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The Glass Hotel Tapes

by Johnny Bob

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1.
Shalllow the Nykr i) Urmeer ii) Seahorse Serenades When the poisoned waves have crossed the windparks offshore Seahorse serenades will sound and shake the core Law and chaos lost their ground won’t matter no more Passage rites, northern lights When the creatures of the sea fight ancient wars Seahorse serenades will sound and shake the stars Pearls and gold and tiny mermonks trapped in jars Passage rights, northern lights Save a soul in every town Find the man who stole the crown This is the Urmeer sound iii) Nykr’s Wrath: Come here now, turning tide Enemy know your kind Come here now burning sand Coldfronts rise it’s getting’ out of hand Gone, sun’s gone, pendulum, To the coast waters come A salty salute sister of mine Coldfronts rise end of the line
2.
Night of the Prom Standing watch the lakeside burning at the break of day Hollow inside, flag in hand, a design so grand and so holistic Tonight is the night and you’re running scared Standing watch the city crumble chills you as you fall All the girls in their new dresses and they don’t see you at all Cause tonight is the night and you are on the outside Don’t be shy The child in you about to realize So much for the future now the truth has struck your heart All the boys are celebrating and it’s tearing you apart Cause tonight is the night and you are on the outside There’s something wrong The boys are on alert Don’t be shy The child in you about to realize Shadows will pass you by Cause today you are starting the rest of your life Standing watch the lakeside burning at the break of day Life is just a house of cards, a kiss so hot it ruins your lipstick There’s something wrong The boys are on alert
3.
Paper Monkeys So your vision is still weary from constantly passing the bars The polaroids are fading, eyes dying distant stars Like a dance of force around a center pictures bloom and fade Into your heart and soul you’re a panther in a cage You can’t go now you have to go later Confronting monkeys made of paper And you begin to shake with rage You can’t go now you have to go later When iron bars become shattered glass For the panther in his cage Like a nightmare from the past the memories they last With your now and soon in the passing of the bars Like a dance of force around a center pictures bloom and fade Into your heart and soul you’re a panther in a cage You can’t go now you have to go later Confronting monkeys made of paper And you begin to shake with rage You can’t go now you have to go later When iron bars become shattered glass For the panther in his cage
4.
Mr. Genghis come to Town Place a thumbtack on the plan where the ancient river ran Forming chaos into order red balloon flies near a border Shady light, roses bloom, hours gone by in a secret garden, Hiding in shadows I’m coming for you in a secret garden Sunlight faces happy smiles Modern landscapes funeral pyres They fuck your brains, propaganda gone wild No sense in running you will lose my child Rise and Shine Kyoto This darkest hour I make my stand At least the champagne’s cold when worlds will end Unleash the dogs and hordes and thunder hooves, Hear them howling on their warpath moves No sense in running you will lose my clown When Mr. Genghis comes to town Shady light, roses bloom, hours gone by in a secret garden, Hiding in shadows I’m coming for you in a secret garden Sunlight faces happy smiles Modern landscapes funeral pyres Forming chaos into order Red balloon flies near a border No snse in running, they will hunt you down When Mr. Genghis comes to town Heading west their horses cry Neon tombstones against the sky Matters over mind they choose the gun Kyoto fails, you’re on the run Rise and shine Kyoto Champagne class Rise and shine come shouting Champagne class
5.
The silence in this house never made me feel secure With shadowborn on empty glasses struggling for a cure The wind was whispering in the dunes nourishing the shore Until the night you came along sneaking through my door We are many, we are small and we are craving for your fall We are your nemesis, the night, we’re made from void, we eat your light The seasons changed, I thought that I could run away, Your voices muted in the traffic’s noise kept the memories at bay You started invading my nights again, coming with the storm To end this now I have returned to the place where I was born I’m wide awake, I’m in control, I am my guide, I have a soul I am an angel and a punk and you’re a bunch of thoughts on junk With all the tensions blown away I’m kicking faye I’m learning fast What is it in this house that the darkness brings to life I sense a thousand eyes on me and I’m ready for the fight Whatever it is that’s come for me it’s hiding and it waits And I’m putting on my steel cap boots to enhance my strength A sold out show in blood A paradise lost for a naked god Your darkness doesn’t hurt no more Dare you – Come true – Feel you Near you – Feel true - Breakthrough I’m kicking faye, I have enough, I’m in control, I’m growing up I’m glad I’d come back to this place to face the truth to win this race All the tensions blown away I’m kicking faye I’m learning fast Your darkness and my light A sold out show in blood A paradise lost for a naked god Your darkness doesn’t hurt no more Dare you – Come true – Feel you Near you – Feel true - Breakthrough
6.
Berlin Ahead 03:10
Berlin Ahead You call me at night it’s coming near don’t wait but follow Jesus walked into the light as far as I know The promise of a final dance and I’m in for the showdown Someday we’ve lost our way somewhere somehow The message was clear, we had to run away from the fairgrounds As the world turned upside down thoughts started to shut down They got the power they got the might and red lights are flashing People fading out of sight towerscrashing Anyone out there, anyone coming home tonight You can count on me The city gets near Berlin ahead we call from a distance Empty canyons skies turn red no lights in the windows What went wrong we’ll never know and we don’t care Who’s gone too far the cause unknown the facts so untrue Anyone out there, anyone coming home tonight You can count on me
7.
Corridors 05:34
Corridors Somehow we lost the way Never let go Late at dawn came the last winter’s snow Corridors, elevator, staircase Carry us through I won’t lose my faith in you Now the club is open With every heart a timebomb With every soul part of the blue Falling apart All the roads - have led to nowhere I’d like to let you know that I still care In my darkest hour not many choices My name is Conrad, I am guided by voices Never give up, never let go Late at dawn came the last winter’s snow Now the club is open With every heart a timebomb With every soul part of the blue Falling apart Now the club is open With every heart a timebomb With every soul part of the b

