Billie Ray Martin presents Sonnenstahl: Crime & Punishment

by Billie Ray Martin

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My recollection of how this was all created is dim. The music was produced by the very talented Bill Lee and Executive Produced by Vinnie Vero and myself. We recorded in NYC.
They mixed it without me. I wasn't amused nor happy with the Mixes. They released it anwyay. I'm now sharing it with you as i do think Bill Lee is a very talented musician indeed and i like the songs very much. Of course some of them ended up on the Eighteen Carat Garbage album, where they received a new production. 'Hey, waiter!' is a song written by myself and Franz Stegmann. The songs on the EP "Four Ambient Tales' are also weritten by us. Enjoy.

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released May 11, 2014

01 Written by Billie Ray Martin/Fred Jorio except
02, 03 - Billie Ray Martin/Bill Lee/Vinny Vero,
04 - Billie Ray Martin. Franz Stegmann
05 - Billie Ray Martin/Vinny Vero, Bill Lee.

Published by Touch Tones Music/Copyright Control except
02, 03, 04 - Touch Tones Music/Third Nature (ASCAP)/So Hip It Hurts Publishing (ASCAP)
05 - Touch Tones Music/So Hip It Hurts Publishing (ASCAP).

Produced by /Bill Lee/Vinny Vero for So Hip It Hurts Productions except
05 - Billie Ray Martin/Vinny Vero for So Hip It Hurts Productions.
Exec. Producer BRM

Vocal recording engineer: Steve Donato for Night Sky Productions.
Vocals recorded at Night Sky Studios, NYC.
Mix engineer: Steve Barkan for Platinum Audio Associates, NYC.
Assistant mix engineer: Nikos Teneketzis.
Mixed at Mystic Studios, NYC.
Mastered by Joe Yannece at Trutone.
Keyboards by Vinny Vero.
Programing/Production by Bill Lee.
Year of release: 1999

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Track Name: Systems Of Silence
you sit like a shadow inside a shadow, TV kills another soul
you don't know why the phone never rings on Sundays
the walls are alive from the light outside, it's like a film inside a film
the city's gonna teach you the part one day

and you shield your weakness, hey
but they know your secret

still I feel like dancing with you in systems of silence
we turn in a secret ballet all around and between the sounds and the sights
the fears will be fading away in systems of silence
I just wanna dance all the way right down to the core of the black and the white

you live for this city, breeding its illusions with your hands against the wall
another day has coached you into surrender
you're bleeding its emotions, walking its desires like a dance you can't perform
the city's gonna teach you the steps one day, yeah

and we've lost our senses, hey
but I'll take my chances

still I feel like dancing with you in systems of silence
we turn in a secret ballet all around and between the sounds and the sights
the fears will be fading away in systems of silence
I just wanna dance all the way right down to the core of the black and the white

and you freeze like they told you
and you give yourself up
and you reel spread-eagled (hey)

still I feel like dancing with you in systems of silence
we turn in a secret ballet all around and between the sounds and the sights
the fears will be fading away in systems of silence
I just wanna dance all the way right down to the core of the black and the white

still I feel like dancing with you in systems of silence
we turn in a secret ballet all around and between the sounds and the sights
the fears will be fading away in systems of silence
I just wanna dance all the way right down to the core of the black and the white

(systems of silence) oh yeah
Track Name: Crime Of Passion
here I sit in silent wonder
while you set the scene
submitting to your private torture of the first degree

here I am anticipating
a healthy act of sin, oh
I tell you that flattery won't get you nowhere
your hands have not yet been

baby are you ready for the other side of me
call it a prevention of a crime of passion
honey after all the films that you and I have seen
I wouldn't push me to the edge of your obsession, no no

through the hell of your rejections
I was held on call, oh
you can't tell me you don't notice
the torture of it all, oh yeah

through the maze of strange reactions
I guessed my way in, oh
but I was outside your sense of sane encounter
and your politics of sin

oh baby are you ready for the other side of me
call it a prevention of a crime of passion
honey after all the films that you and I have seen
I wouldn't push me to the edge of your obsession, no no

I don't know if this is madness
and I don't really wanna know it
every trap you open for me
I'm not gonna fall for it

every time you kiss me baby
it feels like the day of the dead
put your loving arms around me
and I might take a bite out of it

baby are you ready for the other side of me
call it a prevention of a crime of passion
honey after all the films that you and I have seen
I wouldn't push me to the edge of your obsession

hey baby are you ready for the other side of me
call it a prevention of a crime of passion
oh honey after all the films that you and I have seen
I wouldn't push me to the edge of your obsession
Track Name: Demons & Delirium
as the lights grow dim at midnight
things take on a rapid pace
the bed is racing up the wall and
the lamp becomes a speck in space

and as you stare the sweat is pouring from you
and it falls away like rain, yeah
and you wouldn't wanna be in your shoes
or sit inside your seat, eh
when the ground that you've been standing on
fades beneath your feet, mm

and as the audience moves in you
you wouldn't leave here if you could
your eyes become like teeth, you're ready
it's 'hurrah for Hollywood', yeah

and there's so many people in you
fighting for a seat, well
and you wouldn't wanna be in your shoes
or sit inside your seat, yeah
when the ground that you've been standing on
fades beneath your feet, well
and you wouldn't wanna be in your shoes
or sit inside your seat, hey, yeah
when the ground that you've been standing on
fades beneath your feet, yeah

well
and you wouldn't wanna be in your shoes
or sit inside your seat, yeah
when the ground that you've been standing on
fades beneath your feet, oh yeah
who would wanna be in your shoes
or sit inside your seat, oh, yeah
and you wonder if you'll ever meet
with the ground beneath your feet, yes
with the ground beneath your feet, oh yeah
with the ground beneath your feet, come on
Track Name: Hey Waiter!
I wanna sell
the USA to a whale
I don't believe it's safe inside of a shark
you and I want out
I saw a banker when I felt the need
I wanna trade them all
the cities and the streets

hey waiter!
call out the manager!
hey waiter!
call out the manager!
Track Name: Pacemaker
the pace of life is disappointing
so tie me up cause it takes too long
the pace of life is disappointing
so hit me hard cause I ain't that strong
and you better relieve me of my senses
cause they waste away in the time it takes to find out what's wrong

you've gotta pick up the pace 24 hours a day
oh, for just another motherless heartbeat, oh yeah
better pick up the pace 24 hours a day
oh, for just another motherless heartbeat, oh yeah
oh yeah

deliver me from your deadly silence
that breeds inside when you hold my tongue
I'd shout out my gentleness and violence
if I only knew how this thing is done
for in the sunrise the bird eats fire
and the flames are five times around the world before the morning's done

you've gotta pick up the pace 24 hours a day
oh, for just another motherless heartbeat, oh yeah, hey hey
better pick up the pace 24 hours a day
oh, for just another motherless heartbeat, oh yeah
oh yeah

for a single high-speed moment
we'll let her feet run away, feet run away, feet run away
and when we zoom in on the freeze-frame
she'll break right down, down, hey hey

(hey hey hey yeah)
[you've] gotta pick up the pace 24 hours a day
huh, for just another motherless heartbeat, ooh yeah
better pick up the pace 24 hours a day
oh, for just another motherless heartbeat, oh hey
better pick up the pace 24 hours a day, hey
hey, for just another motherless heartbeat, yeah
gotta pick up the pace 24 hours a day
oh, for just another motherless heartbeat, oh yeah
oh yeah yeah, huh