Live from the Culture Container, Berlin

by Michael Brinkworth

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These recordings are from the very first concert I played with Hal Strewe and Stefan Bregenzer as a trio. We had a few practice sessions together only 1-2 weeks before the Culture Containter concert, after meeting Stefan from a craigslist ad I put up. They are amazing musicians, managing to learn so many of my songs in such a short period of time to play them in a live concert recording situation - they´ve really brought the songs to life. I played a set of 13 songs with the guys on the night, and I decided to include 12 of the 13 in this album, figuring I may as well leave it to a "worts and all" approach. A few of these songs will make their way onto my debut studio album to be recorded in the near-future, but some inevitably will not, so essentially this is a snapshot of some unique versions of my songs with the band in their earliest form. It was recorded at the Culture Container in Berlin on 4 March, 2015. I would like to give special thanks to Franz Rodeck for doing a great job with the recording and for establishing a one of a kind Berlin live music institution that has supported and continues to support so many artists/bands, keeping the Berlin live music scene alive.

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released June 23, 2015

All songs written and performed by Michael Brinkworth
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The trio:
Michael Brinkworth - guitars/harmonicas/vocals
Hal Strewe - bass
Stefan Bregenzer - drums

Recorded by Franz Rodeck
F1 Studio
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at Culture Container
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2015

Mixed by Michael Brinkworth

Cover photos by Mathias Wasik
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Michael Brinkworth Berlin, Germany

Michael Brinkworth, a guitar and harmonica wielding troubadour from Australia, has written a bagful of heartfelt road-worn songs throughout his wanderings, honing a unique songwriting and performing style blending folk, blues, grunge and alt-country with rocknroll soul. Based in Berlin since 2013, he´s also established the folk duo Red Town Blues, and alt-country-rock quartet WreckHeads. ... more

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Track Name: Fading Light
don´t wanna be your fading light
don´t wanna go quietly into the night
don´t wanna see everything he does right
don´t wanna know if he holds you tight

all I wanna do
is wake up next to you
knowing everything´s gonna be alright

it´s because I love you so that I let you go
´cause if I don´t how will we know?
there´s nothing I need of you to show
just how far our love could grow

all I wanna see
is that your happy
to keep on going with the flow

we got it together playing over fire
yeah you must´ve been thinking I was a real live wire
I was mesmerised by your eyes and your gentle smile
your songs took me to another place I could´ve stayed a while

all I wanna hear
is your soft voice so sincere
telling me we ain´t got nothing to fear

don´t wanna be your fading light
don´t wanna go quietly into the night
don´t wanna see everything I´ve done wrong
don´t want you to know I wrote this song

all I wanna do
is wake up next to you
knowing everything´s gonna be alright
is everything gonna be alright?
is everything gonna be alright?
is everything gonna be alright?
don´t wanna be your fading light!
don´t wanna be your fading light!
don´t wanna be your fading light!
Track Name: Lucy
well it´s hard to make a living
when you´re dying on the inside
yeah it´s hard to break the cycle
when you already know the times of the tide

and it´s hard to look ahead
when you´re always stuck back in the past
yes it´s hard to settle for something
when you know that none of it will ever last

but you´ll always be my baby
I´ll be thinking of you
when I´m alone going crazy
and I hope you will sometimes
watch over me
when I´m thinking it´s as hard as it can be

Lucy, Lucy
Lord knows you made it hard for me

well it´s hard to let fate decide
when you never did all that you could
and it´s hard not to wonder what it´s like
to live a simple life knowing where you stood

but you´ll always be my baby
I´ll be thinking of you
when I´m alone going crazy
and I hope you will sometimes
watch over me
when I´m thinking it´s as hard as it can be

Lucy, Lucy
Lord knows you made it hard for me
Lucy, Lucy
Lord knows you made it hard for me

and forever in my dreams you will stay
still I would´t have it any other way

Lucy, Lucy
Lord knows you made it hard for me
Lucy, Lucy
Lord knows you made it hard for me
Track Name: Country Town
wish I was born in a country town
somewhere to run from
and to be bound
wish I grew up in a country town
somewhere to belong
brings you back to the ground

in the city we live in the lost and found
no longer breathing
getting tossed around
and I don´t know myself or anyone else
big dreams caught me fooling
I was someone else

and I´ve been on the road from city to town
keep on dragging my load and it´s dragging me down

wish I was born in a country town
somewhere to run from
and to be bound
wish I grew up in a country town
folks you come back to
like to have you around

in the city we live in the lost and found
we don´t feel a thing
in city lights we drown
in the city we wait just hanging around
in the city we die
we don´t make a sound

and I´ve been on the road from city to town
keep on dragging my load and it´s dragging me down

getting blind
all the time
trying to lose my mind
but it can never kill the doubt
wishing goodbyes
telling sweet lies
hope I see you again before I die
hope we both can make it out
Track Name: Carry You Home
you say life ain´t your biggest fan
makes you wonder how you´re gonna get through
fool yourself think your part of some big plan
but there´s so much that you wish you knew

when you´re told it´s gonna be alright
can´t believe your dreams could come true
so you keep on putting up the fight
let your mind take hold, simmer and stew

but if you can´t take the pain anymore
I´m gonna carry you home
I´m gonna carry you home
home
home
home

