Far From The World

by Erk

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    "A Girl Namend Boo/ Shout", originally released by el muto records as part of the singles club in 2003, which was selected by Space Kelly. This single was very popular in Japan, where the album "Far From The World" was released on the 24th of August 2005.

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    This CD has been released in Germany on the 4th of September 2006 following the online (world) and the CD release in Japan in 2005. It only contains the first 12 titles of the online release. This German edition comes with great artwork by Marc Marbach and all lyrics in the booklet.

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Quotes from the German press:

„Jetzt legt der Spross einer Musikerfamilie sein Debütalbum vor und beweist, dass auch im Zeitalter elektronischer Musik und ausgefeilter Studiotechnik nichts über den magischen klang eines klaviers geht. Ob Bossa Nova, Motown, Pop, Coverversion (...) oder Original (...)
Kaum zu glauben, dass eine solche Platte heute noch gemacht wird. Klasse !“ (LOOP 125, Aug/Sept. 06)

„Mal angenommen, John Lennon würde mit den Beach Boys ein Konzert im Itchycoo Park spielen (...) das Ergebnis klänge ungefähr so wie diese CD. Der junge Norddeutsche Erk Wiemer jagt sein Piano durch fröhlich hüpfende 60er Melodien (...) und trägt Songs auf wie Tortenbäcker Zuckerguss. „ (Kulturnews September 06)

„ In den Achtzigern war diese Art Pop noch eine gestandene Institution. Mit viel Verve bringt der ehemalige Barpianist Erk Wiemer die gute Laune in Dein Ohr, die aus dem Geist der Siebziger entsprungen ist.“ (Stadtpark Stadtmagazin September 06)

„Unverschämt eingängig, herrlich abwechslungsreich und überaus clever betextet. Eine in der deutschen Musiklandschaft absolut einzigartige musikalische Kombination.“ (neon-online ab Ende August 06)

„ „Far From The World“ ist eine dieser seltenen Platten, die sofort Dein Freund werden (...) Auf „Far From The World“ erklingt das Beste aus allen Popepochen und doch schält sich ganz schnell ein unverwechselbarere Erk-Sound heraus. Erk spielt ein perlendes Klavier, staffiert die Songs mit üppigen Arrangements und jubilierenden Violinen aus, obwohl die Melodien auch auf einer profanen Blockflöte hinreißend klingen würden. Er hat ein Händchen für mitreißende Refrains, die sofort im Ohr bleiben (...)“ (www.satt,org)

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released August 27, 2005

All tracks recorded & engineered at Beat-Studio by Gerd Bluhm and E.R.K. Sendesaal by Erk Wiemer in Berlin/Germany 2004
Mixed & mastered by Pascal Stoffels @ PStudio, Berlin/Germany

Produced by Erk Wiemer except
Tracks 2 & 4 recorded & engineered at Beat-Studio by Gerd Bluhm and Exit Studio by Axel Reinemer in Berlin/Germany 2003
Tracks 5 & 10 recorded & engineered at Beat-Studio by Gerd Bluhm and K3 Studio by Holger Müller in Berlin/Germany 2003
Mixed by Pattino @ Freudenhaus, Berlin/Germany - produced by Erk Wiemer, co-produced by Space Kelly and Pattino
Track 6 co-produced by Rene Bosem
Track 8 recorded & engineered at Beat-Studio by Gerd Bluhm and E.R.K. Sendesaal by Erk Wiemer in Berlin/Germany 2003
Tracks 12 & 14 recorded & engineered at E.R.K. Sendesaal by Erk Wiemer in Berlin/Germany 2001 & 2004
Track 13 recorded and engineered at Beat-Studio by Gerd Bluhm in Berlin/Germany 1999
℗ & © 2018 treat Records, Germany, LC 19911
Made in Germany
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Erk Berlin, Germany

„Erk? That’s not a name, that's a sound!“

This is what everybody told Erk Wiemer wherever he travelled. So if people thought of his name as a sound – why not put a soundtrack to the person behind? So he did!

