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1.
SHEDDING SKIN (lyrics by Mark Steiner) This is no story, nor a memory I'm just so tired of the same Old shit reminds me of misery Mistakes which brought to this place I’m not an angel who lost his wings I’m just a man who wants to shed his skin Well I’ve witnessed many things Wonders and horrors too I’ve lived and wandered like a ghost Then I finally hit the wall With women and alcohol The things which I adore the most I’m not a daemon who has paid for his sins I’m just a man who wants to shed his skin This is no story, nor a memory I'm just so tired of the same ©2010, 2014 Mark Steiner / Stagger Home Music
2.
FORTITUDE (lyrics by Mark Steiner) I'm fed up with relying On a friend who just makes me feel old Yeah, I am so sick of denying That they left me out in the cold I can feel it coming I could use something new And I can hear it drumming I just need some fortitude   My body aches with the sunrise The staircase pounds on my knees My eyes shut from the carnage In the mirror of my near defeat   I can feel it coming I could use something new And I can hear it strumming I just need some fortitude   I carry my constitution In a sack on my back like a stone My body still aches as the sun goes down I stagger back up on the road I can feel it coming I could use something new And I can hear it drumming I just need some fortitude ©2014 Mark Steiner / Stagger Home Music
3.
Waves 03:59 video
WAVES (lyrics by Mark Steiner) When I woke up this very morning I’d been dreaming about you And our perfect little weekend Like some secret rendez-vous But that was back when it was summer And it’s been weeks since you went home My heart is weak and I feel lovesick The silence whispers that I’m alone Then I feel a wave of warmth As I dive into those pools Those eyes as vast as oceans In that photograph of you So I get up to make some coffee If you were here it would be tea The kettle boils until it’s empty The panes all fogged up from the steam The flowers droop down upon the table Like our heads hung when you left At least your tear-stained coat would keep you warm We hid our eyes and off we crept Then I feel a wave of warmth As I drown beneath your skies Your water blue above me I’ve got nowhere left to hide And now I’m going to the station Where you once left me on the train You waved goodbye and turned to cry What is love without pain? What is love above the waves? What is love? Where is the love? Where is love without some waves? Nothing ventured, nothing gained ©2011, 2014 Mark Steiner / Stagger Home Music
4.
Dead Radio 04:57
DEAD RADIO (lyrics by Rowland S. Howard) You're bad for me like cigarettes But I haven't sucked enough of you yet Nothing is sacred, and nothing is true I'm no-one that's nowhere when I'm here with you I've lost the power I had to distinguish Between what to ignite and what to extinguish I blew in last night, I'm the ghost from the coast When the lighting is bad, I'm the man with the most You left me to choke on a heart up in smoke Smiling through your tears and your tetracycline overdose You're good for me like coca-cola I don't get any younger, you don't get any older Everything's sacred and everything's true All this is possible when I'm here with you I've got a lot to say, but I won't speak with my mouthful. I'd like to spit it out, but I keep my own counsel I blew in last night, I'm the ghost from the coast When the lighting is bad, I'm the man with the most You left me to choke on a heart up in smoke Smiling through your tears and your tetracycline overdose ©1997 Rough Trade Publishing
5.
UNBEARABLE (lyrics by Mark Steiner) I’ve been waiting all this time Never knew if I would ever see the light of day (again) You are more than just a heavenly dream You pull my heartstrings, touch my self-esteem with grace Lost inside, I found your kiss so divine I fell from sorrow toward your loving arms, faraway The world has changed from being black and white The colors vibrant, lush and so alive - I’m awake (I feel pain) And I feel, and I live, and it hurts to seem so alone The unbearable lightness of being And I taste, and I want, and I need to be with you The unbearable lightness of being without you You sing to me with your words of love Were we only in the heavens above, led astray You think of me and you say its nigh But time is passing at the speed of light, I’m afraid With one kiss we sparked an open flame The fire burns in this hurricane you’ve made Why is it you believe in me? You paint a muse for your Odyssey without shame And you live, and you dream, and it hurts to feel so alone The unbearable lightness of being Yes you taste, and you want - say you need to be with me The unbearable lightness of being with you And we dream, and we live, and it hurts to feel so alone The unbearable lightness of being And we taste, and we want, and I need to be with you The unbearable lightness of being with(out) you ©2007, 2014 Mark Steiner / Stagger Home Music
6.
Stripped 02:31
STRIPPED (lyrics by Mark Steiner) Little girl, little girl - You're a child in disguise As a woman, as a woman - You make me realize I'm alive Little girl, little girl - You're a child in disguise As a woman, as a woman - You make me realize It's a lie Little girl, little girl - You're a child in disguise As a woman, as a woman - You make me realize I'm a lie ©2014 Mark Steiner / Stagger Home Music
7.
