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SERVICES (Song lyrics are below)

I am available to write lyrics for your music, translate German lyrics into English, correct/polish lyrics, or write an entire song for you. I also coach singers in their pronunciation of English and coach songwriters in achieving their best work. Fee depends on location (Skype or Zurich,Switzerland).

My hourly rate is E/CHF/$80 for lyric translations and corrections (minimum of 1 hour). Translations must include rights. Original work is offered without a fee but with an advance on royalties. Please contact me for details. I am a member of ASCAP.

DETAILS

For a sample translation and terms, contact Christina.Grimm (a) gmail.com. Also see www.GrimmsTranslations.com for information on other types of translations from German into English by C. Grimm, accredited by the American Translators Association.

Some of my original lyrics are below, as well as on the Music page (just click on the song title). "Imperia - Queen of Constance " is below in an English/German version. 

I also offer Songwriting Workshops in English or German. See the Calendar Dates or inquire about the possibility of a workshop at your location.

I have taken courses or workshops with the following songwriters: Jeff Barry, Severin Browne, Chuck Cannon, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Kenny Edwards, Dick Grove, Buddy Kaye, Dale LaDuke, Pete & Pat Luboff, Dan Narvarro, Penny Nichols, and David Roth. From 2005 to 2010, I was on the staff of the Durango Songwriter Expo and assisted music business professionals during the listening sessions. I produced the Santa Barbara Showcase concert series from 2006 to 2010 and the Santa Barbara Songwriter TV Show from 2008 to 2009. 

I currently perform and teach songwriting in Switzerland.

HOTTEST SHADE OF BLUE - May 22, 2015

 

LYRICS
Verse 1:
I've walked on fire before
On coals of red and gold
I've felt desire before
And I've seen love run cold
But when you look at me
There's no way I can hide
The thrill that shoots through me
And how I'm smoldering inside
Chorus:
Your eyes are the hottest shade of blue
Sparking my desire to burn just for you
Like summer lightning striking in my soul
I know this flame of ours will grow
Verse 2:
If I'm the one you need
Show me your colors are true
I'll set your fire free
If that's what you want me to do
Chorus
Bridge:
Like the blue in a candle flame
Like the sky on an August day
Like the blue of an ocean Wave
It's the color that chases the gray away
Chorus
Tag:
Like summer lightning striking in my soul
Do you want this love of ours to grow?
(c)2014 by C.M. Grimm & Kate Northrop
All rights reserved

LYRICS
Verse 1:
I've walked on fire before
On coals of red and gold
I've felt desire before
And I've seen love run cold
But when you look at me
There's no way I can hide
The thrill that shoots through me
And how I'm smoldering inside
Chorus:
Your eyes are the hottest shade of blue
Sparking my desire to burn just for you
Like summer lightning striking in my soul
I know this flame of ours will grow
Verse 2:
If I'm the one you need
Show me your colors are true
I'll set your fire free
If that's what you want me to do
Chorus
Bridge:
Like the blue in a candle flame
Like the sky on an August day
Like the blue of an ocean wave
It's the color that chases the gray away
Chorus
Tag:
Like summer lightning striking in my soul
Do you want this love of ours to grow?
(c)2014 by C.M. Grimm & Kate Northrop
All rights reserved

 

PIECES OF THE SKY - May 22, 2015

Verse 1:

When pieces of the sky
Are falling all around you
When flames swallow
Everything you ever knew
When you are caught between
Hatred and a new start
Will you have the strength
To come out of the dark?

Chorus:
You and I want to live in peace
You and I hope to have happy lives
You and I want to be free
But sometimes all we have 
Are pieces, pieces, pieces
Of the sky

Verse 2:
When the terror of the night
Has gone and it's a new dawn
When you have someone
To finally help you move on
When you find a path
That leads you to a safe place
Will you leave behind
All your fears and pain?
Chorus

Bridge:
Somewhere there's a higher ground
And people who won't let you down
Somewhere there's a place of peace
It all begins within you and me
Chorus
(c)2014 by C.M. Grimm
All rights reserved

MY ONLY LUXURY - May 21, 2015

 

Written by C.M. Grimm (ASCAP). All rights reserved.
Recorded in 2015 with Thomas Hauser in Zurich. Christina Grimm - vocals & guitar: Thomas Hauser - bass & drums.
Verse 1:
I ride a bike instead of a car
I reuse, recycle, and try to do my part
Pick up the apples from the wild tree
Buy from the farmers who grow organically
Chorus:
You're my only luxury
You bring out the extravagence
The opulence in me
My luxury
Verse 2:
I separate the garbage and take the bottles back
Try to buy things from the discount rack
I don't splurge on clothes or shoes
But I forget to save when I see you
Chorus
Verse 3:
I want to buy you things that make you happy
Take you to places that you want to see
Money doesn't matter when it comes to you
It just let's us do the things we want to do
Chorus
Tag:
My luxury
(c)2014 by C.M. Grimm
All rights reserved

