Mudra

by Robert Graefe

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Robert Graefe is known for his percussive acoustic guitar style combined with versatile vocals. On his new album Mudra he fuses the acoustic sound of his live performances with a traditional rock band armory including bass and electric guitar. Due to that the songs even extend the broad range of genres they cover anyways while still preserving a strong sense of affiliation.
Lyrically, the album adresses the beauty of obtaining freedom by making oneself accountable for decisions that are made. So sit back and enjoy you journey through a rich landscape of musical compositions, sound and blooming ideas.

Mudra: A symbolic hand position used in meditation.

Robert: "The title Mudra metaphorically comprises the music on the album. To me, music in general - and playing the guitar in particular - has always been a kind of meditation. A self-therapy even. On this album I wanted to let the listener in on what my idea of the songs is beyond the acoustic line-up that I can offer live as a single performer. And it definitely worked out.
Being in charge of the creative part as well as the recording and mixing, I often become a huge critic regarding my music. That is why I am so proud of Mudra: I am simply more than satisfied with what I have created here."

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released September 28, 2018

Music & Words by Robert Graefe.
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar and additional Instruments by Robert Graefe.
Recording & Mix by Robert Graefe.
Mastering by PhilippSchwetschenau.
Artwork & Desgin by Franziska Spiller, Robert Graefe.

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Track Name: Another Setting Sun
ANOTHER SETTING SUN

HERE I STAND AGAIN
I STAND EMPTY-HANDED

BEREFT OF MEANING
AND THE ALLEGED THIEF
AIN‘T NO-ONE ELSE BUT ME
SO I CHOOSE TO RUN
AND ANY LIGHT I SEE
THROUGH MY EYES TURNS TO BE

ANOTHER SETTING SUN
ALL THE NOTHINGNESS AIN‘T NOTHING BUT FEAR
IT‘S INSANE

I BREAK AND FALL AGAIN
WILL NO-ONE BREAK MY FALL THEN?

AS I POINT MY FINGER
THE ONLY CULPRIT THAT I SEE
AIN‘T NO-ONE ELSE BUT ME
SO WHOM DO I RUN FROM?
AND WHY DOES ANY LIGHT I SEE
THROUGH MY EYES TURN TO BE
ANOTHER SETTING SUN?

ALL THE NOTHINGNESS AIN‘T NOTHING BUT FEAR
IT‘S INSANE

ALL THE PORTRAITS OF ME
THAT VANITY STRIVES TO ARRANGE
FAIL TO WHITEWASH THE TEARS
I EXPOSE MYSELF TO THE ESTRANGED
I NEED TOO RECOVER MYSELF
RECOVER WHAT‘S BURIED IN ME

ALL THE REASONS FOR ME TO IGNORE
THAT ALL ALONG I DID IMPRISON MYSELF
THEY ALL SEEM LIKE A CRUEL MYSTERY NOW
AS I KEEP ON RECOVERING

AND I EXTEND MY HAND TO
THE SELF THAT IS REVEALED
THE ONE IN CHARGE OF ME
THERE‘S NO MORE NEED TO RUN
FOR A LIGHT YET TO BE SEEN
THROUGH MY EYES WON‘T REVEAL
ANOTHER SETTING SUN

FOR THE LONGEST TIME
I COULD NOT SEE CLEAR
IMPRISONED BY DESIGN
THROUGH ALL OF THESE YEARS
FIGURED THIS COMMON SENSE
TO BE PART OF THE DEAL
BUT THIS NOTHINGNESS IS NOTHING BUT FEAR
IT‘S INSANE
Track Name: Horizons
HORIZONS

I BELIEVE THAT WE COULD BE SO MUCH MORE

I FIND MYSELF FACING A WALL
MAINTAINING A PERSPECTIVE
FROM WHERE IT SEEMS INSURMOUNTABLE
TRUST I SENSE IN FRAILTY
A SIGH THROUGH UNDRAWN CURTAINS
THAT I HIDE BEHIND

WILL I COME TO FIND HORIZONS
FOR SOLACE TO BE GIVEN

THE SAME OLD WORDS I HEAR AND SAY
AN ENDLESS CONVERSATION
PERPETUALLY WE STRIVE TO REMAIN
THE MONOLOG GOES ON AND ON
STILL DRAWN TO UNDRAWN CURTAINS
THAT WE HIDE BEHIND

WILL WE COME TO FIND HORIZONS
FOR SOLACE TO BE GIVEN

NOTHING IS GOOD ENOUGH
AND NEVER WAS I
NOTHING IS GOOD ENOUGH

I BELIEVE THAT WE COULD BE SO MUCH MORE
TELL ME PLEASE, WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR
I BELIEVE THAT WE COULD BE SO MUCH MORE
TELL ME PLEASE, WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR
I BELIEVE THAT WE COULD BE SO MUCH MORE
TELL ME PLEASE, WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR
Track Name: Of Roots & Wings
OF ROOTS & WINGS

