The Skin Of Peaches

(c) All songs written by Smartin Winner.
Recorded along the river Spree.
Willi Ehms Records, 2020.

These songs are not in the book.

i’m not afraid

your skin
your breath
i‘m not afraid

i don‘t need to wait until you‘re dry
whatever pours down from the sky
whatever crawls up from the deep
i don‘t need
i don‘t need
to wait

your hand
your lips
i‘m not afraid

i don‘t need to wait until you‘re dry
whatever pours down from the sky
whatever crawls up from the deep
i don‘t need
i don‘t need
to wait

i‘m not afraid

one thing that‘s guaranteed
within my love
you‘re never quarantined

i don‘t need to wait until you‘re dry
whatever pours down from the sky
whatever crawls up from the deep
i don‘t need
i don‘t need
to wait

i‘m not afraid

what happened in the park

what happened at the hardware store
we shared an escalator kiss
hiding from the clerk
we were walking on our tiptoes
you taught me how to jump

we lay down at the river shore
shared moments of pure bliss
what happened in the park
no one is supposed to know
it got us over the hump

our fingers doing all the talking
one knuckle after the other
micro expressions, love confessions
asking for nothing
born from compassion

we whispered, kept our eyes closed
so nobody would find us
call it obsession, call it regression
it‘s just ice cream
this is no CBT session

we lay down at the river shore
shared moments of pure bliss
what happened in the park
no one is supposed to know
it got us over the hump

underwater

it‘s heavy underwater
fish around her toes

it‘s raining underwater
cold drops on her skin

she’s crying underwater
blue grit in her eyes

she‘s laughing underwater
salt beneath her lips

she‘s dancing underwater
sunlight on her soles

it‘s steaming underwater
sweat beads on her brow

she‘s breathing underwater
gravel on her tongue

it‘s quiet underwater

there’s a smile underwater
sand between her teeth

why oh why
why oh why
why oh why
why oh why

every time a seahorse and a jellyfish kiss
a light goes on underwater

already falling apart

she scribbled our names
drew around the shape of a heart
it was too late
i was already falling apart

already falling
already falling
already falling apart

disintegrated, fragmented, dissolved
desperate, raddled, frantic, distraught
love makes you whole
love fills the holes

but it was too late
i was already falling apart

already falling
already falling
already falling apart

already falling
already falling
already falling apart

12 bar room blues

you can’t bar me from drinkin
i’m in a 12 bar mood
you can‘t bar me from drinkin
i’m in a 12 bar mood
you can‘t bar me from drinkin
i’m in a 12 bar room mood today

i’m not talking bout a chocolate bar
gold bar, horizontal bar, johnson bar or crow bar
bumper bar, censor bar, sash bar
t-bar or scroll bar, power bar, and no, no bar of soap

you can’t bar me from drinkin
i’m in a 12 bar mood
you can‘t bar me from drinkin
i’m in a 12 bar mood
you can‘t bar me from drinkin
i’m in a 12 bar room mood today

i’m talking bout a rooftop bar
pool bar, cocktail bar, beer bar and wine bar
beach bar, biker bar, dive bar
mini and dance bar, hotel bar, and yes, a bar to smoke

you can’t bar me from drinkin
i’m in a 12 bar mood
you can‘t bar me from drinkin
i’m in a 12 bar mood
you can‘t bar me from drinkin
i’m in a 12 bar room mood today

i’m setting the bar high today

you can’t bar me from drinkin
i’m in a 12 bar mood
you can‘t bar me from drinkin
i’m in a 12 bar mood
you can‘t bar me from drinkin
i’m in a 12 bar room mood today

mother never talked about girls

mother never talked about girls
all she said was that people tend to lie
people who dress up usually have something to hide
don’t hang out with folks who talk too loud
you’re never more than 6ft from a rat in a city
mother never talked about girls

mother never gave me advice
i fell for a colleague
laughing eyes, rosy cheeks
but at any sacrifice
mother had no advice

mother never talked about girls
all she said was that people tend to lie
people who dress up usually have something to hide
don’t hang out with folks who talk too loud
you’re never more than 6ft from a rat in a city
mother never talked about girls

mother never gave me advice
had a date with that girl
laughing eyes, wanton curls
but at any sacrifice
mother had no advice

trial and error
that‘s how i had to learn it
the way fools learn
the hard way

mother never talked about girls
all she said was that people tend to lie
people who dress up usually have something to hide
don’t hang out with folks who talk too loud
you’re never more than 6ft from a rat in a city
mother never talked about girls

the skin of peaches

let’s consider this life
a poorly executed rehearsal
a system error
it‘s nothing personal

everybody makes mistakes
the gods being no exception
then again they brought back jesus and elvis
so there‘s hope for us i guess

in our next life

i’ll join the rat pack
i‘ll join the highwaymen
you’ll join the dixie chicks
you’ll join the trio

we‘ll open in venice
the road goes on forever
wide open spaces
do i ever cross your mind

we‘ll have fun fun fun fun fun at the beach
we‘ll shout yeah yeah yeah yeah impeach him
we‘ll have the wisdom of teachers
and the skin of peaches

in our next life
we‘ll make it alright
so why not get a little taste of it tonight

life makes sense

moonshine
at sunset
corn aches
for breakfast

life makes sense
every night‘s a reason
for another day

workload
at clock in
wages
at clock out

life makes sense
every day‘s a reason
for another night

hopes
at first sight
doubts
for ever

life makes sense
every life‘s a reason
for another death

life makes sense
every death‘s a reason
for another love

life makes sense

that‘s how young she is

she never owned a watch
she believes in love
she‘s not afraid of dying
that’s how young she is

she‘s neither red nor blue
she likes holding hands
she never needs a whiskey
that‘s how young she is

that‘s how young she is
how beautiful
that‘s how young she is
i‘ll take care of you
i‘ll keep an eye on you
i‘ll look after you
how young you are
how beautiful