Baptism

by Kabaal klankbaan

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I’m sorry for falling in love with you.
- “Sorry”

Kabaal klankbaan’s second full-length album, Baptism, is a matter of the heart.

“It’s personal, heartfelt, and emotional,” says singer-songwriter Floris Groenewald, “but also doesn’t forget to smile, laugh, and most importantly – rock.” Baptism, self-produced by Groenewald and mostly recorded in Kabaal klankbaan’s bedroom studio, is darker and more intimate than previous releases. It’s about relationships and break-ups, without being specifically about a break-up, but rather the 'baptism of fire' we all have to endure sooner or later.”

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released June 6, 2015

Based on the voices. as transcribed & set to music by Floris Groenewald
Words, music, arrangements and production by Floris Groenewald
Except Thinking, which was written by Floris Groenewald, Henk Labuschagne and Frans van Wyk

Recorded at Die Kabaal Kombuis in Pretoria in 2014 by Floris Groenewald
1, 4, 10 mixed at The Backline by Louise Eksteen
2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12 mixed at Die Kabaal Kombuis by Floris Groenewald
Some additional mixing by Fabian Sing
Mastered at Sleeproom Studios by Peach van Pletzen

Performed by Floris Groenewald with a little help from
Hey, River! (aka Frans van Wyk & Henk Labuschagne), Siobhan Lloyd-Jones, Raldo Mattheus, Shotgun Tori, & Peach van Pletzen.
Cover, artwork and design by Floris Groenewald

Thanks to
You, if you bought this album. especially if you’re reading everything in this booklet. that’s why i write all this nonsense. All the amazingly inspiring musicians who make the songs I love listening to. Everyone who was willing to help out with making this disc. Adéle. Beverly Dormer. Claudi. David Grevler. Edwin. Evert & Louise. Fabian Sing. Fransu. Gad. Gil. Henk & Frans. Jaco van der Merwe (almost, but still). Jess Kramer. Midaine. Nina. Peach. Raldo. Siobhan. Tori. Danger Mac for photographing me that one time and Christelle Duvenage for photographing me this time.
Lastly, thanks to the girls (etc) who inpired these songs.

No thanks to Elizabeth.


Serving suggestion:
This album is designed with a circular tracklist. so switch your media player to ‘repeat’, choose any starting track, and listen all the way through until you get to the previous track.

Copyright ©℗ Floris Groenewald 2015

See www.kabaalklankbaan.co.za next time you’re bored at work

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Kabaal klankbaan Pretoria, South Africa

Kabaal klankbaan is Gauteng-based musician Floris Groenewald’s folk-rock music project. “It’s not a stage name,” says Floris, “but a band, of which I’m the only permanent member.” They play acoustic, alternative folk-rock, which varies from indie-pop songs, folky dystopian love songs, bluesy rock & roll, to songs about robots and video games. ... more

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Track Name: Phone Calls
your face is just a click away
your voice is just a phone call far
you speak so softly and so kind
but i cannot hear where you are
i miss the scent of your breath when you speak
i miss your presence

your late night text message
makes me realise i’m not so alone
but all you are at that moment
is a bunch of letters on my phone
i miss your bad pronunciation;
i miss your presence

[scat section]

open your mouth when you speak;
i can’t hear you when you’re mumbling

and when i finally get back home,
i’m lucky that you’re still here
and all i need when i see you
is your whispers in my ear
and suddenly, i miss the longing...
i miss your phone calls
Track Name: A change in the weather
it’s raining, and you look so far
lightning, and i don’t know who you are
it’s flooding, and i’m stuck indoors
it’s hazy, but i thought i was yours

where are you hiding out?
where are you going down?
when are you coming back?
why is the darkness turning black?

it’s lonely and the weather is blue
it’s scary - what am i with no you?

where are you hiding out?
where are you going down?
when are you coming back?
why is the darkness turning black?

there’s dust and the sky’s turning brown
there’s wind, turning everything upside down
it’s dry and we need the rain
it’s quiet and i need you again

where are you hiding out?
where are you going down?
when are you coming back?
why is the darkness turning black?
Track Name: Not Tonight, Josephine (unplugged)
not tonight, josephine
i’m tired from the battles in my head, josephine
can’t we just go quitely to bed, josephine
joesphine, josephine, josephine

i’ve had enough, josephine,
of tryin’ to be the man you want from me, josephine
frightened of what i‘d truly be, josephine,
josephine, josephine, josephine

let me just go elsewhere
close my eyes and disappear tonight
waiting ‘till a voice says “it’s alright”
but for tonight; just for one night,
not your voice, sweet josephine

i’m on your side, josephine
there’s no-one’s side on which i’d rather be, josephine
just understand this, and bear with me, josephine,
josephine, josephine, josephine

you’re on my mind, josephine
but the head doesn’t understand the heart, josephine
tryin’ to explain, but where to even start, josephine
josephine, josephine, josephine

let me just go elsewhere
close my eyes and disappear tonight
waiting ‘till a voice says “it’s alright”
but for tonight; just for one night,
not your voice, sweet josephine

not tonight, josephine
i trust your promises way too much, josephine
your soothing words and your tender touch
is just too much, josephine, josephine, josephine
Track Name: Radio Silence
radio silence
signal’s dead
it’s awfully quiet
sitting alone on my bed