A NEW DAY‘S DAWN SHATTERS NOCTURNAL SHADES
THE BLACK CANVAS TURNS INTO A PASTEL COLORED SKY
AN UNSEEN HORIZON IS SHINING THROUGH THE HAZE
I GRAVITATE TOWARDS THAT VIEW UNFOLDING LIGHT

THESE ROOTS STILL TEND TO HOLD ME DOWN
I NEED THESE WINGS TO CARRY ME AWAY
I‘M LOST IN WAITING TO BE FOUND
IN SEARCHES I REMAIN

IF ONLY I WOULD KNOW
THE BRIDGES THAT SHOULD BURN
TO BUILD UP NEW ONES
I GUESS I‘LL NEVER KNOW
UNLESS I START TO GO
GO, BUILD MY OWN HOME
A COMPROMISE OF ROOTS AND WINGS

THE AGING DAY IS GROWING GREY AND OLD
AND FINALLY GIVES WAY TO ANOTHER SETTING SUN
AN UNSEEN HORIZON IS TURNING DARK AND COLD
SILENCE COMES THROUGH AS A PROPHET OF A STORM

I NEED THESE ROOTS TO HOLD ME NOW
THESE WINGS STILL TEND
TO CARRY ME ASTRAY
I‘M LOST IN WAITING TO BE FOUND
IN SEARCHES I REMAIN

IF ONLY I WOULD KNOW
THE BRIDGES THAT SHOULD BURN
TO BUILD UP NEW ONES
I GUESS I‘LL NEVER KNOW
UNLESS I START TO GO
GO, BUILD MY OWN HOME
A COMPROMISE OF ROOTS AND WINGS

I NEED SOME ROOTS TO HOLD ME DOWN
NEED SOME WINGS TO CARRY ME ASTRAY
LOST IN WAITING TO BE FOUND
IN SEARCHES I REMAIN

IF ONLY I WOULD KNOW
THE BRIDGES THAT SHOULD BURN
TO BUILD UP NEW ONES
I GUESS I‘LL NEVER KNOW
UNLESS I START TO GO
GO, BUILD MY OWN HOME
A COMPROMISE OF ROOTS AND WINGS
Track Name: A Rewritten Chapter
A REWRITTEN CHAPTER

COLD IS YOUR SKIN
NUMB ARE YOUR HANDS
A GUN IS POINTING AT YOUR TEMPLE
WHEN DID YOU BEGIN
TO THINK OF THE END?
WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO FALL?

FINGERS WRAPPED AROUND THE TRIGGER
REFLECTING ON WHAT YOU‘VE BEEN THROUGH
HOW COULD YOU COME TO FIND A REASON TO PULL

FATE WAS ALWAYS TAKING TOLLS ON YOU
CRAVING FOR BOUNDLESS CONTROL OVER YOU

OLD HAVE YOU GROWN
BEYOND YOUR YEARS
EVERY ATTEMPT JUST SEEMED TO FAIL
NEVER YOU‘VE SHOWN
SOMETHING LIKE TEARS
WHY COULDN‘T YOU FORGIVE YOURSELF?

FATE WAS ALWAYS TAKING TOLLS ON YOU
CRAVING FOR BOUNDLESS CONTROL OVER YOU

YOU DID CONVICT YOURSELF OF FATE
REST IN PEACE
WE‘LL FORGIVE SOMEDAY

AND THE WORST PART OF THE FEELINGS
THAT YOU NEVER GONNA SHOW
THE WORST PART OF THESE FEELINGS
IS THAT YOU CAN‘T BEAR THEM
UNLESS YOU HOLD THEM IN

THE WORST PART OF THESE FEELINGS
IS THAT YOU CAN‘T BEAR THEM
UNLESS YOU HOLD THEM IN
INSIDE OF YOU
Track Name: Pluviophile
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Parasites
PARASITES

MUTE THESE VOICES DRAINING YOUR SOUL
MUTE THESE VOICES NOW

THEY PROMISED YOU THE WORLD AND MORE
GRANT EVERY WHISH YOU‘RE LONGING FOR
BEHIND THIS MASK OF SYMPATHY
YOU WILL FIND WOLVES BARING THEIR TEETH

THEY FEED YOUR APPETITE
SWALLOW THE BAIT SO BLIND
UNTIL YOU CHOKE FROM LIES
FAT ENOUGH FOR THE FEAST

MUTE THESE VOICES DRAINING YOUR SOUL
MUTE THESE VOICES NOW
THE VULTURES CIRCLE ABOVE YOUR HEAD
GRIN EAGERLY TO SEE YOU DEAD
ALL THESE LIES THAT YOU BELIEVED
ARE PRODUCTS OF YOUR OWN GREED

