Sunken Ships

by Rafa Russo

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"His melodic gifts are exceptional" - Folk Roots.

"Songs that stubbornly stay with you" - Time Out

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released February 17, 2011

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Track Name: Shattered
I'm sorry I let you believe in me
I'm sorry I didn't stop the wheel
But show me a heart that ain't hiding
Behind words
Show me a mirror that ain't frightening
Show me a door that ain't enticing
Show me a dice that ain't waiting
For you to roll

And I longed for you
Yes I longed for you

But let me see you rise, that you are not like me
Let me see you shine and break through my darkness
Let me feel the pride
That you are the one thing I've touched
That I haven't shattered

It's easier to love when you know it's a lie
When you know that someday something will
Bail you out
But what do you do when you run out
Of alibis
Track Name: Lie To Me
Lie To Me

Of all the lies I’ve ever been told
Yours is the one I like to hear the most
Cause you lie to me with your heart and your soul
And you don’t even know
You just look at me and you strip me off my memory
You take worn-out words and make them sound brand new
And for a moment I just quiver in the thought
That it’s the world that isn’t true

Lie to me now in the darkness
Lie to me once more in the dark

Of all the lies I’ve ever been told
Yours is the easiest for me to detect
Cause your heart is pure, purer than a snowflake
And so in your eyes your lies reflect
You come to me when all your waves have broken
And you let the moon settle on your back
Then your clothes fall like flowers around my bed
And we make love in self-defence

You wear your make-up, your clothes
In exclamation marks
While your heart quietly walks
On broken glass

Of all the lies I’ve ever been told
Yours is the one, the one that soothes me more
Cause you know so well where the wound lies
And when it’s getting sore
You come to me and you dress me with the shadows
Of men you’ve loved in songs, in films, in books
And then I watch you walking out my door
Fearing it might be for good
Track Name: You are a Rainbow
You Are A Rainbow

Every time I'm with you why do I wish
That time would rock me softly like the waves an anchored ship
Cause you are a rainbow
You are the joy in my eyes
You are a rainbow
Oh, yes you are

Every time I'm with you why do I feel
That I'm stowing away on a ship called bliss
That the clouds hold the rain over my head
And the past hides away when I look back
And there's only today
You are life's best kept secret
Life's best kept secret
And dream and life have a symmetry
Cause you are a rainbow

How long, how much respite
How long will it go on this time
How close lurks the thunder
How long will we go on shining

Now suddenly everything fits into place
Is the whole world conspiring to bring this light on my face
Why, where is the catch?
You are life’s best kept secret
Life's best kept secret
And dream and life have a symmetry
Cause you are a rainbow
You are a rainbow

How many sacks of silence
To hush the clamour of tomorrow
And how tight should I close my eyes
To preserve the glory of these colours
How long, how much respite
How long will it go on this time
How close lurks the thunder
How long will we go on shining
Track Name: Round and Round
Round and Round

I thought the stars were fruits
Hanging from a tree
So I joined ladders and ladders
And climbed up there to see
But all my friends they laughed out
When I fell down to my knees
Yet up there I saw colours
No one else’s seen
No one else’s seen

I thought this time it was raining
In the desert of my heart
So I went outside stark naked
And opened up my arms
But it was only the wind
Shaking the wet trees
So I called out for an angel
To come and rescue me
Come and rescue me

Round and round I see it coming
It happens once, it happens twice
Round and round I see it coming
I sure get old but I don’t get wise

I thought the wind it was clay
For sculpting my melodies
So I filled a thousand bottles
With storms of every sea
But my hands could only carve
The hissing of the dreams
Dying on the shores
Of memory

So I dressed myself in armour
And defied all passers-by
And I drew my sword and brandished it
At the angry skies
Now my friends don’t recognise me
Behind my metal clothes
If I laugh or if I cry
They never know
They never know
Track Name: Let the Women Rule the World
Let The Women Rule The World

Let the women rule the world
Let the snowflake break the rock into smithereens
Let the feather tickle the gun so it chokes with laughter
Let the women rule the world

No more black-eye power, or dark alley fear
No cattle mark-like wedding rings
No more silent tears behind endless veils
Or poor countries buying freedom from first world pimps

S.O.S.
S.O.S.

