Ernst Kirchner

by Emily Zuzik

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This song was commissioned by ESOPUS Magazine. It was an assignment that I could write about anything that was related to a visual artist. I love the work of Ernst Kirchner (Die Bruck school of German Expressionists) and wanted to explore the thoughts of a Lady of the Night from one of his Berlin street scene paintings. Here is half of that song.


Weren't you the one who would watch me?
A bridge between the good and the game.
And the shadows embrace a rouged up face
lost among the crowded insane.
Berlin streets where the people meet,
but those wild colored hats turn young hearts cold.
Weren't you one who would watch me?
Yes, oh yes, you were the one.

Evening dawns like a new day and I step out on the stage.
My eyes cast along those furs and songs of the men who come to dance and to engage.
Potsdammer Platz, I wait coyly smiling, but those feathers and those veils get in the way.
Weren't you the one who would watch me?
Yes, oh yes, you were the one.


released April 1, 2010
Emily Zuzik - vocals, acoustic guitar
Tim Lefebvre - upright bass
Gerald Menke - pedal steel, electric guitar



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Emily Zuzik Los Angeles, California

Emily Zuzik is a Los Angeles singer-songwriter who has co-written with Tim Lefebvre, Dan Navarro, Ted Russell Kamp, Shane Alexander, Moby, Jimmy Lavalle, Geoff Pearlman, Grant Langdon, Art Hays, and Benji Rogers. The Pittsburgh native has released seven records and toured across the US and UK. She’s currently writing songs for a new record—a little bit country, a little bit rock-n-roll. ... more

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