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Einen Tag, nachdem die USA aus dem Kyoto Protokoll aussteigen, beschließt Sofie Conrad die Welt zu retten. Sie verlässt ihre Heimat und checkt im „Glass Hotel“ in Berlin ein. Ein Koffer, ein Keyboard, ein Kassettenrekorder. Sie quittiert telefonisch ihren Job und bestellt beim Zimmerservice eine Flasche Champagner.
Nach drei Tagen verschwindet Sofie Conrad spurlos. Sie hinterlässt ein Chaos aus Grafiken, Texten und Tonbandaufzeichnungen.
Das Werk des ehemaligen Mitglieds der US-amerikanischen Kyoto Delegation, das in den drei Tagen in Conrads Zimmer im Glass Hotel entsteht, wird als Teil eines Art Nouveau Projektes der Hamburger Fachhochschule für bildende Künste ausgestellt, bevor man es auf dem Dachboden einlagert und vergisst.
21 Jahre später werden die Mitglieder der Band Johnny Bob durch einen anonymen Hinweis auf einer Zigarettenschachtel aufmerksam, die jemand im Backstage Bereich liegen gelassen hat. Neugierig geworden, sichten sie mit Erlaubnis der Familie Conrads die Fragmente aus dem „Glass Hotel“. Nach intensiver Auseinandersetzung mit dem Werk
findet die Band heraus, dass Conrads Kunst den Schlüssel zu einer neuen Welt kreiert.
Die Musiker beschließen daraufhin, den „Glass Hotel Tapes“ eine Stimme zu geben.
Die Grafik-Skizzen wurden von der Hamburger Künstlerin Anja Walter interpretiert und zum Cover Artwork verarbeitet. Die Band integrierte einige der originalen Text- und Tonband-Fragmente in die Lyrics und Arrangements des Albums.
Das „Glass Hotel“ existiert nicht mehr.
Sofie Conrad ist bis zum heutigen Tag spurlos verschwunden.

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released January 7, 2024

Carsten Díaz – vocals
Jörg Purfürst – bass / keyboards / 12-string acoustic & electric guitar / backing vocals
Philip Mestwerdt – drums
Jürgen Ufer – acoustic and electric guitar
Ole Schützler – keyboards / flute / oboe / backing vocals

artwork & cover design by Anja Walter

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Johnny Bob Hamburg, Germany

Johnny Bob is a neo-prog band from Hamburg. They form 2017 in memory of two school bands which disband after their members graduate in the early nineties.

German magazine “eclipsed” rates Johnny Bob in October 2019 to become one of the “big bands in the national progressive scene”.
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