Wisdom & Failure

by no:carrier

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1.
Alone Now 03:10
he dreamed sweet dreams of steam machines rolling down the avenue of his childhood days he shed a tear for the ones not here the ones who didn’t make it all the way and he knows (it’s the last thing to do) and he knows (no need for further proof) and he knows (and I know) he’s all alone now he dreamed cruel dreams going to extremes memories from his adolescent days he threw a rose but it felt like prose no poetry for those lost along the way and he knows (it’s the last thing to do) and he knows (no need for further proof) and he knows (and I know) he’s all alone now he still tries to dream his little dreams looking forward to see the sun one day he thinks it will go away but from some pains you just can’t run and he knows and he knows and he knows he’s all alone now he just can’t run and he knows (it’s the last thing to do) and he knows (no need for further proof) and he knows (and I know) he’s all alone now
2.
Confession 04:33
I know you’re not a fool, but it worked for quite a while you say that you can’t understand how you believed in all my lies I know it wasn’t fair, I’m not proud of me today But I’ve travelled down this road, the milk is spilled anyway I don’t know what I was thinking, it’s too late I can’t say I’m sorry, it would be fake I can’t undo the things I’ve done, all I said and what went wrong I’m standing here all accused, my alibi is of no use anymore I know it’s much to late for me to try to explain what I did was so wrong and I’m the only one to blame I’ll sign my resignation, kind of my last will will be cast into damnation after I have paid my bill I don’t know what I was thinking, it’s too late I can’t say I’m sorry, it would be fake I can’t undo the things I’ve done, all I said and what went wrong I’m standing here all accused, my alibi is of no use anymore I don’t know what I was thinking and I can’t say that I’m sorry sorry I can’t travel to the past and make undone the things I’ve said and what went wrong I can’t get off this train of racing thoughts I missed the station long ago now it’s to late for tell and show I just can’t offer no excuse, my alibis are overused
3.
Life 03:54
when life seems to break down, the dawn fades away I will look down on my creation to pray and the silence that follows will be heard through the world and the tears that will fall down will desperately turn into life – a life that’s far away, walking through the day when my mind is finally getting stronger life – a life that’s gone astray, but I’ll guide you on the way to the neverending plains of self-perception when life seems to be lost and the sun is getting dark I will follow the hidden path although it’s cruelly hard and the silence of the world will be broken by a scream and the word that will be called out will turn the painful dream into life – a life that’s far away, walking through the day when my mind is finally getting stronger life – a life that’s gone astray, but I’ll guide you on the way to the neverending plains of self-perception
4.
the sunset castle you’re building will crumble to dust come dawn the fortress of sand you believe in will vanish, it’s powers withdrawn your thoughts about being a hero will bring you nothing but tears and the ones who once have followed will get back their life of former years so sit down and guess if it’s worth it consider the good and the bad and watch your collapsing paradise the might and the glory you had the sunset castle you’ve been building now crumbled to dust in the dawn the fortress of sand you believed in has vanished, futile to moan sunset castle, sunset castle crumbles to dust come dawn sunset castle, your sunset castle crumbles to dust come dawn
5.
Last Scene 04:19
when the sun is shining in winter times onto the snow covered hills that I see looking out of my window, I feel a certain chill when I walk down the deserted streets with no one there but my memories coming to the house where it all began when I look through the blinded windows though I can’t see a lot, I know it still shows the last scene of a play we shouldn’t have staged if I were you I wouldn’t be so eager to tell them things they already know if I were you I’d go and try to live as I preach so that it shows if I were you I wouldn’t go on talking about the things I barely understand if I were you I’d get some help to find out who I really am I think of you and all the others who lived through all the glory of ours but in the end we couldn’t get what we wanted from it when I think back to these exciting times I’m still sure we could have gotten it right but maybe it was just a play we shouldn’t have staged if I were you I wouldn’t be so eager to tell them things they already know if I were you I’d go and try to live as I preach so that it shows if I were you I wouldn’t go on talking about the things I barely understand if I were you I’d get some help to find out who I really am
6.
I can see beyond time, I can step over this line I won’t walk the narrow path you’ve laid for me I can change my ways, I can breathe for days I won’t starve from the moment you walk away from me and try to understand I have to break free I won’t stop at the gate, I’m keen to walk in I will try this way no mattter how I’ve sinned and I will go all the way even if you let me walk alone I can hear the call, I can break the wall I won’t stop to live my life even if they tell me so I can watch you fall, I can’t catch you all but I’ll try to come again and soothe your bleeding wounds try to understand I have to break free I won’t stop at the door, I’m keen to see I will try this out no mattter what will be and I will go all the way even if you let me walk alone
7.
young and bright walking in dark times through England’s east midlands walking tall in times of war you had to marry this man he wanted you to be the queen and reign throughout the land lady jane grey, born on a sunday, destined to fall prey she was called the nine day’s queen they called her the nine day’s queen the king had died, your husband lied and you had to take the throne you were only fifteen and the righteous queen came back to hold her own the verdict was cruel, but then overruled but your death was just postponed lady jane grey, born on a sunday, destined to fall prey she was called the nine day’s queen they called her the nine day’s queen you did not convert to her religion the risk of you living was high the rebellion was broken, the charges outspoken the way to the scaffold so nigh have mercy you said, the tears I’ve shed you prayed with just a sigh lady jane grey, born on a sunday, destined to fall prey she was called the nine day’s queen they called her the nine day’s queen
8.
sometimes I feel like satan, sometimes I am the lamb sometimes I am mistaken, sometimes I try to sham sometimes it feels like autumn, sometimes like going down sometimes I think that’s wrinkles in my face and not just frowns I’m losing sight of the coast, I’ll find a new continent or a country at most, a lost culture in the end I’m boarding this ship at this missionary post we’re all fully equipped for losing sight of the coast sometimes I feel like going, sometimes I sit and stare sometimes my face is showing what to say I’d never dare sometimes I despise the people, sometimes I’m full of love sometimes I’m sitting on the steeple, sometimes I wear no glove I’m losing sight of the coast, I’ll find a new continent or a country at most, a lost culture in the end I’m boarding this ship at this missionary post we’re all fully equipped for losing sight of the coast
9.
in the sitting room, watching the steam counting the seconds until they fade away your kindness, my darkness, from norfolk into the world endless laughter from your mouth one decade later coming back just like Crusoe, no traces left somewhere in the garden hopeless cases lie murmurs from behind, notes are taken the noise from above, like distant thunder what could you say when no one listens what could you show when no one looks it seldom matters, the parade went by but the knight turns round, maybe bleeding but I know it’s not real, but I know it’s all show but I know that I’m not sure, but I know... don’t shoot the sky where the clouds are born don’t aim at the heavens where the angels may roam don’t make me cry, don’t you talk about love while looking like this
10.
the autumn mist covers the meadows like a beautiful veil the sun breaking through, painting yellow flowers on lines of grey the grass is wet, manna from heaven on dark green blades leafs are falling, floating to the ground, deep orange shades as I walk beneath the trees past the mumbling river I breathe in cold air it’s a morning like this when I can loose myself just being there in the amber sky birds are winging towards their home clouds in the distance tell already of coming snow the world gets slower in the autumn air, the land takes a rest the sun gets colder covered by clouds, holding her breath as I walk beneath the trees past the mumbling river I breathe in cold air it’s a morning like this when I can loose myself just being there I’ll leave some footprints for some days until the rain will wash them away, the wind will blow them away
11.
I hear your words, complaining about your life you say that you’re not really free and blame society for all your bad days and your misery but listen closely now and think about you say you never get a free ride, you never have some luck but you still drive the latest car, still think all others suck you plead you have to get a living from all the world but the world owes you nothing, the world was here first I see you lying in distress, burden all the others with your jumpiness you say you are a caring man, but in reality you never give a damn about the others’ bad days and their misery but listen closely now and think about you say you never get a free ride, you never have some luck but you still drive the latest car, still think all others suck you plead you have to get a living from all the world but the world owes you nothing, the world was here first
12.
try to follow one of the two girls they are called Wisdom and Failure no one ever could please them both no on ever could escape them though try to follow one of the two paths until you reach the end they lead to strange places you’ve never been before curses flare through the mists of the forest sounding like guns shooting a salute to a long forgotten leader he died in the attempt to unite the divided egos and so the egos went on to fight for some more decades he died in the attempt to get some peace of mind so he walked out of the circle and stepped into the next try to follow one of the two girls they are called Wisdom and Failure no one ever could please them both no on ever could escape them though like the lizard king once left this world or at least his past existence the riders on the storm made no big deal about it gone – forever