I know I could make a good man for you
I know I should but running´s all I do
leaving here I´ve always wanted to
I´ve always wanted you to know the truth

living lives vicariously
give me all your goodbyes
but for just one night we could leave it all
forget the lies, don´t wanna see you cry

and if you can´t take the pain anymore
I´m gonna carry you home
I´m gonna carry you home
home
home
home

I´m gonna carry you home
I´m gonna carry you home
home
home
home
Track Name: Inside Of You
it´s taken so long to get to this place
passing my the cemetery walls
there´s so much there you just can´t face
feels like you´ve got nowhere to fall

you were so scared that nobody cared
singing in the cathedral halls
felt like the fool since you went to school
playing it cool didn´t matter at all

you were the one all the girls were looking at
but at the time you felt so alone
you were the one we´d all look up to
still it seemed as though you´re on your own

well I wish you knew
just what´s inside of you
it´s inside of you
it´s inside of you
it´s inside of you

it´s taken so long to find all the words
you lost in the confession stalls
thinking of everything you´ve gotta let out
but the order was too tall

still you kept running on long lost dreams
living inside your head
oh yeah you know what it means
to be the living dead

well I wish you knew
just what´s inside of you
it´s inside of you
it´s inside of you
it´s inside of you

I wish you knew
what´s inside of you
Track Name: Finding Your Own Way
I was searching
I didn´t know what for
I was running
my heart wanted more
I didn´t find
a single thing
but now I can sing
oh I can sing

and with the roads that you take
they may lead you astray
but don´t think it´s a mistake
it´s all part of finding your own way
it´s all part of finding your own way
your own way

well I´d been going
for a good while
living the dream
but never could smile
people´d ask me
could never tell why
when I was down deep
I never could cry

but with the roads that you take
they may lead you astray
but don´t think it´s a mistake
it´s all part of finding your own way
it´s all part of finding your own way
your own way

the road is long, long
but if you stay strong
you´ll find where you belong
where you belong
where you belong
where you belong

some things you lose
but with each loss you gain
when it happens
you won´t be the same
these things I´ve lost
will come to accept
things I have done
I won´t regret

and with the roads that you take
they may lead you astray
but don´t think it´s a mistake
it´s all part of finding your own way
it´s all part of finding your own way
your own way

and with the roads that you take
they may lead you astray
but don´t think it´s a mistake
it´s all part of finding your own way
it´s all part of finding your own way
your own way
it´s all part of finding your own way
your own way
Track Name: Too Close To Home
making new decisions everyday
keep on going but I don´t know which way
don´t even know what´s in front of my nose
but deep down I´ve got an itch in my toes

this is too close, it´s too close to home
this is too close, it´s too close to home
she is too close, she´s too close to home
she is too close, she´s too close to home

and all my good lies
are waiting for me
when I get back home
she ain´t gonna be happy

I´ll jack off on myself again
singing songs only heard by my friends
they´ll never see the light of the day
oh I wish there could be some other way

this is too close, it´s too close to home
this is too close, it´s too close to home
she is too close, she´s too close to home
she is too close, she´s too close to home

and all my good lines
are wasted on you
when we get back home
what the hell are we gonna do?

keep on going go somewhere
don´t matter where your dreams´ll never be there
go on leave those who love you behind
joke´s on you cos there ain´t nothing else to find

...find...find...find

and all my good lies
are waiting for me
when we get back home
are we gonna be happy?
Track Name: Why You Gotta Let A Good Thing Go?
your touch
your smile
the glimpse of hope
that´s in your eyes
when you dance
with your hanging down
and you move
without a care for anyone around
you change my mood
you change my view
you were so right
you were so damn right
...
why you gotta let a good thing go?
Track Name: Limbo
it´s too soon to come back home
it´s too late to stay away
it´s too soon to come back home
it´s too late to stay away
world´s not my home
got no more places to roam
I´m getting tired of wondering how to make it through another day
it´s too soon to come back home
it´s too late to stay away

all of my problems
yeah they won´t leave me alone
a change of scenery just won´t do
tried to solve them
told you I gotta be on my own
but now I just got the same old blue
cos it´s too soon to come back home
it´s too late to stay away
it´s too soon to come back home
it´s too late to stay away

I was going round town
I was hoping you
were gonna be the one thing that was true
familiar faces such pretty places
passed me by but I never stopped to believe in you
I really should´ve tried

put yourself out to the world
with something to prove
and what´s left of your soul
no words can sooth

it´s too soon to come back home
it´s too late to stay away
it´s too soon to come back home
it´s too late to stay away
world´s not my home
got no more places to roam
I´m getting tired of wondering how to make it through another day
it´s too soon to come back home
it´s too late to stay away
Track Name: Circles
I keep going
on and on
nothing´s stopping
me from going
feel my whole life
passing by
it don´t feel right
and I know why

cos I´m leaving this town
I´m leaving again
don´t know when I´m coming back my friend
cos I´m leaving this town
I´m leaving again
don´t know when I´m coming back my friend

go in circles
round and round
feels like I lost
all I´ve found
could you find me
once again?
come back my lover
we´re on the mend

cos I´m leaving this town
I´m leaving again
don´t know when I´m coming back my friend
cos I´m leaving this town
I´m leaving again
don´t know when I´m coming back to Brisbane

where I go
feels the same
she only comes back
in the midnight rain
pitter patter
around my brain
where was I
before you came?

well I was leaving this town
I´m leaving again
don´t know when I´m coming back my friend
cos I´m leaving this town
I´m leaving again
don´t know when I´m coming back my friend