Here you find most of the lyrics to the songs on the new bartmes CD modular soul. Enjoy!


The Source  (© 2011 / lyrics by Jo Bartmes)

too cheap, not deep, distractions creep into my life awake, asleep

too big, too fast, too loud, no doubt,

not smart, no good, just jive, not funny

who runs my life, who’s got the money

three, two, one, sensory knockout,

where can I find release from all distractions

four, five, six, how about

regaining power over all my actions


regaining power over all my actions

power over all my actions

find release from all distractions

regain the power over all my actions


be this, be that, but don’t be sad

the market’s up, so what’s so bad

slick and smart and hot and cool

happy, preppy conformists rule.

I want to be the source again

and not be victim of remote controls

and our desperate world’s conflictions

there is a well of love and grace

hidden away deep in myself

abandon all restrictions


abandon all restrictions

regain the power over all my actions

abandon all restrictions


I've got it all, I am enough, I'll be the source and spread my love, yeah



Strange  (© 2011 / lyrics by Jo Bartmes)

don't ask why

just go with me

time goes by goes by

it's so wonderful suddenly

I'm as happy as I can be

in awhile

in awhile


lets exchange

no soulless word

just be strange

be strange

like an exotic bird

making sounds that I've never heard

please be strange

be strange


Do you want to know

that I love you so

Does it make you stay

(or) make you go away.


gentle moves

my brain is still

lucious grooves

with you

blending our hearts until

moving apart we will

just be strange

be strange


Do you want to know

that I love you so

Does it make you stay

(or) make you go away.

The moment I define

that you're heart is mine

you will disappear

and the night is clear.



Fair Love  2011 / lyrics by Jo Bartmes)

there's broken glass

the tears will dry

it's hard to breath

and time goes at a slower pace

compelled to fight

i don' know why

where there was love

there's many words and no more space


we're fighting hard

the air is tight

the joy is gone

two views of right

it's hard to move

without the light

fear stops the groove

with all its might


i'd like to let you know

no matter where you go

this has been a bumpy ride

but I'll always feel you at my side

i'd like to let you know

no matter where i go

and even if it's hard to see

you'll be a part of me


loving fair ain't that easy

it's easier to live at war

it takes a lifetime to cease the fire

but at the end we'll fight no more



High Taste  (© 2011 / lyrics by Jo Bartmes)

I like champagne.

What do you drink?

You're going insane.

Life's on the brink.

(You) can't see the joy.

(You) never get the rest.

Since you were a boy

live life without the zest


I'm doing well.

There's nothing much wrong.

I make my living

singing a song.

I'm doing quite fine.

What's wrong with you.

You work on an assembly line.

What can I do?


You are fourty years old and never been to school.

How much that makes me feel like a privileged fool.

You sew my hipster clothes and you're cleaning up my waste.

Make my life affordable, survive on my high taste.


You are harvesting my gourmet food - have barely enough to eat.

You are shoeshining my shoes, nothing to wear on your own feet.

Will we change our minds and make the shift today.

I'm pretty shure not ready yet to give up the privileged way.


We've got it made.

We're doing well.

This is your fate

living in hell.


Authenticity (© 2011 / lyrics by Jo Bartmes)

Do you want me to be pretty?

Do you want me to be pretty?

Do you think that I am funny?

Can you dig the things I do to hide myself?

Can you dig the things I do to hide myself?

Do you want me to be pretty?

Do you think that I am funny?

I am funny.


Can you dig the things I do to hide myself?

Can you dig the things I do to hide myself?


I better stop pretending.

Will you love me when I cut the lying game.

The masquerade is ending.

The Me you know and who I am is not the same

I better stop pretending.

Will you care for me if I don't always shine.

The masquerade is ending.

Can I be proud of everything that's truly mine.


Authenticity, authenticity, authenticity, authenticity

is the city where I wanna be

is the city where I wanna be

is the city where I wanna be.


Do you love my smile?

Hope you like my style!

Do you love my smile?

Hope you like my style!

Everything I do to be loved by you.

Everything I do only to be loved by you!

Everything I do only to be loved by you!


I better stop pretending.

Will you love me when I cut the lying game.

The masquerade is ending.

The me you know and who I am is not the same

I better stop pretending.

Will you care for me if I don't always shine.

The masquerade is ending.

Can I be proud of everything that's truly mine.


Authenticity (I better stop pretending)

authenticity (the masquerade is ending)

authenticity (I better stop pretending)

authenticity is the city where I wanna be

(the me you know and who I am is not the same)

is the city where I wanna be

(the me you know and who I am is not the same)

is the city where I wanna be.


Let It Be  (© 2011 / lyrics by Jo Bartmes)

say you love me

will you let me go

pressure off me

I will beam and glow


say you love me

will you set me free

let go off me

can you wait and see


say you love me

we are tryin' to fly

back up off me

this is no good bye


you say that you love me, can you please let me be free, you say you

treasure my free soul, then what do you expect from me, you know that

all our wishful dreams will never live up to reality, the

only moment that is here and now and you and me and we are


free to feel alive and fly away and let it be and I will

go and will not stay and you will also fly not held by me and

all I'm tryin' to say is that I want to set us free and want us

all to let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be.


Your Guts  (© 2011 / lyrics by Jo Bartmes)

I should have met the other girl

Before and not after I met you

I should have listened to my mom

When she told me what to dohoo

I’d like a smaller nose, a smarter brain and better education.

Live would be so much easier if I would know my destination.


Wish,   would,   should,    could

If,    when,    maybe,    then


You got to do what you do and like it

Because if you know, there’s no wrong and no right

There is no use to excuse and to fight

About every little thing.


You got to live by your guts or you going nuts


If there wouldn’t be so much ignorance

Our world would be much better

I wish I wouldn’t allways say so much

That doesn’t really matter.

If I were a real singer I could sing this song right

and I would be rich and famous and my future would look bright -

and my future would look bright


Wish,   would,   should,    could

If,    when,    maybe,    then


You got to do what you do and like it

Because if you know, there’s no wrong and no right

There is no use to excuse and to fight

About every little thing.


You got to live by your guts or you going nuts


We hear this voice from deep inside that tells us what to do

which is our gut feeling beyond opinion and indoctrination.

With great success we do suppress it in our selfs and in our kids over the

years with heavy manipulation.

Which is to bad cause live is good when you listen to your guts voice

and not to anybody elses dogma that says you got no choice...

you got the choice...

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