Simpy Travelling Around Reality

by S.T.A.R.

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Sleepless Sleepless, sleepless Full moon’s rising Sandman’s gone away In the middle of the night Hours since I put out the light Brain is working overtime Trying to solve the riddle of this love of mine I’m the kind of girl who likes to get things straight I’m not so good at wait and see I should be cool and distant But that’s not me Another minute has gone by And it feels like, it feels like an hour I’ve gotta find a way to empty out my mind I’ve gotta find a way to get those thoughts so clear inside I’ve gotta find a way to empty out my head I’ve gotta find a way to clear those thoughts away instead You see, you see me twisting, twisting, twisting and turning Go away, go away, leave me alone, leave me alone, Let me be, let me be Looking up I see the paint begin to flake Yes I know that love is give and take I’ve got to keep away because he needs a break And maybe I should paint this room magnolia
My time The cheek of you to try and follow me On this dark deserted street I can hear your footsteps coming close behind You were hiding in the doorway and watching me I caught a glimpse of you, you tried to catch my eye And with the ties you wear, I’d never dare to stop and stare Or care to share a minute of my time with you Cos it’s my time, my time, my time A million eyes follow everywhere I go It’s no surprise round every corner that I know They lie in wait for a golden opportunity To pull me down and take away my liberty The cheek of you to look me up and down And to spread my name all over town You’ve been following me for days, yea Don’t think I don’t see you I know that you’ve been looking in my window Seeing what I do when it’s time to close the curtains It’s early in the evening, and it’s Friday And it’s my time, my time, my time What a cheek you had to call me And you told me you would come What a cheek you had to bring your friend And suggest we have some fun You said I thought you needed cheering up You said I thought that you were ill You said you’re always so strung up And now it’s time to chill But it’s my time, my time, my time I close my curtains yea Pull down the blinds I lock the windows And bolt the shutters
Mr Armani Mr. Armani has come to tea With his hair greased back and he’s looking at me His shoes are all shiny, all glistening and black He’s mincing right over to launch his attack He’s so self assured Thinks he’s got it made But Mr. Armani You’re only a suit You try to impress me with your sports car A flashy two-seater to show who you are You offer me the best ride in town A chance to be with you or just ride around Your ego is bursting right out of your pants You slither right over and ask me to dance Your girlfriend is watching with flashing steel eyes She looks pretty angry, she’d like you to die
Stupor I'm lying on the floor like a doll Can't tell where I am, someone slams the door Don't give a damn, white walls seem to move Don't know if I'm alive, don't know what to do It's so cold, I'm shivering, can't gain control Scary, I want to move my head It's too heavy, I feel dead I'm lying still, my body's cut off from my will Paralyzed I feel, I try to analyze what has happened to me If I continue to be, thoughts flowing, no I cannot think Cos the floor is rolling to recall nothing Cramps in my stomach, oh I'm sick I wanna throw up but lie still like a brick "Get up" I think Black fog is crawling through my brain Try in vain to move my head I'm in nowhere land , which lies in myself Strange voice talking, is it in my head? Cannot concentrate, I forgot what it had said It's persisting and now I'm listening Someone's asking "Tell me your name, who are you?" Gregor Samson, might well be true "Open your eyes", the voice says, which is, what I try Depression had turned its face to me I was falling deep just endlessly Then there was this wave, no way to escape It was growing and growing, so big, rolling closer Suddenly turning into a monster It would drown me, eat me, gnaw on my flesh Terrified I felt my body defiled I ran and ran, couldn't face it again Grab more pills, hope that it kills, the monster, inside
Sanctuary I’m high on the hills, the grass beneath my feet I’m high on the heather in a fragrance oh so sweet This morning dawned like any other another troubled day I felt the city closing in so I made my getaway And now I’m free, I’ve found my sanctuary I’ve climbed to the top of the mountain Cos I’ve come to drink from the brimming fountain Alone up here in the silence I’m in a trance or a dizzy dance And now I’m free, I’ve found my sanctuary I’m free as a child in my cotton summer dress I’m free as a bird and I often stop to rest I feel the wind’s caresses softly on my skin I stop beside a rippling stream and I jump right in
Party Talk Standing there and staring glasses in their hands Listen to their empty talk Wasting precious hours, spoiling day for night Wonder what I'm doing here Try some conversation, but I#m sticking all the time My mind is far away and it goes on and on There's no start there's no end and it's so easy It's so easy to belong, like a square peg in a round hole
Soul to Soul I could live without you, I wouldn't die without you I'd still be me without you, I would survive without you But you, you give me more of what I am Not like before with other men My fingers long to touch you So much I want to tell you The time has come to trust. you How can you know how much You mean to me I want to tell you how it is This is the place I want to be Soul to soul, soul to soul You touch me deep inside No longer do I want to hide I've let you get to know me I want the you you've shown me But you, you give me more of what I am Not like before with other men This moment's not forever We linger here together I know so much about you I put my arms around you Here, here in your arms I want to tell you how it is This is the place I want to be Soul to soul, soul to soul
Shadows We had to get up early so as not to miss the show Looking out the window at a movie we all know Suffering from a headache that was caused by too much wine Turn the TV on, the latest signs of crime We have to venture out just to take part in this dance This is not so easy cos it mostly makes no sense Shadows scare me half to death, we're all by ourselves Talking to a friend of mine, I plead a little help, I plead a little help That's not fucking true (he said) it never stays that way I really want to learn to trust in what I have to say Never fall behind your dreams, we gotta stay awake Watching out for tainted love cos this is only fake I'm crying, crying, crying The rain is pouring on my head I'm still alone here
I’ve got you on my mind Alone in the night I can feel you close beside me Warm breath on my hair I’ve got you on my mind almost all the time You’ve found your way inside my heart Without my knowing A seed that’s growing And it’s out of my control Creeping underneath my skin Slowly seeping in My defences wearing thin This is not what I expected I thought this didn’t mean a thing You warm me like wine You warm me like my mothers arms I’ve got you on my mind almost all the time
Goodbye There's a bare light burning in your window I can see it from the street below There's a father calling, there are some children crying There's your voice from sometime long ago I said I'd be here on this Monday To take all of my things away But now that I'm here I know that it's clear I can't see you so out here I'll stay I’m gonna stay out here all night long, Till the sun comes up and the moon is gone Cos I can't get you out of my heart baby And I know that you'll always stay with me I just can't get you out of my heart Baby The birds are singing so merrily The sun is rising up so high But I'm far from home I'm out here on my own I just came to say Goodbye
What are you waiting for Nothing wrong with that You don't need to wait for any supernatural manifestations What are you waiting for? I was thirsty and you gave me to drink Foundation of relationships lacks something so strong That most of us go through problems and burdens and heartaches and circumstances - Alone What are you waiting for? Angels to appear! Some of us are waiting for angles to appear American TV Evangelist
It's over Telephone rings in the dead of night Rips me from sleep I sit bolt upright Cold sweat cos it’s him again I’m by the phone I can’t stop myself I’m never coming back to you Your soft breathing and blaring stereo Coming down the phone line Oh don’t you know it’s over Why do you phone me what do you hope to gain From this insane behaviour What are you thinking don’t you ever get tired Don’t you want to sleep tonight I’m never coming back to you Play with yourself, talk to yourself Stay with yourself, alone with yourself You tried to possess me but I got away You tried to control me but I wouldn’t stay You tried to destroy but I fought you hard You tried to pursue me now I hold the cards I’m never coming back to you
Soldiers and Dolls When you were playing with your soldiers And I was playing with my dolls My mother told me 1 was gorgeous Your mother told you, you were god You used to think you had the power You were the master of this house You used to issue out an order You were a man and not a mouse And now 1 look for all the reasons Why you can hold your head up high You stamp your foot and then the earth roars You say the word and then we die Soldiers and dolls And then one day there was a shake up And things got mixed around and round And no one knew how it would end up The rules were lost and never found Then you began to ask some questions To look for who you really are You dropped the mask of hard unfeeling You dropped the mask you always wore And then you saw what you'd been missing The right to cry and be unsure And not to blindly give an order To hide the pain that you endure Soldiers and dolls


