Dirk Darmstaedter

Dirk Darmstaedter

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Biography

After 3 Albums as/with „Me And Cassity“, Dirk Darmstaedter is back in full effect to bring us this collection of remarkable tunes: „Coming Up For Air“

A bit of History:
At 21, Dirk founded highly influential German Indie Pop sensations „The Jeremy Days“ who went on to record Albums with producers such as Clive Langer/Alan Winstanely (Madness, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Julian Cope, Etc.) and Fred Maher (Lou Reed, Lloyd Cole, Etc), releasing 5 acclaimed & highly succesful Albums for Universal Music.

These days, Dirk runs Tapete Records which has become one of the main addresses for fine new Indie Music in Germany, releasing Music by Artists such as Erdmöbel, Downpilot, Niels Frevert, Missouri, Tess Wiley, Hidalgo, Maplewood, The Horror The Horror etc. As well as his own records.

„Coming Up For Air“ was recorded on a Macintosh Powerbook in various locations from Hamburg to Lüneburg To Pisa, Italy and Queens, NYC.
Drawing on diverse Influences such as Fred Neil, Jerry Jeff Walker To Orange Juice And Talk Talk, „Coming Up For Air“ is a shimmering collection of remarkable tunes going from intimate to orchestral, laidback to blistering.

Release date for the album in Germany, Austria and Switzerland is the 26th of September. A long awaited Band tour will follow in Oct/Nov.05, followed by an acoustic tour with Lloyd Cole and Christian Kjellvander ("Sit Down And Sing" Tour) in Feb. 2006

Hopefully in a club in your town soon..., meanwhile: have a listen!

Music lovers: enjoy !

Lyrics

My Girl In Paris

Written By: Dirk Darmstaedter

My Girl In Paris
She Talks Like A Thug
And When She Walks Down The Street
People Are All Thunderstruck
Cause She’s Just Not Safe
Or Will She Ever Be
That’s How I Wish I Could Be
My Girl In Paris
She’s Got Many Secrets
Some Trues, Some Lies
Some Hi, Hello Goodbyes
And When I Come To Speak
I Knock On Her Door
But There’s Noone Home Nomore
Just Dust Settling On The Floor

Yes, I Know You’re All Mixed Up
But I’ve Come Round To Cheer You Up

My Girl In Paris
She Keeps Her Head Up High
Though The World Around Her
Makes Her Want To Sigh
And Cry And Break Things
Scratch Her Face With Her Fingernails
My Girl In Paris
You Know It’s Just No Use
Once You Get A Hold Of Things
The Rope Is Cut Loose
And You’re Back On The Streets
Hanging With The Local Crew
But That’s Something She’ll Never Do

Yes, I Know You’re Out Of Luck
But I’ve Come Round To Pick You Up

My Girl In Paris
When I See Her Again
I’m Gonna Tell Her It’s O.K
It’s Just Like How I Dreamt
And When I Speak Her Name
No Need To Explain...
She Somehow Just Understands
You Know She Understands
There’s No Use In Making Plans.

Birds, Bugs And Animals

Written By: Dirk Darmstaedter

10 A.M And A New Day Begins
That Old Morning Sun Covers Up Most Everything
The Backyard, The Dirt And The Cars
The Confusion, The Chaos Of What We Are
The Sounds Outside Are A Hushed Up Waltz
But Silence Speaks Words Neither True Nor False
But It’s Just Us That Make Them What They Are
So Stupid, Cruel, Too Close And Too Far
Well I Remember All The Words That You Said
You Said You Believed In A Love That Could Last Way Past Death
So I Ordered Another 2 Drinks
Just To Make Time For Myself, To Think
About Who We Really Are
As We Flick Thru The Pages Of Our Calendars
To Find Just What We Really Need
Is Something That Knows Nothing Bout Ignorance Or Greed

But Now It’s Back To The Amusement Park
Walk Past The Bright Lights On Your Way Home In The Dark
And I Guess You’ve Heard This One Before
You Can’t Start Rebuilding Till You’ve Won The War

Down In The Basement With My New Found Friend
He’s Not A Man Of Words But God, He’s Heaven Sent
And He’ll Listen To The Storys That I’ve Got To Tell
And He’s Not Afraid To Hear The Ones Bout Heaven And Hell
There Are Some Things That I Keep In Boxes Deep Within
Birds, Bugs And Animals That Never Get To See The Sun
Cause You’d All Run Away If I Dragged Them All Out
So I Just Soldier On Like A Good Cub Scout

I Was Told There’s A Message In The Smell Of Cut Grass
It’s Not Hard To Understand It’s Just Thin As Glass
So Just Be Careful Not To Break It Before You Leave
As You Write Down The All The Words On Your Shirtsleeve

But Now It’s Back To The Amusement Park
Walk Past The Bright Lights On Your Way Home In The Dark
And I Guess You’ve Heard This One Before
You Can’t Start Rebuilding Till You’ve Won The War
Till You’ve Won The War.

It Is What It Is

Written By: Dirk Darmstaedter

Can’t Stop The Time From Passing You By
Ain’t That The Way It Goes?
You Try To Remember All The Faces
But They’ve Left These Haunted Rooms
All Your Life
You’ve Been Drifting From Here To There
Suspended In The Air

Everyone Breaks Down
Noone Stands Alone
And A Blazing Sun Beats Down
On Each And Every One
The Days They Fade And Rust
Empires Turn To Dust
And The Things We Frowned Upon
We Learn To Distrust
Noone Stands To Win
When There’s Nothing Left To Lose
As The Tired Eyes Look Out
Ragged Coats And Worned Out Shoes
But What I’ve Learnt Is This
It Is What It Is

Lucky, I Suppose
We Should Claim Ourselves
In Our Happy Homes
Our Secrets They Will Learn To Love Their Stories
Now Watch As They Unfold
All Your Life
You Feel Like You’re Just Passing By
And The Harder That You Try...