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On the new album no:carrier tell stories about hurtful memories, fears for the future, tragic destinies and strong personalities. They explore the tension and relation between „Wisdom & Failure“. From melancholic retrospection to perseverance on difficult paths.

All that with no:carrier's unique brand of Electro Noire Pop. The album’s foundation is a mixture of Dark Wave and Electro-/Synth-Pop, but from there singer Cynthia Wechselberger and keyboardist/producer Chris Wirsig enter unknown territory, skillfully adding acoustic instruments and elements of other styles – resulting in a sound that is more versatile than ever.

The songs, above all else, deal with the strength that is necessary to go your own way. Throughout the twelve songs of “Wisdom & Failure” the protagonists keep looking back, and are haunted by the ghosts of the past. Hurtful and dunning memories of past events (“Last Scene,” “Alone Now”) stand next to strong characters that carve their own path (“Let Me Walk Alone,” “Losing Sight Of The Coast”) amongst tragic stories about failure (“The Nine Days’ Queen,” “Sunset Castle”). But above all else remains wisdom and strength, both of which can arise from failure (“Wisdom And Failure”).

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released April 29, 2014

lyrics and music written by Chris Wirsig
produced by Chris Wirsig
executive producer: Marion Wirsig
recorded at Counter Communications studios Germany and California
www.counter-communications.com

cover artwork: Cassidy Bliss Cooper, www.facebook.com/cassidycooperart
band photography: J.Schoeberl-art, www.facebook.com/jschoeberl.art
other photography, sleeve design and layout: Chris Wirsig

© 2014 by no:carrier, published by Counter Communications, LLC (ASCAP)

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no:carrier Los Angeles, California

no:carrier, founded in 1995, over the years has evolved into a bigger project with different singers from several countries. Still maintaining the unique Electro Noir/Electropop style, songwriter/producer Chris Wirsig worked with five singers on the album “Broken Rainbow”. ... more

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