In 1995 Jane O'Brien was approached by the composer and programmer Uwe Haas. Together they formed the trip-hop project "S.T.A.R.". On the wave of bands such as Massive Attack and Portishead S.T.A.R. is very much in the Trip Hop genre but proudly carries Hass's jazz giant influences, such as Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, while O'Brien's voice is full of the cry of her Irish Folk roots and 40's swing timbre. Along with singing, O'Brien wrote the lyrics and melodies to Uwe Haas's atmospheric sample and sound compositions and in 1996 the album "Simply Travelling Around Reality" was released under the PIAS Germany label with distribution by Rough Trade. The album was recorded by Uwe Haas. To back up his multi instrument compositions he brought in guest musicians Christian Ribas, Mag S and Andreas Vos all on guitar, Guy Saldanha on bass and Christoph Richer on keyboard. Around the time of the album release the duo played a number of legendary gigs with a full live band around Hamburg, notably in Die Rote Flora, Ludwigs Lust festival and in St. Pauli clubs such as the Lounge.

The press reaction to the album and concerts was good including a write up in Der Spiegel but this S.T.A.R. slowly faded out in 1997 as the two began to move in different directions.


released October 3, 1996

Jane O’Brien: Vocals and lyrics
Uwe Haas: Vocals, programming, keyboards, guitar, trumpet
Christian Ribas: Guitar on tracks 7 and 13
Mag S: Guitar on tracks 1 and 10
Andreas Voss: Guitar on tracks 9 and 12
Guy Saldanha: Bass on track 1
Christoph Ricker: Keyboard on track 12


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Jane O’Brien Hamburg, Germany

Dubliner Jane O'Brien cut her teeth in Barcelona as a singer in an all female acapella band. She began writing songs in earnest in Hamburg where she has lived and played for many years. The yearning soul in her voice comes from her Irish folk roots (Boreen) but the warm velvet overtones arise from her jazz diva alter ego. (Jane O'Brien and Band, S.T.A.R.) ... more

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