The Complexity Of Things

by Michael Ellis

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Ah, the new one.. I wrote and recorded Complexity in 15 days, one song every day. The whole thing was meant to be an experiment and the songs turned out to be very different from each other. It were days of high energy and I'll absolutely have to try this again..
Stylewise, I have taken a turn towards pop music with a pinch of folk. Another thing to mention is the album's dynamic range classifies as DR12! :)

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released December 31, 2014

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Michael Ellis Oldenburg, Germany

I was born in 1983 and began my musical career at the age of six when I first took violin lessons. On my ninth birthday I got my first electric guitar and I have been playing rock and roll ever since. Over the last years I have recorded several albums and ep‘s (13 altogether I think) containing lots of musical styles from acoustic folk music via progressive rock and songwriter to pop and rock. ... more

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Track Name: Merry Christmas, Mr Moffatt
i think it was just about two years ago
we had come to a place i guess parts of it we owe
to a programme on the tele we had seen both her and me
as we drove into the town down to the harbour by the sea

high on the upper deck we sat as we enjoyed the light
overlooking the whole bay all the boats were lying on their side
next to me there was a painting on the wall i cast a glance
looking pretty well familiar and enchanting both at once

merry christmas mr moffatt
thanks again for the stormy sky
merry christmas, hope you'll have it
maybe next year we'll come by

then at home just before christmas i had one of these ideas
when i was writing the email it seemed stupid and unclear
well of course was the response and as a package it was sent
i think she even cried and i was happy too cause i had made a friend

now it's hanging on the wall filling the room with grey and blue
i better start saving cause i want to have one too
Track Name: Align
i am here
this is my place
and i don't intend to leave
this god given space

some people never worry
some people never care
somebody once said to me
i'm happily unaware

i like you
you like me too
i just hope you
know what you do

why would you ever bother
what does it even mean
why would anybody ever come between

and every time when the stars align
things are different but we're doing fine
a little laugh and a little cry
life goes on and we are still fine

where do you come from?
where do you go?
we are all from somewhere
what do you know?

somebody thought a question
of something you don't know
makes up for the lack of knowledge
and you're free to go

every time when the stars align
things are different but we're doing fine
a little laugh and a little cry
life goes on and we are still fine

life is hard
no matter what
not always starting with
perfect cards

some people never wonder
some people just ignore
some of them never ever ever deplore

another time when the stars align
things are different but still we're doing fine
a little laughing and a little crying
but nothing more to say except we're fine
Track Name: Rock Star
yesterday i was
strolling round the shops
with nothing but the song that i was singing
passed by a boutique
heard somebody speak
turned out that it was me he was adressing

he'd caught my chan-
ting as he began
to formulate a brainwave he was having
took me by the hand
tried to make me understand
i had to follow him to his building

later - studio
performing on a show
it has been a hell ride of a day

but
i don't want to be a rock star
i just wanna sing my song
i don't care whether you love me
i don't get why people sing along

i don't want to be a rock star
i just rather wish i ain't
it's never how you think
can't just have a silent drink
so i don't wanna be a rock star

all the money in the world
fancy cars and girls
but no time for coffee in the morning
alcoholic star
thanks to my p.r.
children let this be a warning

cancel the interview
i am going to the zoo
that is something i would rather go for
instead of nicotine
bodyguard and limousine
blimey! rather sneak out the back door

don't want to be a rolling stone
i just want to go home
and not be on the poster on your wall

cause
i don't want to be a rock star
i just wanna sing my song
i don't care whether you love me
i don't get why people sing along

i don't want to be a rock star
i just rather wish i ain't
it's never how you think
can't just have a silent drink
so i don't wanna be a rock star

no
i don't want to be a rock star
i just wanna sing my song
i don't care whether you like that
i don't want people to sing along

i don't want to be a rock star
i just wanna have some tea
you'll hate me when i say
should have whistled yeasterday
so i wouldn't have to be a -
i don't need to be a -
rock star
Track Name: Lighthouse
autumn's here long gone has summer
windy days and rainy nights
stormy weather what a bummer
four o clock switch on the lights

seems the world has gone to sleep
seems i need a place to keep
warm all my fingertips and feet
all underneath
need an extra pair of shoes
fixing holes shake off the blues
or go under

mourning the sun
living for the one
i am coming around
honestly though
if i didn't really have you
would i stay sane and sound

leaves are blowing down the driveway
sleeping in staying in bed
nightly driving on the highway
taking all that we can get

get away from black and white
i need you to be alright
come and hold me while you might

mourning the sun
living for the one
i am coming around
honestly though
if i didn't really have you
would i stay sane and sound

let us just be on our own
never answering the phone
better yet not be at home
let us walk along the coast
to the place we love the most