DON’T EXPLAIN (lyrics by Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog Jr) Hush now, don’t explain Just say you’ll remain I’m glad your back, don’t explain Quiet, don’t explain What is there to gain Skip that lipstick Don’t explain You know that I love you And what endures All my thoughts of you For I’m so completely yours Cry to hear folks chatter And I know you cheat Right or wrong, don't matter When you’re with me, sweet Hush now, don’t explain You're my joy and pain My life’s yours love Don’t explain ©1946 Billie Holiday / Duchess Music Corp
8.
Saudade 03:57
SAUDADE (Kaiho) (lyrics by Mark Steiner) Outside it's growing cold As the sun goes down for the last time In this town you left behind The shadows on the street Drift up from the ground Hearts battered on the wall From far across the sea, I wonder Do you ever think of me Gazing out toward the edge of the world The bars have long since closed Drunk lovers are fast asleep The stars dance up above As the moon begins to weep From from across the sea, I wonder Do you ever dream of me Calling out from the edge of the world ©2013, 2014 Mark Steiner / Stagger Home Music
9.
Love is Gone 03:45
LOVE IS GONE (lyrics by Robert Solli Burås) It’s another night You’re up at home You don’t want the night to turn into daylight Because you like it here This what you want Don’t want to see a love Don’t want to hear a sound Oh you’re going down But it’s a whole lot better than standing still I know you need the thrill ‘Cause this is the year The wild, wild time Where everything can happen if you want it to Now I know you do I know you do But don’t push too hard Think of what you’ve got You might lose the one you love Memory is all you’ve got When the love is gone You don’t feel that strong You’re gonna need someone Keeping you warm And leading you down that hall That’s all That’s all That’s all That’s all ©2007 MMC Records
10.
Closing Time 02:25
CLOSING TIME (lyrics by Bruno Adams) It's closing time
 Chairs up, legs high 
Swept all the lovers' butts away 
All but yours and mine And I know you've been waiting half the night 
To sit down and talk about
 All those things we talked inside out 
Over a thousand times, over a thousand nights And it's closing time 
Closing time, closing time
 Nothing lives forever
 Not even you and I And I'll just take that corpse from the toilet out
 Lock up, lights out
 And tonight we'll go our separate ways
 'Cause honey things just ain't the same And it's closing time
 Closing time, closing time 
Nothing lives forever
 Not even you and I Goodnight sweet heart, goodnight ©2003 Bruno Adams
11.
HALLELUJAH THE HILLS (lyrics by Mark Steiner) Hallelujah the hills are still rolling Like the credits of a film without an end The Lithuanian gazes out from his window As the reels keep on turning for our friend Hallelujah the hills are still rolling on Maya Deren blows a kiss from the screen Adolfas grabs it then he passes it to his dear Pola Let's toast Adolfas with plum grappa from his tree Hallelujah the hills are still rolling As the mountains bow their heads to the sea Saint Adolfas is now dancing with Saint Tula Patrons of cinema they laugh so gleefully Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah the hills keep rolling on... Hallelujah! Hallelujah! We salute you, Adolfas with this song ©2012, 2014 Mark Steiner / Stagger Home Music
12.
VENUS IN FURS (lyrics by Lou Reed) Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather Whiplash girlchild in the dark Comes in bells, your servant, don't forsake him Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart Downy sins of streetlight fancies Chase the costumes she shall wear Ermine furs adorn the imperious Severin, Severin awaits you there I am tired, I am weary I could sleep for a thousand years A thousand dreams that would awake me Different colors made of tears Kiss the boot of shiny, shiny leather Shiny leather in the dark Tongue of thongs, the belt that does await you Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart Severin, Severin, speak so slightly Severin, down on your bended knee Taste the whip, in love not given lightly Taste the whip, now plead for me I am tired, I am weary I could sleep for a thousand years A thousand dreams that would awake me Different colors made of tears Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather Whiplash girlchild in the dark Severin, your servant comes in bells, please don't forsake him ©1967 Lou Reed / Verve Records
13.
i met ego in the city of the destitute her beauty like a mirror of my mind she took me on the path to solace promised me riches in the land of the blind she led me to the desert of solitude past the frozen great plains of loneliness my lips cracked and parched all thirst had abandoned me then she turned then she turned and she cursed me with a kiss then she turned and she turned on me she said "a compass will do you no good here" he swayed like a tree he shook like a storm his suit was so wrinkled his pockets were tongues i put tape on his lips o, i drew a red smile then i pulled him close and we danced for while and we stumbled and we crawled and we climbed up a hill to find that lovers they have no time he slipped and he fell and he fell his hand just slipped from mine his hand just slipped from mine! a compass will do you no good here a compass will do you no good a compass will do you no good here a compass will do you no good ©2014 Mark Steiner / Stagger Home Music

