Vienna You White Moon

by Ian Fisher

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Dear Vienna,
I am watching your streets tonight. Your dying leaves were my blanket as I followed your old sun sinking into the 19th. I said goodnight to you, but lay there awake and alone with wine stained teeth. So with your eyes closed and my feet light I searched for you or what I thought could be myself on bricks scarred by tourists and horse shoes then down a spider web of tar on asphalt echoing with faceless whispers and the prerecorded grind of trolley tracks. In looking for light I watched the Insel be trapped by a moat of empty plastic cups wading in water reflecting a one eyed man staring down from the attic of the Goethehof. My eyes were also down to cold feet on gravel grey streets reflecting the moon dressed in rain as I zigged round the faded bronze bricks of the 2nd and zagged round the deals made beneath the bridge over Flex. Slowly that one eyed bygone emperor went blind in the mill and a blue-eyed sun came from what I thought was the south to lay heavy on the Wagner-Iron-Green hoods hiding out behind the shacks of the Brunnenmarkt and on the perpetual crutches of the Mariahilfstrasse. A handful of people woke up in a cafe to read about that sunrise on an old wooden pole, but they could not see their reflections in the frothed milk and I, where was I? I can't recall now, but I think I was a little too drunk to see my own in that little glass of water on scratched tin while my cigarette ashes rolled like tumble weeds across marble tables for two and a bowtided bald man closed the windows though the winter still danced through the thick dark curtains on the door. All I know is that I was held and holding you as you slept, I was alone as it rained out side, and I tried to kiss you but you didn't wake up. Have you forgot how? Have I forgot how? I am looking you in the eyes. If you opened them could I keep looking? I am trying to kiss you. Wake up. Wake up.

Vienna 2009
Ian Fisher

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released August 18, 2009

Stefan Deisenberger - piano & synth
Amanda Kofron - backing vocals
Raimund Seidl - cello
Daniel Grailach - head engineer
Maro Baveli - engineer
Ben Majchrzak - engineer
Thaddäus Stockert - artwork
Ian Fisher - guitar & vocal

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Ian Fisher Berlin, Germany

A prolific songwriter and touring musician, raised on a farm in the US, living in Europe, with over 1000 songs and just as many concerts behind him.

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Track Name: Seeing Is
Soft spoken shy and sweet, seemingly
Helplessly aimless
Awkward in speech, you seem to be
Helplessly acting

Say C'est la vie one more time for me
And I won't believe anything

Love you love me, speechfully
Mumbling distractions
Seeing is believing, confusing everything

Say C'est la vie one more time for me
And I won't believe anything

Seeing is believing
Track Name: Unmarked Graves
You can't buy your way out of the next revolution
And everything you buy enslaves you
Though you bought your way out of the last revolution
Now all that you do kills you

I'll paint you in a fitting fitting shade
With a tie-dye round your neck
And watch the colors slowly fade
Out of your head

What will you do when all that you knew is through
And imploding in your face
The first will be last and the last will be first you'll learn
That all you are now will burn

You can't buy your way out of the next revolution
And nearly everyone you pay is against you
Though you though there would be no more revolutions
You never saw what this world would come to

Though you want it you can't have anything
You let the market give everything
And all your want did was consume everything
Now all you bought is rotting
In unmarked graves
Track Name: Vienna You White Moon
You're a white moon Vienna
I thought I'd tell you the truth
You're an old lie Vienna
I thought I'd tell you, but you already know the truth

With all your flags fading read and my old home now dead
And how you fell in its stead
But it's just the thought of you, just the truth of it

You're a white lie Vienna
I thought I'd tell you that at night I pray for you
You're an old moon Vienna
You're starry-eyed Vienna, but I love you Vienna I do

With all your flags fading read and my old home now dead
And how you fell in its stead
But it's just the thought of you, just the truth of it
Track Name: To Hold Me
Another night of thinking about noone at all
With empty arms I'll write another song
Singing about all the things I want
And making it worse to think of what I have not

I don't mean to sound naïve or searching for sympathy
But there must be somebody to hold me

Another day of searching with blind eyes
With empty maps I'll feel to find
A way to pacify
The pain I've been trying so hard to hide

I don't mean to bitch, but I've had enough of this
And there must be someone to kiss
I don't mean to sound naïve or searching for sympathy
But there must be somebody to hold me
Track Name: Summer Hair
Warm wet summer air, driving through the corn fields where
I learned to run my fingers through
Your soft summer hair, blowing everywhere
In my view and I could not see through
To the road ahead with all its twists and turns and bends
With no maps to guide me through
To who I am now, love's cynical clown
With a smile painted frown
Lonely in the corner with red win and memories