Verse 1:
I ride a bike instead of a car
I reuse, recycle, and try to do my part
Pick up the apples from the wild tree
Buy from the farmers who grow organically
Chorus:
You're my only luxury
You bring out the extravagance
The opulence in me
My luxury
Verse 2:
I separate the garbage and take the bottles back
Try to buy things from the discount rack
I don't splurge on clothes or shoes
But I forget to save when I see you
Chorus
Verse 3:
I want to buy you things that make you happy
Take you to places that you want to see
Money doesn't matter when it comes to you
It just let's us do the things we want to do
Chorus
Tag:
My luxury
(c)2014 by C.M. Grimm
All rights reserved

WHITE MAGIC - May 21, 2015

LIKE A SORCERER YOU CAST A SPELL ON ME
SUCH A STRANGE SENSATION, ECHO OF ETERNITY
THERE’S A MYSTERY IN YOUR CLEAR, SWEET EYES
SHINING LIKE TWO DIAMONDS NOTHING CAN DISGUISE

(CHORUS)
WHITE MAGIC
IN YOUR CRYSTAL EYES
WHITE MAGIC
MAKING ME COME ALIVE
DO I DARE LET GO
AND GIVE IN TO THE SPELL
WHITE MAGIC
COULD BE HEAVEN
COULD BE HELL

THERE’S A POWER IN YOUR GENTLE HANDS
AND WHEN YOU TOUCH ME I START TO UNDERSTAND
IN THE FUSION OF THE BODY AND THE SOUL
THIS KIND OF MAGIC IS BEYOND MY CONTROL

(CHORUS)
WHITE MAGIC
IN YOUR CRYSTAL EYES
WHITE MAGIC
MAKING ME COME ALIVE
DO I DARE LET GO
AND GIVE IN TO THE SPELL
WHITE MAGIC
COULD BE HEAVEN
I KNOW IT WILL

(c)2013 by C.M. Grimm,
All rights reserved
Member of ASCAP

NO TIME TO BE BLUE - May 20, 2015

YOU SAY YOU GOT NO TIME FOR LOVIN’
YOU SAY YOU GOT TOO MUCH, TOO MUCH TO DO
NO TIME FOR LOVIN’
JUST TOO MUCH, TOO MUCH YOU GOT TO DO
WELL, I COULD DANCE WITH YOU FOR HOURS
MAKE LOVE THE WHOLE NIGHT THROUGH
I’VE GOT TIME TO ROCK ‘N ROLL YOU’VE GOT
BUT NO TIME TO BE BLUE

I KNOW YOU’VE GOT OTHER WOMEN
THEY ALL WANT A LITTLE SOMETHING
SOMETHING FROM YOU
ALL THOSE OTHER WOMEN
THEY WANT SOMETHING
SOMETHING FROM YOU
BUT WHEN I TAKE LOVE, BABY
I GIVE JUST AS MUCH BACK TO YOU
I’VE GOT TIME TO ROCK ‘N ROLL YOU
BUT NO TIME, NO TIME TO BE BLUE

AH, ALL THIS HUSTLE AND HURRY
MAKES A GOOD LOVE, GOOD LOVE GO BAD
HUSTLE AND HURRY MAKES GOOD LOVE,
GOOD LOVE GO BAD
TOO MUCH TROUBLE AND WORRY
OH, IT AIN’T NOTHIN’ NEW
I’VE GOT TIME TO BE WITH YOU
BUT NO TIME, NO TIME TO BE BLUE
I ‘VE GOT NO TIME, NO TIME TO BE BLUE
I’VE GOT NO TIME TO BE BLUE

(c)2013 by C.M. Grimm
 All rights reserved
 Member of ASCAP

THE VEGETABLE MAN - May 19, 2015

AT THE FARMER’S MARKET THERE’S A MAN I SOMETIMES SEE
WITH A SPARKLE IN HIS BLUE EYES AS HE PASSES ME
WE TALK ABOUT THE BROCCOLI, ASPARAGUS, AND CHERRIES
SMELL THE LAVENDER AND SQUEEZE THE BERRIES

(CHORUS)
RUMOR HAS IT THAT HE’S RICH
THE BEST BACELOR IN THE LAND
AND EVERY GIRL IN TOWN
WANTS TO SEE HIM AT THE STAND
BUT HE ALWAYS SMILES AT ME
WITH TOMATOES IN HIS HAND
HE’S MY VEGETABLE MAN
HE’S MY VEGETABLE MAN

CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN LEMONS AND BANANAS
FOR ALL OF THE GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES TO HEAR
EVERY RED BEET KNOWS THING ARE GETTING STEAMY
WHENEVER HE SHOWS HIS ZUCCHINI TO ME

CHORUS

THE NEXT TIME I SEE HIM AND HIS SEXY APPEAL
I’ll LOOK RIGHT INTO HIS EYES AND SHOW HIM HOW I FEEL
MAYBE HE’LL INVITE ME FOR A SALAD OR A STEW
OR WE COULD TURN THOSE VEGETABLES INTO PURE JUICE

CHORUS

OOO, HE’S MY VEGETABLE MAN
OOO, I WANNA TEASE MY VEGETABLE MAN
OOO, PLEASE MY VEGETABLE MAN
OOO, SQUEEZE MY VEGETABLE MAN
OOO, HE’S MY VEGETABLE MAN

(c)2013 by C.M. Grimm
 All rights reserved
 Member of ASCAP

DISTANT DREAM - May 18, 2015

I RIDE A TRAIN ON A HIGH BRIDGE
BELOW THERE IS A RIVER
WHERE YOU ARE SAILING OUT TO SEA
THE TRAIN RUSHES BY
THE CURRENT PULLS YOU AWAY
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US GROWS
AND THE SMILE WE SHARE
FOR AN INSTANT IS GONE
FADING LIKE A DISTANT DREAM
FADING LIKE A DISTANT DREAM

I RIDE A HORSE ON A DARK RIDGE
BELOW THERE IS A DESERT
WHERE YOU ARE WALKING TOWARD THE SUN
MY HORSE REARS UP HIGH
A STRONG WIND CARRIES YOU AWAY
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US GROWS
AND THE PASSION WE SHARE
IN THE NIGHT LINGERS ON
FADING LIKE A DISTANT DREAM

FADING LIKE A DISTANT DREAM
I RIDE THE NIGHT ON SILENT WINGS
BELOW THERE IS A CITY
WHERE YOU ARE REACHING UP TO ME
MY SOUL CANNOT RETURN
A SILVER CORD CARRIES ME AWAY
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US GROWS
AND THE LOVE WE SHARED
FOR A LIFETIME LIVES ON
FADING LIKE A DISTANT DREAM
FADING LIKE A DISTANT DREAM

OOO, OOO, OOO

(c)2013 by C.M. Grimm
 All rights reserved
 Member of ASCAP

PERFECT BEAUTY - May 17, 2015

HE WANTS HER TO BE PERFECTLY BEAUTIFUL
JUST LIKE THE GIRLS HE WATCHES ON TV
SHE DOES HER BEST TO PLEASE
WITH MAKE-UP AND PRETTY CLOTHES
BUT ALL HE SEES ARE THE THORNS AND NOT THE ROSE

(CHORUS)
PERFECT BEAUTY FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE
PERFECT BEAUTY CAN BE SO LOVELY

SHE PUTS HER TENDER BODY
UNDER THE SURGEON’S KNIFE
SO HE CAN HAVE A PERFECT WIFE
STILL THERE’S NO GUARANTEE

NOW HE SEES HER LYING THERE
PERFECT BREAST, PERFECT CHEEKS
PERFECT HAIR, PERFECT TEETH
BUT SHE NO LONGER CARES

CHORUS

HER MOST PRECIOUS QUALITY
ALWAYS ELUDES HIS EYE
LOVING SPIRIT DEEP INSIDE
NOW HAS BEEN SET FREE

SO HE SAYS HIS LAST GOODBYE
AS THEY CLOSE THE COFFIN LID
TRIES TO MAKE SOME SENSE OF IT
THERE’S NO PERFECTION IN LIFE

(CHORUS)
PERFECT BEAUTY, OH WHAT A TRAGEDY
PERFECT BEAUTY CAN BE SO DEADLY
BE SO DEADLY, BE SO DEADLY

(c)2013 by C.M. Grimm
All rights reserved
Member of ASCAP 

DOG AND CAT BLUES - May 16, 2015

WELL, I USED TO BE A DOG
WAG AT EVERY MAN WHO WALKED BY
I USED TO BE A DOG
WAG AT EVERY MAN WHO WALKED BY
SOME WOULD PET ME
SOME WOULD TREAT ME UNKIND

BUT NOW I’M A CAT
BE SWEET TO ME AND I’LL CUDDLE NIGHT AND DAY
NOW I’M A CAT
BE SWEET TO ME AND I’LL CUDDLE NIGHT AND DAY
JUST FEED ME SOME SWEET LOVE
AND I’LL NEVER WANT TO STRAY

