drink and stuff like that, they did tell us that, you know, but who told us how to love?

We stay up late, we´re all alone
We sit in front of the sacred stone
Blinded by its weary light
We forget everything right
We forget everything
And drag ourselves to bed.
Track Name: Change the Weather
Someone who is happy has feelings of pleasure
Someone who is happy has a happy life
Usually because of something nice
Something nice has happened

(chorus)
Change the weather

I´m sorry to say, but you will get hurt
It´s hard to believe, but you will get hurt
O how I hate to say this, but good friends go too
It´s hard to believe, but good friends go too

Change the weather