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Thirteen songs performed by Mark Steiner and his international band of brothers and sisters, produced by Henry Hugo and Mark Steiner, recorded at Stagger Home Studios & Booking / Studio Schaeffers Gate 5 in Oslo, Norway, with additional recordings made in Europe, New York, and Australia.

Five of the tracks are interpretations of songs written by deceased artists whose memory Mark would like to see preserved: Billie Holiday, Lou Reed, Robert Burås (Madrugada, My Midnight Creeps), Bruno Adams (Once Upon a Time, The Fatal Shore) and Rowland S. Howard (The Birthday Party, These Immortal Souls, Crime & The City Solution)

Special guests include Sally Norvell (Congo Norvell), Mick Harvey (The Birthday Party, PJ Harvey, ex-Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Paul Wallfisch (Botanica, Firewater, Ministry of Wolves), Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh) and more.

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released November 6, 2014

Mark Steiner & His Problems
SAUDADE
All songs produced by Henry Hugo & Mark Steiner
Arranged & performed by Mark Steiner & His Problems
Recorded & engineered by Henry Hugo at Stagger Home Studios, Oslo between June 2012 & January 2014
Additional overdubs engineered by Henry Hugo at Untuned Mobile Studio, Zurich, except:
Mark Steiner’s guitar overdubs engineered by Henry Hugo at Schutzplätze Studio, Zürich
Mark Steiner’s vocal overdubs engineered by Henry Hugo at Rabben Studio, Nesodden, Norway
Sally Norvell's vocal overdubs engineered by Martin Bisi at BC Studio, New York City
Portuguese guitar on “Saudade” & lead guitar on “Unbearable” engineered by Rudi Dias in Coimbra, Portugal
Mick Harvey “Closing Time” vocal recorded in Melbourne, Australia
Graeme Miller “Waves” sonic guitars recorded in Glasgow, Scotland
Emil Nikolaisen “Love is Gone” guitars recorded at Malabar Studio, Oslo
Dag Stiberg “Love is Gone” saxophone recorded at Stagger Home Music, Oslo
Rosie Westbrook “Saudade” double bass overdubbed in St. Kilda, Australia
“Hallelujah the Hills” ~ Backing vocals recorded by Toto Strapporava at Tecson Bs.As., Buenos Aires •
Children singing vocals recorded by HH at Krippe Apfelblüte, Witikon, Zürich, • Children playing recorded by MS in NYC
Mixed by Martin Bisi at BC Studio, Brooklyn, NYC, USA, January 2014 except:
“Don’t Explain” & “Hallelujah the Hills” mixed by Henry Hugo
“Dead Radio,” “Venus in Furs,” & “Compass” mixed by Mark Steiner
“Fortitude” mixed by Martin Bisi, additional mix by Mark Steiner
Mastering by Toto Strapporava at PM Studios, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cover photograph: “Natur” taken in Vík i Myrdal, Iceland, by Merethe Holtet ©2011 - used with kind permission
Inner jacket: sketched illustration of Mark Steiner by Bill Plympton ©2011  - used with kind permission
Graphic design & layout by Mark Steiner
All songs except where noted ©2014 Mark Steiner / Stagger Home Music • www.staggerhome.com
All songs registered for mechanical rights royalty distribution via TONO, Norway
Mark Steiner is a registered member of TONO, MFO, GramArt & Norsk Artistforbund

For Jojo-min ~ This album dedicated also in fond memory of Adolfas Mekas, Rowland S. Howard, & lost loves everywhere

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Mark Steiner & His Problems Oslo, Norway

Mark Steiner is a well-known figure in Oslo’s music underworld, and he’s been around in Norway for so long that many assume that he is Norwegian. He is not. This ex-New Yorker is a wandering scoundrel who one might find hanging out in the shadowy corners of a pub at closing time. A international musical vagrant who might walk the streets with Stuart Staples, Nick Cave, and Rowland S. Howard... ... more

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