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A Fault in This Machine

Feed the flesh of the face
Drink the light before it’s gone
Oh but I like these rules
They have suited me just fine
The good side
Board a plane to Ho Chi Min
Count the days until I can
Make something worthwhile again
Haven’t found a place for all
The faces from the last song
The moon has grown a dozen times since then

And who are you in someone else’s land?
They danced children in front of my cold hand
I can’t remember the last time
I cried over pain that wasn’t mine

Weak Knees

I’m bored, let’s breed, seriously
This cardy’s a pullover
Concede and lay bets on concessions ahead
Golden days of sunsets and weak knees

But don’t listen to the voice inside your head
And don’t listen to the ghosts under your bed
We’re all sleeping on graves 
On bones and nitrates
We’re all waiting for someone
To fill the days


I woke into confusion about when
Timelines stretching out and back again
And I couldn’t know just when it was I’d woke into
Were years ahead or had they gone and left us with weak knees?

But don’t listen to the voice inside your head
And don’t listen to the ghosts under your bed
We’re all sleeping on graves 
On bones and nitrates
We’re all waiting for someone
To fill the days

I’ll fold my hand, call it a day, bow out
And lay my head down for the night
At least I’ve got you, my love
You always make the bitter a bit bittersweet

Earth and Mire

Take my peace
Take it all and keep it
Use it when you need it
I’d give it if I could
Let it chase away
The things that dark your days
And let the sad in
I hear your faith deflate beneath
Heavy things that mean nothing
Just close your ears and turn away
Everything will burn one day

When the sun hits the sky
Like a gun in a knife fight
When the world comes alive
Like magnesium on fire
Wait for me, wait for me
Breathe out and breathe back in
Wait for me, wait for me
Good things are coming

Sorry for the words
It was winter when they grew nails
In a ton of rooms
Stacked on other rooms for days
Night creeping in at 4pm
First today then tomorrow again
Well it gets so old it’s true
And we’re getting tired, I feel it too.
Let’s burn everything

When the sun hits the sky
Like a gun in a knife fight
When the world comes alive
Like magnesium on fire
Wait for me, wait for me
Breathe out and breathe back in
Wait for me, wait for me
Good things are coming

Rain Rain

Rain rain, rain rain
Don’t go away
Rain rain, rain rain
These hills are yours, my bed, my safe
Beat the roof overhead
The toil of my father’s sweat
Lull me into child’s sleep
To dream of things I don’t know yet

Rain rain, rain rain
Don’t go away
Rain rain, rain rain
These streets are yours, my breath, my grave
Fill the air around alone
And wash away what’s said and done
Take me to the sea
And cleanse my soul of the dust of the the city

Slip Away

Close your weary eyes and shut your mind
Let the things that used to drive your days
Float out into the night
Visit other places, other times
Let yourself seep through the skin 
That you’ve been stuck in all your life
We won’t survive death from the sky
God save our souls
God give us light


Was it everything that you were expecting?
Did you get to be some your dreams?
Release all your fear
Nothing matters now that we are here.
Slip away, slip away my darling
God save our souls, God save our souls
God give us light, God give us light


One final breath for everything
A final bow, a curtain call
Dropped the ball but we played the game
Hurts so bad, just hold my hand
One last touch, you’re everything
We shared a life now slip away with me
And a love for the world

When Girls Read Vampire Novels

Hold your head up
The light is fading
And all the heat is rising
Can you feel it coming?

When the city hauls its bones
Into the night’s shadows
And dark mingles with heat
Like old friends telling old stories
Watching the sweat on my skin
Beading slow, a fault in this machine

Well it could be the 40 ounce I downed
But it feels like now is being played out by someone else
Shooting blanks into a barrel
Throwing dice across the table
There’s gold rings on your fingers
And serpents in your eyes

I recommend you spend an evening
Just pretending to be watering
All the fake plants in the building
While you’re waiting for that that something
That’s too late, it’s far too late
We’ve faked all there is to fake
With pointed tooth and painted faith
We’ve built cathedrals out of paper planes

Hold your hands up
Can you see the days delineate?
Lines for the times
You’ve failed
If the devil drinks alone I’ll be drinking for one
Watching the sweat on my skin
Beading slow, a fault in this machine

Well it could be the 40 ounce I downed
But it feels like now is being played out by someone else
Treading water at the border
Of sleep and disorder
There’s glass all in your fingers
And blood all down your thighs

I recommend you spend an evening
Just pretending to be watering
All the fake plants in the building
While you’re waiting for that something
That’s too late, it’s far too late
We’ve faked all there is to fake
With pointed tooth and painted faith
Just line up and buy a ticket for that train

Early Train

I’ve been a long way down
Into the shale and back again
My friend, I’ve fallen
But you’re the whole way down
You’ll never see the light again
You’re packed and waiting
To take the early train

Wait a day
The sun will come again
And warm the land
Wait a day
Oh what a feeling, a warm hand
You’ll want to feel this again
And miss the early train

Memory

Memory sneaking out the back door
I’ll gently smash bottles into your skull
Let it be, let hours drip from the walls
Let them pool on the floor, let them see what I saw
I got it all wrong