Let the women rule the world
Let them push this bursting globe without breaking their fingernails
Let's never break mankind’s umbilical cord with the earth
The lights of reason
The fertile mind
Dreams as pathfinders
For a better man

A gentler hand, a different way
A final blow to our immemorial shame

Shame
Shame
Track Name: Stagnant Waters
Stagnant Waters

A man awakes from a long, long dream
Finds himself alone in a dump of words
Searches for the embers of a radiant sentence
But nothing smoulders, nothing stirs

Unfolds a telescope towards the stars
To scan the craters of his heart

Stagnant waters
Stagnant waters

Now the man is wondering what went wrong
Why he can't find the chalk marks on the trees
It all seemed in place from the tower of grace
And now the belt's so tight he can't breathe

Why the wind no longer comes around
And all his words are tangling on the ground

Stagnant waters
Stagnant waters

Words like birds in a choking fist
Words like candles under hovering lips
Words that rustle like falling leaves
Words like rubble from many a dream

He built the tallest walls so he couldn't see
That there's an ocean for every river, brook or stream

Stagnant waters
Stagnant waters

These words once flew like raging spears
These words once brought us all to tears
Words so big, words so firm
That he thought he'd never, never get hurt

Stagnant waters
Holy waters
I close my eyes and I can still
See them flowing
Flowing
Track Name: My Sweet Revenge
My Sweet Revenge

You said there was no room for me
That a pawn can’t play the king
You said I was another harmless fool
But you forgot that fate is cruel
Cause the tide is changing now
And the waves are rolling back
And I’ve tied myself to a comet’s tail
To scratch the sky with my fingernails

And I’ll be laughing, singing, hopping
Tap dancing on your roof
Yes I’ll be laughing, singing, glowing
Swinging on the crescent moon
Cause she knows, she knows
She knows, she knows…

Now gone are all those voodoo nights
With all those pictures and that hungry fire
Still I’m gonna catch you by surprise
And you’re gonna swallow that idiot smile

Cause I’ve got a plan, it’s a perfect plan
Just go and ask the moon
I’ve got a plan, and it’s all worked out
Just go and ask the moon
Cause she knows, she knows
She knows, she knows…

And I’m gonna dive into my silence
Yes I’m gonna dive into my silence…

Time is an accordion in my hands
The stars are pieces of a chess set
And in my mouth heaven melts
With the taste of my sweet revenge
Track Name: Booby Trap
Booby Trap

I hear about winds choking
I hear about trees curling up
I hear about stars falling
Down, down, down, falling
I hear about skies flaking
Flowers bending away from the sun
I hear about time going
Round, round, round
You say the ghosts are only ghosts
You say love is real…

I hear about angels covering
Their eyes to the carnage and the stench
Waiting for a rain that never comes
Comes, comes, comes, never
I hear about towers burning
I’d rather you die than I live, and learning
Eye for an eye for an eye
It never stops, stops, stops, never

I hear the silence rumble
Hear the clock hands grumble
Hear the clouds tumble

Don’t tell me love is safe
When the rain won’t let up in my head
Don’t tell me love is real
Cause I can’t hold you in my dreams
Don’t say it’ll set me free
Cause I can feel your heart
Strapped under my wings
Like a booby trap
Ticking down

I hear about storms
I hear about storms
So don’t tell me love is safe
Don’t tell me love is safe
No, no
Track Name: Sleepless in Wonderland
Sleepless In Wonderland

She was perfectly alright
Not the kind you'd like to forget
But the kind who makes you forget
You're in a place like that

She didn't mind your silly talk
She didn't mind your false compliments
She didn't mind your eyes searching in hers
For someone she knew she wasn't

Her name was borrowed and worn like a shield
Her smell was a thousand places
But nowhere you close your eyes and see

You knew you had chosen well
When she broke the rule and kissed you back
And that's cool cause it's not that often
That you get to choose

And when she laid that sheet she could make you feel
That she was laying a red carpet for a dethroned king

