Carmen

Parkinsong Duets bonus track, performed by Musicgarden
(Kurt Strohmeier and Xenia)

Music by Georges Bizet
Adaptation by Kurt Strohmeier
Lyrics by Xenia Strunz

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Have you ever felt that your life
Isn’t going into the direction you want

And your dreams and all your beliefs
They seem to fade away with time

Let them show you what they can teach you
Don’t waste your time with stupid things

Be aware that this life might be short
And maybe ends before you know

[bridge]

Then change … your way … and love … will stay

[chorus]

The only thing you need is trust
And just a little bit of joy and lust

If you not want to fade away
Like washed out colors when they fade to grey

Whenever you feel down then think about the luck you have
And do not hesitate and thank for all the bliss

The Sound of Parkinson

Parkinson song performed by Tom Isaacs
Recorded live by Gerald Ganglbauer at the WPC 2016
Words by Tom Isaacs, music by Richard Rodgers
(Climb Every Mountain, The Sound of Music)

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Tom Isaacs sings at the WPC 2016, Portland, USA

Grow every stem cell
Search every gene
Sequence every Exome
Till you find the key

Misfolded proteins
Clumping in my brain
Please disaggregate my
Alpha synuclein

Drill a hole in my brain
See how deep you can go
Then insert some old tube
Filled with a placebo

I’ve got dysfunctional
Mitochondria
Lack of Dopa in my
Basal ganglia

There’s a breakthrough out there,
But there’s one thing I wish
That you give it to us,
Not to rats or to fish

Grow every stem cell
Search every gene
Sequence every Exome
Till you cure Pd

 

Red Light Blue Light

Parkinson duet performed by Joerg Veselka and Connie Weixler
Words and music by Joerg Veselka

Red light blue light is shining, shining through the night
Red light blue light, I’m crawling, I’m crawling, on the floor
Red light blue light, I’m hoping, yeah I’m hoping to see you again
Red light blue light, I’m crying, yeah I’m crying, I miss you so

Life’s unpredictable, incomprehensible incredible, unimpossible
Life’s unpredictable, incomprehensible, yeah incredible, unimpossible – without you

Red light blue light is shining, shining – through the night
Red light blue light, I’m crawling, crawling – on the floor
Red light blue light, I’m hoping, hoping – to see you again
Red light blue light, I’m crying, crying, I miss you so

Life’s unpredictable, incomprehensible, incredible, unimpossible without you
Life’s unpredictable, incomprehensible, oh incredible, unimpossible – without you

Red light blue light is shining, shining – through the night
Red light blue light, I’m crawling, I’m crawling – on the floor
Red light blue light, I’m hoping, yeah I’m hoping – to see you again
Red light blue light, I’m crying, yeah I’m crying, I miss you so

Life’s unpredictable, hmmm incomprehensible, hmmm incredible, unimpossible without you
Life’s unpredictable, incomprehensible, hmmm incredible, unimpossible – without you
Hmmm, Hmmm, life’s unimpossible – without you

 

Wasn’t I the One

Parkinson duet performed by Jacques Bush and Gerald Ganglbauer
Words and music by Jacques Bush/Marino Acapulco

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Gerald Ganglbauer, Jacques Bush, Marino Acapulco

You treat me well, but I don’t mind.
From the well the plight is coming … coming bad.
I sit and watch the hours,
Wonder if I’ll ever make it home … so tired of hanging.

You treat me well but I don’t mind.
You think your every wish is my command.
Once I was waiting for the fame,
But things ain’t never what they seem to be.

When I wake up, I feel homeless,
Wasn’t I the one?
Understood and punished all the way.

You treat me well, but I don’t mind.
From the well the plight is coming … coming bad.
I sit and watch the hours,
Wonder if I’ll ever make it home.

When I wake up, I feel homeless,
Wasn’t I the one?
Understood and punished all the way.

So long, hey! Do I know
Wasn’t I the one.

I drank the whole week away
Give me everything to be …

When I wake up, I feel homeless
Wasn’t I the one …
So misunderstood who’s found where he belongs …

So Here I Am

Parkinsong duet performed by Johnny Schwarzinger and Uli Sajko
Words and music by Johnny Schwarzinger, poem by Uli Sajko

Noch wirft die Sonne einen Blick
Durch mein Fenster jeden Tag
Das Morgenlicht für mich ist Glück
Wünschte es nie enden mag

Doch schwächer wird von Mal zu Male
Das Strahlen kürzer und im Nu
Legen sich dunkel herbstlich fahle Gedanken
Dem Schweigen noch dazu

Contemplate myself in the mirror
Mirror inside my soul

I’m on the warpath with myself
Really out of step

Feels like I’m on a wire
Cutting all the lines

To come out in the open
Not aching anymore

So here I stay – So here I go
No matter if it’s sun or rain
So here I go – So here I stay
No matter if it’s sun or rain
So here I go – So here I stay
No matter if it’s sun or rain

Put the sun in my pocket
Wash the clouds out of my mind

There’s no need to protect
My eyes from the light

To come out in the open
Not aching anymore

So here I am – So here I stay
No matter if it’s sun or rain
So here I stay – So here I go
No matter if it’s sun or rain
So here I go – So here I stay

Noch wirft die Sonne einen Blick
Durch mein Fenster … jeden Tag

The Moowa We Bin (The More We)

Parkinsong duet performed by Billy Spakemon and Ray Andrews
Words and music by Billy Spakemon

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© Billy Spakemon, The More We (Parkinson Version)

The moowa we bin tergetha (x3)
the ‘appier we wull be.