SOMETIMES I’M A KITTY
AND I’LL PURR IF YOU HOLD ME ON YOUR LAP
SOMETIMES I’M A KITTY
AND I’LL PURR IF YOU HOLD ME ON YOUR LAP
AND SOMETIMES I’M A TIGER
WHEN YOU RIDE UPON MY BACK

I USED TO BE A DOG
WAG AT EVERY MAN WHO WALKED BY
USED TO BE A DOG
WAG AT EVERY MAN WHO WALKED BY
BUT NOW I’M AS COOL AND SLINKY
AS ANY, ANY OTHER FELINE
NOW I’M AS COOL AND SLINKY
AS ANY, ANY OTHER FELINE

MEOW

(c)2013 by C.M. Grimm
All rights reserved
Member of ASCAP 

IMPERIA (English & German) - May 15, 2015

ENGLISH VERSION (GERMAN VERSION):

IMPERIA CAME TO CONSTANCE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
(IMPERIA KAM NACH KONSTANZ MITTEN IN DER NACHT)
A FERRY BOAT DROPPED HER DOWN INTO PLAIN SIGHT
(EINE FAEHRE HAT SIE HEIMLICH IN DEN HAFEN GEBRACHT)
PEOPLE WERE AMAZED WHEN THEY SAW HER IN THE DAWN
(DIE LEUTE WAREN ERSTAUNT ALS SIE IN DER DAEMMERUNG STAND)
A THIRTY-FOOT WOMAN WITH ALMOST NOTHING ON
(EINE NEUN-METER DAME MIT FAST GAR NICHTS AN)

CHORUS:
IMPERIA, IMPERIA IMPERIA, IMPERIA

STANDING IN THE HARBOR WITH HER TWO ARMS RAISED
(IHRE ARME SIND ERHOBEN, ALLE LEUTE ZU BEZIRZEN)
IMPERIA WAS A COURTESAN IN MEDIVAL DAYS
(IMPERIA WAR KURTISANE UM VIERZEHN HUNDERT VIERZEHN)
HER LEFT HAND HOLDS A LITTLE POPE AS NAKED AS CAN BE
(EIN NACKTER PAPST SITZT IN IHRER LINKEN HAND SO KLEIN)
HER RIGHT HOLDS A TINY KING LOOKING SO NASTY
(IN DER RECHTEN SCHAUT EIN KAISER GANZ SCHOEN GRIMMIG DREIN)

CHORUS

THE TALE SAYS THAT IMPERIA BROUGHT ABOUT A TRUCE
(DIE GESCHICHTE SAGT, DASS IMPERIA FRIEDEN GESTIFTET HAT)
BETWEEN THE KING AND THE POPE ‘CAUSE SHE KNEW HOW TO SEDUCE
(WEIL SIE ALS VERFUEHRERIN WUSSTE WAS SIE TAT)
SHE STILL IS A MUSE TO ARTISTS TILL THIS DAY
(EINE MUSE IST SIE FUER DIE KUENSTLER IMMER NOCH)
AND ASTONISHES THE TOURISTS AS THEY LOOK UP HER LEG
(UND DIE TOURISTEN SCHAUEN GERNE AN IHREN BEINEN HOCH)
 
CHORUS

WHEN I FIRST CAME TO CONSTANCE I ARRIVED BY TRAIN
(IM ZUG KAM ICH NACH KONSTANZ UND ES ZOG MICH GLEICH ZUM SEE)
I SAW HER IN THE HARBOR AND I KNEW I WOULD REMAIN
(ICH SAH’ SIE AUF DER MOLE UND WUSSTE DASS ICH NICHT MEHR GEH)
OH I AM PROUD TO BE A WOMAN, THOUGH I’M NOT THAT TALL
(ICH FUEHLE MICH STOLZ EINE FRAU ZU SEIN, BIN ICH NICHT GROSS UND AUS STEIN)
NO ONE WILL EVER MAKE ME OR IMPERIA FEEL SMALL
(NIEMAND KRIEGT IMPERIA ODER MICH JEMALS KLEIN)

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
THE QUEEN OF CONSTANCE, CITY BY THE LAKE
(DIE KOENIGIN VON KONSTANZ, STADT AM BODENSEE)
SHE IS MY INSPIRATION IN EVERY MOVE I MAKE
(SIE INSPIRIERT MICH  UND ZEIGT MIR DEN WEG)

CHORUS
IMPERIA

(c)2013 by C.M. Grimm
All rights reserved
Member of ASCAP

 

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