God Save the Writer

by Manticess

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The new single of German duo Manticess provides a fresh mixture of pop, rock and folk elements. There is the infectious chorus of the title track "God Save the Writer", the longing vocals of "Bittersweet Goodbye", the affectionate melancholy of "One-Night Stand" and the Christmas-themed ballad "After I Have Gone".

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released December 15, 2010

Produced by Manticess

Mixed and mastered by Benjamin Fetscher at BA-Audiolabs / BA-Audiolabs.com
Recorded by Johannes Schult and Susanne Wolff at home in Konstanz, Kreuzlingen and Trier with a few overdubs in Laupheim
Drums recorded in San Diego, CA and Conshohocken, PA
Piano recorded in Rome, NY

Drums on "God Save the Writer" and "One-Night Stand" by Dave Uosikkinen / DaveUDrums.com
Piano on "God Save the Writer" by Mike Lombardo

All songs written by Manticess

Cover photography by by Jan Engelhardt / Small-Planets.com
Band photography by Björn Schäpler
Design by Karen Kavett / KarenKavett.com

Manticess are Susanne Wolff (vocals) and Johannes Schult (guitars, keyboards, programming)

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Track Name: God Save the Writer
There's so many misconceptions; there is so much pain
There's so many complicated mysteries that remain
One of them's the writer, who's working late at night
Desperately ambitious, trying to get it right

There's so many urgent issues; there's so much to say
There's so many tragedies that happen every day
The writer shakes his head and turns off every light
And then in darkness he is trying to get it right

God save the writer, God save the muse
God save the singer, the joy and the blues
God save the listener whatever may come
God save the writer for everything he's done

There's so many different notions; there is so much noise
There's so many wrong solutions yearning for a voice
The writer tries to shut his mind against them tight
Desperately ambitious, trying to get it right

God save the writer, God save the muse
God save the singer, the joy and the blues
God save the listener whatever may come
God save the writer for everything he's done

A blank page and a pen are all he needs tonight
Desperately ambitious, he finally gets it right

God save the writer, God save the muse
God save the singer, the joy and the blues
God save the listener whatever may come
God save the writer for everything he's done
God save the writer for everything he's done
Track Name: Bittersweet Goodbye
I have travelled far and wide
Seen many places, been to many sites
Now I have a home to leave
I have won a heart to keep

I know you'll miss me
I will miss you, too
But if you love me you will let me go
You can trust me my heart belongs to you
But my wings need motion, too

Back onto the road, though leaving will hurt me
Out into the open where free winds will sing to me
I know there are tears in my eyes of farewell
Tears of joy blur my sight as I head on
I can't wait to go

I make you a promise I will return one day
Your picture in my heart will guide me on my way
After the freedom and the lands I have roamed
I would bring the width and the horizon back home

Back onto the road, though leaving will hurt me
Out into the open where free winds will sing to me
I know there are tears in my eyes of farewell
Tears of joy blur my sight as I head on
I can't wait to go
I don't want to leave
I don't want to leave
Track Name: One-Night Stand
A crowded room, a red confession
Whose night is it anyway?
A sweet perfume, a glimpse of passion
Whose night is it anyway?

I heard those words before
I'll say them now once more
Been through this all before
Just the faces change

A first embrace filled with desire
Whose night is it anyway?
Through the haze two hearts conspire
Whose night is it anyway?

Don't really know what for
Emotions render sore
Been through this all before
Just the faces change

We spend the night pretending we're lovers
Whose night is it anyway?
A soft goodbye I reach for the covers
Whose night is it anyway?

The mirror by the door
Reflects the clothes I wore
Been through this all before
Just the faces change

Silence remains
No number to call
No meaning at all
I don't even know your name
Know your name
Track Name: After I Have Gone
It's too late to turn back now
I am on my way
I know I'll make it through somehow
To live another day
I know my mission
I know I am his son
But inside my head my memory has gone

It's too late to change my mind
I keep it in my heart
All the love I left behind
Here's to my second start
I know I have a name
I know I'm yet unborn
Despite my future fame
I'll wear a crown of thorns

It's too late to say goodbye
I am on my way
Here on this cross I'm going to die
Still I wish I could stay
I know I'm fading
I know they'll understand
But it's hard to see you cry, my friend