“Piano, bass and drums – I don’t think I really need any other instruments!” said Erk when he started back in 2003. Since then he has evolved his sound and music, but still keeps it simple!
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Track Name: Swing 'n' Sway
I can swing 'n' sway, if I want to
I can swing 'n' sway it all day
And I can sing it away, if I want to
Even if it's not hip today

No, no fashion
No, no fashion at all
Will be only to thrill me
When I hear the call

'Cause if I want to
I can swing 'n' sway, if I want to
I can swing 'n' sway it all day

Don't need to be a star
Banging on the door
Don't need to go as far
As to be another poor whore
I'll sing anyway

I can swing 'n' sway, if I want to
I can swing 'n' sway it all day

Don't need to be a star
Banging on the door
Don't need to go as far
As to be another poor whore
I'll sing anyway

I can swing 'n' sway, if I want to
I can swing 'n' sway it all day
And I can sing it away, if I want to
Even if it's not hip today

Do you need Albert Hall?
No, not at all
Is it to small?
No, I'll sing anyway

I can swing 'n' sway, if I want to
I can swing 'n' sway it all day
And I can sing it away, if I want to
Even if it's not hip today
Track Name: Annie
Where is Annie today?
We haven't heard a single word
Since she ran away
Where is Annie today?

Where is Annie today?
She left for stardom
Now she's part of the Milky Way
Where is Annie today?

Annie can you hear me
We can see things now quite clearly
We know you only make it somehow
So, don't you think it is time to come home now

Where is my Annie today?
She left a million questions and
More bills to pay
Where is Annie today

Annie can you hear me
We can see things now quite clearly
We know you only make it somehow
So, don't you think it is time to come home now

Please Annie, honey
We want you back today
Please forget the money
We never thought to see any back anyway

Here is Annie today!
She owns Picassos and a fire place Monet
Oh, Annie, what can I say?

Annie can you hear me
We can see things now quite clearly
We know you made it big somehow
So, don't you think it is time to come home now

Please Annie, honey
We want you back today
Please forget the money
We never thought to see any back anyway
Track Name: Far From The World
Gone, you’re gone
And yet close to me
Nevertheless I can see what I don’t want to see

Late, too late
For us to change
This time the life saving shore seems so way out of range

Suddenly,
We both live endlessly
Far from the world that we
Once had in mind

Plans, no plans
Not anymore
All that I ever planed for turned into a great sore

Suddenly,
We both live endlessly
Far from the world that we
Once had in mind
Far from the world that we
Once had in mind

Far from the world, far from what we had in mind
Track Name: Pride Of The Parade
He rode a bicycle made for girls
Wearing a dress made of pink yarn and pearls
Quite a defiant bike for such a giant like he was

In any way he had looked like a queer
But then again, it was never quite clear
He always left some doubt
When people talked aloud
Whether he knew what all this talk was about

They called him: "Pride Of The Parade"
He was a sight that could persuade
People around that he was definitely the town clown

When you say: "Don't judge a book by its cover!"
Think of yourself just as well as the other
Some might have shook their head
Called him a crook or mad
But everyone looked amused and said:

He is the "Pride Of The Parade"
He is a sight that could persuade
People around that he was definitely the town clown

"Pride Of The Parade"
They thought this sight could never fade away
Not until he died some day
They found out it was right to say
That he was the missing pride of their home town
But definitely not its clown
Track Name: A Girl Named Boo
I took my chances
And had romances
But I never met a girl like you,
You do!

Come on, everyone
And take a good look at the girl named Boo

She is so pretty
And god, she's witty
Yeah, I wish there was more girls like you,
You do!

Come on, everyone
And take a good look at the girl named Boo

She's been lonely for such a long time
But now she says she is fine
Smiles at me with a touch of sunshine
That makes me wanna make her mine

I took my chances
And had romances
But I never met a girl like you,
You do!