Nothing was then beginning
Nothing was then slipping through your hands
Nothing could've had more meaning
Than the invisible trail of her fingers on your skin
Nothing more real

So many wounds, so many hopes
You’ve forgotten you had until you felt her touch

Nothing was then beginning
Nothing was then slipping through your hands
Nothing could've had more meaning
Than the invisible trail of her fingers on your skin

To hell with that trip to Egypt
If they've stood for centuries they can stand another year
Well maybe you can put in some extra hours
Or skip some meals

Maybe next time you'll ask her
About that bruise she couldn’t quite conceal
Maybe next time you'll pay her a cab
And lay your sheet
For a dethroned queen
And let the morning
Let the morning
Break the spell
If it can

Sleepless in Wonderland
Sleepless in Wonderland
Track Name: You've Changed
You’ve Changed

With your head in the clouds I never could tell
If you heard what I’d said
But I never minded nor meant to disturb
Cause you walked on higher ground

You’ve changed
And there’s fear in your beautiful face
There’s doubt in your steps
You’ve changed

You should have never awakened like the rest of us
You should have never grown up
Cause you look so lost joining the queue
For your place in the sun

You’ve changed
And you’ve left me like a tramp
With my nose in your trash
You’ve changed
And everyone seems so glad
Not me, not the way you’ve changed

Where is the wolf that used to laugh at the moon
Where is the scarecrow that used to play with the birds
Where are the angels that led you by the hand
Where is the muse that whispered in your ear
Don’t ask me the rules, I refuse to tell you
Go ask someone else
Cause if your blindness was real
I don’t want to know

You’ve changed
And everyone seems so glad
Not me, not the way you’ve changed
And no one seems to take your place
No one seems to dare
You’ve changed
I wish, I wish
I wish I’d never been your friend
Track Name: Zoe Left
Zoe Left

Zoe left quietly
Like the snow leaves the shriveled streets
Like the love that leaves the heart
She disappeared and she won't be back

No tangled streamers on the floor
No dead flowers on the shore
Zoe left just like she came
Out of the blue, as if it was meant-to-be
Showing me a part of me
I was yet to see

I remember nights of gold
When every second was a wrapped box
Turning down no devil's invitation
Matching our imagination
I watched my life tumbling
Over her knuckles like a coin

All the time I knew she was using me
But no one ever used me like she did
And if I ever lose my place in the world
I'll go running to
Her refuge in my head

So glad, so glad
So glad, so glad
So glad, so glad to be
So glad, so glad to be so blue
Sheltered by the skies we flew
The taste of something true
The taste of something new

Zoe’s gone and I am left
Rowing a boat on dry land
The time jam begins to clear
The world goes back to its humdrum beat

And I find myself walking down the street
With a stupid grin from ear to ear
Half a lifetime to get the joke
But there's still another half to live in hope

And I no longer feel the light of morning
Fall like a pillow on my mouth
Cause I know I'll always have
Her refuge in my head
Track Name: Sunken Ships
Sunken Ships

I remember my years in shorts
The cycle races by the rails
When living was just another sport
And girls were aliens in pigtails

And our feet always dancing
And our chests always panting

I remember the wars we won
With our pillows and broomsticks
And I remember the rains we brought
With Indian paint on our cheeks

But when the darkness fell on my room
Frightening shadows came out and loomed
A door that grumbles, a tree that whips
The ghosts, the moon, the sunken ships

And dragons rising round my bed
Dragons rising round my bed
But the dragons were only in my head
Oh when, oh when, oh when will they die at my sword

I remember when I first went
To the river by her hand
In the crazy waters we swam and then
Watched the stars from the bank

But when the morning tamed the river
I saw my image in a mirror
Saw a stranger move my lips
And the lonely mast of a sinking ship

Now I’ve got a job
And a decent home
And I begin to think
Of bringing up children of my own

But when the darkness falls on my room
Frightening shadows come out and loom
Dreams beyond my fingertips
The ghosts, the moon, the sunken ships

And dragons rising round my bed
Dragons rising round my bed
But the dragons are only in my head
Oh will, oh will, oh will they ever die at my sword