be my lighthouse night and day
Track Name: Fairytale Syndrome
moonlit the night as she lay on the side
of her bed not sleeping
clang round her pillow as fast as she could
she was softly weeping

the clock turned from two to three
noone had come to see
no knight from a noble house
would be her spouse

out in the greens of the forest it seemed
not a move was rendered
one thing she hated to be bound to wait
just because of her gender

the clock turned from three to four
and still no knock on the door
it was just like every night
and still he might show up this time

then she got up grabbed the boombox and left
but a note on the table
i won't wait for chance gonna get me a prince
make a good end to this fable

the clock turned from four to five
she was gonna be a wife
but not to the bloody first
douchebag that came through her window

the clock turned from five to six
the neighborhood princes are pricks
no lady should wait to be abducted
i'm not a bimbo

that's just fairytale syndrome
Track Name: Deep Down
i promise you everyday
our story has just begun
i said i would be around
that's easier said than done
so everytime you're away
you miss me and i miss you
but each time you're back again
i promise it anew

in our hearts deep down below
we still mean what we say
it's then i say i love you still
noone could take that away
nothing would ever dismay

i want all the things you said
who figured i ever would
i try more to look ahead
i can make a change for good
cause everytime you're away
you miss me and i miss you
let's never get differences
to make us feel different

in our hearts deep down below
we still mean what we say
it's then i say i love you still
noone could take that away
nothing would ever dismay

i promise you everyday
our story has just begun
i said i would be around
that's easier said than done

in our hearts deep down below
we still mean what we say
it's then i say i love you still
noone could take that away
nothing would ever dismay
Track Name: Easy On The Radio
for the longest time we have been working off our asses
with absolutlely no result
the outcome has been quite a dissappointment
fighting anger by default

but all of the time thinking it's so hard
come on board we're about to start

it's so easy
once you're on the radio
that is what i'm talking about
come and watch the money flow

oh so many years life has been obnoxious
and the prospect never was too good
something has changed (and) come within our range
finally we're understood

always one step ahead of the removal
finally we get all of the approval

it's so easy
once you're on the radio
that is what i'm talking about
come and watch the money flow

going through a lotta drama
everything's bound to karma
end of the train go on and play it again
while i slip into my pyjamas

always one step ahead of the removal
finally we get all of the approval

it's so easy
once you're on the radio
that is what i'm talking about
come and watch the money flow

going through a lotta drama
everything's bound to karma
end of the train go on and play it again
i am naughty don't you tell my mama

going through a lotta drama
everything's bound to karma
end of the train go on and play it again
while i slip into my pyjamas
Track Name: Bruises
it's the way that you percieve it
you feel the world has been there waiting about
i'm always keen to disagree with
never waiting to be found

time will never take excuses
time might never let you down
time will heal all of your bruises
but time won't save you if you drown

we're not alone by implication
we want to savour every bit of all there is
you say it's all self-preservation
you say you won't be missing out on something like this

time will never take excuses
time might never let you down
time will heal all of your bruises
but time won't save you if you drown

time will never take excuses
time might never let you down
time will heal all of your bruises
but time won't save you if you drown

time will always be your master
time won't hold you when you cry
time won't love you if you ask her
time won't sing a lullaby

but i'll
Track Name: The Complexity Of Things
look around do you feel the nature
of a sound, radio or laser?
slow and fast, think of the exponent
die or last decides the sigma component

and everything's
in ongoing revolution
of varying
or constant frequency solution
we spin around
as the order changes
we're decaying strings
that's where it begins
the complexity of things

once you know the meaning of the sentence
around you go, a radical is the entrance
on your watch the hands are irritating
very much the way they rotate
until they stop

and everything's
in ongoing revolution
of varying
or constant frequency solution
we spin around
as the order changes
we're decaying strings
that's where it begins
here's where it begins
the complexity of things

discovering reality
a symphony of relative momentum here's where we draw the line
between real and imaginary
but never mix it up with fantasy
cause that ain't coming with respect to time
or any other entity
thus we're taking transforms cause we know
that we will find
what stands behind
the sinusoid

and everything's
in ongoing revolution
of varying
or constant frequency solution
we spin around
as the order changes
we're decaying strings
that's where it begins
here's where it begins
the complexity of things

always in the sunshine
our heroes die
usually at half pi
Track Name: Dusty Boots And Flashy Rust
somewhere around western sands uncharted grounds
there was a small forgotten town
within the plains without property or names
i met you one time around

dreams were all you had on you
along with lack of sanity

one day you will drown
oh one day you will go down
one day you walk right back into our town

as we became the kings of the plains
i trusted you inside my bed
when i was unsound you knocked me down
took from me everything i had