radio silence
signal’s dead
radio silence
in my head

searching for a signal in the radio silence
fleeting sounds escape

radio silence
radio silence
radio silence
radio silence
radio silence

radio silence
screams in my ears
radio silence
shouting my fears
radio silence

radio silence
signal’s dead
it’s awfully quiet
in my head

radio silence
signal’s gone
Track Name: Freedom Day
sitting home alone
this friday is valentine’s day
no-one to phone
they wouldn’t answer anyway
all i want is some company
thought i wouldn’t know what to say
so please come over
anybody, any way

sitting home alone
tomorrow is christmas day
no-one’s coming over
i wouldn’t want it any other way
i don’t want no company
i wouldn’t know what to say
no-one’s coming over
i wouldn’t want it any other way

sitting home alone
next week is freedom day
Track Name: This town is for lovers
ain’t no time for going nowhere
is what they say
those thoughts are forbidden
but we’ll find a way

this town is for lovers
the city’s for expensive suits
we’ll even change our clothing
but we will never forget our roots

ain’t no time for going nowhere
we have to stay
we’re trying to escape this place
but that town is so far away

this town is for lovers
the city’s for expensive suits
we’ll even change our clothing
but we will never forget our roots

this town is for lovers
the city’s for expensive suits
we’ll even change our clothing
but we will never forget our roots

it’s time for going home now
is what you say
i’m lost and i’m forgotten
please lead the way
Track Name: Sorry
i think i should apologise for driving you away
i think i’m really sorry

i hope i’m really sorry
and i hope you think i am, too

i’m sorry for falling in love with you

i really want you back
i really want you back

i want you back
i really need you back
to keep me sane again

i’m sorry for wanting you back

i’m sorry for falling in love with you
i’m sorry
for being me
and giving that to you
i’m sorry for wanting you back

ooh la-la, ooh la-la, ooh la-la
ooh la-la, ooh la-la, ooh la-la

i’m sorry
for wanting you back
Track Name: Player two (unplugged)
ever since you went away
i could not play the same way
i may be the only one
playing this game, but having no fun

cause you are my player two
i left a spot on the couch for you
you are my other half
in all these years,
you’re the only one who never laughed at me

if you come back, please stay
i’m much too miserable this way
you completed my team
i thought we were happy,
but i guess all was not as it seemed

you are my player two
i left a spot on the couch for you
you are my other half
in all these years,
you’re the only one who never laughed at me

even though you won’t come back,
i’m not giving up hope
you are my princess peach -
always mine, but always out of reach

cause you are my player two
i left a spot on the couch for you
you are my other half
in all these years,
you’re the only one who never laughed at me
Track Name: Kabaal (klankbaan) with Shotgun Tori - Not alone
driving at night, i want to stop a thousand times
where we stopped at the ledge, and sat down in the dark
and peered off the edge, and thought about jumping
and thought about
doing nothing alone again

[floris sings]

we were caught loving without knowing how
we were gonna keep going and figure it out
we could peer off the ledge
and jump off the edge
just as long as we were
doing nothing alone again

[tori sings]

stopping down by the stream, drinking the dirty water,
tasting death - blood from a slaugther
looking up at the ledge
thinking about climbing up
thinking about jumping down

but not alone
Track Name: Valentine's day
walking down to the corner store
on a hot summer day
picking out a greeting card
saying what i want to say

i want you (to be my valentine)
i want you (to be my valentine)

looking for a gift
that says...
looking for a gift
that says “be mine”

i want you (to be my valentine)
i want you (to be my valentine)

i don’t want to be alone anymore
i don’t want to be alone anymore

i want you (to be my valentine)
i want you (to be forever mine)
i want you to give up your little fight
i want you to be mine tonight

i don’t want to be alone anymore
yeah, i don’t want to be alone anymore

yeah, i want you (to be my valentine)
i want you (to be my valentine)
yeah, i want you to be my valentine
i want you to be my valentine
Track Name: Kabaal (klankbaan) feat. Hey, River! - Thinking
Mistakenly I thought that you’d see me standing in the rain
Mistakenly I thought that I’d see you again
But I - I’ve been thinking
But I’ve been thinking

i’m thinking about your face against mine
thinking about your lips against my cheek
thinking about your hands
thinking about you makes me weak

No wonder I said that you’d see us happy in the end
No wonder you’re a fox in the moonlight and a daytime friend
Cause I can’t stop thinking
Cause I can’t stop thinking

i’m thinking about your face against mine
thinking about your lips against my cheek
thinking about your hands
thinking about you makes me weak

turning towards you
letting go and grabbing your hand
leaping blind
i hope you’ll understand

i’m thinking about your face against mine
thinking about your lips against my cheek
thinking about your hands
thinking about you makes me weak

i’m thinking about your eyes locked to mine
thinking about your hand against my cheek
thinking about your hips
thinking about you makes me weak
Track Name: Let's make haste
we’re running away
from all that is real
and hoping that when we get there,
we’ll still know how to feel

but we’ll never get there
at this wretched pace
so i’m begging you, girl:
let’s make haste!

in a time long ago
things could’ve worked out
but now we have to run away
to a place with no traces of doubt

but will we ever get there
while we’re being held back?
i’m begging you, girl:
cut the slack! cut the slack!
cut the slack! cut the slack!

floating backwards,
we’re swimming upstream
fighting the current
to wake up from the dream

we don’t want to stay
in this utopian place
let’s get out of here
yeah, baby: let’s give chase

but we’ll never get there
while we’re being held back
i’m begging you, girl:
let’s make haste!

let’s make haste! let’s make haste! let’s make haste!