Right Time, Right Place

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In the good tradition of the Mayflower Wolfgang Mai and his crew on board of their ship go on a journey beyond the known borders of our world, exploit the great unknown, only to find that everywhere we go, joy and pain, hope and frustration are mixed in the same strange, inexplicable way, but never losing the faith that in the end love will always win.

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released June 25, 2009

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Wolfgang Mai Erlangen, Germany

Wolfgang Mai is a singer/songwriter, who lives in Erlangen/Germany. He has no band, but loves writing and producing music. Each song is written on guitar and then arranged and recorded with the help of software and loops. Vocals and most guitars are recorded by himself. The result of these efforts? Wolfgang Mai: "If I had a band to play these songs with me, that's what I wish it would sound like." ... more

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Track Name: Wrong Time, Wrong Place
Wrong time, wrong place (Holy Dam)


Sitting round the fire
In a five star noble hotel
The warmth and the drinks
Make you feel so well
Intellectual farting with the stomach full
Is the glass half empty or is it half full?

Born on the bright side of life
No need to struggle to survive
Right time right place
You're the chosen race

Sitting round the fire
On a cold and dirty ground
No electricity no clean water
Only hunger and disease around
And the fools keep on talking
The blind lead the blind
The forgotten ones keep on walking
Food or water to find

Born on the bright side of life
No need to struggle to survive
Right time right place
You're the chosen race

Born on the dark side of life
For ever struggling to survive
Wrong time, wrong place
You' re the forgotten race


Lyrics: Hans-Jürgen Friedrich
Music: Wolfgang Mai

Copyright © by Hans-Jürgen Friedrich, 08.06.2007
Track Name: Living On The Borderline
Living on the borderline


There’s a stranger drawing near
I can feel him coming
I can see him running
But I cannot look into his eyes
I can watch him coming near
I can smell him, he’s coming
I can hear him, he’s running
But I dare not listen to his sighs

So here I am living on the borderline
Alone in my own world without any exit sign

There’s a secret deep within him
I am curious to find out but I dare not
Dig too deep inside him lest I don’t find my way out
On the other hand how am I to understand
If I don’t go for the goal what have I to choose
What have I to lose nothing but my soul.

So here’s the stranger
Arrived at the borderline
His face looks familiar
Can it be a friend of mine
Do I know him
Have I seen him before
I don't know if I want him,
standing there at my door
Shall I want him to enter
Shall I want him to go
Don't touch me, don't stay
leave me but don't go away
Track Name: Sunday
Sunday


Morning sun shines in my room
and a bird sings on a wire.
I’m alone but I am blessed
dwelling on my thoughts and rest.
Sun-shine on a sun-day morning.
Jewish soul. The singer sings:
Tried in my way to be free.
Nearby the old church bell rings.

Sun-day paintings on the wall.
Sun-day colours in my heart.
Bless the Lord on holy day.
Find some clumsy words to pray.
Sunshine yellow warms my skin.
Orange morning light floods in.
Brown and pink the spaces grow
surrounded still by springtime snow.

Silence in an early hour
cleans the temple of my mind.
Night went and the bad dreams gone.
Peace’s reflecting in the sun.
This morning with its newborn light
is changing mourning into white.
God’s faithfulness will have no end,
to him my song of praise ascend.




Dedicated to and inspired by ArtGenossin Kriemhild.
Inspired too by Mark Rothko, Leonard Cohen and Johannes Zwick.
Track Name: If Only I Could See
If Only I Could See


If only I could see
What will be
This day next year

Time is moving fast
Nothing’s going to last
I can see it right here

The world has been changing
Each time the sun is woken
Every piece of news is ageing
Before it’s even spoken

You are the constant in my life
You’re simply there and help me to survive
You are the rock in the surge
You are the comfort in my dirge
You, You are love


If only I would know
Where do we go?
On our way from here

No-one seems to care
Life is a fair
Who cares what’s in a year

Day and night, black and white
Simplistic life in the flashlight
On and on, no turning back,
Closed eyes can’t see the track


You are the constant in my life
You’re simply there and help me to survive
You are the rock in the surge
You are the comfort in my dirge
You, You are love