Painting the past in pretty pretty colors
Knowing nothing will last, no never ever ever
Will I be so naïve
To love anybody

The first love has the worst of all falls all falls
And the first fall built up my callused heart my callused love
Track Name: Paperbag
As soft as a candle I blow and sway
All of the shadow and stretch the lines of your face
Woman with the two cigarettes in your mouth
"One for me one for you" you spout
And somewhere in the smoke and small words
I see everything and worse

Wrap yourself in a paperbag and hand yourself to me
And from then on, and from then on we'll see
I am young and I am lost at sea
And drowning in nothing

Paint myself in the color red
And pose and pose for the camera
With visions in my head
Of the things I'll never have

Wrap yourself in a paperbag and hand your ashes down to me
And from then on, and from then on we'll be
Young and lost at sea
But drowning in nothing
Track Name: I Will Break You
All I wanted to do was touch you
From the moment I saw you I knew you wanted me to
In the way you avoided my eyes and my nothings that made you smile
I knew that it was true you wanted me to

I don't know you at all, but yet I've gotten myself into this
I guess it was more of a jump then a fall
Now I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that love with come after the kiss
But knowing it will probably lead to this

I will break you down
I will break you down
I will break you down
I will break you

All you wanted was for someone to love you
At the moment I looked as if I would do
From the way I made you smile you thought you could deny
That I would break you

You don't know me at all, but yet we've gotten ourselves into this
To me it seemed like a jump not a fall
Now I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that love will follow the kiss
But knowing it'll probably lead to this

I will break you down
I will break you down
I will break you down
I will break you
Track Name: Manmade Mountains
I was an older man when I was younger than you
I almost forgot about all of the shit that you do
To yourself and noone else
In the dark where noone can tell
To make you a better man
Yet you don't understand
You just believe what you're told
Buy what you're sold
Try to fit into the mold
And break yourself on manmade mountains
Track Name: Are You There?
It's a full moon tonight and I'm sure someone's howling at it somewhere
I turned out the lights, but my windows seem shadeless
My eyelids are filling with things I've heard, but not seen
Now I'm filling my head with you with me in that scene

I stared till I was blind
Trying to find
A reason why
I can't find

You there
Are you there?
Are you there?
Are you?

Cursing myself for being alone
Forcing myself into molds I've been shown
Started to believe that love had fairytale endings
Now I'm starting to believe that love is mostly pretending

I stared and now I'm blind
Stopped trying to find
A reason why
I won't find

You there
Are you there?
Are you there?
Are you?
Track Name: Broken Tongue
I'll dance for you if you want me to
Do all the things I wouldn't do without you
And I'll forget the names of all who went and came
Before you

All I'm trying to say in this broken tongue in my broken tongue is
You came at the right time at the right time
I was writing on pages unbound
Now if I bind them to you
I'm bound to read you some how
Some how

I guess all I'm trying to say in this broken tongue in my broken tongue is
You came at the right time at the right time
Track Name: Cream Plastic Dream
Selling off myself I'm gonna move off to the suburbs
To a cream colored house and a wife
Find a steady job just like all who went before me
A predictable and prepaid life

Hi-ho hi-ho it's off to work we go
Oh hi-ho hi-ho it's off to work we go

I want a plastic dream machine
To make sense of everything
And rock me to sleep
And pacify me

Hi-ho hi-ho it's off to work we go
Oh hi-ho hi-ho it's off to work we go

Feed me who I am
As seen on TV the average American

Rain is falling
The water's at my feet
No need for running
It's never gonna get to me

Hi-ho hi-ho How high will this water go?
Oh hi-ho hi-ho High

I'm gonna kill myself out on an island in the suburbs
A top a cream plastic dream machine
The first story'll flood while the second will burn
And that's my closing scene
Track Name: Shoes Thrown Through the Air
The sound of shoes thrown through the air
The ricochet and funerals there
Are things that I will never share
With You
The taste of metal, smell of blood
The feel of sweet and knowledge of
The fact that all your life once was
Is now what it is not
A tattooed name on your left arm
Of a woman you knew before the war
Who gave you love and kid or more
That you may never see again
I do not know your name
I do not feel your pain
But I do feel ashamed to know that

You may think your dying for me
Track Name: VIE
On a bus riding to the other side of town
Seems like years I've been stuck here in this town
Hear the engines purring to take me away
Thinking of reasons why I can't stay

Down in the big VIE
Vienna I must leave
There's a plane that waits for me
Down in the big VIE

Cold but it's just a feeling I catch myself feeling when
I'm alone
Home but it's just a place I catch myself wishing for
Sometime

Down in the big VIE
Vienna I must leave
There's a plane that waits for me
Down in the big VIE