Everyone Breaks Down
Noone Stands Alone
And A Blazing Sun Beats Down
On Each And Every One
The Days They Fade And Rust
As The Empires Turn To Dust
And The Things We Laughed About
We Learn To Distrust
Noone Stands To Win
When There’s Nothing Left To Lose
As The Tired Eyes Look Out
Ragged Coats And Worned Out Shoes
But What You Learn Is This...
It Is What It Is.

No Ordinary Girl

Written By: Dirk Darmstaedter

Thick’n Thin
She Keeps You Practicing
Cause She’s Built For Style
And That’s Without Even Noticing
See You Got To Know Your Wheres And Whens
To Just Keep Up Hustling
And That’s A Fact
Pretty Boy
Too Sentimentaly Attached
Still Ain’t Got No Luck

She’s No Ordinary Girl
She Don’t Do No Favours
And She’ll Leave You Kinda Breathless
With A Restless Fever
But She’s Plain And She’s True
When She’s Talking To You
From A Diffrent Kind Of World
She’s No Ordinary Girl

Straight Ahead
Too Much Coffee Makes Your Head Spin Round
Up And To The Clouds
Never Knowing Why You’re There
Or What You’ve Found
She Says: You Got To Know Your A’s And B’s
To Get A Little Close To Me
So What’s The Deal?
Meanwhile You’re Stuck Inside Of Your Head
Never Knowing If The Door Is Closed Or Open Wide

She’s No Ordinary Girl
She Don’t Do No Favours
And She’ll Leave You Kinda Breathless
With A Restless Fever
But She’s Plain And She’s True
So Better Watch What You Do
From A Diffrent Kind Of World
She’s No Ordinary Girl
She Don’t Do No Favors
And She’ll Leave You Kinda Breathless
With A Restless Fever
But She’s Plain And She’s True
So Better Watch What You Do
She’s No Ordinary Girl.

Coming Up For Air

Written By: Dirk Darmstaedter

Everywhere I Go
Every Place I See
I Can Feel You Girl
Smiling Back At Me

Cause Baby You And Me
We Were Born To Be
Just Living By The Sea
And Soaking Up The Breeze

So Let’s Make Believe
It’s Just You And Me
Breakin’ Thru The Waves So Gracefully
I’ll Do My Share
I’ll Be Waiting There
As You’re Comin’ Up For Air

May Take A Little While
May Take A Liitle Persuasion
Take All This Trash Outside
Get Back To Where We Started From

Now Everybody Knows
How A Perfect Ending Goes
Sooner Or Later It Shows
Just How Much They’ve Really Known

So Let’s Make Believe
It’s Just You And Me
Crashin’ Thru The Waves So Gracefully
I’ll Do My Share
I’ll Be Waiting There
As You’re Comin’ Up For Air.

Falling

Written By: Dirk Darmstaedter

You’re Falling
You Went Down Too Soon
She Closed Her Eyes, Said Goodnight
And Left The Room
Now You’re Floating
Get No Sleep Till Dawn
You Thought You Knew The Song So Well
You Got The Words All Wrong
You’re Solo, And Alone Is The Word
It Fell Down From The Sky To Hit The Pavement Like A Stone
No Bells Chime And No Birds Will Sing
And You’re Left With The Feeling
Only Blinded Love Will Bring

And Every Word You’ve Held Back
Reminds You Of What You Had
There Is No Easy Way Down
So, Don’t Fool Yourself

You Can Live All Your Life
There’s Just No Way To Know
You’ve Come So Close To Heavens Gate Just To Drop So Low
You Can Plan Everything
Months And Years Ahead
Just To Find Yourself Alone, Down And Out Instead

Her Sweet Breath
The Scent Of Morning Rain
It Was Never To Return, And Never To Remain
The Spaces, Far And Inbetween
The Heavy Hearts You’ve Seen
All Caught Up In Their Old Routines
Now You’re Falling
To The Deep You’ll Go
You Keep Calling Home
Still Get No Answers,..Noone Knows
‚Bout The Deep Scars, Hotels And The Cars
They’re Pulling At Your Heart
And Breaking It Apart

And Every Smile That You’ve Faked
Comes Back To Steal Your Sleep
There Is No Fair Deal Down Here
So, Don’t Fool Yourself

You Can Live All Your Life
There’s Just No Way To Know
You’ve Come So Close To Heavens Gate Just To Drop So Low
And You Can Plan Everything
Months And Years Ahead
Just To Find Yourself Alone,Down And Out Instead

Discography

The Jeremy Days - The Jeremy Days (1988)
The Jeremy Days – Circushead (1990)
The Jeremy Days – Speakeasy (1992)
The Jeremy Days – Re-Invent Yourself (1994)
The Jeremy Days – Punk By Numbers (1995)
The Jeremy Days – Live 1988-1995 (1995)
Me And Cassity - Me And Cassity (1997)
Me And Cassity – Hope, With A Pain Chaser (2002)
Me And Cassity – Live At The Kammerspiele (2002)
Dirk Darmstaedter+Bernd Begemann – This Road Doesn’t Lead To My House Anymore
Me And Cassity – Between Wake And Sleep (2004)
Dirk Darmstaedter – Coming Up For Air (2005)