Far From Arcadia

by Clemm

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released September 1, 2009

All words by Willem Janssen.
All songs written by Willem Janssen, except "Clay puppets", "First impressions" and "Repetitive movements" by Janssen/Van Nuenen.
Mixed and mastered by Martijn Groeneveld & Clemm at the Mailmen Studio.
Live drums recorded at the Mailmen studio.
All other instruments recorded in various livingrooms and bedrooms. Vocals recorded by Willem at his home in Amsterdam.
"Zoom in" contains a fragment from the poem "Mundo grande" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade which is read by Carla Pontes.
Guitars and backing vocals by Tom van Nuenen. Live drums by Maarten Diesfeldt. Trumpet by Milan Mes. Backing vocals on "Dressed in Water" and "First Impressions" by Carla Pontes. Cavaquinho and vocal percussion on "Abstraction" by Beto Guerra. Pandeiro on "Abstraction" by Pedro Risnei da Silva. Programming, lead vocals and all other instruments by Willem Janssen.

Artwork by Hypnoteis.
All songs (c) & (p) 2009 Clemm.
All rights reserved 2009.

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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: Zoom in
Let’s zoom in to a place
where all love has seemed to fade
we see a nice young lad
with a weight on his back
too heavy to carry
and hard to throw away
cause the aches they are a many
and the pills, they make them disappear

He’s not here
his body may walk on
but his mind has left the scene
he’s not here
you’re not here

Temporary solutions
may lead to disillusionment
and conclusions are not supposed to alienate
your emotions, they are your guidance in this world
without them he’s nothing but an empty boy

He’s not here
his body may walk on
but his mind has left the scene
he’s not here
you’re not here

Não, meu coração não é maior que o mundo.
É muito menor.
Nele não cabem nem as minhas dores.
Por isso gosto tanto de me contar.
Por isso me dispo,
por isso me grito,
por isso frequento os jornais, me exponho 
cruamente nas livrarias: preciso de todos.
Track Name: Abstraction
You know me as that subtle man
well, that’s not all I can be
do what I want
dance if I like, curse if I have to
It’s time to do this by myself
well, it’s alright, I need no help
these demons are my own
I’ll take them wherever I may roam.
It’s time for somethin’
Time for somethin’ different
It’s like a diagram of wars
a puzzle of human history
we’ll never decipher the reasons
no reasons will please us
but once we’re in the midst of it
no logic seems apt to survive
we base our decisions on
coincidence, fate, love or whatever
ABSTRACTION
ABSTRACTION or whatever.
Track Name: Cars
If we stop too long we start to rust
like cars like cars
we are forced to move on
we can't afford to linger on
like cars like cars.
Track Name: Mix it up
Sure, you are entitled to make a judgement upon a face
every feature has its reason in your philosophy
that might be too big a word for your vocabulary
if this goes on, this will be the last you see of me.

Mix it up mix it up make the hatred stop

Before I get all '60s on you, you have to know
that knowledge is a misplaced concept, you learn what you want to hear
that is why i don't believe in making people change
cause in the end they do prefer to listen to their fears

Mix it up mix it up make the hatred stop
Mix it up mix it up

These borders are made to cross now.
Track Name: Clay puppets
We're built from clay, just heat us up and you can shape us
in the wrong hands we will think that they might break us
We learned from youth how to construct our home-made cages
Laws are designed to protect us against our neighbours

All I ask is forgiveness,
that's all I want to hear from you
once you're ready
All I ask is forgiveness,
that's all I want to hear from you
once you're ready to

These neon lights are oh so bright they make us forget
that you control our every move in every aspect
Like children do, we thought that you could not be lying
now it turns out that the shy truth is often hiding.
Track Name: Dressed in water
Making love all day long is all we do
whether we talk or not we dive into
each other's words, each other's arms,
the world looks blue
bright and covered with a charm
centred around me and you.

We won't forget our past, no we don't have to
scars will fade but last like we always knew
We are allowed to not feel ashamed
when we are sincere
it's time to let it go
our lives are one, now and here.
Track Name: First impressions
It's easy to curse at you
but i know that I am responsible for every thing i do
I will hold on to the thought
that beauty is in the struggle, not the reaching of a goal

(chorus)
My first guess was that the first impression lasts forever
imprinted on the minds of those who think that you will never..
succeed in what you believe
When do you succeed in what you believe?

Dreams are not meant to come true
and when they do they tend to leave you there, hopelessly satisfied
Even if you'd reach what you like,
is it more than a drop of right in a river of wrong?

(chorus)

(outro)
We'll swim upstream / in a river of wrong / we all swim upstream.
Track Name: Circumstance
Is there ever any reason for what we become
Is it circumstance we're counting on?

Your mirror has broken, your face still the same
your heart is forsaken, the beating remains
you've chosen for silence, your life rearranged
your friends far away

Is there ever any reason for what we become
Is it circumstance we're counting on?
Track Name: Repetitive movements
Repetitive movements give solace to the mind

Don’t be afraid to waste a day
In the end we will all fade away

Into the endless nothing
We will find our way back home
Into the endless nothing
All trouble will be gone.
Track Name: Foot on the brakes
Have you ever realised how you influence a child?
don't underestimate, they can read between the lines
you can fool them with your words or comforting smiles
no kiss on the cheek can prevent them to see.

I think my fears might stem from you
all my life i've been watching what you do
...you've been living with your foot on the brakes
cause one mistake is all that it takes

You lock your door, you lock your heart
you lock your car, you think it smart
to keep the wild wind from blowing in
prevent the madness from touching skin

Just like a flower that never fully bloomed
you never opened up, you never even danced
no, you didn't want to give it a chance
because you might not control yourself

I think my fears might stem from you
all my life i've been watching what you do
...I've been living with my foot on the brakes
cause one mistake is all that it takes

You told me last night you had a dream
we were dancing with the whole family
Even the ones we never see no more
were laughing like they never did before.
Track Name: Streetlights
There's a whole city between your skin and mine
i can touch the streetlights but will our love ever shine
as bright as it used to do?

Love and hope are equal in that they don't fade easily
my friends tell me to move on but i don't think they can see
what love has done to me

I feel like a stalker who's too afraid to leave his room
too conscious of his actions, so he'd rather be at home
where he bothers noone but himself.

There's a whole city between your skin and mine
i can touch the streetlights but will our love ever shine
as bright as it used to do?