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This is a song that has been in our repertory for a long time. The first sketches of Wicked came to be long before we went on stage with “the bottomline” in this form and with this name.

It was therefore a matter truly dear to our hearts to dig up one of the very first songs of our joint musical collaboration out one more time and give it a few new clothes and colors. Embedding this song into the context of the other tracks on the album in terms of composition, sound and lyrics was a pleasant challenge.


We hold on to time, do we? We hold on to time...
We take our lives, do we? And through them away...
Without any pain, without any pain.

We should have stayed together.
Without the time you could have been mine.
A bite of the fruit leads us into pleasure.
It’s not a crime, no! You could have been mine.
Why do we keep the past heavenly present?
We fear the time, wanna be divine...
Yes, we need to take a look into the mirror...
Lies fade away, no reason to stay!

You’re not aware while you think you’re clever,
you deny the human impact on the weather.
So you didn’t recognize the ladder,
that you wish to climb up high without matter!

I’m not aware while I think I’m clever,
I’m destroying myself, yes I waste my treasures.
Sometimes I’m blind, I’m my biggest hater,
but at least I’m trying to be my only saviour!
Oh you wish to climb up high forever!

Oh without the time...
oh without the time you could have been mine.

You should have seen the signs,
but you believed in science.
You should have seen the science,
but you believed in signs.


from FORGOTTEN STARS, released October 28, 2022


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the bottomline Köln, Germany

the bottomline is a multi-genre music project from Cologne admired for their captivating “melancholic-sweet-cathartic” sound. Franzis Lating and Johannes Elia Nuß draw on alleged contrary musical traditions and combine them with great keenness to experiment to a “highly individual, novel experience", that morphs somewhere between Jazz, Classical and electronic music. ... more

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