THEY FEED YOUR APPETITE
SWALLOW THE BAIT SO BLIND
UNTIL YOU CHOKE FROM LIES
FAT ENOUGH FOR THE FEAST

MUTE THESE VOICES DRAINING YOUR SOUL
MUTE THESE VOICES NOW

ALL THESE DEMONS IN MY LIFE
ALL THESE LURKING PARASITES

MUTE THESE VOICES DRAINING YOUR SOUL
MUTE THESE VOICES NOW
Track Name: Elegy
ELEGY

WORN-OUT PHRASES
TRY TO KEEP MY HEAD ABOVE THE WATER
DISTANT VOICES
DROWNING IN THE SILENCE OF MY WORLD

LIFE AND DEATH GO HAND IN HAND
EVERYBODY KNOWS
AND EVERYTHING IS MEANT TO GO
AND THOUGH I
LONG TO FEEL THE KISS OF YOUR BREATH
CARESSING MY NECK
YOU‘LL BE GONE FOREVER

ALL THESE COLORS
ALL OF THEM ARE DRESSED IN GREY SINCE YOU LEFT
AND ALL THESE STORIES
FORGOTTEN BEFORE WE COULD KNOW OF THEM

LIFE AND DEATH GO HAND IN HAND
EVERYBODY KNOWS
AND EVERYTHING IS MEANT TO GO
AND THOUGH I
LONG TO FEEL THE KISS OF YOUR BREATH
CARESSING MY NECK
YOU‘LL BE GONE FOREVER
STILL
Track Name: The Void
THE VOID

I HAD MY LAST REAL-LIFE CONVERSATION
BACK IN MY INFANCY
AND YOU MIGHT CALL THIS EXAGGERATION
BUT THAT‘S HOW IT FEELS
WE PRAISE IT MODERN COMMUNICATION
FACE WHAT IT REALLY IS
A PROCESS OF ISOLATION
IN ITS INFANCY

AND THIS CHILD WILL GROW
UNTIL IT SPITS ON OUR HEADS
WE WILL DROWN
MAYBE NOT IN SPITTLE
BUT SURE IN REGRETS
‘CAUSE OF EVERYTIME WHEN WE MISSED
NOT TO LOG INTO THE VOID
INTO THE VOID

THERE GROWS AN ALREADY LOST GENERATION
FEEDING ITSELF WITH POSTS AND TWEETS
GROWING FAT FROM DUMB-ASS QUOTATIONS
HUNGER FOR MORE THEY BREED
AND THIS FUCKED UP BLIND ELATION
THEY IMBIBE FROM THEIR INFANCY
I KNOW I‘M PART OF THIS WHOHLE CONSTELLATION
BUT I REFUSE TO BREED

‘CAUSE THIS CHILD WILL GROW
UNTIL IT SPITS ON OUR HEADS
WE WILL DROWN
MAYBE NOT IN SPITTLE
BUT SURE IN REGRETS
‘CAUSE OF EVERYTIME WHEN WE MISSED
NOT TO LOG INTO THE VOID
INTO THE VOID
Track Name: Nocturnal Shades
NOCTURNAL SHADES

ALL ALONG THERE HAS BEEN THIS VOID
ROAMING MY CHEST
A CONCEALED SPAWN FROM THE PAST
THAT NEVER LET ME REST
I‘M DIGGING FOR A NAME
TO SAVOUR THE DISTANCE OF WORDS
FROM WHAT THEY CLING TO
AN URGE TO CUT THROUGH THE STITCHES
OF OLD FORGOTTEN WOUNDS

A CHOIR OF MUTE SIRENS
STILL UPHOLDS
THE WORDS LEFT UNSPOKEN
I WITHHOLD
AN ECHOING SILENCE
DEAFENS ALL
FOR VEILS TO BE WOVEN THAT
ENFOLD MY HOPE

MY IDEA OF CONTENT
WAS BORN FROM EMPTINESS
CENTERED IN THIS INBALANCE
I HOPE TO FIND BLISS
STILL DIGGING FOR A NAME
TO STARVE ON THE DISTANCE OF WORDS
FROM WHAT THEY CLING TO
WHILE FEEDING ON A CLONE OF CONTROL
A PARODY, THOUGH

A CHOIR OF MUTE SIRENS
STILL UPHOLDS
THE WORDS LEFT UNSPOKEN
I WITHHOLD
AN ECHOING SILENCE
DEAFENS ALL
FOR VEILS TO BE WOVEN
THAT ENFOLD MY HOPE

I STRIVE TO BECOME ONE WITH OBLIVION
I STRIVE TO BECOME ONE WITH OBLIVION

A CHOIR OF MUTE SIRENS
STILL UPHOLDS
THE WORDS LEFT UNSPOKEN
I WITHHOLD
AN ECHOING SILENCE
DEAFENS ALL
FOR VEILS TO BE WOVEN
THAT ENFOLD MY HOPE
Track Name: A New Day's Dawn
(Instrumental)

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