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Thin Red Lines
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in the hollow of the night
you follow my every footstep
to uncover all my lies
ignore the warning light

the tower is locked
I shed a trail of hair
strands of thin red lines
in the sand in the morning

(I've always been in love with you)
(the lines connect us all)
(I am everything you want me to)
(in thin red lines on your wrists and your bed)

but you know I'm not real
I'm not real - I'm a rainbow
oh you know I'm not real
I'm not real - I'm mist and sea

oh you know I'm not real
I'm not real - I am a cloud
oh you know I'm not real
I'm not real - I'm just a dream

you control the dark
that shrouds my every footstep
to disguise all the sparks
conjured from your heart

the tower is locked
the trail to my lair
lies in thin red lines
in your table top in the morning
(Mara, watch out)

but you know I'm not real
I'm not real - I'm a rainbow
(there is something in there)
oh you know I'm not real
I'm not real - I am a spree

you know I'm not real
I'm not real - a white canvas
oh you know I'm not real
I'm not real - I'm just a dream

through every seam
I am unreal
I am but a dream
and you're everything I feel

but you know I'm not real
I'm not real - I'm a rainbow
you know I'm not real
I'm not real - I am a breeze

you know I'm not real
I'm not real - I'm a mirage
oh you know I'm not real
I'm not real - I'm just a dream

(ingredients: a clarinet, an accordion, humming choir vocals, tudu vocals, an accidental heartbeat sample, whispers, Mr. Hauksson's voice chat warning sample, a lead vocal, a good microphone.)

Once upon a time, on a rainy day, I found an ancient sound editing program (audition 1) hidden on my big old granny computer. I have no idea where it came from, for I had definitely not added it, but it must have been hanging out there for quite some years already.

The program is so old that it doesn't allow much more than simple editing. However, I found that this limitation - with it's modest toys - provided a large playground and endless imagination (while having too many and too detailed toys to play with usually kills all the fun).

Playing around with it, I recorded a voice - with the microphone of my headset - that demanded a choir. So, having no other singers around, I recorded some more. The choir came to live and demanded other instruments.

But I only had two instruments laying around, a clarinet and a guitar. The clarinet I hadn't played for a long time, I never quite mastered playing the guitar and, despite my efforts, I did not find any musicians hidden in any of the cupboards.

For recording, I was stuck to my little bedroom (the wires of the headset are rather short and my old granny computer found unmovable), so I went hamstering about the house and dragged whatever objects that could produce some kind of sound back into the bedroom and then waited for them to tell me what they wanted to do (very rarely I used a sample, found in the webs somewhere or recorded with my mobile phone).

While the words and melodies poured out of my fingers, mouth, nose and ears, I couldn't get myself to stop. I didn't sleep, I didn't eat, the time passed without a glance in the mirror or on the clock.

Practically every night, one could find me imitating percussion, trumpets and singing saws and banging about on household equipment with ...other household equipment (you can view the ingredients below the lyrics of each song), while sitting in my little bedroom, between the pillows.

After a few songs and a few weeks living like that, my cat was fed up by the neglect and resolved to confront me, making me realise that it's actually quite neccessary to eat, sleep and moreover, wash myself (as well as the pillows).

So these days, I put some effort in taking care of the household again. The pillows get their fresh cover on regular basis and I make sure to spend a lot of quality time with my cat. But, occasionally I return to wander the roads of midnight madness to make more music.

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