OTAGO

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released March 10, 2017

Music and Lyrics by Hannes Wittmer

Recorded and Produced by Kilian Brand and Hannes Wittmer
Mixed by Kilian Brand

Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Synth by Hannes Wittmer
Cello*, Synth by Clara Jochum
Drums, Percussion by Jonny König
Bass by Felix Weigt
Violin*, Viola*, Trombone* by Anne De Wolff
Pedal Steel*, Add. Guitar* by Ulrich Rode

*Recorded by Ulrich Rode at Bluhouse Studio

Mastered by Piet Charlet at Time Tools Mastering

Artwork by Denise Henning
Photo by Christoph Naumann

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Track Name: This Is Not The Start
this is not the start
even though
we've come this far
still i'm not sure

if i know you
if i know you

this is not the end
things don't stop
old always blends
into new
find a door
and follow me through

and i will know you
and i will know you
Track Name: Ghost Stories
i'm a ghost i'm a ghost now
i'm a ghost i'm a ghost running out of mind
i'm a ghost i'm a ghost now
i'm a ghost i'ghost i was left behind
am i already forgotten
you know how it is these days

i'm a ghost i'm a ghost now
i'm a ghost i'm a ghost since my future's past
i'm a ghost i'm a ghost now
i'm a ghost i'm a ghost i am free at last
'cause i'm already forgotten you know how it is

these days belong to me alone
busy nights are gone
keep a gaslight on

i'm a ghost, i'm a ghost now
i'm a ghost i'm a ghost it's not bad at all
i'm a ghost i'm a ghost now
i'm a ghost i'm a ghost who you gonna call
i'm forever forgotten you know how it is

these days belong to me alone
busy nights are gone
so keep a gaslight on
these days belong to me alone
busy nights are gone
so keep a gaslight on
Track Name: Keep It Lose It Miss It
don't remember
know that it was
what you came for
what it does
to you

less than nothing
more than it all
like hope in hell
like spring in fall

and if you ever
catch the feeling
keep it
lose it
miss it

stop searching
try to be found
don't expect it
it will be around
somehow

say it is freedom
tell me it is love
call it wisdom
it's far above

and if you ever
catch the feeling
keep it
lose it
miss it
Track Name: The Art Of Giving In
sell all your things
drive out to the shore
where the sea is rough

i do know

that it's not
easy to admit
when it's all fucked up

sell all your dreams
move into a town
where the streets are tough

i do know

that it's not
easy to give in
when you've worked so much
Track Name: Lessons
don't join the machines
they're making their gearwheels forget
that they can turn on their own and

question every word
that wants you to blindly obey
they can't make you follow

hear me out
hear me out
hear me out
before you go

hold on to the things
and people that make you forget
that you are terrified

don't love everyone
but love everybody that's hurt
from hurting someone else

hear me out
hear me out
hear me out
before you go

be immune to all their stories
until you proof me wrong

so hear me out
hear me out
hear me out
hear me out
before you grow
Track Name: A Silent Smile
i go too slow when i walk
i'm way too fast when i run
i geht so cold in the night
but i'm always hot in the sun

and i am too small for this grown up world
with my thoughts too big
my thoughts too big to fit in

i am so quiet when in company
i talk too much home alone
i love all things that i can never have
but i hate the things that i own

and i am too small for this grown up world
with my thoughts too big
my thoughts too big to fit in

i am too small for this grown up world
with my thoughts too big
to fit in

an empty room
a silent smile
i'll be on my own tonight

an empty room
a beach boys song
i'll be on my own to night

an empty room
a silent smile
i'll be on my own tonight

i'll be on my own tonight
i'll be on my own tonight
Track Name: Questions And Bones
if i went for the doorway
just my boredom and me
if i could get rid of these doubts in my knees
where would i be

if i wasn't a gamble
if i was sure of what i know
if i wasn't all questions and bones
where would i go

where would i go
where would i go

there's no fence in the doorway
there's no walls in the street
there's a cage in the back of my head
and that's all they need

i'm trapped in this town
now far too long to feel alright
i've walked all the streets
climbed every hill

and i'm so weary of all the billboards
shops and cars and traffic lights
how they never
stand
still

it is so fucking bright here
these blinding lights just won't go
so if i were able to glow in the night
how would i know
Track Name: Solid As I Shake
can you lose what you don't have
can you miss what is still there
could you ever love to like
can you turn away and care

can you chase away the paralyzed
could you change and stay the same
can you order the unorganized
would you judge who's not to blame
and will you give this mess a name

'cause i'm still waiting again
we're dancing without sound
spinning all our hopes around
oh my i'd love to pretend
this is nothing more
than good times that we spent

i am certainly unsure
confidentially insecure
standing solid as i shake
far asleep but wide awake

we're stuck here in between
where all borders start to blur
what we do and what we want
what is unjust what is fair
what we are and what we were

so i'm still waiting again
we're dancing without sound
spinning all our hopes around
oh my i'd love to pretend
this is nothing more
than good times that we spent
Track Name: Battles
hit me if you love
me with all you got
you can save me now
if you try

tear down my door
hold my hand before
oceans run dry

hit me if you dare
landmines everywhere
you are hurting now
so am i

knock on my door
undeclare this war
fractions go by

i'll be honest
if you let me
but if you need me to lie
i'll try
Track Name: Once We Were King
farewell my friend
i'm not gonna lie
i do fear the end
but all has to die
one day

since you are gone now
who is steering this boat home

once we were king
we shared a crown
drifting through life
i knew you would drown
one day

and since you are gone now
who is steering this boat home
how could you sink now
leaving this old wreck alone

your presence will fade
your echoes survive
they'll brighten my ways
they'll keep me alive
one day

but since you are gone know
who is steering this boat home
Track Name: Walls
all these pretty things keep calling me
sad boy it's time
head home

'cause
i'm done loosing things outside
in the end
i've been shown

it's good to have walls
containing your insides
it's good to have walls
to keep out the cold
it's good to have walls
with doors for the outside
it's good to have walls
walls
that will hold
till you're old