Copyright © 2002 by Hans-Jürgen Friedrich (21.08.2002)
Track Name: Last Chance To See
Last Chance To See


The stage is ready, drowned in light
The rising curtain yields a sight
Where the actors are prepared for
The final countdown of the show

We conquer the earth, exploit what is worth
We just think of us alone,
We kill the land and with our hands,
We destroy our homes

And as we clear the ground from the deer
Only small places left to be
Where we have the last chance to see

We kill the fauna, we kill the life all around
We kill the flora, we kill the world all around
Human gene machine to spoil the sacred dream
Where we have the last chance to see


The stage is getting bleak and deserted
The last curtain is about to fall
And when the final lights have faded
No-one`s waiting for the curtain call

We kill the trees and poison seas
We forget we`re not alone
On our planet, we dont`t get it
That we share a home

And as we clear the ground from the deer
Only small places left to be
Where we have the last chance to see

We kill the fauna, we kill the life all around
We kill the flora, we kill the world all around
Human gene machine to spoil the sacred dream
Where we have the last chance to see

We kill us


Alle Rechte bei den Autoren. Mayflower Music 1994
Track Name: One Wish (Love Is The Cure)
One Wish (Love Is The Cure)


Where do we belong
Where do we come from
What will be left after all the years
Will someone wash away the tears
I cannot explain
Why there is grief, why there is pain
But what I know for sure
Love is the cure

I don´t know what life is all about
My sister´s called fear, my brother doubt
If there´s a god, where does he live
Will he find reasons to forgive
I cannot explain
Why there is grief, why there is pain
But what I know for sure
Love is the cure

Is there life after death
When will I draw my last breath
One wish before I close my eyes
You hold my hand, forgive me for my lies
I cannot explain
Why there is grief, why there is pain
But what I know for sure
Love is the cure


Music and Lyrics: Wolfgang Mai
Track Name: Road Of Life
Road of Life


Sometimes a wonder even happens to a realist
I do believe in dreams confirms the optimist
The mere thought alone can spoil the day of a pessimist
What if I were God, speculates the atheist

No matter who you are
Nothing but a shooting star
On the eternal Road of Life

You've got no other chance, so take it
You have no time, don't waste it
Don't move today into tomorrow
Not a second you can borrow
When the day is done
And the race is run

Sometimes your road is leading to a dead end
Sometimes you simply need a helping hand
One day you'll mourn the loss of a dear friend
Sometimes you're hoping for a wonder, heaven sent

No matter who you are
Nothing but a shooting star
On the eternal Road of life

You've got no other chance, so take it
You have no time, don't waste it
Don't move today into tomorrow
Not a second you can borrow
When the day is done
And the race is run

Do you
Dream your life
Or live your dreams
On the eternal Road of Life?


Copyright © 2004 (29.09.04) by Hans-Jürgen Friedrich
Track Name: Land Of Fire And Ice
Land Of Fire And Ice

I made my way along the coast
The sky above, the incredible light
The empty spaces, the endless miles
The million waterfalls, a brilliant sight

Spots of red and blue in a sea of green
I passed the cottages along my way
Looked back from a mountain top
To the boats down in the bay

There’s a cold wind blowing
As we keep on going
Through the land of Fire and Ice
See the water falling
Hear the glacier calling
In the land of Fire and Ice.

Riding on a boat to see the whales
Drifting on a sea of glaciers
A different world that you inhale
Full of fairy little creatures

Even with the sun the air is cool
On my skin the geyser’s spray
Relax and unwind in a hot pool.
The polar lights at the end of the day

I’m standing on the new world and the old
I can almost grasp the silence in the air
Where the Gods of old
Play on the fairies’ fair.

Copyright © 2008 by Hans-Jürgen Friedrich
Track Name: Some Things Never Change
Some things never change


I’ve seen a man sitting in front of a shack
Whiskey bottles filled with gas on a rack
With a friendly smile trying to make a few bucks
To better the life into which he is stuck
Busloads of tourist for a quick picture shot
Hurrying back to the air con, it’s far too hot


I can’t hardly believe these things that I’ve seen
Feels like walking in a bad dream
Glamour here and utterly poverty there
Comfort only in many a prayer
Everywhere the same, ain’t it strange
Some things never change.