Come on, everyone
And take a good look at the girl named Boo
Track Name: Someone Like You
You always care
You're so aware of the day I'm in need
I can count on you
You always knew what to say against defeat

Someone like you
Gives me the reason to go on and see it all through
Someone like you
Should be the raw model for a marble statue
Someone like you
Makes a brighter day and the stars shine, too

I hope one day
I can repay it the way you helped me
You can ease the pain
You drive the rain away, away from me

Someone like you
Gives me the reason to go on and see it all through
Someone like you
Should be the raw model for a marble statue
Someone like you
Makes a brighter day and the stars shine, too

Now it's easy to see
What you really mean to me
I always knew
Defining a friend is a talk about you
Someone like you
Makes a brighter day and the stars shine, too
Track Name: Always Has To Be Me
Casual conversation
Is no temptation
For anybody like me

Bound to say the wrong thing
I feel a strong sting
Making a chat unlikely

Here's what I could say
Thinking in a simple way

Tell me, how's your girlfriend
She's not my girlfriend
I'm glad to hear about that

Damn, she screwed around then
She's now my wife, man
It was before you two met

Gee, already late
I need to go to keep a date

Always has to be me
Who puts his feet in it, naturally

Girl, it's good to see you
I'm filled with glee, too
And evidently much more

Hope the baby ain't late
I only gained weight
I help myself to the door

There' s another slip
That surely could descend my lip

Always has to be me
Who puts his feet in it, naturally
Track Name: Northern Song
On a Friday morning Mr. Grant-Davis went to the police
He said: "Yesterday somebody stole two hub caps!" (From his Rolls Royce)
He said, the thief must have stolen them at Bush Road Garage before
He returned from making a call in a telephone booth
And the policeman said: "Well, how about that? Isn't that sad?"

It's been quite a few years since anyone had the chance
To see the one and only Danni A. dance (On her web cam)
And those who have were the members of an exclusive club
Well, let me tell you, now the rules have changed
And the members said: "Well, how about that? Isn't that sad?"

A maid-servant living on her own in a house nearby
Had gone upstairs to prepare for bed at eleven o'clock (Good night, sleep well)
As she sight and looked out of the window from her window sill
The young girl fell into some sort of dreamy state
And she softly said: "Well, how about that? Isn't that so sad?"

Isn't it all along
Stuff for a Northern Song
Isn't it all along
Stuff for another Northern Song
Track Name: Fragments Of Your Past
Nothing equals all this pain
When trying hard and knowing it’s in vain
Nothing’s more insane

Don’t know how it came to this
But suddenly, you sealed it with a kiss
Now, what did I miss
Why did this kiss miss me

Tell me what you see
When you look at me
Someone who will last
Or fragments of your past

Is it true that in the end
I only lost an unimportant friend
Is that all it meant

What a false and bitter pill
When you were claiming that you love me still
Now, that is so ill
Knowing this will kill me

Tell me what you see
When you look at me
Someone who will last
Or fragments of your past
Track Name: Calibre 45
I got several things
On my mind
But there is only this one love
That I allow soaking up my time

I got several guns
Here at home
But the dearest one of all
Has almost nine inches length overall

I got a forty-five
A calibre 45
Stainless steel in blue
With a warm muzzle pointing at you

I got it not to kill
And not to do harm
And as useless as it is
I got the right keep and bear my arms

I got a Peacemaker
Making peace
I got an AK-47
That can blow up your mind to heaven

I got a forty-five
A calibre 45
Stainless steel in blue
With a warm muzzle pointing at you

I got a forty-five
A calibre 45
God save the NRA
And Mr. Heston
You are okay

I got a forty-five
A calibre 45
And I can have more calibre than
Dirty Harry Callahan
Track Name: Cadence
I owe this tune to this nice dream I had one night
It was not long before my dear grandmother had died
She used to smile at all the songs that I would write
But I think this is something she really would have liked
I have no clue of where you are or what you do
But I hope you can hear this there, too
And this cadence is only for you
Track Name: Right Place, Wrong Time
I tried to call you on the phone
But it only told me that you wasn't home
And everytime I try again
There's the same stupid message in the end

You're ringing up the right place, but the wrong time
You can leave a message right behind the chime!

Now what am I supposed to do
When it looks as if it never puts me through
I tried and tried for quite some time
It's still refusing to record a single line

You're ringing up the right place, but the wrong time
You can leave a message right behind the chime!

It is not the machine that I revail
It is only that I wish you had a mobile

You're ringing up the right place, but the wrong time
You can leave a message right behind the chime!

This is it, I will not try anymore
Since I saw you walking home, which is next door

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