The Pianist Tried to Sing

by Diini

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The pianist tried many things, succeeding at some, failing at others
Sometimes when he failed, he wrote a song about it
He ended up writing quite a number of songs

The pianist had fingers for playing piano
He did not, however, have a voice for singing
He did have a voice, it was true
But some thought it was a bit croaky
And he thought so too

Despite this not-so-insignificant fact
One afternoon when reciting the old masterpieces did not quite suit his mood
The pianist wondered to himself what it might be like
To sing the songs he had written
To sing them himself

The pianist looked around to see if anyone was listening - not a soul
So he puffed up his chest,
Raised his chin,
Opened his mouth,
And tried to sing.



This album consists of songs for piano and voice only, written between 2014 and 2015. The order of the tracks on the album reflects the chronology in which they were written.

A "no fiddling" approach was adopted for the production of these tracks, meaning that standard production tools such as EQ, reverb, compression, etc. were not used at all. Everything sounds exactly how it sounded when performed - no better and no worse.

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released December 30, 2015

All songs composed, performed and recorded by Richard "Diini" Dean.

Album art by Emily Grobler.

Special thanks to Alex for the wonderful gift of a condenser microphone, to Leanne for challenging me to write more "pop-y" music, and to Rachelle for suggesting the chord theme underlying "I Promise You". Special thanks also to A, M, R, C and J whose mere existence, unbeknown to them, constituted the necessary and sufficient condition for the writing of most of these songs.

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Track Name: Ailahteleva
No, my fickle heart, there cannot be two
You should know, my fickle heart, you should know by now
That you can't even care for one properly
How, my fickle heart, could you do this again?

Ailah... ailah... ailahteleva
Ailah... ailah... ailahteleva

She, she will be the one
She, she will be the one
Don't expect me to believe that you've found the one
When you've found so many ones already
This time I couldn't care to hear your nonsense
Worthless little heart, I don't trust you any more

Ailah... ailah... ailahteleva
Ailah... ailah... ailahteleva

No, think of it no more
No, it won't help you let go
No, it wouldn't be good for you
No, it's time you learned from your mistakes
Track Name: I could never be your friend
Such a shame to let you go
All the years we'll never know

It can't be, it can't be, it can't be the only way

I could never be your friend
It would always be deception
Suppose that's why this has to end

It can't be, it can't be, it can't be the only way
It can't be, it can't be, it can't be the only way

Will I never be your friend
Will I never be your lover
Could this really be the end?

It can't be, it can't be, it can't be the only way
It can't be, it can't be, it can't be the only way
Track Name: Let the wind carry my voice to you
If it happens to God then why not to me?
Love comes without a return guarantee
And who says I'll ever love you?
Maybe I'll just admire you from afar.
So if your road and mine never meet
And someday I must admit defeat
I'll call out from here:

Go well and go far
Go well and go far
Go in peace and be blessed
One day I'll stop trying to see you
Go well and go far

I can only expect the future to repeat the past
All that I've known is all I can forecast.
But who says it goes like clockwork?
Maybe the rules I've observed don't actually apply
But if they do oh if they do
And you too must choose to pass me by
I'll call out from here:

Go well and go far
Go well and go far
Go in peace and be blessed
One day I'll stop trying to see you
Go well and go far

[But if you hear the broken sound of my voice
It's not too late to turn around,
The choice remains to come back and walk next to me]
Track Name: 7 Billion People
I can't look at you with eyes that don't idolise you
But I can look away
And slip back into the crowd, and never stop to turn around
Never see you again

I've been trying different drugs lately
To keep my head above water
I do better when I'm not on love
Though you could have been my dearest friend
It seems you will be just one of
Seven billion people I will never know

One night at church I saw a face which brought my faith to life again
Showed the truth to the rumours
That the sea has many fish and even coelacanths exist
But the land is my home now

I've been trying different drugs lately
To keep my head above water
I do better when I'm not on love
Though she could become my dearest friend
I bet she will be just one of
Seven billion people I will never know

No matter what I try
No matter how I fight
No matter how I kick splash and scream
I'll only go down

It's not that hard to stay afloat when you throw the prophet off the boat
And relinquish the false hope
It's funny now to realise I don't have to compromise on
Anything else to move on

And I can look at you with eyes that don't idolise you
Yes I can look at you with eyes that see things that are wrong with you
But I won't look away
I won't turn away
I won't walk away just yet
Just yet
Track Name: In Control
It's something you can't buy
Something you can't win easily
It's something you can miss
Even though you see it all around
Some say it's a game
That can be fatal to lose
Now don't be fooled
You must abide by the rules

It either happens on its own, or it's never gonna happen
You can take it when it's offered but the offer will not last
And you can try to trick the system and you might get pretty far
But if there's one thing that is certain it's that you're not in control at all

It's something you can fake
Something anyone can imitate
It's something you can spoil
But that is worse than nothing at all
So make up your mind
Do you want the truth or a lie?