A step away it’s just another place
A hundred frown lines painting a mother’s face
With Daddy gone how can she make ends meet
With all the hungry mouths she has to feed
Begging from the traveller who just takes a shot
He never cares he hides in his lot

I can’t hardly believe...

A moment of sympathy before we go on
Nothing to linger, nothing to hold on

But you don’t have to go far to see the night
Just outside the corner, by the river side
Searching for shelter at the stations or in the parks
The shadows gather, nameless life after dark
Hopeless paths on which they trod
Our left-overs thrown away to rot

I can’t hardly believe...



Copyright © by Hans-Jürgen Friedrich, 09.04.2008
Track Name: A Summer's Tale
A Summer's tale


Angie made another small step today
But totally failed to move on down the way
And Eddie was gone with the storm
The country all tattered and torn

We need to go on, we've stayed far too long
On trodden ground
We cannot stay, we must find a way
Turn life around
We must make a start, so let us depart
Away from the end of the road

The summer's tale stirred the soul of us all
A flag unfurled on every steeple
Cloaked in a shroud that now, come fall,
Unveils a decadent, morbid people

We need to go on, we've stayed far too long
On trodden ground
We cannot stay, we must find a way
Turn life around
We must make a start, so let us depart
Away from the end of the road

The dream has turned into a nightmare so fast
The summer's tale is a thing of the past

The soft sea spray the morning sun
The summer wind life's just begun
We have it all in our hands
To give life a chance.
Track Name: All My Life (feat. Annika Mai)
All My Life


Let me take you down to the river side
To the water's constant flow
Something in the air, feel it everywhere
Hold me as my fears begin to grow

Take a look around, see the tuming tide
We are walking where the cold winds blow
I'd be so lost here without you
You alone can make my troubles go

But when you're near me
All my troubles fade
When you're here with me
All my worrles fade away

The winds are changing, tuming cold
Blowing strong and before long
Hopes are fading, life is growing cold
And what was right seems suddenly so wrong
But when I hold your hand and look into your eyes

I see the sparkle of a million stars above
You give me a word, you give me a smile
Let me find a haven in the land of love

But when you're near me ...

A fear like mad, a tear so sad
Hold me when the night is calling
Hold me when the rain is falling
Hold me, hold me, tonight

Feel your body here beside me
Out of the dark, into the light
Feet so safe inside, got a place to hide
Hold me in your arms tonight

Boy, I love you all my life
Taking comfort in the loving words you say
You will guide my way, you will light my day
You can make the dark times fade away

And when you're near me...

It ain't easy, but with you beside
We can make it rlght
Hold me tonight



Musik: Wolfgang Mai, Lyrics: Hans-Jürgen Friedrich.
Alle Rechte bei den Autoren. MayflowerMusic 2006
Track Name: St. Patrick's Blessing
St. Patrick‘s Blessing


May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the hollow of your hand



Lyrics: traditional
Music: Wolfgang Mai
Track Name: Bitter And Bent
Bitter and Bent


You won`t waste a smile on people you meet
You won`t lend a hand when someone`s in need
You don`t do a favour, you don`t help me out
You don`t open doors, when I come running around

You don`t ask for friendship, you don`t ask for treats
I don`t know if you have a heart that beats
There`s no love in you, just cold blooded hate
So bitter the mind, always cursing your fate

Bitter and bent
Another day wasted, a whole life spent
On the eve of your days
Through all the twisted ways
You are what you always have been
Bitter and bent

You have come a long way, always on a straight line
A step aside always considered a waste of time
You buried your feelings in a burglar-proof safe
You buried your heart in the deepest and darkest cave

On the eve of your day
You will always remain
You are what you have been
You will stay the same
Bitter and bent

You find a fly in the ointment of most everything
You deeply dispise the joy that fun and humour bring
You scream and shout, you curse and swear
So bitter the mind, so hard for you to bear

You spend your life in the night
You switch out every little light
All alone against the rest of man
But you don`t give a damn!



Copyright © 1995 by Hans-Jürgen Friedrich