The moowa we sing tergetha (x3)
we’ll fun an ‘armony

Fer yo’s fried bin mar friend
an’ mar friend bin yo’a friend
the moowa we bin tergetha
the ‘appier we wull be

The moowa we stond tergetha (x3)
the stronga we wull be

Fer (as above)
the stronga we wull be

One by one side by side ‘elpin’ aiche otha through owa lives
with an ‘ope there’ll be a wairld weya all wull understond

The moowa we bin tergetha (x3)
the ‘appier we wull be

The moowa we run tergetha (x3)
We’ll build a unity

Fer (as above)
The moowa we bin tergetha
the ‘appier we wull be.


Glossary

aiche - each
wull - will
bin - been
'h's are always dropped
er' is often changed to a
a is changed to o

Billy Spakemon (Dr Brian Dakin)
Born Oldbury the Black Country West Midlands England 28/11/1952

My work engages with the notions of identity through place, voice and histories. I write, perform, am a public speaker, radio show host, academic, events organiser, community project leader and freelance project co-ordinator, among other things. I recorded the above song during a year long project I organised with John Langford to raise funds for local Parkinson support groups in the Black Country and Birmingham. The song came about from a memory session I did with a dementia group and an elderly lady began to sing an old chapel song (only the first line as that was all she could remember). It developed into the song on the Parkinsong Duets CD. I asked Ray Andrews a local businessman who has Parkinson’s. He was the starting point of our fund raising efforts in 2018 and an inspiration.

Believe in Everything You Do

Parkinsong duet performed by Pete Wain and Andy Hitchman
Words and music by Pete Wain

One life is all we get
So make the most of it
Fulfil your dreams, follow your heart
Reach for the stars

Open your mind, feel compassion
But don’t let it blind you

Don’t close your eyes angel, be aware of everything
You got your whole life in front of you
Who knows what tomorrow may bring

Listen to the sermon, let your conscience grow
Feel your heartbeat, let your lifeblood flow

Believe in everything you do
Remember nobody can touch you
When your mind is free of guilt and your heart is true

True love is never easy to find
And it only takes a fool to be blind
Open your mind, feel it in your heart
Reach for the stars

Believe in everything you do
Remember nobody can touch you
When your mind is free of guilt and your heart is true

Believe in everything you do
Remember nobody can touch you
When your mind is free of guilt and your heart is true
Believe in everything you do

 

It’s Always Me

Parkinsong duet performed by The Base and Gerald Ganglbauer
Words and music by Norbert Wally

If you hit your head on the door it’s my fault
Because I left it open for you to go thru it
And if I had closed it you would have cursed me in a similar style

You put me in charge of your moods and your minds
Of the the things you forget, of the things you can’t find
Of your smiles, of your fears, of your pains and another half sleepless night

Why is it always me?
Who knows where it’s going
And where the wind’s blowing, it’s me

Why is it always me?
Who can make u feel better and make u feel worse
Who’s in charge of the fate of your whole universe
It is me

Now why is it me around who your world’s turning?
And why would I take care of all things concerning
Your primary needs and your wishes u don’t wanna talk about?

Now, I’ll be your hero and I’ll be your bag full of dirt
You can kiss me and kick me and hurt me
And lick me and call me things
Stupid things you do not care about

Why is it always me?
Who knows where it’s going
And where the wind’s blowing, it’s me

Why is it always me?
Who’s got  the control, who can save every soul
It is me

Why is it always me?
Some say it’s a bliss but I see it as a curse
I’m in charge of the fate of your whole universe
It is me

How Will It Be

Parkinsong duet performed by Badhoven and Gerald Ganglbauer
Words and music by Kurt C Greilberger

I’m driving here alone
The road I’ve ever known
When the night comes in
Will it change
My life so rough
I ask my stars above
How will I know, how

But I’m here to be with you
Forever be with you

Baby, how will it be
If I’m holding you tight
How will it be
If I love you tonight
How will it be
If I’m sharing all
All my dreams with you

I feel I’m not alone
With the fight I’ve ever known
Will you stand by me
Take my hand, take me all
Take the centre of my soul
Then you will know, you will

Why I’m here to be with you
Forever be with you

Baby, how will it be
If I’m holding you tight
How will it be
If I love you tonight
How will it be
If I’m sharing all
All my dreams with you

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I’m here to be with you
Forever be with you

Baby, how will it be
If I’m holding you tight
How will it be
If I love you tonight
How will it be
If I’m sharing all
All my dreams with you

Forever be with you

Baby, how will it be
How will it be, how will it be
If I’m sharing all
All my dreams with you
Forever be with you
How will it be

Not the River of Mercy

Parkinsong duet performed by The Base and Gerald Ganglbauer
Words and music by Norbert Wally


The river I swim is not the river of mercy
The river I’m in is not the river of mercy

I took a swim the other day
To wash away my sins and worries

I washed my hands I washed my face
but I can’t stay in here forever

The river I swim is not the river of mercy
The river I’m in is not the river of mercy

It doesn’t wash away my pains
It doesn’t grant me absolution

When I get out I’ll take the chance
To wash my hands in muddy water

The river I swim is not the river of mercy
The river I’m in is not the river of mercy

I’m gonna swim it after you
Pray you’ll wait out in the ocean

The river I swim is not the river of mercy
The river I’m in is not the river of mercy