It either happens on its own, or it's never gonna happen
You can take it when it's offered but the offer will not last
And you can try to trick the system and you might get pretty far
But if there's one thing that is certain it's that you're not in control at all

You must realise
You must realise
You're not in control

It either happens on its own, or it's never gonna happen
You can take it when it's offered but the offer will not last
And you can try to trick the system and you might get pretty far
But if there's one thing that is certain it's that you're not in control at all
Track Name: Invincible Man
I don't wanna die, Invincible Man
I don't wanne leave the beloved land I know
My home, the land of the living

I don't wanna die a miserable man
I would like to believe I'm part of a bigger plan
My hope is starting to waver

Mmm mmm mmm mmm
Mmm mmm mmm mmm

Give me hope
Give me real hope
Give me hope which does not betray

I don't wanna die, Invincible Man
I don't wanne leave the beloved land I know
My home, the land of the living

I don't wanna die a miserable man
I would like to believe I'm part of a bigger plan
My hope is starting to waver
Track Name: Talk to Me
Floating on the Dead Sea in the dark
Both eyes shut but ears tuned to the stars
Broadcasting a message from his mind
Waiting for an answer of some kind

Talk to me, when will you talk to me?
Is there a reason you are ignoring me?
When will you talk to me? Why don't you talk to me?
How can I know this is the right frequency?

Crouching down on all fours in the shadows
Heart pacing and breathing sharp but shallow
Dares to whisper in the walkie talkie
Knowing he might be heard by the zombies

Talk to me, when will you talk to me?
Is there a reason you are ignoring me?
When will you talk to me? Why don't you talk to me?
How can I know this is the right frequency?

When will I hear from you, hear from you?
Track Name: The Animal Who Drowned
Two by two they came in
Two by two they came in
Two by two

You can't come in alone
You can't come in alone
You can't come
Track Name: Mechanisms
Ten - so it begins
Nine - all those moving parts
Eight - they have a mind of their own

Doors are slamming shut
New walls are going up
Soon nothing will move in or out because

Mechanisms have been activated
What they do cannot be undone

Three - better think fast
Two - you better react fast
One - you better say something fast because

Mechanisms have been activated
What they do cannot be undone
Track Name: Phantomschmerzen
There are many other ways you could say what you mean
I suppose silence gets the job done fine
Fair enough Jess, fair enough

There are other times you could do this to me
I suppose now is as good as it gets
Fair enough Jess, fair enough

It's not your fault that I am the needy one
The one who feels the strife
And I am the bleeding one
When nobody's even touched a knife

It's been nearly seven days since I heard from you last
I suppose seven more won't change my life
Fair enough Jess, fair enough

It's a fine day in LA in the picture you sent
I suppose Cape Town has days finer yet
Fair enough Jess, fair enough

It's not your fault that I am the needy one
The one who feels the strife
And I am the bleeding one
When nobody's even touched a knife
Track Name: This Craft
This craft wasn't made to skim speedily along the surface
This craft was made to dive down deep and never come up

These shoes were made to be worn by wretched schoolboys
These shoes weren't made for dancing, why do they all still waltz in them?

We're looking for a plot, some solid ground which we can build our house on
We keep ending up pulling tent pegs out the sand

This craft wasn't made to skim speedily along the surface
This craft was made to dive down deep and never come up
Track Name: I Promise You
Spin in circles until you fall down
And the world keeps spinning round even when you stop
Climb a mountain, or any high place
Though you might seem very small compared to outer space

I promise you you'll never be alone, feel alone again

Remote islands, or city centres
They are not so different if no one knows you're there
Crowded places, so many strangers
But all you need is for one of them to look at you and smile

I promise you you'll never be alone, feel alone again

Work will be there, to make your days pass
But when the work is done will there be silence in your home?
Distant voices of social media
Or your son and daughter there to meet you at the door?

I promise you you'll never be alone, feel alone again