A Piece Of Bridge To The Head

by Rabbits on Trees

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A piece of bridge to the head. An album about unpromising hopes and desperate enthusiasm. 33 minutes and 15 seconds, divided by 10 songs. Great fun for the whole family. Welcome to the rabbits on trees.

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released August 30, 2019

"A Piece Of Bridge To The Head" was written, arranged, performed, recorded and mixed by Lukas Mattke. Guests, in order of appearance: Simon Barthel (drums), Marvin-John Halog (piano), Jackie Stohwasser (tape deck and guest vocals), Lisa Heuser (guest vocals) and Felix Huber (guest vocals). Artwork: Josua Rieber (Homesick Merch).

Special thanks to: Mami, Papi, Paul, Carla for being there. My friends for being there, including all the guest musicians mentioned above. Felix for his mixing ideas when all seemed to be lost and for letting Simon and me record drums in his student apartment. Josua at Homesick Merch for the artwork and everything. Thorsten Klages for the mandolin and for always getting me super excited about this whole troubadour thing. Alex and Marius of Differently Awake for the ukulele, it’s become a dear travel companion. Jackie for lending her concert guitar. Everyone who gave me feedback on the sound, everyone who had any kind words, keeping me going. You’re all THE BEST. Thanks to everyone listening to the album, especially, YOU. Hope you can find something for yourself in there.

Lukas Mattke, July 2019, Bonn

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Track Name: "Is Anybody Home?"
When I said “hello, is anybody home?”
I heard your voice/Saying “no she is not”
So I stood there, baffled
Staring at the nameplate, wondering
“Who the hell was that?”
I replied that somebody's gotta be home
Because I heard a voice
Saying that nobody's there
Sometimes my brain's just not capable of
Linking the hints that I've got
I'm just a silly old bear

This day will never end
Can’t make the best of it

I get confused when I'm alone, I start thinking
Too much
Then I don't really see the point in all of this and I
Get stuck
Sometimes my brain's just not capable of
Linking the hints that I've got
Need someone to show me around
In the meantime, I'm out here waiting for you
While reading Winnie-the-Pooh
Cause I've got nothing else to do

This day will never end
Can’t make the best of it

And the choir speaks
“You've been defeated once again
Today was not your lucky day
Aren't you used to that
Why did you even try
You've had it coming once again
Why can't you just give up and die
Like you should have long ago”

The individual speaks now
“Get out of my head now
All of you useless
Imaginations
I am old enough to make my own
Decisions.”
Track Name: Gathering Thoughts
You spent the morning drenched in memories
They did not bother you yesterday
Your head was busy while you were still asleep
And now this dream, it hangs on
While you're awake

Gathering thoughts
Opposed to facts
You better get that differentiation straight

The frozen air in the bathroom
That guy in the mirror is an insult
To the city and the people that surround him
So you wipe the hope out of his eyes

Gathering thoughts
Opposed to facts
You better get that differentiation straight

Come on, it was a dream.
Track Name: Corners
I won't be around cause I've got work to do
And it keeps me from spending too much time with you
And the progress I make won't make it up to you
Still this doesn't change a damn thing

I feel like standing in the way
Though I don't know why
You don't have much to say
So I can't reply
That I won't be around

Still I am checking out the corners to find myself a hiding spot
Now that it's evident that I haven't learned a lot
These days I get up quite early cause I don't want to be

Standing in the way
Though I don't know why
But you don't have much to say
So I can't reply
That I won't be around

Am I depressed
Am I just lonely
I am getting used to it
For now

Sometimes I invent a little melody
That helps me to deal with reality:
I've got some great friends and loving family
And sometimes that's all I need
But deep down where the hearts collide
In vain I keep checking in for a vital sign
And when it's there
I won't know what to do
But until then
I'll write some more songs
Hope not to die
And carry on.
Track Name: Child As I Was
Child as I was
I made myself believe in things that I could never reach
All that I had
Was locked inside my heart and I could never let it leave
When I woke up from the dream
Wiping out a fairytale I wrote myself
Knowing it would never be a thing
Child as I was
I was asking for a miracle or something else
Like “can't you see my loneliness
Make it real”

Days turned to weeks
I would keep on wishing, waiting, hoping for the best
Just willing to keep
Keep this ship from sinking at the place where it was built
So afraid of letting go
Knowing everything I said it would have been in vain
Didn't want to throw it all away
But weeks turned to months
And I couldn't hold it up, so I just left it there
Shattered by a stupid prayer
There you go

Now please can anybody pray for me
While I'm asleep
Cause I don't really miss the way it feels
I've lost the will to be one of those sheep
To feel ignored by someone you believe in, what's the point

Child as I was
I had my little world, now it's a ruin, left behind
And I felt a little lost
When suddenly those questions I'd suppressed came back to life
You don't know what's happening when we die
It's just ideas and ideologies
Concepts that were written long ago
“Love thy neighbor as thyself”
This I'll keep in my heart but I'm just tired of all the rest

So please can anybody pray for me
While I'm asleep
Cause I don't really miss the way it feels
I've lost the will to be one of those sheep
To feel ignored by someone you believe in, what's the point