dreams are all what's left to me
and the craving for revenge

and somewhere within the dusty
boots and flashy rust
i knew that something wasn't right
and somewhere in between
carpet and firescreen
something was hiding from the light

dreams were strong and colourful
nothing was standing in the way

one day you will drown
oh one day you will go down
one day you walk right back into our town
Track Name: Long Enough
clarity is a state of mind
pure and seldom, hard to find
and when the curtain is about to fall
take it with you when you follow the call

looking back i have never been
really satisfied the way i see
because i always do which is amiss
see a thing for what it actually is

how long is too long?
how long is long enough?
we all wanna have someone
to have with us when things get rough

maybe now i can finally admit
i made mistakes i know i did
i shouldn't have been so cynical
and late regret is stereotypical

how long is too long?
how long is long enough?
we all wanna have someone
to have with us when things get rough

i just wanna be somebody's
someone but so far
i just end up being my own me
Track Name: See Me When I Shine
pure improvisation
not as good as advertised
ain't what you imagined
and i wouldn't be surprised
have you heard my russian
ever seen me at a game
people come and go
but our strengths will stay the same

put me in cold water
i'll do a little less than fine
but let me tell you baby
you've got to see me when i shine

i am bad of an actor
so i always tell the truth
i always tex the chapter
that's why i don't end up confused
i dug through all of the medicine
until i got to dsp
and finally i knew
how motherf###ing cool i'd be

tossed into the unknown
you will only see me tryin
but let me tell you baby
you've go to see me when i shine

when you read them to me
all the stories you create
without any effort
i could ask you on a date
all you put into that
i admire your concern
sometimes when i'm drifting
i get lost between the words

asking you to count them
would be completely out of line
cause let me tell you baby
gotta have seen you when you shine
Track Name: Just The One
two silly lovers
in loving colors
spent a summer in the barley

in sunny weather
seemed like forever
then went off to join the army

when he got on the train
she stood aside smiling in pain

all fell apart
as the engine was started
she knew that he was just the one

over the years
on different frontiers
none had heard from the other

and when they al-
most could not recall
memories were rediscovered

just a letter that he found
and at her feet
just a picture of him that had fallen down

good were the days
summer walks and cafes
and he knew that she was just the one

now it appears that the
world is in tears
cause she knew that she was just the one

that has been some time ago
neither of them had seen it coming

pick up the phone
make a call to her home
cause you know that she was just the one

drop him a line
do the right thing this time
cause you know that he was just the one
Track Name: Nothing To See Here
it's always been the same
a shallow and a frame
and lots of cueing

and when the world has fled the shell
i will ring your doorbell
to see how you're doing

know how you amaze me
and that drives you crazy
it's something to do

when i am a kid see me running in the rain
out of it put my money on a train
take a sip it will pull me back again
wanna believe
ain't nothing to see here
try to believe

have you ever seen me fly
madness in the eye
headfirst through the canvas

will you still be a friend to me
and maybe even see
me through the stratus

know how you amaze me
and that drives you crazy
you and me, too

when i am a kid see me running in the rain
out of it put my money on a train
take a sip it will pull me back again
wanna believe
ain't nothing to see here
when i am a kid see me running in the rain
snap out of it, i am this close to insane
totally legit if you put me on the chain
but still far from breaking apart
Track Name: Ever
i see the snowflakes on your hair
see my breath in the air and behind
i see the entrance of the fair

i keep my fingers crossed
close my eyes what is the cost
but all innocence is lost
all innocence is lost

and through the alleyways
the ignorance is slowly pushing
in sugarcoated overkill

and i remember that it
used to be my favourite season
can you repair a thing that ill

i wonder if we ever will

inside me a feeling
these wounds aren't healing
standing amidst the scene is too revealing

and once again
i close my eyes and
i wish that i could snap right out
could i lose that feeling

and through the alleyways
the ignorance is slowly pushing
in sugarcoated overkill

and still i know that they are
ruining my favourite season
can you repair a thing that ill

i wonder if we ever will

it is the bigotry
the way that this can be
is such a travesty
and i don't wanna know

how you end up like that
just fucking up your head
just like your brain is dead
and i don't wanna know

i'm gonna dig a hole
i still got heart and soul
i'm gonna lose control
and i will bring you down

i'm gonna lose control
i'm gonna lose control
i'm gonna lose control
i'm gonna lose control

and through the alleyways
the ignorance is slowly pushing
in sugarcoated overkill

and i remember that it
used to be my favourite season
can you repair a thing that ill

i wonder if we ever will

and through the alleyways
the ignorance is slowly pushing
in sugarcoated overkill

and i remember that it
used to be my favourite season
can you repair a thing that ill

i wonder if we ever will