Tell me it’s ok
To measure things by what could have been
Time is crashing cracking
It’ll break us all to pieces, I can feel it
Rushing away

Memory sleeping by the back door
I’ll gently hold what I have left of you all
Collect and keep the hours that drip from the walls
Who dares to waste one when we’re always stuck in this particular one
Memory

These Days

Just smile your smile
And say the things that you say
All I want, all I need
Is to be around you these days

Hide away
Just you and me, the things we’ve saved
We’ll lock the doors
Just these four walls and cyberspace
We’ll assimilate
Absorb each other till we’re just
A single face

So smile your smile
And say the things that you say
All I want, all I need
Is to be around you these days
You’re all I need these days

Dropping Like Flies

They’re dropping like flies, flying like knives,
cutting like words from sticky mouths
They’re sliding like eyes, wiping their hands,
stroking the fear up your spine
Go. Go wide, go long.
Torch everything

They’re on the fence, ducks in a row,
cats bagged up ready to watch the show
With fuel on the fire it’s anyone’s call,
everyone’s blind eye turned to deaf walls

Flames up the curtains, treacle down the windows
Smoke out the vermin, sticky their fingers
Saying your goodbyes
Sweet mouths on fire

A Belly Full

And we’ll wait, baited breath, baiting lines
Breathing in tongues and jumping to respond
Hook, lies and sinker
Just sink in and
I see the moon has pulled your face out of shape
A debt I’ll never collect

But what to do with all the faces when you give up
And all the things you’ve tasted are etched in your face
Writing lines under your eyes
Just line up and
I see the moon has pulled your face out of shape
A debt I’ll never collect

Throwing matches at the sky just to call in the fire
A belly full, a belly full
Turning sluggishly through time, molecules packed in tight
Multiply, multiply
Lay your mind down to sleep, leave it there buried deep
You won’t need it when you wake
Lift your head to the sky, just relax you’ll be fine
There won’t ever be a first time again.

I Will Never

I will never find my love
There is none
Save none
Days take you further
Lift your head towards the rafters
No savior in the ceiling kicking chairs out

I will never meet my maker
There is none
Save none
Days take you further
Duck your head under the water
No savior in the bathtub holding heads down

The Accomplice

Close your eyes and fall
I won’t do you no harm
Pull the layers away from your ribcage
I’ll reciprocate
Hold my breath and sink
Hold my soul, hold my sins
Hold everything

The best that I’ve ever had
The sun goes down behind you
The best that I’ll ever have
The world whirls around you

Just close your eyes, take it on faith
Let everything else drop away

The best that I’ve ever had
The sun goes down behind you
The best that I’ll ever have
The world whirls around you

Of Memory

They’re dropping like flies
Hold on
Hold on what’s left
Lest we forget
Should memory leave you nameless
I pray I’ll always see your faces
Can you feel them slipping away?

Knees Are Clean

I see red through the trees, don’t know yet what it means to me
Day’s end has come again, I’m no closer to anything
Can you feel time chasing down the days?
Tearing down the leaves, tearing up your face?
All these things that just won’t wait
Let the rain wash them all away

A whiskey for your thoughts
Knees are clean but dirty is my soul

What can you say when there is nothing left to say?
I stood on the street with this smile on my face
Sweep it under the rug, throw it out the door
Turn a blind eye, turn your back on it all
Swallow it down dust and all
Hide years of lost in people and their talk

Wash them away
A whiskey for your thoughts
Chasing down the days
Knees are clean but dirty is my soul

Bumps

Sink or swim
Or just float on in
Bruise your lips
On bumps and slips
If you could see my brain
You’d never look me in the face again

Strange this face
This shell I’ve been placed
It’s wearing thin
From bumps and slips
If you could see my brain
You’d never look me in the face again

Oh how the world blurs
Oh how it stumbles and slurs
I don’t care what you say
I won’t keep this memory

Bones don’t heal so fast after bumps and slips

And I Wait

Snow covers everything, white the streets
And it’s buried the whole world on me
And you are so far away
And that may never change
Even when the sun returns to take its turn
And turns the snow to rain

But I wait patiently
I wait for hope to turn to real
And I wait so patiently
I wait for you to come to me

Days darken quick, nights stretch and extend
An empty bed and empty heart mean empty everything
And you are so far away
And that may never change
Even when the sun returns to take its turn
And lights the streets again

But I wait patiently
I wait for hope to turn to real
And I wait so patiently
I wait for you to come to me

The earth makes oceans and seas
And miles and miles and miles
And we make borders and rules
And hours and hours and hours

But I wait patiently
I wait for hope to turn to real
And I wait so patiently
I wait for you to come to me

Waste Away

Feel the cold seep from the walls
It settles down upon your soul
A daze of days and saving face
Tethered in a cheerless place

You’ll never have this time again
So waste away with me my friends
Cos I know and I know and I know and I know
That we’re all out of it anyway

Feel the world around you turn
It’s breathing in and out and on and on
Slowing down, sober now
Settle in for the long haul

You’ll never have this time again
So waste away with me my friends
Cos I know and I know and I know and I know
That we’re all out of it anyway

The aching of bones and the smell of decay
Wrap up warm or you’ll never wake
What’s done is done and we’re done with the day
Let’s hope when we wake it won’t be in this place

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