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SIRKUS - THIS WORLD BELOW (NASONI RECORDS, Berlin)

"What are they doing in heaven today? – I don’t know but it’s my business to stay here and sing about it."

We neither know what they're doing in heaven, nor do we want to know that in the very religious way that Reverend Washington Phillips does.

So the question arises why we - as the band SIRKUS - recorded four Christian gospel songs. Even though all six of us were raised in a more or less Christian way, we don’t consider ourselves religious. On the other hand, we've often worked with deeply religious or spiritual music like gospel or blues over the years.

We are fascinated by their transcendental aspects and by how they portray moments of personal empowerment in times of struggle. Whether in the here and now, materially or metaphysically.

These issues have always been present for us when playing songs such as they are released here on this 12“ maxi single. Musically, the tension between our roots in blues and gospel and our previous development towards Krautrock, Afro-Psychedelica and Electronica is reflected in this record. 

SIRKUS is a six piece musical collective based in Frankfurt and plays afro-psych kraut with elements of electronica. The record will be released on February 19, 2020 via Nasoni Records (Berlin).

jonathan geis: drums // lukas sauer: lead guitar, noise // marcel bickert: djembe, percussions // max sauer: vocals, violin, rhythm guitar // michael hauck: bass // patrick stäudle: keys

contact
lukas sauer // band@sirkus.love // tel. +49 (0) 174 8634 649‬

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death don't have no mercy in this land
death don't have no mercy in this land
he'll come to your house and he won't stay long
you'll look in the bed and somebody will be gone
death don't have no mercy in this land

well death will go in any family in this land
well death will go in every family in this land
well he'll come to your house and he won't stay long
well you'll look in the bed and one of your family will be gone
death will go in any family in this land

well he never takes a vacation in this land
well old death never takes a vacation in this land
well he'll come to your house and he won't stay long
well you'll look in the bed and your mother will be gone
death never takes a vacation in this land

well he'll leave you standin' and cryin' in this land
well death will leave you standin' and cryin' in this land
well he'll come to your house and he won't stay long
you'll look in the bed and somebody will be gone
death will leave you standin' and cryin' in this land

old death always in a hurry in this land
old death always in a hurry in this land
well he'll come to your house and he won't stay long
you'll look in the bed and your mother will be gone
death always in a hurry in this land

well he won't give you time to get ready in this land
well he won't give you time to get ready in this land
well he'll come to your house and he won't stay long
well you'll look in the bed and somebody will be gone
death won't give you time to get ready in this land

oh, sinnerman, where you gonna run to?
sinnerman, where you gonna run to?
where you gonna run to?
all along dem day

well i run to the rock, please hide me
i run to the rock, please hide me
i run to the rock, please hide me, lord
all along dem day

but the rock cried out, i can't hide you
the rock cried out, i can't hide you
the rock cried out, i ain't gonna hide you guy
all along dem day

i said, "rock, what's a matter with you, rock?"
"don't you see i need you, rock?"
lord, lord, lord
all along dem day

so i run to the river, it was bleedin'
i run to the sea, it was bleedin'
i run to the sea, it was bleedin'
all along dem day

so i run to the river, it was boilin'
i run to the sea, it was boilin'
i run to the sea, it was boilin'
along dem day

so i run to the lord, please hide me lord
don't you see me prayin'?
don't you see me down here prayin'?

but the lord said, "go to the devil"
the lord said, "go to the devil"
he said, "go to the devil"
all along dem day

so i ran to the devil, he was waitin'
i ran to the devil, he was waitin'
ran to the devil, he was waitin'
all on that day

well, in my time of dying don't want nobody to mourn
all i want for you to do is take my body home
well, well, well, so i can die easy well, well, well
well, well, well, so i can die easyjesus gonna make up, jesus gonna make up
jesus gonna make up my dying bed

well, meet me jesus, meet me, meet me in the middle of the air
if these wings should fail me, lord, won't you meet me with another pair?
well, well, well, so i can die easy well, well, well
well, well, well, so i can die easy
jesus gonna make up, jesus gonna make up
jesus gonna make up my dying bed

lord, in my time of dying don't want nobody to cry
all i want for you to do is take me when i die
well, well, well, so i can die easy well, well, well
well, well, well, so i can die easy
jesus gonna make up, jesus gonna make up
jesus gonna make up my dying bed

what are they doing in heaven today,
where sin and sorrow are all done away?
peace abounds like a river, they say.
what are they doing there now?

i'm thinking of friends whom i used to know,
who lived and suffered in this world below
but they've gone off to heaven, but i want to know
what are they doing there now?

oh, what are they doing in heaven today,
where sin and sorrow are all done away?
peace abounds like a river, they say.
but what are they doing there now?

there's some whose hearts were burdened with care
they paid for their moment with fighting and tears
but they clung to the cross trembling in fear
but what are they doing there now?

what are they doing in heaven today,
where sin and sorrow are all done away?
peace abounds like a river, they say.
what are they doing there now?

and there's some whose bodies were full of disease
physicians and doctors couldn't give them much ease
but they suffered 'til death brought a final release
but what are they doing there now?

what are they doing in heaven today,
where sin and sorrow are all done away?
peace abounds like a river, they say.
what are they doing there now?

there's some who were poor and often despised
they looked up to heaven with tear-blinded eyes
while people were heedless and deaf to their cries
but what are they doing there now?

what are they doing in heaven today,
where sin and sorrow are all done away?
peace abounds like a river, they say.
what are they doing there now?
what are they doing in heaven today,
where sin and sorrow are all done away?
peace abounds like a river, they say.
what are they doing there now?

© SIRKUS 2020