And I'm not gonna tell anyone how to live their lives
As I'm barely getting by myself, and I
I see now that sometimes purpose is hard to find
Without divine placebo strength from a bible verse when you are really in need
See when you're desperate you cling to every straw that you see
I fell in love back then, it ripped my heart out while she
Had got the whole world in her hands.
Track Name: Stay Away Kids
This is the end of a perfect day
Sun is gone, everyone hides away
This is the end of a perfect day
Everyone sleeping, I am wide awake
Got no one by my side to enlighten the way
This is the end of a perfect day
I ain't gonna let it pull me down again
I ain't gonna let it pull me down again

But this is the smile that keeps me up
These are the eyes that are capable of
Pulling me into the land where nothing is as it seems
I don't wanna let it be
These are the eyes that keep me up
I don't really mind this

This is the dawn of a perfect day
Sun is coming out, no signs of rain
This is the dawn of a perfect day
Coffee is a drug so stay away kids
This is the dawn of a perfect day
Everyone studying, working, dying
Don't follow your dreams today
Don't forget you've got bills to pay

But this is the smile that keeps me up
These are the eyes that are capable of
Pulling me into the land where nothing is as it seems
I don't wanna let it be
These are the eyes that keep me up
I don't really mind this

Go out to see that we are dying
Colors fade, I'm trying
To keep it off my mind, I try to fall in
Love's just another deadly sickness
We always take it with us
Until the day we leave, so find your witness

Go out to see that we are dying
Colors fade, I'm trying
To keep it off my mind, I try to fall in
Love's just another deadly sickness
We always take it with us
Until the day we leave, so find your….
Track Name: Hope You're Well
Want you to know
I think of you every single day
And I would like to talk with you
And I hope you're well
While I am stuck here still

Been a while
Since we've put everything in place
Still I see your face and it makes me ill
And when you told me
You are sorry
I wanted to tell you
“So am I”

Well they all say enjoy this life
And I really try
There's always a sunrise after the night
The exception proves the rule

Want you to know
I think of you every fuckin day
And I would like to talk with you
And I hope you're well
While I am stuck here still.
Track Name: Tree Hugging
Let's go into the forest
I would like to hug some trees
Come along
I feel a bit retarded
But I don't wanna care that much anymore

This might be good
For healing old wounds
The ones I've taken from pretty ladies
And the ones
I've done to myself
By saying it's all my fault

Let's go into the forest
I would like to hug some trees
And scream it out
I've heard that this is healing
So I might just try it out

And when I hear her name
It's not bothering me at all
I've sorted this stuff out
So many years ago

Let's go into the forest
I would like to hug some trees
Here's the thing
It's time to break the promise
That I never gave to you anyway

Oh
But I know
If we should ever happen to stumble upon each other
Ever again
I'll be right back at the start.
Track Name: Everybody Kills Somebody Sometimes
She talks about how beautiful it is to be
Standing on that bridge, watching the sun set
And the corpses in the water to pass her by
Now I'm praying to be one of them; would you maybe miss me
Like just a little

Isn't she beautiful, standing on that little old bridge
Like, doesn’t everybody kill somebody sometimes
Sometimes I hope that bridge will just collapse
But I think I'd like to be there
To save her
And I might

Just take a piece of bridge to the head and die
While she was beautiful, watching the sun set and the corpses in the water to pass her by

She talks about how beautiful it is to be
Standing on that bridge in moonless nights
Who cares for looks anyway
I think she's just trying to make sure
Nobody can see her tears dropping

Isn't she beautiful, standing on that little old bridge
Like, doesn’t everybody kill somebody sometimes
It's only natural she will collapse
But I think I'd like to be there
To save her
And I might

Just hold her one more time
Tell her that it's okay
I had been doing fine
Without her by my side
And even if this would be
My last chance to see her smile, I couldn't
Because there was no damn moonlight
Oh, wouldn't it be beautiful, watching the sun dawn and the corpses in the water
The corpses in the water
The corpses in the water to pass us by?
Track Name: The Traveling Song
Let us face the end of the world
With a smile and confidence
I have heard
I gotta try
I want to be
A traveler

And I'm striving for food
And I'm tying my shoes
And I'm lying to you

Let us walk over the moon
I can feel gravity decrease
The shadows burn
The sun gets cold
I want to be
An astronaut

And I'm striving for food
And I'm tying my shoes
And I'm lying to you

Let us swim the plastic sea
And search for life in sunken submarines
Cause who knows?
I want to be
A scientist

Let us fly over the sun
The simple joys of being alive and having fun
Cause one day I want to have
Some stories to tell

And I'm striving for food
And I'm tying my shoes
And I'm lying to you.
Track Name: Harvest
Empty eyes
Confidence zero
Kind of crazy but still so polite
Get your things and get ready to fight
For tonight
Miracle thirteen
On a journey that might cost a life
Get your things that you don't wanna miss tonight

Yes I could tell you the ending myself
But it's all just a learning phase

Empty lies
Here at the front door
Written in capital letters
“I DON'T DESERVE YOU
I'LL JUST WALK BY”
Carry on
Now turn around and
Start the whole thing all over again
Will you ever dare to knock

Still I could tell you the ending myself
I just don't want to spoil your appetite
It's only fair and you know this
See it's all just a learning phase

When the tales of the summer
Leave you breaking down
And the harvest is over
Nothing has changed somehow
As you're turning the pages, you are
Counting the traces
And there's nothing that you can do now you've got all your cards laid down

Empty eyes
Confidence zero
Kind of crazy but still so polite
Get your things and get ready to fight
Get your things and get ready to fight.

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